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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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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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Kitesurf weather: Frontal winds and thunderstorms – including expert tips

Improving one’s own skills is a goal that every kitesurfer is aiming for. With increasing skills people automatically take more risks. For lots of kiters that also means to go out when it’s massively pumping. Kitesurfing in strong winds is one thing – but when it comes to unpredictable, unstable frontal winds and thunderstorms it’s an entirely different matter which unfortunately is too often underestimated … and due to this frequently ends in serious accidents. Read about how to deal with those weather conditions and get some helpful tips from Servus TV weather expert Sebastian Weber. Continue reading Kitesurf weather: Frontal winds and thunderstorms – including expert tips

Snowkiting: Why you should go for a session in the snow

If you live in a country in which you don’t have summer the whole year long, kitesurfing might get difficult during wintertime – at least if you want to go on the water. But who cares – as long as there’s snow! Snowkiting is a proper alternative for those who want to pursue their passion in ice and snow too.

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Why to go kitesurfing in bad weather – a little motivation guide

Most kite pics we see in magazines show kitesurfers in perfect conditions: Blue sky, turquoise water, warm temperatures and spots that offer good conditions – like constant winds and flat water or beautiful waves. Apart from the fact that on photos you just see a single moment and not how the session really was, some may assume that kitesurfing is always like this – bikini or boardshorts weather and so on … It’s definitely not! Harsh weather though acts as a deterrent do a lot of kiters. Too bad – cause there are many good reasons to go kitesurfing in bad weather, even if it’s grey and it rains.

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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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How to get great kitepictures: Easy tricks to go

For most kitesurfers the moment they get their first kitepicture is a very special one. Even if (like it was in my case) it’s a blurry shot on which you are just the size of an ant, you are proud like hell – and of course you want to post it on facebook, insta etc. immediately!

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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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