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Whether you’re a long-time surfer, wake boarder or a complete newbie to the water sports world, there’s one sport that everyone has at least heard of… and that’s kiteboarding! In relatively recent years, the sport has seemingly taken the action water sports industry by storm and has become a real cultural phenomenon. Each year, kiteboarding continues to become more and more popular, and today there is an estimated 1.5 million kiters in the world! If you have yet to jump on the kiteboarding bandwagon, here are 5 reasons why you should.
1. It’s beginner-friendly
Ok, so you won’t instantly become a professional kiteboarder as soon as you hit the water, but the sport is surprisingly manageable and friendly for beginners. There are plenty of places that offer kiteboarding lessons in which you’ll learn the basics, as well as special tips, tricks and techniques geared toward beginners. And after a couple of lessons and a little practice, you’ll probably feel comfortable enough to head out on your own. Plus there are a ton of different styles of kiteboarding, so you’ll surely find one that you enjoy and that’s well-suited for you.
2. Knowledge and technique over strength
Despite popular belief, kiteboarding definitely requires more knowledge and technique than strength. Sure, you’ll definitely need the stamina to recover from a wipeout or two and be able to control your kite, but overall, knowing what you’re doing is much more important in kiteboarding than brute strength alone. For this reason, women, children and those intimidated by rough, physically-demanding sports should definitely give it a try.
3. You can kiteboard year-round
Obviously if you live somewhere that never drops below 75 degrees and has fantastic wind and water conditions throughout the year, you can enjoy the sport regardless of the date on your calendar. But for those who live in more moderate climates, you can still practice year-round. If you’re able to do some traveling, you can (and should!) definitely look into the best kiteboarding spots around the world and start planning your kiteboarding adventures. But if it’s not in your budget, you can still enjoy the same high-flying thrills on snow during winter with “snowkiting,” which is a great way to maximize your practice time.
4. Endless equipment options
Whether you prefer a longboard or a shortboard, a smaller kite or a larger kite, there are endless configurations and personalization options available when it comes to your kiteboarding equipment. While this is fantastic for your budget and your personal preferences, it can be a bit overwhelming for someone who’s new to the sport. This is where taking classes or connecting with a kiteboarding club can be invaluable, so those with more experience can help point you in the right direction and help you find what will work best for you.
5. Fantastic workout for your mind and body
Last but not least, kiteboarding is a great opportunity to tune out the daily grind and focus your mind on nothing but the wind, waves and whitecaps. You’ll have to pay attention to changes in weather, wind direction and your route, allowing your mind to tap into the meditative qualities of a focused activity. Your figure, on the other hand, will definitely start to see some well-deserved changes, as kiteboarding has proven to be a fantastic workout! Plus the sport comes easier to those who stay active and fit, so if you decide to keep up with it, you’ll look as great as you feel up there as you’re flying high in the sky.