A PAIR of thrill-seeking entrepreneurs have turned their passion for extreme sport into a business venture.

Postman Martin Bloomfield and hotel manager Jean Denis Varlet took up kite buggying to unwind from the tensions of working life.

They set up Airotherapy, with the help of the North- East of England Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) in Sunderland, to show others the joy of harnessing wind power to move buggies at speeds of up to 50mph.

With a retail outlet in East Street, Whitburn, they turned to the BIC to help them promote their range of kites, three-wheel buggies, mountain boards, safety gear and accessories.

Airotherapy is the first specialist power kiting shop in the North-East, the birthplace of the sport in the 1970s.