Top Tips for Learning Kiteboarding
If you haven’t thought apart from the well-established sports like football, basketball, hockey or cricket, and are nervous that you cannot play them, at least not in a famous league, take a look around and you will see many other sports that are perhaps much more enthralling and relaxing than football and other common sports. The topmost among them is kiteboarding! Here’s some information of this beautiful sport which will evoke you to engage into it.
What is Kiteboarding?
Kiteboarding is an exhilarating water sport that combines several athletic activities like wakeboarding, surfing, kite flying and parachute jumping too. Kiteboarding or kitesurfing is challenging but you don’t have to have a lot of physical strength to learn it because most of the load is taken away from your arms by the harness, thereby letting you ride continuously for hours. Therefore, most people that have overall good health can learn kietboarding. The most difficult part of the sport is controlling the kite. These important initial steps should be learned on a small-sized ‘power kite’ or ‘trainer kite’ which enables you to understand the first steps while dealing with only a little of power. For most adult learners, a 3 meter or larger trainer kite is good.
During the last some years, kiteboarding has undergone much advancement like safety releases, facility to remove the power out of your kite and almost immediate water relaunch that have drastically reduced the learning curve. In short, you can learn kiteboarding in days, unlike in the past when it used to take months.
Although today’s kiteboarding gear has made the sport much easier to learn, you will have to take lessons. Without proper training, things can be spoiled really quickly.
For kiteboarding, you will need:
Kite: Typically, a kite in kiteboarding is a large kite having the ability to re-launch off the water and create sufficient pull to plane you out on a board. It comes in various sizes from 4 meters to 19 meters. Make sure that the kite you buy is complete with bar, pump, lines, carrying bag and safety systems.
Kiteboard: This seems similar to a wakeboard, but has a much different shape and uses foot straps rather than boots for most riders.
Harness: It’s surprising that such an important part as a harness is often overlooked by riders. Actually harness is directly linked to your body and if it doesn’t fit well, it will give you much of trouble. Harnesses are of two types – seat harness and waist harness.
Wetsuit/Booties/Hood/Gloves: You will need these for protection from water and cold weather.
Eye Protection: This is optional and you will need it while kiteboarding in bright sunlight.
Sunscreen: This too is optional, but applying it is advisable.
Carrying Bag: Again this is optional, but recommendable.
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