Kite surfing is an adrenaline-pumping, thrilling and highly technical sport, but with it comes the hefty price tag associated with this extreme activity. Despite being a relatively new discipline, kite surfing has become increasingly popular around the world due to its exhilarating nature and ever-growing global community. But why is it so expensive?
To begin with – kite surfing requires specialised equipment such as kites, harnesses, boards and safety kits – all of which can be costly. Kites vary in size and power depending on the user’s skill level and desired terrain type – often leading people to invest in more than one system at once.
Boards too will require frequent replacement as they are subject to wear-and-tear due to use in saltwater or sand. Harnesses also have several types on the market ranging from comfort (stiffer) to performance (more flexible) set ups which tend towards the pricier end of the scale.
But cost doesn’t just come in terms of gear – location plays a big part too as some of the best spots for kiting exist in remote places without easy access via public transport or bike rides – meaning many riders must pay for fuel or car rental costs when travelling to/from these locations.
Those wishing to take their knowledge further may also need accommodation if travelling abroad for training camps or lessons – something that can take a sizeable chunk out of your budget.
Kite enthusiasts must also consider what could be termed ‘hidden’ costs such as getting insurance for yourself/equipment and dealing with unexpected repairs (this often ends up taking far longer than expected).
Plus let’s not forget about ‘luxury’ purchases like travel bags created specifically for transporting your precious kit across land/sea – quite handy but expensive nonetheless.
To sum up – if you’re looking into taking part in this incredible sport you should keep an eye on your finances as there are plenty of hidden costs involved aside from purchasing equipment itself.
Don’t forget that while owning your own gear might seem more attractive at first – learning the basics while renting may save money overall through increased safety measures enforced by experts at most kite schools worldwide.