5 Reasons Why Kiteboarding Has Become One of the Hottest Water Sports
Whether you are a long-time surfer, wake boarder or a complete newbie to the water sports world, there is one sport that everyone has at least heard of... and that's kiteboarding! Also known as kitesurfing or kiting, the sport has seemingly taken the action water sports industry by storm and has become a real cultural phenomenon in recent years. Each year, kiteboarding continues to become more and more popular, and today there is an estimated 1.5 million kiters in the world... and the numbers just keep on growing! If you have yet to jump on the kiteboarding bandwagon, here are 5 reasons why you should.
1. It's Beginner-Friendly
Chances are, you won't instantly look like a professional kiteboarder as soon as you hit the water, but this water sport is surprisingly manageable and friendly for beginners. There are plenty of places that offer kiteboarding lessons from seasoned kiters in which you will be able to learn the basics, as well as special tips, tricks and techniques that are geared toward beginners. 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're sure to 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 it does pure strength. Sure, you'll definitely need the physical stamina to recover from a wipeout or two, as well as the strength to be able to control your kite, but overall, knowing what you're doing is much more important in kiteboarding than brute strength alone. In other words, you don't have to be a tri-athlete or body builder to be good at kiting. For this reason, women, children and those who are simply intimidated by rough, physically-demanding sports definitely should not hesitate to give it a try.
3. You Can Kiteboard All Year-Round
Obviously if you live somewhere that never drops below 75 degrees Fahrenheit and has fantastic wind and water conditions throughout the year, you can enjoy the sport regardless what the date on your calendar might say. But for those who live in more moderate climates, you can still practice year-round. If you're able to do some traveling, you should definitely look into the best kiteboarding hotspots around the world and start planning an upcoming kiting adventure; regardless of the time of year, there's always somewhere with ideal kiteboarding conditions. But if traveling is 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. Plus the prices tend to vary greatly depending on your needs, making it fantastic for your budget. For someone who is new to the sport, choosing the right equipment and gear can be a bit overwhelming. 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 and your needs.
5. Fantastic Workout For Your Mind and Body
Last but not least, kiteboarding is one of the best water-based workouts for both your mind and body. The sport offers a great opportunity to tune out the daily grind and focus your mind on nothing but the wind, waves and whitecaps that surround you. 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. And when it comes to your figure, you will definitely start to see some amazing, well-deserved changes, as kiteboarding has proven to be a fantastic full-body 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.
If there's one sport you'll want to test this season, it is definitely kiteboarding. So bust out the swimsuits and beach gear, and get ready for the wildest time of your life!