As some of you will know, in my spare time I love to go kitesurfing. I’ve tried many water sports over the years, but none of them equal kitesurfing for the feelings of sheer exhilaration and freedom it provides. For the uninitiated, kitesurfing involves the use of a large, powerful kite to pull you across the water on a board. There are several different kitesurfing disciplines, my firm favourite being riding a surfboard in waves. The kites I use are made by Core Kiteboarding. I’ve tried lots of different makes, and Core stands apart in every respect – they are amazing kites.
This weekend I went out at Camber Sands, and was lucky enough to have my photographer husband, Mat Mackenzie take some wonderful photos of me.
Whilst kitesurfing looks impressive, you might be surprised at just how easy it is to learn. You really don’t need to be strong, as the pull of the kite is taken by one’s harness rather than arms. All you need is an adventurous spirit and a love of the water. Age is not a barrier either. Here is an inspiring short film about women in their 60s and 70s who kitesurf:
Of course, as with any sport, a level of fitness is a great help, and I have found Pilates to be especially helpful with my kitesufing, as it has improved my balance, flexibility and core strength.
We only have one life – let’s make the most of it!