5 mistakes to avoid when you start kitesurfing

Kitesurfing is one of the most exciting board sports around. Whether you’re new to board sports or an international skateboarding champion, this extreme and physical sport will surprise you with its adrenaline and thrills. Daring and control are your key words to tame your wings and let the wind take you in a whirlwind of emotions. However, to give you the best chance of learning this sport, here are the 5 mistakes you should avoid when you start kitesurfing.

Mistake 1: not hiring an instructor to teach you the basics of kitesurfing

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Before you start kitesurfing, or any type of extreme sport in general, it is more than recommended that you go to an approved kitesurfing school to learn. This is because the basis of the sport is your ability to control your kite, to understand and control your speed in relation to the wind to steer. A professional instructor will provide you with solid theoretical and practical knowledge. With the right equipment, the right spot and advice throughout the lessons, you’ll quickly learn the right moves and reflexes to safely practice this fun sport.

Taking a beginner’s lesson should be the first thing you do when you are new to kitesurfing or if you haven’t done it for a while.

Mistake 2: Overestimating your abilities and overestimating the power of nature

After a few great successes in teasing the wave and taking off over the water, it’s easy to be tempted to go even further. But be careful. The sport is extremely addictive, not least because of the sense of freedom it offers, but also very tiring for the body. When you feel that you are less comfortable, that your muscles are pulling too much, take a break. Continuing to practice when you are exhausted can lead to serious injury. Also, always find out about the weather conditions of your kiteboarding sport before you go. Don’t underestimate the power of nature and the environment in which you are riding. The risk of an accident due to a loss of control of your kite is usually very high.

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Mistake 3: Not taking the time to find the perfect spot

The spot must be chosen carefully, even if it means walking a few kilometres to get to the ideal environment. In addition, the spot should be correctly oriented to the wind. For obvious reasons, avoid overcrowded beaches. To be safe, you need to be in fairly deep water and have a clear horizon. Avoid creeks and coves where sharp rocks can be particularly unpleasant. Also, if there are too many bathers, jet skis, windsurfers or pedal boats… Skip it or come back during the less busy hours. Early morning is the best time to practice.

Mistake 4: Not choosing the right equipment

Getting the right equipment is essential, both to avoid damaging the equipment and for your own safety. First of all, you will need a harness, a neoprene suit adapted to the sport, a kite, a pump, a helmet and a protective waistcoat. All of these items are essential to ensure your well-being and to avoid serious injuries that can occur during extreme sports. It is advisable to rent the equipment when you are a beginner to avoid too big an investment. Then, when you are a seasoned kitesurfer, kitesurfing brands such as DUOTONE and ION are to be preferred for their performance and quality.

Mistake 5: Going kitesurfing alone

Even if the desire to ride the waves is strong, never go kitesurfing alone. Indeed, it is preferable to be at least 2 to take off and land your kite. Moreover, it is reassuring to know that a good soul is watching over you and that if you have the slightest problem, he will be able to fly to your rescue or to call the firemen. And it’s nice to be able to talk about your experience with someone who shares your passion.

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