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Kitesurfing and its Safety

28 January 2014 | 3:11 am

Kitesurfing is without a doubt one of the most exhilarating sports around today. I don’t think in the history of kitesurfing there has ever been a person sitting on the beach, looking out at the thrill-seeking kite surfers, thinking to themselves, “well this is rather boring, I would much rather be at home watching some old people play golf.”


Although, like with all activities that have the adrenaline junkies on the edge of their seats, the margin for error, which could result in rather terrible accidents, is quite large, if the correct procedures are not followed. It is human nature to want to push the limit, but there is a very fine line between pushing the limit safely and pushing the limit recklessly.

Although these tips may seem rather obvious, most accidents happen when people forget or ignore the simplest of guidelines, turning their water adventure into a nightmare. You shouldn’t have to gamble with your life like you’re on some type site. It is therefore of utmost importance that you adhere to the below mentioned safety tips.

Equipment Check

Once you’re on the water, it is too late to correct any problems with your equipment. That is why it is of dire importance to carefully check all of your equipment before you launch. The smallest weakness could result in disaster.


It’s not about Being Cool

With a sport as intense as kitesurfing, it is important that you do not attempt ridiculous tricks that are out of your league, with the sole purpose of impressing others. The bikini babe on the beach may notice you if you pull it off, but she’d definitely prefer a boyfriend that is still alive.

Know the Forecast

The weather forecast isn’t just a fun filled green screen with bright colours and pretty pictures. As a kite surfer, it is important to know what the weather is predicted to do while you’re out on the waves. Weather has a habit of being rather unpredictable, so it is important to keep an eye on the heavens above. Getting trapped on the water while a storm rolls in is not a situation you’d wish to be in.


Stay Clear from Others

As the kite surfer, it is your duty to have eyes all over. Swimmers, and other individuals enjoying the day on the water, do not always pay attention to where you are. It is your responsibility to stay away from crowded areas and ensure that no collisions or equipment tangling takes place.

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