Legends tell of people all across the land displaying their prowess on the water. Some jumping high in the air, others performing acrobatic tricks and those who race across and above the water’s surface. We sometimes hear tales of those who are the highest, the most technical and the fastest, but which area could hold the accolade as having the ultimate team… we’ve never known, but that’s about to change. Read more “Kitesurfing Weekender, Scotland”
We love teaching kitesurfing in Scotland but it’s good to pack just shorts and t-shirts and head over somewhere sunny! We’ve just came back from our first this season trip to Tarifa, Spain, with the next one coming up in February (check it out here!). It’s an amazing place – warm waters, constant winds and incredible food to refuel after whole day on the water.
It’s also a true kitesurfing mekka, especially during summer with hundreds of kiters taking to the water. After years of kitesurfing in Scotland we very much prefer less air traffic. Think of it as Three Airport vs Heathrow. There are days at our local spots – Longniddy near Edinburgh or Troon near Glasgow, when 12 kitesurfers on the water equals “busy day”. Hence why we avoid summer crowds and travel down south outside the season. It’s still very mild and way less congested. Here’s how our stay looked like in November!
Kitesurfing is generally a fairly safe sport where risk mostly depends on the kitesurfer himself. After our lessons you’ll know how to control the kite safely and you’ll know how to perform effective board recovery so you can continue progressing on your own. However, a very small number of kitesurfers feels like adding a potentially lethal piece of equipment to the game – a board leash. Wearing one is a dangerous and stupid idea.
We never stop improving, learning new stuff and doing our best to get you in the world kiteboarding in the safest and most effective way. We not only use the world’s best selling and highest quality kites from Cabrinha, the famous Switchblades changing them every season for brand new kit. We’re also working hard on our own progress so our faceplants are quite a spectacular to see! To improve our coaching even further we have partnered up with BbTalkin’ – world’s leader in on-water coaching communication.
It also helps with our vocal cords getting stretched to max when we’re working with you on more technical stuff. Like riding upwind, first jumps, transitions or back rolls. Using high-grade audio mounted on water-specific helmets provided by Bern we can now clearly instruct you in real time when you ride. Without loosing our voice in the process!
As it always happens when someone locally buys new kitesurfing toys the wind decides to die off. No worries though, next week is looking amazing! So if there’s an element of your riding you’d like to work on give us a shout and we will set you up for a coaching session.
See you on the water!
Every kitesurfer has his own reasons to take up the sport. For some of us it’s a stress-buster, a form of meditation, a way to chill and run away from the busy lives. For the others it’s all about heaps of adrenaline and going as hard as they can. But we all always knew what scientists has confirmed recently: the beach has awesome effects on our health.
Kitesurfing is the best vehicle to experience the world like you’ve never done before. It gives you freedom from everyday life. Allows you to unwind and workout at the same time. It’s a life changing experience within reach of anyone willing to give it a go. There are also a lot of myths about kiteboarding. So here’s a list of things we’re getting asked about during our kitesurfing lessons in Scotland.
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!