Tag Archives: kitejoy

Why kitesurfing? 7 good reasons to start

To be honest: There are so many reasons that with all my answers to this question I could easily fill a whole book … But no worries – I will keep this article as compact as possible, haha! So if you aren’t addicted to kitesurfing yet you should give it a read (and hopefully get inspired!). And if you are already totally hooked to kitesurfing I would love to hear your personal reasons why one should absolutely give this amazing sport a try!

Why kitesurfing? © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy
Kitesurfing is a sport full of varieties and possibilities … © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy


Why kitesurfing? Mainly because it’s fun!

Maybe the most important point of all. Gliding over the water, practicing new tricks, the sense of achievement, sessions with good friends … do I need to say more? Sure you can have a lot of fun in the gym too. But (I used go to the gym regularly!) it’s not the same kind of fun: On the one hand it’s the kind of sport itself, on the other hand all the things around kitesurfing – places, lifestyle, being one with nature and the elements and much more. I promise!

Why kitesurfing? © Airriders Kiteprocenter
Why kitesurfing? Having so much fun on the water with different kiting disciplines and being part of a community – that’s simply priceless! © Airriders Kiteprocenter


… and kitesurfing is good for your overall health.

Being outdoors and breathing the fresh air … didn’t our grandmas tell us all the time, how important this is? They were absolutely right. Good news: Fresh air is one thing you will get a lot of while hanging on a kite – think of all the wind!
Apart from that kitesurfing improves coordination, balance and concentration, trains reflexes and reactions and strengthens the whole body – also the often neglected core muscles.
Compared to windsurfing you need much less strength for kitesurfing. But it needs technique and you will use muscles you never knew that they even exist! This is something all kitesurfers know only too well … from the moment on when it happens the first time that after a intensive kite day you can not sit up in bed the next morning – cause your abs burn like hell (well, but this is a good kind of pain and it doesn’t disturb me at all ;)).

However, going kitesurfing regularly will get you in shape as it’s a full body workout. Also the calorie consumption is nothing to sneeze: for me Runtastic says that I burn 320 calories per hour. Quite a lot – and I have a lot of fun while burning it! What I really notice is that I can (and have to) eat much, much more when I kite a lot. Pizza or fries after a kite session taste so much better – and you can stop counting all those calories 🙂
Last, but not least: Kitesurfing reduces the stress level, makes you more resilient and strengthens the immune system.

Why kitesurfing? © Kitejoy
Kitesurfing doesn’t only affect your mood in a positive way. © Kitejoy


Kitesurfing frees your mind

You, the water and the wind – one unity. Elements, the force of nature, movement. This combination is amazingly relaxing and lets everyday worries shrink till they are completely vanished. What to do on Monday in the office or in which mood your boss or customers will be – during a kitesession you couldn’t care less. There is no time to brood over such thoughts! Moreover the physical activity will get you tired in a very pleasant way. You will enjoy the sunset totally relaxed and afterwards slumber like a baby. My conclusion: Kitesurfing is head and shoulders better than a stay in a wellness hotel …

Why kitesurfing? © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy
For me kitesurfing sometimes feels like meditation. © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy

Kitesurfing lifts your mood

Moving your body leads to release of happiness hormones – this is no news. But all kinds of surfing activities add a special bonus: feeling “stoked” after a day on the water is indescribable and priceless. Even when you had a session in cold water and weather! “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a kite and that’s pretty close” – word. But be careful: All this causes addiction very fast 😉

… and it makes you sexy.

Did I already mention that kitesurfing keeps you top in shape? We heard it a thousand times: If you feel comfortable with your body, you are moving different and you ray out way more self-confidence. Additionally the huge grin you will wear after a fantastic kite day, the sleaziness you ray out from being happy and chilled. The tan you get, the fresh appearance you will have from being outdoors a lot. What’s the result of all these factors? Very easy to answer: You will appeal sexier, that’s for sure.

Why kitesurfing? © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy
Kitesurfing lifts your mood on top, makes you super happy and fit – yeah, it makes you sexy! © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy


You will make many new contacts and friends

Even if you should be a totally unsocial character – sorry, you merely can’t avoid getting in contact with a lot of people if you join the kitesurfing lifestyle. At your homespot, on vacation, hanging out on kite stations and -beaches, camping spaces or whatever … the companionable atmosphere which you (usually!) find at kite beaches is super nice. Everyone is helping each other – after all every kiter is part of a community (with a few exceptions – like everywhere … read more about this here).

Usually kitesurfers experience that their network is growing rapidly.  Facebook, Instagram and Social Media in general make it very easy to stay in contact with people all over the world, interchanging information about traveling, kitespots, equipment, tricks – or arranging to meet each other again somewhere. The kite community has become huge – but you will be wondering how many mutual friends you have when you add someone new you met at the kite beach. Yes, actually the world is super small!

kitesurfing community © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy
It’s not only annoying issues like spaghetti lines that bring us kitesurfers together on the beach … © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy


Kitesurfing expands one’s horizon

I dare to say that a sport like kitesurfing contributes a lot to personal development. New people and relationships, new countries, new tricks – kitesurfing yields to a lot of new things and experiences in life and forces us to get out of our comfort zone again and again. Why? Cause you can’t calculate natural forces like wind and water – you have to be flexible all the time, very often you have to improvise, make decisions very quickly and weigh risks.

Ditto for traveling: If you go on a wellness vacation for one week you will – compared to a kite surf week with the bus – probably experience not a lot of unexpected things. Becoming addicted to kitesurfing means that a lot will change, especially in daily organization. Cause kite addicts want to get out the most of a windy day – this can lead to a lot of planning and changes from your everyday life up to your job.

Why kitesurfing? © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy
One thing is sure: Kitesurfing will change your mind and your life – more than you would expect! © Helmut Fuchs/Kitejoy


Kitesurfing is a life-changing experience

I was never expecting the massive impacts of kitesurfing to my life. It’s not that it changed me personally – it also changed my work life and a lot of other things. For me traveling to kitespots all over the world became lifeblood.  I know I am not alone with this! Exploring new spots, always searching for the perfect kite beach, the perfect wave, butter flat water, the perfect conditions – this thoughts are a kitesurfer’s companion, permanently. Days with sunshine but also rainy days with squalls … learning to deal with everything is part of the game, if you get yourself into the kitesurfing adventure. Unforgettable moments will follow!

So much for the theory, guys. Now I ask all those who are thinking about starting kitesurfing: What are you waiting for? Are there still doubts? If yes: Why? There’s so much fun to explore!

Well … I am sure I forgot something and there are so many more reasons for kiting – so if anyone has any additions: please tell me, I would be happy to hear more.

By the way: Do you want to know how kitesurfing turned my whole life upside down? 

Aloha, Anja

Want to read more about why kitesurfing is lifechanging? Then check out these articles:


Kitesurfing: The excessive coolness virus

Let’s be honest:
How much coolness does the sport really need?

During the past years I traveled to many different kitespots and got in contact with heaps of kitesurfers all over the world. It’s such a great feeling being part of this community which is – compared to many other sports – still small but absolutely amazing (at least most of the time). 

But there’s one thing that I noticed which for me feels like a little irritating virus disturbing the kitesurfing community. I think this virus has always been there – let’s call it the “excessive coolness virus”.


Continue reading Kitesurfing: The excessive coolness virus

Inspiring women in kitesurfing: Agata Dobrzynska

Welcome to the next part of the series “Inspiring women in kitesurfing”. For this one I talked to Agata Dobrzynska (Aggie) who you might know from the advertorials of the Ion Muse wetsuits as she’s the face of the Muse collection. Her current homebase is in Sicily, Lo Stagnone where she’s teaching at Prokite Alby Rondina. But Aggie also travels a lot to follow her passions – not only kitesurfing but also snowboarding and snowkiting (for example she takes part in the Red Bull Ragnarok each winter). Next to that she founded her own business Love2Kite where she organizes kite camps for women. Read more about how it is to be a business kitesurf lady and the next Love2Kite girls camp (21 – 25 September in Sicily) in the following!

Continue reading Inspiring women in kitesurfing: Agata Dobrzynska

TwinTip Racing: Qualifications to the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Dakhla

I’ve always heard about Dakhla and its amazing kitesurf conditions, but to be honest you can’t imagine how great it is there until you’ve been there! No wonder that Dakhla is a popular spot for kitesurf competitions – like the Continental Qualifications to the Youth Olympic Games for the TT:R (TwinTip Racing) discipline which took place this year from the 20th to 25th of February at Dakhla Attitude. I didn’t expect this format to be so exciting to watch, but it definitely is!

Continue reading TwinTip Racing: Qualifications to the Youth Olympic Games 2018 in Dakhla

Article series: Kitesurfing with kids – Tips & tricks Vol. 1

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.

Kitespot Watamu, Kenya

Last winter we decided to explore a new spot for kitesurfing: Watamu in Kenya. It’s not an exaggeration that this place is truly amazing! Not only that it offers perfect kite conditions … also the surroundings, the landscapes and the culture are so worth to discover.

Continue reading Kitespot Watamu, Kenya

Valentin Bontus: One year in the World Class Kiteboarding Academy

Lately I talked to Valentin Bontus, a 16-year-old austrian pro kitesurfer who told me about his experiences traveling one year around the globe with the  World Class Kiteboarding Academy. Read more about the experiences he collected during this time, his plans for the next months and his new sponsor.

Continue reading Valentin Bontus: One year in the World Class Kiteboarding Academy

Article series: Annoying kitesurf characters Vol. 3 – the ignoramus

It’s time for Vol. 3 of the “annoying kitesurf characters”! After dealing with killjoys and self declared equipment experts now this article is about a type that’s very widespread on kitebeaches … and probably it’s also the most unsocial character so far. I’d like to call this type the ignoramus. Why? Find the answers in the following.

Continue reading Article series: Annoying kitesurf characters Vol. 3 – the ignoramus

Article series: Annoying kitesurf characters Vol. 2 – the self-declared equipment expert

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?

Continue reading Article series: Annoying kitesurf characters Vol. 2 – the self-declared equipment expert

Surf Games Podersdorf: Kite- and Windsurf-Pics, 13. – 14. 5. 2017

Aloha guys!

So here’s an impression of the Surf Games Podersdorf which has been an awesome event for boardsport fanatics! There has been a 4-Mile-Fun-Endurance-Race for kite- and windsurfers, some windsurf competitions and a freestyle/parkstyle contest. If you haven’t been at the Surf Games, at least you can have a look at these pics. If you have been there, maybe you find yourself somewhere here … Get more information and pics about this Stylehunters event here: Surf Games Podersdorf
Continue reading Surf Games Podersdorf: Kite- and Windsurf-Pics, 13. – 14. 5. 2017