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Learning to kitesurf, how old is too old?

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Created by Kava 28 days ago, 21 Jun 2019
Kava
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21 Jun 2019 10:24PM
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have always fancied trying this and even a few YouTube videos describing how one can die kitesurfing has not dissuaded me. The problem is all these videos feature kitesurfing "pilots" with ages ranging between 25 to 25 and a 1/4.

Is it hard and how long does it take to get off the kitesurfers nursery slopes and perform a simple jump?[

Gilly3
QLD, 733 posts
22 Jun 2019 8:23AM
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Here ya go....Get proper tuition from a qualified instructor to help avoid serious injury....

stop watching the wrong videos

dafish
NSW, 1354 posts
22 Jun 2019 5:30PM
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As long as you are fit and can swim, age is no boundary. I have taught people that were in their 70's without any issues. We have a number of older kiters at our local, and I am always happy to see them out enjoying this sport. One dude is in his mid 70s and has taken up foiling, and even makes his own. He doesn't handle the cold very well, but other than that he is there most days and as keen as anyone.

high as a kite
SA, 1297 posts
24 Jun 2019 1:02PM
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dafish said..
As long as you are fit and can swim, age is no boundary. I have taught people that were in their 70's without any issues. We have a number of older kiters at our local, and I am always happy to see them out enjoying this sport. One dude is in his mid 70s and has taken up foiling, and even makes his own. He doesn't handle the cold very well, but other than that he is there most days and as keen as anyone.


LOL, I feel like a grommet at 63.

causehecan
233 posts
24 Jun 2019 2:38PM
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You can start telling everyone you use to ollie down 10 stairs on a skateboard when your 28

Amd you can start telling everyone you use to do handlepasses when your 30

All with zero evidence required and if anyone questions it just make groaning noises and request some fibre supplements until they leave. Or go out and ride around on a surfboard so no one knows you cant even boost or just dismiss freestyle as bull**** for kids cause your to weak to unhook.

the truth
QLD, 172 posts
24 Jun 2019 7:56PM
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It is generally accepted that anyone over the age of 38 should not bother as they are on the decline, and once you are over the hill it doesn't matter how far. The challenge is to try and explain to these old farts in words that they can understand- stick to at the most 2 syllable words and don't use the words like awsome, fully sic and other exciting vocabulary. Down play the radness and accentuate the dangers of not being able to pay the mortgage due to kite related accidents.
The thing is that most of kiting is about muscle memory- and memory is the first thing that degrades in these individuals, they walk out of rooms and wonder what the hell they were up to.
Save the kiting for the millennials

coastflyer
SA, 553 posts
24 Jun 2019 8:19PM
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high as a kite said..

dafish said..
As long as you are fit and can swim, age is no boundary. I have taught people that were in their 70's without any issues. We have a number of older kiters at our local, and I am always happy to see them out enjoying this sport. One dude is in his mid 70s and has taken up foiling, and even makes his own. He doesn't handle the cold very well, but other than that he is there most days and as keen as anyone.



LOL, I feel like a grommet at 63.


Well, I'm 63 as well and while my jumps aren't quite as high as the younger guys, I still get out in the waves and have a absolute blast! Way better on the body compared to windsurfing, which I still try from time to time.

warwickl
NSW, 1165 posts
24 Jun 2019 10:16PM
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coastflyer said..

high as a kite said..


dafish said..
As long as you are fit and can swim, age is no boundary. I have taught people that were in their 70's without any issues. We have a number of older kiters at our local, and I am always happy to see them out enjoying this sport. One dude is in his mid 70s and has taken up foiling, and even makes his own. He doesn't handle the cold very well, but other than that he is there most days and as keen as anyone.




LOL, I feel like a grommet at 63.



Well, I'm 63 as well and while my jumps aren't quite as high as the younger guys, I still get out in the waves and have a absolute blast! Way better on the body compared to windsurfing, which I still try from time to time.


I am with you and at 72 close to 73.
2 seasons kite foiling several times per week and just started SUP foiling .
Do this with guys from under 30 and all enjoy each other's company and respect .



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