If youre looking for an exhilarating new sport that harnesses the power of wind and water, then kiteboarding is just the adrenaline rush youve been waiting for.
The sheer high of flashing over the water and free-flying into the sky is something kiteboarders confess is very addictive.
Kiteboarding isnt as extreme a sport as you might imagine. Its more accessible than you think and, with proper instruction, isnt too difficult to learn. This is because of big advancements in kite, board, and bar technology meaning that the learning curve has been dramatically improved. What once took months now only takes a few hours.
A stern word of caution though: dont be tempted to take to the water until youre thoroughly familiar with how the equipment works. Its extremely important to take the time to learn the rules and strict etiquette of this amazing sport because, with the right approach, kiteboarding can be very safe. But if you take unnecessary risks and dont observe common sense, youre courting danger.
Maximise your safety and enjoyment of kiteboarding by educating yourself. Research magazines and watch others by linking up with your local kiteboarding shop or club. Most surf retailers now offer kiteboarding lessons and gear hire.
Booking yourself into a series of lessons is an absolute must. You might be a competent wakeboarder or surfer and you may know how to loft and body-drag, but that doesn’t mean you know how to handle a kite. Kiteboarding is a technical sport, so having a certified instructor by your side will not only teach you how to safely handle the equipment but give you vital tips to keep yourself and others out of harms way.
A good instructor will also know the perfect kite and board for your weight, size and current wind conditions. Always use safety equipment, such as a quick-release waist harness, a suitable helmet, impact vest, gloves & hook knife. Carefully build experience in manageable conditions and always be mindful to keep a safe distance from other beach users.
The most difficult part about learning is understanding your kite and how it reacts to your first few power strokes. Remember, it will take time and patience. Dont give in to frustration. Stick to it and, before you know it, youll get the balance and propulsion you need to really start enjoying yourself.
The global kiteboarding community has now swelled to over 100,000 and there are hundreds of schools and shops popping up all over the world. For an able, strong person with the right dedication, kiteboarding can prove to be not only a very thrilling sport, but a passion.
CJ – Fitness