Kite-Boarding came up as a sport not more than 2 to 3 decades ago, and yet it can be found in just about every Adventure Water-Sporting Brochure you pick up. Decoding the sensation behind this rather new sport lies in the experience purely. The thrill of being on a board, holding a gigantic Parabolic Kite, the strong winds propelling you at almost wind speed alone can explain what we are trying to say here.

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Kite-Surfing is much more than the sun and glory you will see in the movies, in fact, to be able to keep yourself afloat, let alone jet-setting requires the right training, equipment and a considerable amount of skill. Rest assured, it’s quite normal for most people to pick up the sport within the first few lessons.

Now, before you can pull this stunt off, it would be wise to cross off the following from your checklist.

1. The Gear: The perfect ‘First Set’ of equipment would include,

  • Any 9 and 12 metre Kites to enable you to catch adequate wind irrespective of the weather, however keeping in mind ‘Novice Misuse’ it will make more sense to get yourself a second-hand kite no older than 2 years. Purchasing from professionals is advisable considering the fact that they will be maintained better.
  • An Ideal Board should be about half a metre in width and about a meter and half in length. Though a beginner would find bigger boards easier to handle any board of the above dimensions has been found to be sufficient. It might seem odd that such beautiful boards should come without any leash, but at speed the wind will tug you, the tension from the leash if the board were to escape would be disastrous.
  • Special waterproof Helmets are designed for this sport and a good helmet will keep your head safe and your face intact in case of most accidents, while not getting wet and burdensome itself.
  • Even though it is beneficial to keep yourself equipped with a Harness, one must check the lining in the harness to prevent abrasions.

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2. The Skills: A few helpful and basic tricks most professionals will teach the beginners are,

  • While strapping yourself onto the board its best to keep the kite directly over your head.
  • Nextly, keep the window of your eyesight across an 180 degrees long arc in the sky. And, keep your Board inclined at 45 degrees as it provides more speed than while riding it sidelong.
  • For the first flight, the kite must be flown low, close to the water, face-down and your legs held together. This will enable the rest of your body to provide direction, much like a rudder.
  • Picking up speed while overcoming the drag of the water can be achieved by keeping the kite close to the water, almost perpendicular to the wind direction. This helps to catch most of the wind and is also helpful while maneuvering your Kite Surfing.

While this and much more can be learned in classes, safety can only come from within. Keeping the right gear, using appropriate safety measures and efficient alertness can be the key to making your experience more enjoyable and less prone to accidents.


What You Need To Know About SUP Yoga

Yoga Lessons can be very rewarding once you find your rhythm, and the ease just starts to flow into you with every new asana. However, the calm and quiet is more enhanced after the adrenaline rush you get from succeeding at the most difficult of postures. As the universal community of Yoga Enthusiasts would have it, new, more challenging forms thus, keep developing.

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Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga is effectively just another form of yoga, but with the challenge of having to do it on a paddleboard in the water. It’s quite obvious that new learners tend to find this form unimaginable but truly it will start to make more sense once you’ve found your balance, and that is one of the key exercises of doing Yoga even on land!

So, before you begin to write off SUP Yoga with predispositions lets chart out the uncharted territory for you. A week or two in the hot summer months will surely get you hooked on more so, it will continue to be enjoyable at just about any time of the year. So, before trying out SUP Yoga, here are some necessities you should know about.

  • Leave your Fears Behind:

SUP Yoga needn’t always be a constant challenge that the rushing waters on a sea-beach shall provide. Classes are said to be just as enjoyable in lakes, ponds or even your backyard swimming pool.

  • Don’t just Leave it to the Experts:

Like for most ‘Yoga-first-timers’, SUP Yoga also needs expert guidance. But placing your faith in the right expert will require some background research. Make sure your instructor is a certified one, with adequate training in life-saving techniques and First-Aid. Also, they must have a lifeguard or equivalent training.

  • Do your part, be safe:

If you aren’t a swimmer, it is strongly advisable to inform the same to your trainer, however shallow the water-body you practise in. Not knowing how to swim needn’t mean you can’t do SUP Yoga at all, it will just be a little more challenging to do it in a life-jacket.

  • No need to get wet if you do it right:

Even though special paddleboards(e.g. Boga Yoga Boards) are designed to comfortable dimensions like 11 feet in length and 30 inches in width, which are obviously more than your average Yoga Mat, you may not believe in the possibility of coming out dry from such a session. To alleviate your discomfort the Yoga boards are made of much greater thickness than surfboards and the likelihood of water collecting on top of it is greatly reduced. The thickness also allows its design to be comfortably cushioned like your mats.

  • Dressing and grooming yourself for SUP Yoga:

It is advisable to wear synthetic clothing or swimsuits to avoid the unfortunate and an adequate application of non-oil-based sunscreen to make it less slippery.

And Lastly, along with an adequate supply of water to keep you hydrated on a sunny day don’t forget to bring along your enthusiasm and some good sense of humour. Often, the first person to fall into the water breaks the ice for the entire class, making the session much less worrisome. So, don’t fall back, join the SUP Yoga revolution and enjoy the benefits of the soothing water with those of Yoga.

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