I've been doing more kitesurfing than windsurfing these days. A lot more. I think some of my ol windsurfing buddies are glad about it. "Good to get rid of that bum"! they think. But I'm not gone yet. I still have all my windsurfing gear. It's waiting for the day when I get bored with this trendy new kiting stuff and start playing with sails again.
Why windsurf? Why kite? How to chose between the two? I don't know. I just do what feels good.
Here's my comparison list from someone who loves both sports.
- Safer, no risk of being dragged, or lofted and carried by kite
- Safer, no risk of a kite line snapping on a big jump, or at a bad time
- Safer, easier to self rescue, board has flotation, no lines to worry about
- Can launch and land almost anywhere
- Gear is stronger, requires less upkeep, and is less temperamental
- Quicker and easier to rig the gear
- Some people just love the feeling of windsurfing
- Power, can plane and jump in 10-20 MPH, less skunks
- Range, Kite is tune-able on the fly, huge range in 1 kite
- Gear takes up less space in vehicle
- Easy to pack up gear, sling it over a shoulder and walk for miles
- Slightly less physically demanding, less forearm fatigue
- Kites can fly above dunes to get clean wind in bays, slicks, or big waves
- Angle of pull from kite can be directed upwards for more lift when needed
- Lift allows for big jumps without waves
- Lift makes it easier to get out through waves
- Lift allows for riding on very small, nimble boards
- Very small boards, very small fins, can go in very shallow water
- Lift makes complicated tricks and spins possible at an intermediate level
- It's fun to make your own boards, almost anything works, more or less
- Some people just love the feeling of kitesurfing
Hardings, Kitesurfed, 5-20, SW, WSW, 14M Rally/Mako King & Flx138, with Frank, Sam, Andrey, Colleen, Nick, George, Des, Ron, Others.