Kitesurfing in Spain is very popular with those who enjoy extreme activities on the water (although of course the aim is to keep OUT of the water). With such Kitesurfing hotspots as Tarifa, Famara (Lanzarote) and Corralejo (Fuerteventura), Spain offers decent conditions for those who wish to give it a try.
Kitesurfing has emerged as one of the world’s fastest-growing extreme sports. It combines the characteristics of snowboarding, wakeboarding, skateboarding, windsurfing, surfing, and paragliding. It is one of the most exciting, easy to learn, and enjoyable sports out there. Some people might find it a little frustrating, but once you learn how to kitesurf, it may become the most fun sport you’ll ever experience. However, you still need to take a few day classes to learn with the right kit. This article will take you through essential points you should know before kitesurfing, make sure to read it till the end before you get into the waters to roll.
Do you need to be super fit?
Many people believe that they need to be fit for this sport, but no, you don’t have to be super fit to kitesurf. You might have seen little 8-10 years old kids enjoying this fun sport. If you have the right kite, it will be easier for you to kitesurf as well. Most girls think they need to have strong arms with massive biceps, but it is not the case. It is not your arms that take the strain but your core that gets the workout. Therefore, it concludes that a reasonable level of fitness can get the job done.
How much does it cost to buy kitesurfing gear?
You need to have your own kitesurfing gear after taking an organised course if you are passionate about this sport. Usually, the kitesurfing equipment includes a kite, bar and lines, a harness, and a board. The new gear will cost you about 1700 to 2300 EUR for the full kit… although some kitesurfing schools may hire the kit out to you if you’re only planning to do it on your holidays in Spain. The price of the latest gear may vary from brand to brand depending on the specifications. It is not recommended to buy second-hand because the model of the kites evolves almost constantly. However, if you are still planning to buy a second-hand gear go for the previous year’s model, and you can also find a good 30-40% discount.
How long does it take to learn kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing is one of those sports which seem difficult to learn but are actually a lot easier. If you are a rapid learner, then you can be up and riding within three days. If you have experience in skateboarding, snowboarding, or wakeboarding, you are already halfway through learning kitesurfing. To learn it, all you need to do is to take a typical 3-day course. If you want to pursue your passion for kitesurfing, then you can check out lessons at Kite Obsession. They offer good all-round advice as well as accommodation packs in Tarifa.
Why should you take kitesurfing lessons?
There are three main reasons mentioned below to describe why you should take proper training from a qualified instructor.
You learn faster and better
When you seek the assistance of a certified instructor, you learn in less time and much better than when you do it by yourself. By learning on your own, you expose yourself to unavoidable risks and end up injured.
You should never underestimate kitesurfing just because it is easy to learn and a fun sport. Bad learning habits can endanger you and other swimmers and surfers in the area. The main benefit of taking a formal course is that you will learn safety techniques, principles of wind, and riding without accidents. It will keep you and people in the area safe and sound.
You Learn with school equipment.
During your learning period, you don’t need to spend money on buying new kitesurfing gear because you learn with the gear provided by your school. Additionally, kitesurfing equipment is not cheap, and if you buy one before you can actually go in the water and surf by yourself, you could be spending unnecessarily – after all kitesurfing isn’t for everyone. Therefore, buy gear when you finish the course and know that it’s something you’d like to spend more time participating in.
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Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.