Sylt: one of the most popular kiteboarding spots in Germany | Photo: KTE

When you think about kiteboarding, Germany is not the first country that comes to mind. However, the land of sausages and beer has plenty of consistent opportunities for wind addicts.

Germans are disciplined and reliable, and so are the winds that rule the country bathed by the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Germany also offers large lakes, so the lack of water for sports enthusiasts has never been a problem.

There are two common wind patterns in Germany, and they are easily noticed during summer and winter. If you're on a kiteboarding trip, make sure to launch your kite between May-June and September-October. You'll avoid the crowd factor (summer), and the cold water temperatures (winter).

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Kiteboarding: the number of accidents are comparable to skiing | Photo: Travis Hayto/IKA

Australian scientists have concluded that the number of accidents in kiteboarding is comparable to those seen in recreational skiing.

The team from the Department of Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery at Royal Perth Hospital analyzed 56 kite injuries over a fifteen-year period and concluded that the outdoor activity is not more dangerous than popular contact sports.

Perth has more than 1000 regular kiteboarders. Only 27 of the 56 riders who suffered accidents due to collisions and crashes had to be admitted for severe injuries.

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Défi Kite 2016: the event had 50 knots of wind | Photo: Jauffroy/Défi Kite

Axel Mazzela has driven his foil to victory at the Défi Kite 2016, held in Gruissan, France.

The Tramontane showed its teeth. With winds blowing between 35 and 45 knots, staying up and riding was the ultimate challenge. The 4th edition of the Défi Kite had 292 participants, and small wings were the only reasonable choice.

Local kiteboarders proved it is always an advantage to know the playing field. In the third race, Geoffrey Mascarell managed to beat the 55-knot gusts and crossed the finish line in first place.

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