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.
After reaching a certain basic level with hooked tricks lots of kiters want to attempt unhooked tricks too. For good reasons: Not only that this will lead to a totally new kitesurf feeling, unhooked tricks open doors to so many new possibilities! I asked four kitesurf professionals to reveal their most important tips for those who want to progress in unhooking.
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There are things we can be happy about when we don’t need them … anyway it’s good that they exist in case of emergency! Like for us watersports addicts this could be a self-inflating backup that might safe your life through offering buyoancy to keep yourself above the water surface – whilst it’s compact and lightweight in it’s inactive state and, super important, never gets in your way when you’re riding.
Restube produces such safety floats and provided me the sports version which I tested for this article.
Although kiteboarders enjoy their sports and lifestyle, one should not believe that it’s always super fun to be a kite addict. Kitesurfers have their very own bunch of specific problems – and they are not always easy to handle! The following points will not all affect every kiter out there … but I am sure that lots of readers will find theirselves in one or more of the described situations.
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.
We all know these days. Imagine you’re on a kite trip, hoping that you can rock everyday on the water … but then the bad forecast becomes reality. A day (or even more) without wind! For a lot of kiters, especially those who don’t have the possibility to spend heaps of time on the water, this means a small disaster and might end up in a bad mood – which of course is understandable for all kiteaddicts. Wether you want to hear it or not: It’s time for no wind activities.