Now is the Time – Ignore the Credit Crunch and Get Kitesurfing!
Kitesurfing is one of the sports du-jour – a heavy-weight in the realm of extreme activities – yet widely held as a hobby exclusive to those with money to burn (Richard Branson being one of its more well known fans). Though this view may be consolidated by the recession, I believe that now is precisely the right time to get into kitesurfing – and all it requires is a glance towards the trusty piggy bank rather than a full-on bank raid.
Learning this sport on a budget is entirely possible. Yes, kitesurfing instruction isn’t cheap, but done in the right way, you can really maximise the worth of each and every teaching hour you pay for. Over a length of time, good quality instruction is an investment – not just in a sport, but a in way of life, a gold-card to a new social network, and the key to hour after hour of supremely satisfying exhilaration.
The best – and cheapest – way to learn to kitesurf is through group lessons abroad. Rolling a holiday and kitesurfing crash course into one is the perfect way in to the sport – an intensive burst in a place with good consistent winds, and learner-friendly flatwater. Though it may seem non-sensical to equate travelling beyond the UK to wallet-friendly learning, it does actually make sense when considering what an untamed beast the wind can be in this country (though statistically very windy, our fair Isle doesn’t lean towards the more desirable side of consistency).
It’s not only opting for a reliably windy spot that makes going abroad the sensible option. Of course, this is a major plus – kitesurfing has a steep learning curve, so by the end of a week or two’s stint with a kite school in good winds you’ll be making enviable progress – but there are countless other reasons for hopping on a plane for your lessons.
One of the most important – I think – is the mob mentality (a positive one!). Kitesurfing is an extremely sociable activity, and one which people are passionate about. Its addictive nature leaves willing victims living, breathing, thinking, dreaming kiting – and so, naturally, they want to talk about it. Head off to a renowned kitesurfing holiday spot – think the chilled out Dominican Republic or siesta-filled Tarifa, Southern Spain – and as a beginner you are immediately exposed to kiters through an entire spectrum of abilities, with one thing in common – the kiting ‘bug’. Believe me, its catching. And this is one thing you do want to catch.
The kiting bug is a fantastic thing. When so many people don’t have a hobby – let alone one they get fired up about – you realize the feeling from kitesurfing is a precious one. When all else is falling apart – the economy being a major ‘crumbler’ at this point in time – what could be more valuable than something that takes all of that away, that erases the mundane humdrum have-I-paid-that bill, can-I-pay-that bill feeling so ingrained in us all?
So I may have strayed off the more practical side of my point here, but a good kiting session provides an instant, unrivaled boost – one that you can enjoy over and over again, no matter what the rest of the world throws your way. I urge you to follow my advice, get learning, make new friends, love your new sport, and remember (though exercise the usual caution when doing so) – eBay throws up some real bargains in the kiting department!
Man, wind and water, equipped with kite and board, are an unstoppable force. Put simply – priceless.
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