And you can now learn to strapless kitesurf at Extreme Academy. New this autumn our team are trained to teach the sport. We caught up with them to find out a bit about strapless kitesurfing.
What is strapless kitesurfing?
In essence it’s kitesurfing on a surf board. Using the power of the waves and wind to accelerate along the break and perform different tricks and jumps. Strapless kitesurfing gives you the sensation of surfing whilst using the kite to enhance the experience.
Who can strapless kitesurf?
Strapless kitesurfing is a lot more difficult than just surfing or kitesurfing, it takes a lot of skill and is best suited to those who can already kitesurf confidently. Because you are not attached to the board it’s a lot harder to stay on, you’re constantly working to keep balanced on the board and control the kite. But once you master it it’s totally worth the effort, you get such a huge rush and greater sense of achievement.
At the Extreme Academy strapless kitesurfing is available to those aged 18+ with kitesurfing experience.
Why would you choose strapless kitesurfing instead of surfing?
Like we said you get a huge sense of achievement when you succeed at strapless kitesurfing. Because of the level of skill involved you really feel like you’ve accomplished something, even if you only stand on the board for a few seconds.
As well as this it also allows you to go wherever you want on the beach without having to paddle there. You can head further out back and catch the bigger waves for an even bigger thrill and perform surfing tricks and jumps.