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Push your kitesurf progress with Sensi Graves

Bringing your kitesurf skills to the next level isn’t always easy – but one thing is for sure: It’s way easier and more effective to follow a reasonable learning curve. And to have expert advice! Check out these useful tips from pro kiteboarder Sensi Graves and get them first hand at her kite camp in Dakhla/Morocco together with Colleen Carroll this October.

Often women are afraid to try their first unhooked tricks – what’s the best way to overcome this fear? 

Great question! It can be really intimidating to start unhooking for the first time. The best way to overcome this fear is to start small. Start by just unhooking for a few seconds and then hooking back in. Start with the kite at 45 degrees off the water, release your edge and head slightly downwind, keep your hands close together, pull the bar in and down and unhook. Keep riding downwind toward your kite, then hook back in and re-engage your edge. 
Make sure you’re with people who are encouraging and supportive and can give you tips. This is beyond helpful!

Sensi Graves in Dakhla, Morocco
Progressing is so much easier if you have advice from a pro like Sensi Graves! And of course great conditions are helpful too. © Debbie Jean Hollmon

If it’s about to start park riding, which basics skills are essential?

The number one basic skills needed to ride in the park is comfort unhooking and staying in control. You have to be confident in approaching an obstacle, bearing off to flatten your board and then just doing it. It helps a lot if you’re able to get some time in at a cable park. Cable parks are excellent cross-training playgrounds and super helpful when first getting up the courage to hit obstacles. 

Sensi Graves knows how to rock obstacles!
Park riding opens a whole new world of kitesurf experiences. Sensi Graves knows how to rock obstacles! © Vincent Bergeron

What’s your personal approach to learn new tricks? 

Just keep trying! It can be really easy to get discouraged when trying new tricks. It can take a long time to learn something new! It’s important to allow yourself to fail and not be super discouraged by it. If you find that you’re just getting frustrated, it’s time to go in and take a break and come back out when you’re fresh. Reaffirm that you can do it, believe in yourself and keep going for it!

Kite retreat in Dakhla, Morocco organized by Sensi Graves and Colleen Carroll
Being in an engouraging and supportive environment (like Sensi and Colleen offer at their retreats) helps to feel more confident on the water.

What can participants expect from your kite retreat in Dakhla together with Colleen?

Participants can expect an empowering group environment that allows for connection, progression and fun! We find all women’s kite camps to be really supportive of the individuals and allow for tons of encouragement and connection. It’s always really fun to meet like-minded women, cheer each other on and bond over kiteboarding in a new location. We’re really looking forward to Dakhla for it’s charm, excellent wind conditions and easy access to kiteboarding. 

Check out everything you need to know about the retreat in October from Sensi Graves & Colleen Carroll here:

https://www.sensiandcolleen.com/dakhla-2019

For those who have never been to Dakhla before – here’s a glimpse on Morocco’s kite paradise:

Cover shot: Rider Sensi Graves, © Vincent Bergeron


Interested in more tips and tricks for your progress? Then you might like these posts:

Getting unhooked – tips from the pros
How to pimp your kite sessions
Unhooked basics: Pro tips from Lauren Holman

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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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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Skin and hair care for kitesurfers

Summer, sun, kitesurfing – it’s the perfect happy-combo! Unfortunately not for our hair and skin … UV-radiation, water and salt can cause irreversible damage to them. So they need more attention and extra care. Of course the hair topic affects rather women than men. But nobody gets around protecting his skin from the sun! In the last few years I spent many weeks in the summer heat for kitesurfing – and so I had enough time to try different sun- and hair care strategies & hairstyles and to collect tips from others. So I could create my personal top combo for skin and hair. Et voilá, here it is!

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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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