Having Fun with Kitesurfing
Kitesurfing is an exciting activity that involves a combination of other sporting skills: surfing, kiteflying, and wakeboarding. Did you know that Boracay’s Bulabog Beach is known as the best kite surfing location in Asia? It’s the perfect place to kite surf because of its strong winds and its shallow blue waters where you can cruise in.
If you wish to do kitesurfing, here are some necessities to take note of:
1) Learn Kitesurfing Basics for your Safety
It’s best to have supervision if you’re a beginner kitesurfer. Since you’ll be doing this close to shore, you would want to make sure that not only you will be safe from harm, but innocent beach goers as well.
Find a certified kite boarding instructor who you can learn from. Since this is a sport that combines a lot of techniques, while you can definitely enjoy it easily, taking time to ensure your safety is necessary.
2) Check your fitness
When doing kitesurfing, it’s required to be at least moderately physically fit. It doesn’t take a lot of strength, but it requires core power, balance and coordination. You’ll be combining multiple sporting skills and are working with forces of nature like the water and the wind. Your body should be ready for all these to fully enjoy the sport and to avoid harming others on the beach as well.
3) Choose the right kite
Choosing the right gear is necessary in kitesurfing. If you’re just starting, it’s better to try it out several times before deciding on investing in purchasing your own gear. It’s better to consult professionals in order to find the kind of kite that’ll suit you best.
According to MACkite Boarding, for beginners, it’s suggested that your kite should be:
· “Sized for winds under 20 knots based on your weight”
· “Lots of depower in the bar throw”
· “At least 98% depower from the safety system. Most brands now have 100%”
· “Easy relaunch”
· “Stable flying- moves intentionally, not too responsive”
· “Move upwind easily”
These are just simple reminders for your first, if not next, kiteboarding session. Enjoy the water and the wind. Have a safe and fun ride!