I have been kite surfing since 2009. Before that, this sport had established itself and innovation began on the plateau. The wild years of testing shapes, sizes and materials have passed and it has become a very safe and fairly standard sport to practice.
Now, ten years later, equipment has improved further, new styles and genres have emerged, kite surfing facilities have grown in both quality and quantity and while some brands have evolved. lost, many new products have appeared on the market.
Even so, kite surfing is still an appropriate sport and general awareness is poor. So for everyone new to sports and curious to learn more, here are some common questions about kitesurfing.
How does it look like to kite surfing?
Everyone has their own perception about flying on water provided by a kite. Depending on the style you practice, it can be anything, from relaxation and meditation to invigorating and enjoyable.
It is fun, and for many it is addictive. It is like tapping something that feels alive. Your kite comes alive, and you control it. Close to the elements and control resulting in a sense of freedom, most of us can’t get enough.
Is kite surfing dangerous?
Kite boarding in calm and predictable conditions is not very difficult, and can be considered safe. It is the unpredictability of the weather, together with poor judgment that can turn it into a deadly activity with a disastrous outcome. So yes, it’s dangerous if you play outside your comfort zone. You can make it a lot safer by applying some common precautions:
Don’t try kite surfing without the previous lesson. Safety is a big part of an introductory course.
Do not ride a new vehicle without first checking the safety system.
Do not ride with a leash. The chain works like a bungee and your board can hit your head (learn how to pull the body instead).
Practice saving yourself in calm conditions so you know what to do if you have to do it truly.
Learn international rules to avoid collisions on water
Most accidents occur on land. Be extra careful when launching and landing your kite.
Check wind and weather forecasts and don’t go out in conditions you can’t handle.
Never go out alone.