Women and Kitesurfing: A Motivational Guide
A lot of girls and women are reluctant to start kitesurfing – mainly cause there are still too many prejudices about this sport: You need a lot of physical strength, you need to be very athletic... The fact is: Those who don’t try it will miss a lot of fun! So it’s time to clear up with some myths and prejudices.
This little motivation guide is for all girls and women who ask themselves: Should I try kitesurfing or better let it be? The answer is simple: TRY!
I picked up some tips from someone who really ought to know: Theresa “Resl” Gaismayer has been working as a kite instructor for some years now and she collected a lot of training experience with women. So what’s the plan now? Read this, book a kite course/a camp, and get started!
WOMEN AND KITESURFING - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Why do many women shy away from starting to kitesurf?
Generally kitesurfing is still a male domain, not only in the high-performance sector. Women are clearly under-represented in this sport. And due to the male representation kiteboarding is often perceived as extremely intense and dangerous. For sure this is one of the reasons that a lot of girls and women don’t feel truly affected by kitesurfing. And this although kitesurfing can be a very elegant sport that doesn’t involve a lot of strength but demeanor and technique. It doesn’t require a lot of strength (ok, except for unhooked tricks or kiteloops like the pros do it). Technique, feeling, kite control, the assessment of wind and weather are way more important!
Do women underestimate themselves too much?
Definitely. Women tend to rather underestimate themselves while men have a higher tendency to overestimate their skills (the exception proves the rule!). And often girls are also underestimated by others, they let themselves be intimidated by newspaper reports, affected behavior and showing off by the guys. Driving a car is way more dangerous but nevertheless, we all learned it (including parking, haha!).
Can kitesurfing be relaxing?
Of course. The combination of untamed nature, wind and water make the analogy to yoga not so far-fetched. For me, lots of sessions feel like a kind of meditation, e. g. when I can burn off my extra energy in a relaxed session with the 12.