Safety has always plays the main role during our kitesurfing lessons. Knowing how to safely fly the kite, launch and land and how to behave amongst other kitesurfers is one of the key elements. But there’s also the knowledge of the wind and wind effects that everyone should have before venturing out.
I have already wrote about kitesurfing in Scotland during the winter but it’s good to look at some of the benefits this brings, aside from tons of stoke! If you read around you will quickly find out that cold water has been well known for its therapeutic qualities for quite a while now. Some of the health benefits are highlighted in Sebastian’s Kneipp’s book ‘My Water Cure’ published back in 1886. Kneipp has found that cold water has helped to treat his tuberculosis. But surfing in the cold has a lot more benefits.
Get out kitesurfing in winter!
The winter has finally arrived and it’s windy folks! Even though we run kitesurfing lessons throughout the winter we don’t teach when it’s freezing. That’s the time to ride and for those of you who have passed your IKO course it’s also a good time to practice. Make sure to read my previous blog about choosing the right gear though!
Kitesurfing Spots in Scotland
As soon as you will go through our kitesurfing lessons you will need to get some local knowledge on spots. We are always at hand to point out the best locations and run through all the hazards, best tide levels, best wind directions and so on. We also run free kitesurf clinics for our ex students in different locations so you can get some on site info.
As a kitesurfing school we are very lucky to be located in Scotland. Yes, it would be nice to ride in board shorts only from time to time. But then again you can always put them over your wetsuit! With the amount of great spots we have with magnificent backdrops you will never get bored of kiteboarding in Scotland! This time we’ve decided to venture north to Fort George near Inverness.
There are many reasons why people do kitesurfing. For some of us it’s the getaway from the everyday mundane. For some a form of meditation or an adrenaline boost. For most of us it’s also a social activity. Kitesurfers, as opposed to surfers, like to head out in groups. It’s not only down to safety but it’s also more fun watching your mates going huge and ending up in spectacular wipeouts! As the end of season for summer kiters approaches we’ve decided to run this year’s last gathering – The Big Air Weekender in one of our favourite Scottish kitesurfing spots – Sands of Luce.
Kitesurfing is by far the most exciting water sport in the world. And every year more and more people catch the bug and they never look back. Even in Scotland – especially from autumn when the proper winds kick in! So what makes this sport so amazing and how did it all began?
Knowing rules of way on the water is crucial to stay safe and to keep others safe too. As kiteboarders we tend to move faster than other wind-powered vessels, we can jump higher than windsurfers and we have far greater manoeuvrability than most. This also means we are the ones who should be watching out for other water users.