You Might Be a Kite Candidate

May 14, 2009

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It’s all about flying a kite

OK….if you’re wanting to try, here’s a little motivation for you… My kids started kiting at 6 years old. In 2005, average kiteboarder’s age is 38. In 2004, the PKRA Women’s World champ was only 10-years-old. I’ve met several kiters from ages 60 to 70. A small Nordic girl was the first person to set the kiteboarding speed record. We kite often with a mother of 2 who is in her 50s. Basically, power kiting can be appreciated by many and it has a few prerequisites.

However, with that said, we must first reveal three facts often overlooked by new comers:

1 – Power kiting is a sport and is not for everyone! Many who show up at our door have a mis-understanding that kiteboarding is a ride and we can just take them out for an afternoon of fun. Even worse, are those who feel they only need to watch someone do it a few times before trying it. If you want to pursue the sport, there are definitive training steps you will need to be coached and guided on.

2- If you persue any sports including kiteboarding, safety should always be the number one factor. Expecting that you’re going to crash kites and fall, it is a must for one to keep a positive mental state. The best way to learn is by falling; it is the first step before being able to get on your feet. Keep your learning aptitude strong and you’ll do well

3- Girls learn faster We’ve found women and girls have a faster learning curve than most guys. Based in our studies, we have nailed it down to the finesse, the center of gravity and study skills. Overall, females have more balance and finesse. Since kiting is more about “Zen” than strength, they do well by not muscling the gear around. The natural lower center of gravity increases their ablity to sustain rides. And when we impart them something….they listen very well and digest what was being taught (sorry guys).

Fusing your skills with other sports!
In just a few years, kite flyers, wakeboarders, surfers, skaters, skiers, snowboarders, sailors and paragliders have fused in their skills with kiteboarding. If your athletic background harvests in one of these areas, you’ll find kiteboarding offers a lot skill familiarity, as well at some incredibly new feellings. Here’s a few tips for those crossing over from:

wind sports: Windsurfers and sailors will love that they have a big sail on a small boat. The small gear size will have you stoked about transport and rigging. Keep in mind that one’s key strength is in his wind knowledge in this type of sport. It’s likely that you need to unlearn riding big boards and holding on to booms.

Boarders: Surfers will love riding more waves in one kiting session than entire season surfing. Wakeboarders will appreciate the hangtime as they control their own boat with an 80-inch pole. Snowboarders / skiers will put their fuel on that they already have their board, can ride up mountains and avoid the crowded lift lines (plus you can ride in summers on ground or water). Skaters will eat up the sliders, wakeskates and rails, falling from an ollie won’t tear up any joints. All boarder types will need to really work on the wind basics along with kite control skills and launching.

There is no need to have a background in any of these sports. In fact, we often find students without strong board sport experience have less to unlearn. Pro-riders often have stronger learning aptitudes and the desire to push forward. Some of these best kiters never stepped foot on a board or boat. What it really comes down to is your passion, desire and commitment.


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