Kitesurfing is a lot of fun. If you’ve ever done it before, you’ve already tasted the exhilaration that comes with it. You’re quite likely looking forward to the next time that you get to go. If you have to personally experience the excitement, then you might be planning on lessons or classes. Whatever the case may be, there are certain things you can do to make the most out of every kitesurf session.
Kitesurfing is also called kiteboarding by many. It can be complicated to do, as it incorporates elements of sailing, skateboarding, paragliding, surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, and snowboarding all into one activity. You harness the energy of the wind with a big power kite you control for propulsion across the snow, water, or land.
Keep reading into the following paragraphs to learn 10 ways you can make the most out of every kitesurf session. This article assumes you’re kitesurfing on a body of water, even though kiteboarding is sometimes done on sand and snow.
1) Get Enough Sleep: Make sure you get a good night sleep the day before you go. You want to be at your best in order to do well as kitesurfing. Some days, it may take everything you’ve got to get on the board. Other days, a little extra energy helps you stay out there longer, making the most of your session.
2) Have A Good Breakfast: Another aspect of being fueled up and ready to go is having enough energy in terms of food and nutrition. A robust breakfast with protein and carbs energize you for the day, and some fiber might help you stay full longer, so you can go light on lunch or even skip it.
3) Do It Sober: Kitesurfing is its own high when done right. Even if others tell you it’s easier to do when alcohol relaxes you or more memorable when under the influence of drugs, it’s really not, nor is it worth the safety risks involved.
4) Know Where The Closest Bathroom Is: The call of kitesurfing can only sometimes be overpowered by the call of nature. Know where the closest toilet is so you can handle your business quickly and get back to the fun. Better yet, use it before you get out on the water.
5) Have Company: Unless you want 1-on-1 lessons, the experience is better shared with friends and family. Of course, having others around you might make tutorials cheaper with price splitting. There’s always safety in numbers anyway.
6) Look Up The Weather: If you’re doing it recreationally on your own schedule, be mindful of the weather. There’s no point going out if you know it’ll rain. Likewise, some sunny days are better than others given the wind.
7) Know When The Sun Will Set: When the sun disappears, it might be time to call it a day. Beat it by as many hours as you can.
8) Know When The Sun Will Rise: Sometimes an early start lets you beat the crowds to the best spots on the water. A dawn session can be also quite memorable, but in case of dawn or dusk, just remember the low sun can blind you if you’re looking generally at that horizon.
9) Bring A First Aid Kit: Bumps and bruises can happen, as can bug bites and encounters with life under the water. Be prepared to patch yourself up.
10) Check Your Gear: Always check your gear before you head out to your spot and then again before getting in the water. Even if you avoid injury, you don’t want to waste time you could be on your board fixing something on the side of the water you could have done at home.
Now that you’ve read this article, you know 10 things you can do to make the most of every kitesurf session. If you happen to be going to a class or working with a professional instructor, do what you can to verify their training, experience, and certifications.