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How to Get Started in Kiteboarding 0

Posted on September 21, 2020 by Martin Banks

Kiteboarding combines two of our favorite sports — waterboarding and parasailing — into one adrenaline-fueled blast. It’s amazing to watch experienced kiteboarders fly across the water, using wind and waves to launch themselves high into the air. Getting on one of those boards, on the other hand, can be incredibly intimidating. Here’s how to get started and enjoy the sport to the fullest.

Look Into Lessons

Don’t try to get into kiteboarding on your own. You can buy the equipment and head out to the beach, and you might even get moving. However, unless you’re very lucky, you’re probably going to end up in the emergency room. It’s best to seek an experienced instructor and take some lessons before exploring the world of kiteboarding.

Don’t Skimp on Equipment

They say you get what you pay for, and that goes double for kiteboarding equipment. Don’t cheap out when you start buying needed supplies. The last thing you need is a harness snapping at full tension or some other item failing when you need it the most. If you’re going to buy your own equipment, opt for the best you can afford. 

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