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Kitesurf workout with a longboard – quick & effective

I think there’s no need to explain that being generally fit makes our kitesurf performance better and more fun. Of course kitesurfing is a great workout too – but what if you can’t be on the water all the time?
My friend Egle Marcinkeviciute is from Lithuania and currently lives in Rhodes, Greece where she works at Airriders Kiteprocenter and as a fitness trainer (and soon as a yoga teacher too). She’s truly one of the fittest persons I know and always amazingly creative with her workouts – especially when it’s about workouts where no gym and special fitness equipment is needed! In this article she’ll share one of these workouts with you. All you need is a longboard (but also a skateboard will do it’s job). Enjoy the sweet pain of your burning muscles the next morning …  Continue reading Kitesurf workout with a longboard – quick & effective

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”.


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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!

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Inspiring women in kitesurfing: Nathalie Lambrecht

With this article I want to start kind of a new series about inspiring women in kitesurfing. It will not be a series only about the super well known pros – cause I think that they are not the only ones who act as role models for women in kitesurfing! So I’d like to have a mix of women all over the world who I think are spreading inspiration with what they are doing.

For this first article I talked to Nathalie Lambrecht who started to kite at young age, has been Swedish champion 2017 and really knows how to shred hard! A knee injury some months ago forced her to make a break from kitesurfing which she used to concentrate on other projects like a girls kite event in Sweden and her (super motivating!) Vlog. In this interview she’ll not only tell us what it’s all about but also reveals how to deal with recovery after an accident like hers.

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Surf Games Podersdorf 2018 – pictures and results

It was the second time this year that the Surf Games took place in Podersdorf at the Neusiedlersee from 5th to 6th of May. And it was a blast – the wind was blowing on both days from the morning until the evening so that all the competitions could have been done, the sun was shining, the temperatures were summerly … just perfect. Let it be said: We can be truly happy to have such great surf events here in Austria!

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Review: Kitespot Dakhla, Morocco

{Sponsored Post}* As I’ve always heard about Dakhla and its great kitesurfing conditions it has been on my personal bucket list for a long time. And finally I made it there. Let’s be honest: If you haven’t been in Dakhla, you missed something really special! Wether you love it flat or wavy – Dakhla has it all. You need some reasons why you should travel there and explore Morocco’s famous huge kitesurf lagoon and amazing wave spots? Find them in the following.

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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!

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Article Series: Kitesurfing with kids – tips & tricks Vol. 2

After Vol. 1 of “Kitesurfing with Kids – tips & tricks” now it’s about Vol 2.: You’ll get some reports of parents whose children collected their first kitesurf experiences already as little tots.

Three fathers of kitesurf youngsters reveal their most imortant tips regarding this topic – which factors must parents observe and how can they give the best possible support to their kiddies for their kitesurf beginnings?

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Women and kitesurfing: A motivational guide

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.

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