Hi guys, long time no blog!
It’s been a whole since I’ve written a post on here detailing my kitesurfing experiences, to be honest I’ve been too busy organising lessons for you guys to get out much! However, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks in Egypt with our students recently, and the first of many blogs I’ll be writing is here – what I’ve learnt out there!
- Kiting in a 2mm shorty is great, but get a decent waterproof suncream and apply it regularly, because you WILL burn. And yes, your hands need it too.
- Whilst we’re on the topic of the sun, wear sunglasses. Burning your eyeballs is a real thing and it is painful. Get yourself a floating pair with a strap, and if you’re super worried about losing them you can tie them to the zip of your wetsuit with some kite line.
- If it’s your first time kiting at the spot, check with the locals or a nearby school to ask about any hazards and regulations there might be. Where we kited in Egypt, you were not allowed to kite past 5pm. In other places, you’re not able to kite in certain areas or will need to avoid them at certain times.
- Compressors to pump up your kite are amazing, but make sure to use short bursts of air as you get up to pressure, else you’ll end up with a blown out bladder.
- Not everyone knows the rights of way, and they don’t all speak your language, so yelling won’t help you. Be sure to stay a safe distance from other kiters (especially beginners!) Look around before you board start / transition / jump… if there’s someone there DON’T JUST DO IT ANYWAY.
- In an offshore wind, always walk back upwind further than you think you should… you WILL go down wind more than you think and a boat rescue takes a lot longer than the walk back
- Make sure you know how to do a packdown. Whether you’re in an offshore wind, you’re kiting alone or you’re kiting much further from the shore than normal, a packdown is a vital skill and without knowing how to perform one safely you are a danger to both yourself and others on the water.
- Eat plenty of food and drink plenty of water. Chances are, you’re not used to kiting every day (I know I wasn’t!), and you’ll need plenty of fuel. Take regular breaks and make sure you’re listening to your body – if it hurts, take a rest day. It’s better to take one day off now than need three days off later.
- Kiting abroad is so much fun! If you get the chance, I would definitely recommend it. If you fancy coming along on one of our trips, check them out here or drop us an email.