ok, so kiting wins, but there's a few more added reasons. Kiting is idd new and has had a lot of media attetion because of it. It also is lot like skateboarding to a lot of people so the young skaters get attrackted (mainly because they've never seen Taty in action
). But when i show people a few video's of windsurfer doing double fwds they respect me for just simply speeding along the waterline.
The result is idd that windsurfing is an 'older mens sport', at my local spot, me and my sis call half the riders 'windsurfer grandpa's' (but we still love them cuz they're really cool and they ride super well).
I would have to dissagree on the which one is harder part. I tried kiteboarding a fe year ago, it took me 2 hours to controle the kite and the board. I recon in 2 more hours i would have been on it and going back and forth, it just feels a lot like wakeboarding and skating (learned wake in like 30 minutes). Whereas it took me several hours in and on the water to get myself to a level where i could trust myself with a board and a sail and it took days before i got planning. I'm convinced that if you take a group of people and you let 50% kite and the rest windsurf, that at the end of a week, more ppl will have managed to kite then to windsurf propperly (mainly because windsurfing envolves thinking, especially for newbs: which side do i have to put my sail? How do i get back? Blablabla)
Which one is more dangerous? Well, stricktly speaking, with the safety releace kiting should be more secure then windsurfing if you ask me: if you're in serious sh*t with your kite just press release et voila, otherwise, just crash the kite. When you're in trouble with your board and it's windy you can get really really screwed. Immagine: you cn get hit by your mast and lose concienceness: ie you're screwed. You can get caught by a serious wave and be draged under: ie you're screwed. If you're new to harnesslines and you don't have a quick releace hook you can find yourself under the sail attached to it, some ppl would panic: ie you're srewed. Granted, for newbs windsurfing is fairly innocent, maybe a black eye (yes it happened to me, damn epoxy masts) and a few cuts and scratches, when you evolve and you want to go faster harder scooter (just to use a bad songs lyrics) you can get pretty damn jackhammered.
can't argue on the practical part: gearbag weighs over 50 kilos, boards nearly 30 K (i have an old longboard, heavy stuff). Kitegear: i recon about 30 and it all fits into a giant backpack.
None the less, we still like kiteboarders, we all use the same elements. + nice guys, good drinkers
and there's nothing wrong with a kiteboarding getting help when you chose a sail that was too small to handle the windluls
nice article though, i'm enjoying the blog a lot, very helpfull. Whens the next one coming?