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.
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.
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.
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.
I think that every passionate kitesurfer would agree if I say: Kitesurfing is fun – which is the main reason why we do it. Of course you could also play chess … (which for sure for a lot of people is also fun – but in a different way. I just assume this, cause I do not play chess.) The fact is that in safety matters chess has it’s nose ahead. In kitesurfing it’s inevitably that dangerous situations come up from time to time. Wether it happens out of inattentiveness, carelessness, due to material problems, over-estimation of one’s own skills, sudden weather changes or whatever.