A lot of girls and women are reluctant to start kitesurfing – mainly cause there are still too many prejudices about this sport: You need a lot of physical strength, you need to be very athletic … The fact is: Those who don’t try it will miss a lot of fun! So it’s time to clear up with some myths and prejudices. This little motivation guide is for all girls and women who ask themselves: Should I try kitesurfing or better let it be? The answer is simple: TRY!
I picked up some tips from someone who really ought to know: Theresa “Resl” Gaismayer has been working as a kite instructor for some years now and she collected a lot of training experience with women. So what’s the plan now? Read this, book a kite course/a camp, and get started!
P. S.: Resl will organize a kitecamp with the Seven Seas Riders in January 2018 which will take place in Sri Lanka. Doesn’t this sound like the perfect start into a kite carreer? You’ll find all the infos concerning the camp in the end of this article.
Kitesurfing with kids is a topic I have been asked about frequently in the past few months. As it is quite a big subject that ranges from equipment via teaching methods up to correct behaviour as a parent I decided to pay special attention to it. So there will be an article series about kitesurfing with kids – and as I am not an expert in this area I’ll give the floor to those who have experience with this issue!
We start with Oliver Palmers aka Olsen, snowkite world champion and owner of snowkitekurse.at. He will answer some FAQs concerning kitesurfing with kids. Additionally he offers the possibility for kids to try kiting for free: The KITE4KIDS days on the Neusiedlersee offer the possibility to get trial tickets at no cost for youngsters up to 13! Get more information at the end of this article.
Here we go with Vol. 2 of the series “annoying kitesurf characters”. In fairness it must also be said that among kitesurfers there are only a few really stressful people … but some can really shatter one’s nerves! The first article was about killjoys, this time it’s about self-declared equipment experts. I must repeat that I really wrote this articles with a small wink and a large dose of humour … which is the best way to deal with complicated characters, right?
After riding stable into both directions it’s usually just a small step to land the first jumps with your kite. But … there’s a huuuge difference between a jump and a real high big-air-jump! Of course it’s not only the wind force that makes the difference … it’s mainly technique that catapults you in giddy heights, says big-air-champion Bibiana Magaji who will reveal some important tips for higher jumps below.
If you live in a country in which you don’t have summer the whole year long, kitesurfing might get difficult during wintertime – at least if you want to go on the water. But who cares – as long as there’s snow! Snowkiting is a proper alternative for those who want to pursue their passion in ice and snow too.
Most kite pics we see in magazines show kitesurfers in perfect conditions: Blue sky, turquoise water, warm temperatures and spots that offer good conditions – like constant winds and flat water or beautiful waves. Apart from the fact that on photos you just see a single moment and not how the session really was, some may assume that kitesurfing is always like this – bikini or boardshorts weather and so on … It’s definitely not! Harsh weather though acts as a deterrent do a lot of kiters. Too bad – cause there are many good reasons to go kitesurfing in bad weather, even if it’s grey and it rains.
Nowadays kitesurfing is declared as fun sport. So as the definition says, it’s fun. I totally agree. Of course, otherwise I wouldn’t do it! However some underestimate that kitesurfing under certain conditions is still what it was in its early years: an extreme sport. And extreme sport is dangerous. Or can be dangerous, depending on how one looks at it.
Though modern safety systems are incomparable to those in the initial years of kitesurfing (depower was non-existent or very low, and Quick release was also not really developed) unfortunately there are still tragic accidents. It happens that kitesurfers get badly injured or even die. Of course such incidents are frightening and can lead to doubts – on the one hand one absolutely wants to try kitesurfing, on the other hand he’s afraid.
Find the best kitespots and connect with other kitesurfers
Most of us know the problem: If you want to discover or find new kitespots, it can take a lot of time till you have all the information you have been looking for. Especially when you’re dealing with non-popular, non-crowded places.
Sometimes you rummage through heaps of forums and pages – with the result that you’re more confused than before. Some say that one spot os “totally crowded, but with butterflat water”, by others the same spot gets labeled as “deserted, but wavy”. Especially if you want to spontaneous switch to another spot, then you want to have all the information about it without surfing hours for ours through the web.
This 5th line! In my experience it’s a topic which splits the kitecommunity into to camps. You either love or hate it. I always compare it with the question: How to eat Nutella on a bread – with or without butter? Do you know anyone who doesn’t care about this choice? Not me. There is no either/or. (Well, it’s only possible without butter. No question.)
Especially in the beginning of a kitesurf career the whole equipment thing can be quite confusing. There are a lot of decisions to make: Which harness, which kite should I choose? Is it absolutely necessary for a beginner to take a big board? What about second-hand equipment – is it a good idea to search for used material or should I buy everything new? And so on and so forth. One problem is: Everybody tells you something different. One of your kite friends swears by only one brand, another one tells you to never buy one piece of this brand cause it’s bad stuff. In online kite forums where you hang around in hope of inspiration you find thousands of different opinions (and everyone knows it better than the others) – which is even more confusing.