10 Reasons to Learn Kitesurf

Kitesurfing, one of the fastest growing hobbies in the world. You should consider learning it too, you can get your daily adrenalin dose. Below I’m sharing 10 reasons why kitesurfing is an awesome sport for ANYONE (there are still many misconceptions about it) and why it’s perfect for digital nomads to find the perfect work-life balance.

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1. Kitesurfing doesn’t require strength

Most people who have never attempted kitesurfing think that having a lot of strength is essential. Maybe you’ve wondered how those tiny people being pulled by huge kites can hold on! However, strength is not needed. The kitesurfer is only using their hands for steering. The kite pulls the entire body and once you have figured out the technique it is not exhausting at all. So, let’s put this myth to bed. You don’t need to be strong to kitesurf. It’s a sport for everyone!

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2. Learning to kitesurf is much easier than you think

There is a joke amongst the windsurfing community: “What’s the difference between a kitesurf beginner and a pro?” The answer: “One week”. Obviously, it’s not that easy but with a bit of effort (some natural talent always helps as well) you can be kitesurfing and staying up wind within 10 days or less.

I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.


3. Kitesurfing is not expensive

One thing that puts people off learning this sport is the supposedly high cost of equipment. Sometimes I wonder why less people say this about winter sports. The costs of Skiing and snowboarding gear plus a daily lift pass can be astronomical.  If you buy new gear from last season you can get started with a board, one kite and a harness for about 1200e-1500e. Not cheap, I know, but not overly expensive to get into a sport that can change your life.

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4. Constant progress – No limits

A problem with a lot of sports is that you will reach a limit where it’s really difficult to learn something new. This is often the most exciting part of any sport. Not with kitesurfing. You don’t need to risk your life if you want to do a backflip (backroll). You can just keep trying until you can do it, with hardly any danger at all. There is so much variety in the sport as well. Whether you want to surf 3 meter waves or start doing jumps, you can make small and continuous progress in every aspect of kitesurfing.


5. You can do it in the most beautiful destinations in the world

If you take up this hobby you can live & work online in unbelievable kiteboarding destinations all around the globe. With the right timing you could follow the windy season around the world all year long – making travel decisions easy for the digital nomad ;-)! In most of the top kitesurfing destinations there is great infrastructure to allow you to work just as well as in an office at home. Not to mention the value for money you can get on your kiteboarding trips as well.

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6. Avoid beach laziness and stay active in the summer heat

Paradise destinations have hot and humid summers. Getting up and going for a walk or a run is the last thing you want to do when you are lying on the beach and catching rays. Kitesurfing, however, allows you to take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters and work out. It’s a great way to get fit while avoiding the sweat and heat of the sun.

Lazing on the beach every day gets boring very quickly, believe me. Kitesurfing is something worth getting up for.


7. Kitesurfers are long-term travellers

Travelling slowly is important to staying productive. One of the great things about kitesurfing is that if you choose your destination wisely you will find many other kitesurfers who are staying  long-term. This will allow you to build a great network of people from all around the world within a short period of time. The ‘ordinary backpacker’ will travel much quicker than people in the kitesurfing community.

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8. The wind starts in the afternoon

There are many locations in the world, where the wind only really picks up in the afternoon. This is great because you can focus on your work in the morning without having to feel bad that you can’t make it out on to the water.


9. Getting off the beaten track

Kitesurfing gives you the opportunity to  get off the beaten track and experience a new country. Often you’ll be the only tourist in some windy town somewhere in paradise.  Only known to other windsporting enthusiasts.

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10. Awesome way to find a work life balance

If you are an entrepreneur or a freelancer, the chances are that your business won’t always be running perfectly. There are many ups and downs. It’s always good to have something that you love to do that has got nothing to do with your work at all. You will need to make quick decisions, riding the waves and focusing on what you are doing on the water. It is the perfect way to switch off and think about something else other than work. Not to mention the bonus adrenalin kicks that the sport provides.

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It’s really a fantastic sport. Give it a shot, take a course and start learning. You’ll love it. And if you really take the time to learn it, it can change your life. I promise you!


Στιγμιότυπο 2015-12-29, 6.11.38 μμ

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