Kitesurfing is a beautiful, spectacular and incredibly exciting extreme sport.
You already have a little idea about this sport from our article “Kiteing. First meeting”. It so happened that of all the variety of kiting, it was kitesurfing that won the most popularity. This young sport is becoming more and more popular all over the world for many reasons. You can do it all year round, you don’t need strong wind or high waves, the equipment is quite compact, but the main thing is those emotions and impressions that last a lifetime.
Like? Learning to kitesurf is very easy. You can master the kite control technique in half an hour, in a few hours you will be able to control it yourself, and in a few days you will feel confident in your abilities and you will undoubtedly be drawn to exploits. But for all its simplicity, it is not for nothing that kitesurfing is an extreme sport. There are safety precautions in it and they came up with this small list of rules for a reason. Kites are very powerful and can be very dangerous, thin and strong lines are very sharp, and the wind is very unpredictable. Almost all kiters were injured. This has been the case since the birth of kitesurfing as a sport, when the first amateurs were only testing equipment and techniques and gaining experience. It remains so until now, when the safest and most modern equipment and protection does not save beginners from their own stupidity. Therefore, in order for your most serious injury to be abrasions and bruises, do not learn kitesurfing on your own. Only an experienced instructor will be able to professionally train you, tell you the basics of theory and safety, show all the nuances in practice. Kitesurfing is an exciting and absolutely safe sport with the right approach to its development from the very beginning.
Kitesurfing and kiting in Ukrainian
The main condition for kiting is, of course, the wind, and at a speed of 5 m/s. You can ride comfortably with 7–10 m / s of stable wind. For riding on hard surfaces, the wind may be slightly lighter. The geographical position of Ukraine is such that one can only dream of stable winds from 5 m/s. The wind here is very unpredictable and various weather forecasts only confirm this. A little optimism for kitesurfers inspires only the off-season, when the wind is statistically stronger. But again, during this period of the year, unstable weather very often makes adjustments. You can’t ride immediately before, during and after a thunderstorm, because. the wind is very unstable and its strong gusts can easily injure you. All this brings up in our kitesurfers willpower, endurance and military readiness to go out literally every day. These are the extreme conditions in Ukraine for lovers of this extreme sport.
Places of kitesurfing in Ukraine
Because of all of the above, kitesurfers in Ukraine can be found in special places. These are the Kiev Sea, the Dnieper, the coast of the Black and Azov Seas (Odessa, Mariupol, Skadovsk, Koktebel, Azure, Kirillovka, Popovka, Berdyansk). Also, especially stubborn Ukrainian kiters are engaged in landkiting. To do this, you need a solid, flat and large area, without dirt and preferably outside the city. Otherwise, you can meet our valiant defenders of order and enjoy the rest of the day with them. Therefore, the ideal option for landkiting in Ukraine is the runways of an abandoned airfield :).
Snowkiting in Ukraine is not particularly popular, again, because of our climate. For normal snowkiting, a snow height of 50 cm is suitable, which sounds unrealistic not only for Kyiv, but even for our mountains. And rivers and lakes do not freeze enough in winter to be able to ride and jump on them without the risk of drowning or falling through the ice.
Kitesurfing. Part 2. Training
Author: Vladimir Selivanov
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