There is a general misconception amongst women that you need to be very strong to practice or to learn to kiteboard. The simple truth is this is a lie and its a huge misconception, so here I’m going to set the record straight.
Many see people think that because you are flying the kite with the bar that you need alot of upper body strength to hold down the full power of the kite with just your arms. If that were true I’d now have arms like body builder, unfortunately for me (and my girlfriend) I don’t. You are attached to the kite by a harness you wear so most of the pull of the kite is delivered through your core…great for toning up those abs (but again not requiring a 6 pack to handle)!. This means that the whole weight of your body is counterbalancing the pull of the kite and all you need to do is lean back. This reduces the pressure on the bar and thus your arms and upper body to practically zero..in fact you can fly the kite with one finger of each hand..easily.
Kiteboarding requires very little in the way of upper body strength!
I have taught people from the age of 10 up to 65 learn to kiteboard and have a great time riding afterwards, not one of them built like a body builder (again to the distress of my girl!) and most of them aren’t particularly fit or strong before they start. There normal poeple of all sizes and ages just like everyone else.
Once your up and riding you can control exactly how much effort you put and it and it can become an extremely physical sport…if you want it to be. On the flip side I have seen 70 year olds cruising up and down all day with no problems.
So if you’ve always fancied getting in to extreme sports or more specifically kitesurfing but always thought it looked a little too physical then maybe learning to kiteboard is the way forward for you. This sport needs more female shredders. So go on and give it a go, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to learn to kiteboard!