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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There are things we can be happy about when we don’t need them … anyway it’s good that they exist in case of emergency! Like for us watersports addicts this could be a self-inflating backup that might safe your life through offering buyoancy to keep yourself above the water surface – whilst it’s compact and lightweight in it’s inactive state and, super important, never gets in your way when you’re riding.
Restube produces such safety floats and provided me the sports version which I tested for this article.
It don’t need many letters to describe our latest trip to Africa – cause I think this video shows so much more impressions than words can ever give. Just to note: It was awesome, breathtaking and unforgettable – and to be honest, I immediately want to go back!
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And here’s the video – enjoy!
Kitesurfing in Kenya – Watamu 2017
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!
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.
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.
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!
All kinds of windsport in one event
Last weekend Heli and I went to Lake Garda, where we spent some days in Riva del Garda. The reason was an exclusive event preview for “Garda Wind Garda – Your wind experience.” The organisers of Barcolana invited media representatives and partners to take part in this preview. No question: I was mightily proud that I had received an invitation!
To describe the event in a few words: It’s an action-packed mix of different sports around wind and air, from kite- and windsurfing through sailing to paragliding.