Kitesurfing is a whole lot of fun, but it is also an extreme sport, and therefore, it is essential to have gear that will actively support you throughout your time on the water. Here, we go about breaking down the gear that you will most certainly need as you go about learning to kitesurf.
It is important to ensure that your kite is set up correctly for you, although if you are making use of the services of a school, then this will be done for you. For your own safety, it is imperative that you ensure that your kite has no leaks, rips or tears prior to heading out onto the water (or sky, depending on what discipline you are partaking in). Most importantly is however that the kite has a correct size taking into account windspeed and personal bodyweight.
An Appropriate Harness
A harness is a crucial element of your kitesurfing kit, if not the key item within your gear. The main two types are waist harnesses and seat harnesses; the purpose of harnesses is to help protect you from back pain and ensure that you are able to withstand the full force of the kite. That being said a seat harness, although much less cool, is a lot more practical for beginners as it provides a greater amount of support which is essential during your period of learning.
A Safety Leash
This is a non-negotiable piece of equipment that is used throughout water sports and is not limited to kitesurfing.
This will be items such as a helmet, a wetsuit, which is essential for cooler climates and is also recommended for those still learning as it helps to protect against cuts and scrapes. In addition, you should consider looking into appropriate footwear, namely any form of non-slip shoes which will help to provide you with extra grip while on the board. Finally, a good sunscreen will help protect any exposed skin and prevent you from getting a nasty sunburn.
A Kitesurfing Board
There are various sizes of boards available, but it is typically recommended that novices begin with a board that is bigger than average in size as this will help newcomers learn how to balance on the waves at a faster pace. Once you have mastered the basics of kitesurfing, feel free to move onto a slimmer, sleeker board.
Now that you know all the ins and outs of what to have at your disposal for your first kitesurfing adventure, the only thing left is to head out onto the water. What are you waiting for?