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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!

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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.

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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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The kitesurf bubble & FOMO – the Fear Of Missing Out

Kitesurfing is so much fun that for most of those who try it leads to addiction soon. But this addiction doesn’t necessarily simplify our everyday life, hehe!
Thinking all the time about how to get your next session as quick as possible and organizing your whole life around the sport often turns out in a huge challenge. A challenge that has huge impact not only to your personality and relationships but also into your work life, living situation and so much more.

So there are two terms I’m talking about in this article:  the “kitesurf bubble” and FOMO (have you ever heard of this?) – read more in the following!


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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.

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How to jump higher: Some hints from Big-Air Champ Bibiana Magaji

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.

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Women and kitesurfing: Why did you start?

If you talk to other kitesurfers about women who kite, the rumour persists that most of them started to kitesurf mainly cause their boyfriend or husband does. What else? Hm …
I did a poll that shows if it’s the truth or just a myth. Also I asked some female riders to tell me all about their very own kite beginnings.

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Video: Kitesurfing in Kenya – Watamu 2017

It don’t need many letters to describe our latest trip to Africa – cause I think this video shows so much more impressions than words can ever give. Just to note: It was awesome, breathtaking and unforgettable – and to be honest, I immediately want to go back!

If you have questions around kitesurfing in Kenya, feel free to contact me via contact@kitejoy.net

And here’s the video – enjoy!

Kitesurfing in Kenya – Watamu 2017

Why Yoga will enhance your kitesurf performance

Kiting is a sport that makes a lot of demands on your body and mind. Whilst you are on the water, you should be concentrated, and your movements need a high level of coordination, especially if you train new tricks. No question that it makes sense to be physically fit, to train your muscles for kitesurfing – on the one hand to have more power for certain moves, on the other hand to reduce the risk for injuries.
But what about the mental part? Yoga might be the key to prepare both body and mind for awesome kitesessions! Learn more interesting facts about this ancient but popular method with its amazing impacts on your kitesurf performance as well as on your overall life.

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Can we escape the surf lifestyle?

… and do we want this at all?

Today I’m in a philosophical mood … for a good reason: For nearly two weeks now I’ve been at the Surfworldcup in Podersdorf – now I am back home again, but the atmosphere of these days is still accompanying me. And I don’t wanna let her go! I want to beam me back and experience  all the good vibes once more. Lots of those who have been at the event in the past years will know that the SWC is not a true surfers event anymore. The biggest part of the visitors consists of totallysurfuninterested partypeople. Nothing against party – but those who are interested in experiencing the spirit of this surfevent, have to pick out special things and surround themselves with people who share the same views and lifestyles. And there are many of them. (Here you can find a post-reporting of the first SWC-weekend.)

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On the same wavelength

Lifestyle. Euphoric kite(orwhateversurf)-addicts know what I am talking about: Our passion is connected to a special kind of lifestyle. Even though e. g. kitesurfing is not the supreme discipline of surfing, most people who like to ride boards find themselves in a community of guys who tick similarly – so to say they are on the same wavelength. The classical enmities – like between kitesurfers and windsurfers or Oldschool- and Newschool riders – have nothing to do with that. Maybe they speak a little different language, but it’s more similar than one would believe.

It’s an attitude to life

I don’t want to claim here that everybody who has made his first meters on a board automatically falls in love with the surf lifestyle and stay in this condition forever and ever. In rare cases the passion may not arouse at all – wether one does not like being in the water or is influenced by other external factors. But in my experience this doesn’t occur frequently.

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The moment when one gets finally hooked to a surf sport could be described as follows: “Surfer, your real life starts now.” Concerning this topic everyone who gets on a board should have seen the movie “Point Break” with brilliant Patrick Swayze ( †) as surf god Bodhi. I could watch it every month 😉

As I already described in my article “How kitesurfing changed my life” after the first sense of achievement in surfing usually everything gets turned upside down. One gets hooked, becomes quickly addicted to the new feeling and wants to have it as intensive and often as possible. One gets a seeker – wether searching for the perfect wave or the perfect wind. In addition to totally new travel destinations a lot of other things may change – up from a job, a hairstyle, outfits, music taste, furniture, place to live, car up to the whole life planning. Some even leave or change their partners due to their new passion.

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After experiencing the surf lifestyle for a certain time, finding an exit is very hard or even impossible. Why? Cause you feel very comfortable with it, altough very often misunderstood. Life on a board is always in your mind. Due to this you may see lots of things from a different perspective than in former times. Or you can’t even stand them anymore – like vacations in a 5-star-bunker at a destination without water and wind, shoppingcenter-marathons on weekends. Or people who want to advise against traveling in a bus and instead recommend you to get a well-behaved hairstyle, a proper settled life and, anyhow, come to your senses again. But this is not everybodys experience – sometimes nothing happens at all (I would be wondering about that).  

For me the question is – what’s is the essence of this lifestyle?  Bleached, messy hair, tanned skin, neverending thirst for adventure and the love for hammocks and the ocean? The feeling of freedom, zero gravity, adrenaline rush, the oneness with elements, breaking limits or just simple things like surf gear or surf music … ?

There is so much what could be a part of it.  Therefore what interests me is: What does surf lifestyle for you personally consist of? In which way your lifestyle has changed due to kitesurfing/surfing/board sports? 

I am curious to hear your experience! Aloha, Anja

Kitesurfing and relationship

Shall I start kitesurfing just for his (her) sake?

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Well, shall I? This is a question which for sure is going around in a lots of girls heads whose boyfriend or husband is a passionate kitesurfer. Some years ago I was one of them. For this reason I want to bring of this subject here: I can’t philosophize about this only theoretically – I myself have already experienced it including all the associated thoughts, feelings and doubts.
As I spend a lot of time with other kiters I know that “kitesurfing and relationship” is very often a sensitive topic. Some even say that kitesurfing is a relationship-killer. Continue reading Kitesurfing and relationship