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Kitesurfing: How fear turns into (healthy) respect

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.

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Crashing is part of the kitesurfing game. We have to go through that. (c) Helmut Fuchs/kitejoy

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.

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Is kitesurfing dangerous? Kitemares and how to avoid them

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.

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FAQ about kitesurfing VOL. 4: Kite equipment – buy it used or new?

Equipment needed: It’s shopping time!

Most affected persons would describe the progression of a kite addiction quite similarly: Shortly before the acute phase switches imageover into the chronic condition, usually following symptoms appear: One has done his first meters with a kiteboard on the water and got totally hooked. Due to the boundless motivation of the new kite addict finally these questions come up: Where can I get my very own kitegear? And which equipment fits my personal needs?  Continue reading FAQ about kitesurfing VOL. 4: Kite equipment – buy it used or new?

FAQ about kitesurfing VOL. 2: Four line or five line kite?

How many lines … still a controversial issue.

This 5th line! In my experience it’s a topic which splits the kitecommunity into to camps. You either love or hate it. I always compare it with the question: How to eat Nutella on a bread – with or without butter? Do you know anyone who doesn’t care about this choice? Not me. There is no either/or. (Well, it’s only possible without butter. No question.)

Ist der Unterschied zwischen Vier- und Fünfleinerkites vergleichbar mit dem zwischen Waveboard und Twintip? (c) H. Fuchs
Is the difference between four line and five line kites comparable to the difference between a directional and a twintip? (c) H. Fuchs

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