by: Claire Lutz
Last week we started a new weekly feature Going Pro, our Claire Lutz sharing her experience as she navigates the world of pro-kiting.
I remember the moment I arrived on Hatteras Island, NC. It was a surreal feeling, something I had never felt before. I was extremely excited and very scared at the same time. I couldn’t believe the time had come and I was about to embark on my journey of becoming a kiteboarder. It was late in the evening when I arrived and checked into my beach house, so I watched REAL Watersports’ Zero to Hero dvd one last time before lessons began the following morning. This is something I recommend if you’re interested in the sport or about to take lessons, buy an instructional dvd. This will give you insight to the sport, and either get you pumped or deter you from it. Definitely do this before buying expensive gear because there is a lot to learn!
Morning had arrived and I check in at The Real Lesson Center. I met with my coaches and we came up with a game plan for the day depending on the weather. One of the first things you do before you can jump into the sport is to fly a trainer kite and understand how kites work in relation to the wind. You can buy trainer kites and fly them at home in local parks or beaches. This will also help you jump start into the sport. Read Kiting 101: What You Need To Know Before Taking Lessons.
After all of our basic lessons were completed we actually got to go in the water and fly actual inflatable kites. This was the best moment of my life at the time. It was unlike anything I had ever felt and I never wanted it to stop. It was so much different than flying a trainer kite. It was larger, the feeling in the bar and the power were all a complete change from the trainer kite. I was hooked from the second I dove the kite into the wind for the first time. It was almost therapeutic, just me the kite, the water and the wind.
From then on there was nothing else I could think about. I would eat, sleep and think kiteboarding all day and all night for the next several months to come. I couldn’t believe that I could now kiteboard after just a few days of lessons. I still wasn’t great but I had the basics down. I had to leave North Carolina for a few months to finish school before I could move there for the summer and begin kiting full time, and let me tell you it was the longest two months of my life, I couldn’t wait to get back on the water.
If you’re interested in kiting but don’t think you can do it you’re wrong, this is something anyone of all shapes and sizes can get into, you just have to believe in yourself. If you’re thinking of learning this sport I definitely recommend getting a beginner instructional dvd and possibly even a trainer kite before taking lessons. Lessons are a MUST before trying this sport on your own.
Check back with me next week for the next step in my journey. Learn about her decision to go pro