Make it a new year’s resolution! 2017 is the year to learn how to kitesurf strapless, it is going to change your whole kitesurf experience!
This is my third year enjoying life in Barbados, a surfing and kitesurfing paradise filled up with trade winds and good waves. I learned in this island how to kitesurf with a bidirectional board, also called twin tip. The island is surrounded by reef and that is why there are many kitesurfers that travel here to enjoy surfing. You would see most of the local kitesurfers with surfboards as well. Last year I decided to learn how to kite strapless so I started to bring my regular surf board to the kiting beach and practiced with it. But I found myself getting frustrated and switching to the twin tip after few minutes. It wasn’t until I sprained my ankle that I committed 100% to the strapless world, fact that gave a 180 degree turn to my kitesurfing life.
I would like to share with you 5 reasons why I think committing to kitesurfing strapless is going to be a very good addition to your 2017.
It is Less Aggressive For Your Joints
A sprained ankle wasn’t going to stop me from doing what I like! So on top of going to the doctor and do my physiotherapist homework every day, I decided to pack up my twin tip and put all my energy to learn to kitesurf strapless. When using a strapless board your feet is not attached to it with straps so the impact on your ankles, knees and hips is reduced. Your feet can move freely in the board adjusting your position.
Kitesurf Strapless, a New Challenge!
After all your effort to learn to kitesurf and now that you can finally enjoy riding a twin tip, it is the time to be a kook again!
It is not easy to put away the comfort of doing something successfully to be a learner again. But the result is so worth it you will never regret it! Commit to learn and once you master the basics such as riding toeside and to gybe, you will open yourself a door to a new world in the water. This is the magic of kitesurfing, you will never get bored of it if you push yourself to try new things!
Surf Your Dream Waves
Before learning to kitesurf strapless I did a bit of surfing and I always thought that comparing the two sports, kitesurfing is much easier! Now that I am surfing waves while kiting I realize how amazing it is to be able to use the power of the kite to surf waves I would have never have thought I could even approach them!
Kitesurf In All Conditions
If you learn to kitesurf strapless you are going to have more options to adjust your gear depending on the conditions and by consequence, kite more and enjoy more. Flat water day? Twin tip session! Wavy day? Strapless time! Not enough wind for your kite? Use your surf board!
Discover New Destinations
Being a strapless kitesurfer is going enlarge your kitesurfing spots. You are not going to look just for flat water but also for waves. I am discovering myself a whole new world in Barbados, getting to know the reefs and the waves, and realising that this island is gifted by nature to be a surfing and kitesurfing paradise! Send us a message if you want to come to Barbados for an strapless challenge!
And For 2018… Freestyle Strapless! 🙂
We are proud to have Simon Josten in Barbados spreading the strapless magic! Watch this video to see how he rocks the strapless kitesurfing in our favourite spot, Silver Rock Beach in Barbados!