Have you ever dreamed of soaring through the sky, just like a kite caught in the wind? Kitesurfing turns this seemingly fairytale-like vision into reality with a bonus… you’re floating above the beautiful blue ocean. Sure, it’s easy to get visions of horror in your head after seeing viral videos of people getting tossed into the air or dragged around the beach, but kitesurfing isn’t as dangerous or difficult as many believe–not even close!
Kitesurfing combines two sports, board riding, and kite flying. If you can fly a kite and ride on a board, you’re already halfway there. In fact, after just a few sessions most people start to look like pros and learn more complicated tricks.
Here are 5 reasons kitesurfing is way easier than you think!
#1. You Don’t Have to be Ripped to Kitesurf
There’s a common misconception that you need to be in the best physical shape of your life to go kitesurfing. Don’t believe it! There’s no need to sign up with a personal trainer at the gym before you enlist in your first kitesurfing lesson—you’ll be just fine without a 6-pack and impeccable push-ups, we promise.
After all, kitesurfing doesn’t require strength. It might look like you need mad upper body strength to hold on, but in reality, you only use your hands to steer. The kite actually holds you up, and once you get the hang of it it’s not physically exhausting.
#2. Even Kids Can Go Kitesurfing
As long your child is comfortable in the water and knows how to swim, they are ready to learn how to kitesurf. The right age to start kitesurfing with kids varies, as every child is different. If your child wants to learn and they have solid water skills, sign them up for some lessons and they are sure to have a great time.
#3. There Are No Limits to What You Can Achieve While Kitesurfing
A lot of active adventure sports are fun to learn, but it isn’t long before newbies hit a wall and it becomes rather difficult (and time-consuming) to learn new tricks or advance to the next level. That’s not the case with kitesurfing. Once you’ve got the basics down, there’s no need to risk your life or give up all your other activities to accomplish a backflip, aka backlog, or other tricks. All it takes is trial, error, and practice to learn new things and make continuous progress.
#4. Kitesurfing is Not as Expensive as Many Other Adventure Sports
Sure, it’s not cheap to buy all the equipment you need to go kitesurfing, but it’s a lot cheaper than snowboarding gear and lift tickets. For one, ocean waters are free to all. Secondly, you don’t need as much gear. Simply invest in a board, kite and a harness, for around $1,000, and you’re ready to master the art of kitesurfing.
#5. It’s Easy to Travel with Kitesurfing Gear
Kitesurfing gear is a little heavy, but when properly packed it’s a lot easier to carry along on your adventures than, say for instance, a surfboard. Plus, you can usually get it on an airplane without paying extra baggage fees. Which is great, because once you get hooked on kitesurfing you are going to want to try it out in beautiful locations all around the world.
Get the Right Kitesurfing Gear
We get it, adventure sports are embedded in your bones and you can successfully handle just about anything. But even the most hardcore athletes rely on trusted gear to accomplish great things. Kitesurfing equipment made just four-years ago cannot compete with the newest equipment on the market, especially regarding safety.
Additionally, never use your wakeboard as a kiteboard, they are not one and the same. A kiteboard is lighter and requires less power to get up off the water. Furthermore, kiteboards are designed flat to cut through choppy waters instead of bouncing off the water like a wakeboard.
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