Kite surfing is often seen as a more extreme form of water sport than surfing and this perception can be both good and bad. While kite surfing certainly has some extra challenges and dangers compared to surfing, the reality is that it can actually be much easier to learn for those with an eagerness to get out on the water.
For starters, kite surfing requires far less effort from a physical standpoint than traditional surfing does. Whereas stand-up paddling or catching waves requires strong arms and upper body strength, kitesurfing relies mostly on your legs to power you through the water. This also makes it easier for most people to manage the equipment involved – because you don’t have to physically drag your board around on land or in the water, you’re free to focus on getting your kite up in the air and navigating it along with your body weight rather than having to physically carry everything at once.
Kiteboarding also allows riders to make much bigger jumps than what’s possible when traditional surfing – this means experienced kiters are often able reach heights few other sports allow. For example, regular jump launches can be achieved through proper timing and technique while high-speed wakeskating moves can be executed once a rider builds enough confidence in the air. The freedom of movement combined with higher speeds is why so many of today’s kiteboarders describe themselves as “flying” instead of just riding waves – something many surfers have never felt!
Of course, there are still some very real risks associated with both sports which must be taken into consideration before heading out into the ocean. When considering whether or not kiteboarding is easier than traditional surfing, one should take into account their skill level, purpose for participating in either sport (to compete? Or just relax?) and – most importantly – the conditions they will encounter out on the water.
For any beginner trying out either sport for the first time, safety should come first before attempting any tricks or jumps so consider taking courses from qualified professionals before heading out into unchartered waters without guidance. That said, if looked at objectively – and knowing all of its potential dangers – kite surfing may well be slightly easier than traditional surfing for anybody who wants an extra thrill factor during their next session.