Lately I talked to Valentin Bontus, a 16-year-old austrian pro kitesurfer who told me about his experiences traveling one year around the globe with the World Class Kiteboarding Academy. Read more about the experiences he collected during this time, his plans for the next months and his new sponsor.
During the last months I did some research. I talked to quite a lot of kitesurfers and tried to find out which things might spoil their fun and enjoyment for kitesurfing. Of course there are negative factors like broken equipment or even accidents … but these should not be part of this article – cause the funny thing is, that most of the kiters I talked to did not mention such “big” factors as their primary annoyance! In 99 percent of the cases people mentioned other kitesurfers and their strange behaviour as the most irritating thing. And so that’s what this new series is about and why I call it “annoying kitesurf characters”.
After reaching a certain basic level with hooked tricks lots of kiters want to attempt unhooked tricks too. For good reasons: Not only that this will lead to a totally new kitesurf feeling, unhooked tricks open doors to so many new possibilities! I asked four kitesurf professionals to reveal their most important tips for those who want to progress in unhooking.
Although kiteboarders enjoy their sports and lifestyle, one should not believe that it’s always super fun to be a kite addict. Kitesurfers have their very own bunch of specific problems – and they are not always easy to handle! The following points will not all affect every kiter out there … but I am sure that lots of readers will find theirselves in one or more of the described situations.