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.
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.
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 over 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?