It didn’t take much debating when choosing my topic to kick-off the launch of KiteSirens. Kiting represents much more than a sport to me and currently takes center stage in my daily experiences. This is the story of how it changed my lifestyle.
The first time I saw someone kiteboarding was during a bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, in October 2012. It was a beautiful day filled with unforgettable memories, and I remember taking a break mid-way through the bridge to enjoy the views and really appreciate the moment. As I looked down onto the water, I saw someone approaching the bridge while kiting and I was taken over by an immense sense of freedom. For those few seconds, I closed my eyes and became submerged in my thoughts as I tried to imagine myself in their situation. From that moment I was completely blown away by the sport, but at no time did I think that I could ever be in that position…
Learning to kitesurf has been a bitter-sweet experience where I have discovered different aspects of myself, including character strengths and weaknesses that I had not recognized previously in my everyday life. These realizations have allowed me to let go of trivial things, focusing more on myself and how I can improve traits that do not serve me positively. I have been able to find authenticity and create a greater connection with nature. This has led me to be more appreciative of the beauty of life. I have learned that I have the power to fill my days with growth and positive experiences.
Kiting has taught me balance, confidence, simplicity, patience and determination. It has provided me with a passion that I could not imagine myself without. My life currently revolves around wind forecasts, great supportive kiting groups and genuine experiences filled with adrenaline, nervousness, “OH F***!!!” moments, white foam (wave) running, and absolutely amazing sunset sessions.
I no longer think about what to wear, or who to impress. I take each day as it comes and focus my energy on building my strengths, becoming a more balanced individual and living a non-materialistic, minimalist lifestyle.
Has kitesurfing added value to your life? Take a moment to tell us about it below. Let’s share the magic!