Why is kitesurfing so popular?

Besides the fact that you look incredibly cool, kitesurfing is gaining in popularity because it combines so many other sports – wakeboarding, windsurfing, paragliding, snowboarding, and power kite flying, all rolled into one exhilarating extreme sport.

Who wouldn’t want to look like Ruben Lenten (ridersmatch)?

Of course it will take a fair amount of practice, perseverance and skill to get to this level of expertise but it ain’t impossible.

And its not only all about tricks. There’s nothing wrong with straight flat out kiting. The Crathorne family have just broken 3 records by being the first family to kitesurf across the English Channel, the busiest shipping lane in the world, from Dungeness to Boulogne in just 3 hours and 40 minutes. And the records they broke?

  1. Lucy and Polly are the first Women to kite surf the channel to France
  2. Polly is the youngest person at 16 to have kite surfed across and
  3. Ralph is the oldest (for the moment) at 51.

And there’s been another landmark crossing. Having had to wait a year for the right weather conditions, 5 friends, Fraser Dooley, Martin Sandwith, Stuart Wood, Nick Elliott and John Flynn, have just successfully crossed the Irish Sea – a 110 mile 9 hour crossing from Cloghy in Northern Island to Silloth in West Cumbria. A massive undertaking. But despite the 9 hours battling the elements they had enough stamina left for a champagne celebration on the beach with family and friends!

Sir Richard Branson intends to kite the channel for his 60th birthday present to himself, accompanied by 5 time world champion Aaron Hadlow and Laird Hamilton of Big Wave surfing fame. “Kitesurfing is one of my favourite sports. I absolutely love the amazing rush you get when going at high speeds, in high winds, with the most beautiful kite acting as your only guide,” he said and added “My wife [Joan] swears I get more barking as I get older. This year I’ve almost crippled myself running 26.2 miles in my first marathon. Now I’m putting my poor 60-year-old bones through an arduous 24.4 miles, over water, hanging on to a giant kite.”

He too is making it a family affair – his daughter, Holly, son, Sam and his nephews will be kiting with him.

“Get the knowledge. Get the training. Get the insurance” says BKSA (British Kitesurfing Association). Good advice to follow if you are thinking of  getting started in this very popular extreme sport…

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