I have been kiteboarding since 2009. Before that, the sport had set itself up and innovation had begun to the highlands. The wild years of experimenting with shape, size, and materials have passed and it has become a very safe and fairly standard sport to practice.
Now, ten years later, the equipment has been further improved, new styles and genres have emerged, kite surf vehicles have grown both in quality and quantity and while a number of brands have turned Lost, many new products have appeared on the market. Even so, kite surfing is still a niche sport and overall awareness is poor.
What is it like to surf a kite?
Everyone has their own perception of flying over the water provided by a kite. Depending on the style you practice, it can be anything from relaxing and meditating to energizing and enjoyable.
It’s fun, and for many it’s addictive. It’s like tapping something that feels alive. The proximity to the factors and control results in feeling free, most of us cannot get enough.
Is it dangerous to surf a kite?
Kiteboarding in calm and predictable conditions is not very difficult and can be considered safe. It’s the unpredictability of the weather, coupled with the poor judgment that can turn it into a lethal activity with a disastrous outcome. So yes, it’s risky if you play outside of your comfort zone. You can make it a lot safer by applying some general precautions.
Don’t try kite surfing without a previous lesson.
Do not take a new car without checking the safety system first.
Do not ride with a leash. The leash acts like a bungee and your board can hit you in the head (learn to pull the body instead).
Practice saving yourself in a calm condition so you know what to do if you have to do it for real.
Learn international rules for avoiding water-based collisions
Most of the crashes occurred on land.
Check out the wind and weather forecast and don’t go out in conditions you can’t handle.
Never go out alone.