Kiteboarding is an exciting new sport. In three decades, kitesurfing became the fastest-growing sport in the world. However, misconceptions arise out of ignorance and prejudice.
There are many arguments that get in the way when you tell friends, family, and other wave and wind sports enthusiasts that you plan to learn how to kiteboard.
Kiteboarding is not difficult. It is one of the most thrilling water sports on the planet.
It combines the art of sailing, the wave-riding expertise, and the gravity-defying characteristics of acrobatics.
The sport of kiteboarding is relatively new and - as it normally happens - gained a few rivals in the sports industry and in the water.
Make no mistake: kiteboarding is easy, accessible, and safe.
Discover the most common myths and misconceptions about flying and riding kites:
1. Kiteboarding Is Dangerous
One of the most widespread myths about kiteboarding is that you're going to get hurt or that you might even die.
As with any other sport, if you don't follow the basic safety rules and take unnecessary risks, things can get ugly.
2. Kiteboarding Is Expensive
Although it is not comparable to running and swimming, kitesurfing is not an extravagant sport for the wealthy.
A high-end longboard for surfing will never sell for less than $900.
3. Wakeboarding Is Better Than Kiteboarding
It might be, but kiteboarders don't need boats and cable parks.
And they can fly their kites inland and down the long, snowy mountains.
4. Kiteboarding Has A Steep Learning Curve
The worst mistake is trying to learn how to kiteboard by yourself.
But you will be able to ride a kite - upwind and downwind - in between five and 15 days.
5. Kiteboarders Need Strong Winds To Fly Their Kites
With today's technology and kite design knowledge, it is possible to ride a wing with only five knots (9.3 kph or 5.8 mph) of wind.
6. Kiteboarding Is Limited To The Ocean
Unlike surfers, kiteboarders are able to enjoy their sport in and out of the water.
Kiteboarding can be practiced in rivers, lakes, estuaries, fjords, gulfs, harbors, and lagoons, but kites are also getting increasingly popular inland (land kiting) and in snowy slopes (snowkiting).
7. Kiteboarding Is For The Young And Fit
Don't worry - you don't need to be a superman or a superwoman to learn how to kiteboard.
The harness will take the weight off of your arms and upper body, and it will never be a problem for older riders with back problems.
8. Setting Up A Kite Is Complicated
The good news is that the kiteboard is always ready to go.
All you have to do is pay attention to a few safety guidelines before having fun.
9. You Need Two Pilots To Launch And Land A Kite
10. Kiteboarding Involves Too Much Gear
Compared to other sports, that might not be true.
You've got a kite, a board, lines, and a kite bar - they all fit in a backpack and can be easily transported in the car's luggage compartment.