Kiteboarding: one of the most thrilling water sports in the world, despite the myths | Photo: Shutterstock

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 if you 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. The price of a high-quality kiteboarding package - kite and board - for beginners ranges between $1,000 and $2,000. 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. A kitesurfing instructor will teach you the basic lessons and will help you build confidence for the upcoming challenges - tricks and maneuvers. 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 (snow kiting).

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. As for the main setup, you will be able to rig your lines, pump your kite, and get everything ready to go in less than five minutes. 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: in the early stages, it is always good to have people around to help you, but as you progress you will be able to launch and land the kite by yourself;

10. Kiteboarding involves too much gear: comparing 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;