Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:17
Hi Christophe and thanks for giving us the opportunity to learn more about kitesurf, this will be an interview that all newbies will enjoy...
- Did you see any increase in people learning kitesurf in the last 2 years?
I think the sport has reached a plateau and has been pretty stable for the past few years as far as newcomers are concerned. What has changed is the percentage of persons continuing to kitesurf after a course which has increased. This is certainly due to the fact that improvements in kite design make the sport less extreme than years gone by...
- Kitesurf evolves year after year but being a new sport it still has some way to go in order to be more user friendly, in your opinion which is the most important section of this exciting sport that needs improvement?
Like so many other sports kitesurfing will never be 100% safe. Getting newcomers to the sport learn the fundamental rules of kitesurfing at an early stage is crucial. We need more experienced instructors with better qualifications. The kitesurfing qualification needed to become an instructor these days is so low some organizations offer a “License” to teach within a week. No other sport offers this... Result , an abundance of mediocre “qualified” instructors. It is down to the point where saying you are qualified does not look good anymore as a good instructor does not need certificates to justify his competence.
- Any advice, tips or even warnings for anyone looking to dive into the world of Kitesurfing?
Make sure you have a lot of time to spare because you will waist a lot driving around and waiting for wind.
- Being a Kitesurfer some times hurts a lot, which part of the body in your opinion should be looked after when exercising this sport?
Kitesurfing stresses your body differently depending on different disciplines within the sport. You basically need strong legs, especially for kite racing, common freestyle injuries are knee and ankle related with also broken ribs because of jumps and hard landings, wave riders need to have strong cardio vascular and to be good swimmers. When there is no wind I train by swimming and cycling.
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