The moment your toes hit the sandy banks of a kitesurf beach for the first time, you’re immediately transported to another world. When you watch people from all walks of life tethered to massive kites, grabbing their boards, running into the ocean and chasing endless freedom, it’s hard not be inspired by it all. Excitement, amazement, and curiosity can easily consume any onlooker. But then, there’s this little voice in your head that perks up and says: “I could never do that, I am not strong enough.”
That one limiting belief is what stops countless women, and some men, from learning to kitesurf. Here’s a secret: you are stronger than you think. When you are only spectating, it’s easy to assume that it’s a physically challenging sport, that you will need lots of strength, muscle and endurance to ride the wind. While there is some truth to that, the reality is that the kite actually does a lot of the hard work.
Your toughest job is learning to control the kite, and perfecting all the other small skills that help you victoriously conquer the steep learning curve. This sport is all about mastering skills, and not about being the fittest or strongest person at the beach. To give newbies a better idea, someone once compared kitesurfing to being in a wind hammock, one that you can steer with your hands and feet to get where you want to go.
The best perk is that through learning to kitesurf, you actually will become stronger. Like learning any new sport, you will start using muscles that you might not use every day. You will begin developing skills that you didn’t know you had, and you will be forced to challenge many self-limiting beliefs along the way.
Here’s the truth— the strength that you require when learning to kitesurf is not of the physical kind; it’s 99% mental. There are times when you will be trying to nail a new skill (Check out Carolina’s latest post about riding toe side) but after many failed attempts, you feel discouraged, depleted and unsure if you will ever be able to break the barrier. Then one day, you do.
It doesn’t matter how much you weigh, how much you lift at the gym, when your last yoga class was, what you look like, or how old you are; if you’re strong enough to push through self-limiting beliefs, to challenge your own ideas of what you think you are capable of achieving, then you can kitesurf. Find your inner strength, and join us on the water! You’ll discover just how powerful you really are.