What is Kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing also known as kiteboarding is a sport similar but not the same as wakeboarding, snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding and sailing. A kitesurfer harnesses the power of the wind with their kites which range in size depending on the strength of the wind to be propelled across the water.
Kitesurfing has many disciplines and can be practiced with a twin tip board similar to a wakeboard, a surfboard which are referred to as directional boards and hydrofoil boards which are the latest development in the sport.
Many people think that learning to kitesurf is hard and that they need to have a strong upper body to take up the sport. This is far from the truth. Kitesurfing is a sport for everyone, male or female, young or old. Anyone interested in learning should initially take lessons from a qualified instructor before ever trying it out by themselves as there are inherent dangers. This being said learning is a step by step process and does not require you to be an athlete to progress in the sport. Generally speaking, after around 10hrs of lessons which will cover theory, safety, kite flying and board skills, most people get to a stage of independence and are ready to buy their own equipment and embrace the wind while having the best times of their lives.
Top 10 reasons why Kitesurfing is good for you:
- Keeps you physically fit providing an all body workout.
- Maintains a healthy heart
- Increase concentration and coordination
- Improves Balance
- Reduces stress
- Boosts your immune system
- Improves your flexibility
- Appreciation for nature and the elements
- Member of a worldwide community
See you on the beach!!
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