How To Overcome The Fear Of Kitesurfing

Not for everyone the first approach with a kite is without fear

Long time ago, when I first saw a kite on the beach, it was love at a first sight. At a time I couldn't start learning immediately, because there was no kitesurfing school at that place, but when I got home from my vacation, I got glued to the computer screen, searching for kitesurfing information, images, videos, tips and tricks.

Years later, when I started teaching kitesurfing, I realized that many people share the desire to learn this fascinating sport, but not everybody feels they can do it for many different reasons. Another group of possible readers of this post are kitesurfers’ partners (girlfriends, wives, husbands, etc), who are normally pushed to try kiteboarding by their other half.

The fear of a kite’s power is directly connected to the lack of knowledge and practical ability to control it. It’s easy to understand that once you have something perfectly under your control, it does not scare you at all. The problem is how to reach that skill level, when you need to practice exactly what you are scared of.

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Here are two main reasons why people have a fear of kitesurfing, and how to overcome it:

 

 

#1 PROBLEM: The fear of being pulled by an uncontrollable force because of lack of knowledge about how a kite works.

 

Throughout the years of teaching kitesurfing to students of varying ages, abilities and attitudes, I realized that everyone needs his own personal approach and time.

Here’s a step-by-step summary of learning any new sport:

- Choose a skilled instructor (a certified kitesurfing instructor in this case)
- Try to put what he says into practice
- Fail
- Have a feedback from your instructor
- Try again and perhaps fail again
- Repeat the routine of the last two steps, until you complete the exercise correctly, showing you learned a new skill
- Automatize the action and perform the exercise with confidence so you can move on to the next step. You should become comfortable in applying what you have just learned. For example, in kitesurfing, you should repeat body drag as many times as you need to feel completely comfortable with a kite before trying to stand on a kiteboard.

 

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The last point is fundamental to give us enough self-confidence to forget about our initial fear of kitesurfing. The best thing you can do throughout this process is to confide completely in your instructor by telling him or her what you are feeling when you perform a certain action and where you feel incapable of doing something. The more feedback you offer to your kiteboarding instructor, the more they’ll be able to guide you to reach your goal. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, as they are the best indications for your instructor to point you in the right direction.

 

Sometimes you might think you won’t be able to do what is asked from you, but it’s worth to try it, and most of the time you’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish!

So if your desire to learn kitesurfing is strong enough, you’ll eventually become so skilled that you’ll overcome your fear.

In the end the recipe is pretty simple: keep doing what scares you until it doesn’t anymore. Of course, you want to do it in the safest way possible: get a certified kitesurfing instructor, who will create a 99.99% safe environment for you to learn.

 

2# PROBLEM: Hearing or reading about some kite crash

 

SOLUTION: Learn the safety rules and the right of way: you’ll be much safer and you will limit the risk at minimum

The last reason that can scare you to try kitesurfing are news about kitesurfers crashing or getting injured that you might read or hear about.

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Let me start by clarifying that normally these guys are not beginners, but already advanced kiters, who underestimated the danger or didn’t follow the basic safety rules in kiteboarding. You can read about those basic safety tips here.

If a beginner has a kitesurfing accident, normally it’s a self-learner without a proper training, who had no idea of what they would face. But there’s nothing else to say here – the world is full of fools.

Therefore I can’t stress enough the importance of starting your kitesurfing lessons with a trusted expert instructor, who has the responsibility of putting you at ease and giving you all the time you personally need to learn. If your instructor doesn’t create that feeling of comfort and fun during the lesson, change them: you need to feel relaxed and focus on what you are trying to accomplish, not to please a person you are paying for your kitesurfing lessons. On the other hand, you take lessons to learn and you rely on an expert to guide you, so if he or she says you can make it, believe it, let go of your fear, and just do it.

Remember, you have to enjoy yourself during every moment of your kitesurfing learning process, that’s the best trick I know to make the fear fade away, giving space to lots of hours of enjoyment. Have fun!

Mar 23, 2014 by Kitesurf Culture ( edited on May 09, 2020 )

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Awesome post. Thanks for sharing this blog. It is a very informative and motivational blog for beginners. You have written clearly about how to overcome our fear of kite surfing. And how to find the solution to problems in fear. Kite Club Cabarete also offers the best IKO Instructor Training Courses in the UK. For more information, visit here: https://kiteclubcabarete.com/.

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