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.

But let’s start with the interview with Resl who gives answers to the most important questions concerning women and kitesurfing.

Women and kitesurfing –
what you need to know

Why do many women shy away from starting to kitesurf?

Generally kitesurfing ist still a male domain, not only in the high-performance sector. Women are clearly under-represented in this sport. And due to the male representation kiteboarding is often perceived as extremely intense and dangerous. For sure this is one of the reasons that lot of girls and women don’t feel truly affected by kitesurfing. And this although kitesurfing can be a very elegant sport that doesn’t involve a lot of strength but demeanor and technique. It doesn’t require a lot of strength (ok, except for unhooked tricks or kiteloops like the pros do it). Technique, feeling, kite control, the assessment of wind and weather are way more important!


Do women underestimate themselves too much?

Definitely. Women tend to rather underestimate themselves while men have a higher tendendy to overestimate their skills (the exception proves the rule!). And often girls are also underestimated by others, they let themselves be intimitated by newspaper reports, affected behaviour and showing off by the guys. Driving a car is way more dangerous but nevertheless we all learned it (including parking, haha!).


Can kitesurfing be relaxing?

Of course. The combination of untamed nature, wind and water makes the analogy to yoga not so far-fetched. For me lots of sessions feel like a kind of meditation, e. g. when I can burn off my extra energy in a relaxed session with the 12.


Is it harder for women to learn kitesurfing?

In all the years that I have been teaching I noticed that women usually show significantly more feeling for the kite and the “hows” and “whys”. It’s a fact that the guys tend to learn faster, especially concerning the waterstart and the riding – cause they don’t give a sh.. and just do it without worrying too much. Anyway, you have to challenge every student at whatever stage they may be. So I try to alleviate the womens’ fears through explaining them the background, helping them to judge situations correctly and of course, to motivate them all the time. Which mostly works very well – cause as long as a student knows what to do in a situation there’s no need to be afraid! And as soon as the ladies notice that they got the knack and just need to trust themselves there’s no way to stop them anymore!


What can the participants of your camp expect there?

I really wanted to organize a camp especially for female kiteboarding beginners to challenge all these clichés. To give motivated and fun-loving girls and women the possibility to get in touch with our great sport in a relaxed atmosphere, in a lagoon with constant winds, in summery temperatures without a wetsuit and all these knick-knacks! Such conditions make it way easier to progress. And by the way, there’s something I forgot – an argument that might be interesting for women, haha:  In addition to all the other benefits of kitesurfing it’s for sure one of the best trainings for abdos, legs, buttocks and thighs) 😀


What about your personal kitesurf beginnings?  
I think I had the same problems that many women have. I had lots of respect for the kite and the risks. I learned with constantly changing conditions, partially super strong winds and choppy water at the Neusiedlersee. In the beginning I really thought that I would never ever be able to learn this! At that time there haven’t been a lot of female instructors who could have given me some positive input. Had I known at that time what I know now – how to properly start, and that as a kite instructor you need to communicate differently with women than with men – I would have learned faster, for sure. So that’s the reason why I’m offering a kite camp only for girls now.

If you’d like to participate in the Girls Kite Camp, get all the information here: www.sevenseasriders.at

And here’s the link to the Facebook event!


If you have any questions about women and kitesurfing or other topics feel free to leave a comment or write me an email: contact@kitejoy.net

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Undecided ladies, girls, grand ma, if you learnt how to walk, to swim and ride a bicycle, than Kitesurfing is for you, don’t hesitate, takes some few lessons with accredited kitesurfers trainers and you’ll see how your life will change drastically. Since, I’m kiting, my wholelife changed, LOL ! cheers !