Kiteboarding 101 – Try It!
Kite surfing is a new surface water sport you can try out if you’re looking for a safe way to surf without exposing yourself to huge waves.
Many consider kite surfing to be an extreme sport but if you really look at the basics, you will see that it is practically the safest among the rest. Let’s look into how this new hobby can give you the best time of your holiday escapades.
As the name implies, kite surfing is surfing using a kite to help you skim through the surface of the water. This is also called as “wave riding” by some but it is more common to call it as kite surfing.
A controllable kite is used to propel you through the water and you can easily let go if you think that you’re going too fast or losing control over your footing.
Due to these safety precautions, many consider this method of surfing as the safest for holiday goers looking for extra thrill without the risk.
You don’t need high-end gears to enjoy this sport. First of all, you need a kite to help catch the wind and propel you through the surface of the water. You can either go for inflatable kites or you can use foil kites for this hobby.
A kiteboard is also used in contrast to the traditional surfboards used by most surfers. You can opt for those with a foot strap to keep your board in place — recommended for beginners.
Also, since you will be constantly exposed to moderate to strong winds for a successful kite surfing experience, it is important that you wear a wet suit to keep your body temperature in normal range.
As a safety precaution, it is normal to carry a knife with you during wind surfing. If you think that you’re going out of control and you think that your kite is dragging you off the water then you can just cut the lines instead of just unhooking the straps connecting you to it.
Other equipment, though deemed optional, are helmets, floatation device, an impact vest, and a GPS for those who plan to surf far from the shore.
Aside from the gears you will be using for kite surfing, certain safety precautions are necessary to avoid putting your life in danger. For example, kite surfing rentals often require surfers to undergo a training regime or a refresher course before attempting to kite surf.
If you’re a beginner then it is best to have a guide accompany you during surfing or make sure that you’re near the shore in case you need to call for help.
It is also a good idea to consider the location where you plan to kite surf. You need an open body of water without any risk of hitting solid objects, like a sand bar, reef, or loose rocks since you can easily get out of control when you’re under the throes of strong winds.
Also, if you think that you’re starting to leave the water as your kite is exposed to strong winds then it is better to cut the lines before you get too high up.