I first saw people kiteboarding on the Mediterranean in France back in 2003 and remember thinking ‘What the hell is that. I NEED to try that.’ If you’ve been wanting to try kiteboarding maybe you can relate. It looks invigorating. Exciting. You get to spend some quality time flying through the air and speeding across the water. That shits gotta be good. But it’s a hard sport to get into. If you have friends that do it, chances are they aren’t very keen to teach you. The gears expensive. And so are the lessons. Maybe you already do so many sports, and think as fun as it looks it’s another thing to try and fit into your busy schedule. Plus, it takes time and dedication. But then again…What doesn’t?
I finally took 3 days of lessons at Nitinaht Lake found amongst the dusty logging roads of Vancouver Island. I (more then just once) swallowed some water, ate shit, lost my board and crashed the kite (thank goodness this sports grown so fast because back in 2003 if you crashed your kite it was game over). I also had a short glimpse of what it was like to ride. And now I’m addicted.
After 3 days of trying to figure it out I am still a punter. It’s clear I’m new. But we all have to start somewhere. I look back at the time I put into surfing. Biking. Snowboarding. Skiing. Into my yoga practice. And it made me realize if you want to learn you gotta commit. My least favorite word when it comes to some things – but when it comes to being on the water, count me in.
So my advice to all of you who have over the years been drawn to the sport but have yet to attempt it… DO IT. Commit. Take some lessons – even if that means you breaking into your piggy bank. There’s lots to learn and if you get advice from the experts you’ll pick it up before you know it. Believe me. Even from a beginners perspective I was able to spot those out there who hadn’t had lessons and it wasn’t pretty. Shit can hit the fan fast so better to know what to do then to get your kite stuck in a tree.
Kiting is just starting to take of. And yes. Its yet another sport for all us gear heads to invest in. But in my opinion the amount of riding, the airtime and the community of friends that comes with it make it well worth it.