Kite-Surfing!

Kite-Surfing!

The Passion of Kiting….

Just looking cool…2017

Around 6 years ago was the first time I discovered kite-surfing…I was immediately curious to know more and after 2 instructors in Sardinia cancelling on me(all of a sudden they closed the school and they went travelling) I finally started with an instructor from Burgas ,Bulgaria…..He wasn´t an official instructor but was really good at kite-surfing and he gave lessons….

#Throwback! 2011=)The 1st time I held a board….

On my first official lesson though he was really stoned (which is fine) and not entirely focused on me (not fine)…He had a little too much confidence in my skills which is indeed flattering as I was controlling the kite really well-but I asked him several times not to de-tach himself from me as it was my first time and I wasn´t quite feeling the kite quite yet…He kept on reassuring me that it´s all good-that I just needed to look at my kite….After detaching himself from me he suddenly saw a friend of his and started whistling and yelling something to which at that point I got distracted and looked his way which then sent me flying up really high(which was great) but as I was quite far from him there was no way for him to pull me down…But, anyway as I was powering up at quite the speed-the time came when I was flying down- face down and grinding myself on burning hot sand …The kite finally crashed and I was on land..That was the last lesson with him and the next 5 years really…

 

6 years later…

On the 6th year I got introduced by a very good friend of mine to a brilliant school(that had just opened) and fantastic instructor in the south of Sweden! I was so excited and realised perhaps it was time to continue what I had started! Everything about this sport is seemed just so awesome!The gear, the mindset but most of all the whole community of kiters! I felt so ready!

So Ready!

Kite at 12 o´clock and Body dragging

I started almost immediately and it was so exciting and scary at the same time. The instructor though really believed in me (he had taught over 4000 people(now kiters=) He even detached himself from me but was always watching what I was doing. I gained full control of the kite and realised that I control the kite! No matter how strong the wind is- it is I who controls the kite…and she must obey…The force had truly awakened! (that same week I watched StarWars=) On the 2nd day I was with another guy in a group lesson and we were all by ourselves in deep waters with our own kites! It was so freeing ! It was just the wind, the water, the sun and our kites hovering above us! I learned body dragging and loved the feeling of the wind pulling me up and over the water to all sides! I then had to go back to Stockholm but knew I would come back!

The Waterstart….

The Force Awakens….

I returned to the school 2 months later and it was time for the water start! This time I had the board with me and had to control the kite with just one hand! Step-by-Step I was stepping=)))

After about the 1st hour I actually got on the board and rode away ! For about 6 seconds…It was insane ! I loved it. My instructor kept on reminding me to breathe…He did mention that I am overly-excited!! haha!! Indeed I was ! I was On FIRE! It is the best feeling ever! I felt my abs the whole time- that´s probably one of the reasons all kiters have such amazing bodies…You end up using most of your muscles and when you get the hang of it ,it starts to feel effortless! I was around 3 hours in the water, got on the board many times and officially rode around 3 times! I am so happy ! Today is day 4 and I truly am looking forward to it!!! Each time it gets better and better! The feelings get more and more intense, but the thing which stuck in my head is that I control the kite! It´s not the circumstances -it´s my own focus that counts! Just like with most things in life! Kite-surfing is rather philosophical …and I like Philosophy =)))But now I love Kite-surfing!!!

 

 

Some Kite surfing facts…..

The birth of kiteboarding as a mainstream sport really began in 1998 when Joe Keuhl organised the first kiteboarding event, which took place on Maui in Hawaii. The competition was jokingly dubbed the kitesurfing world championships and all the big names in kiteboarding were there (25 of them).

Two brothers, Bruno Legaignoux and Dominique Legaignoux, from the Atlantic coast of France, developed kites for kitesurfing in the late 1970s and early 1980s and patented an inflatable kite design in November 1984, a design that has been used by companies to develop their own products.

Kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and gymnastics into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without footstraps or bindings.

-Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding, which uses standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically for the purpose.

-Kitesurfing utilizes a regular surfboard, a kite as a sail, and a whole lot of your core muscles. It’s a mixture of windsurfing and wakeboarding, only with a kite in the air – like parasailing, only you balance on an actual surfboard.

Cool Quotes……

“The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.”
Phil Edwards

“Surfing to me is like playing music. You play different melodies with different boards.”
Skip Frye

“We’re all equal before a wave.”

Dreaming of Kiting…Dreams become Reality!


Laird Hamilton

“Never drive away from good surf.”
Roger Sharp

“There is not one right way to ride a wave.”
Jamie O’Brien

“There are a million ways to surf, and as long as you’re smiling you’re doing it right.”
Unknown Author

“It’s like the mafia. Once you’re in – your in. There’s no getting out.”
Kelly Slater

“I don’t see any difference between bodyboarding and surfing – it’s all surfing.”
Tom Morey

“Your surfing can get better on every turn, on every wave you catch. Learn to read the ocean better. A big part of my success has been wave knowledge.”
Kelly Slater

“Style is a natural extension of who you are as a person.”
Mark Richards

“The joy of surfing is so many things combined, from the physical exertion of it, to the challenge of it, to the mental side of the sport.”
Kelly Slater

“I think when a surfer becomes a surfer, it’s almost like an obligation to be an environmentalist at the same time.”
Kelly Slater

“It’s all about where your mind’s at.”
Kelly Slater

 

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