Some time ago when the former president Barrack Obama took a kitesurfing lesson with the legendary entrepreneur and keen kitesurfer Richard Branson. This is when the whole world got introduced to kiteboarding. From then on Kitesurfing is the New Golf.
Kitesurfing used to be seen as an extreme sport available only to young adrenaline junkies. But now it becomes a sport of choice for businessmen, pilots, doctors, lawyers and other prestigious people of any age.
We didn’t have to see the feature in the Time magazine to know that kitesurfing is the new golf. People who want to spend active holidays got bored of golf. And, let’s be honest, golf just isn’t as cool as kitesurfing.
But why comparing kitesurfing to golf and not some other sport?
Similar to golf kitesurfing is not the cheapest entertainment. The initial cost of kitesurfing lessons and the cost of kitesurfing equipment can be a bit scary at first. But once you have your kitesurfing gear all you need is water and some wind. And those things come free of charge from the mother nature.
Both golf and kitesurfing holidays attract people who like to travel to beautiful exotic destinations. Normally to access the best kitesurfing spots you will need a long haul flight. But once you reach the final, windy destination you will not want to leave.
Successful young people got drawn to the new sport more than to golf. This is why kitesurfing team building and networking events got more popular recently. You will enjoy meeting in the same kiting spot and sharing the same passion with like-minded people. You can start the conversation easy and build new private and business relations easy.
Check out our post about the Digital Nomads and kitesurfing to learn more.
Have you seen more and more kitesurfing, surfing or cycling providers offering yoga classes along the kiting lessons? If you have been wondering why the high adrenaline sports get combined with the calm yoga then we are here to give you the answer. You will see how adrenaline sports and yoga are complementing each other like yin and yang and why you should start incorporating yoga into your sport’s routine too.
Adrenaline Sports and Yoga: long story short
Contrary to the western view yoga doesn’t only consist of the physical exercise. Yoga is a whole philosophy teaching the control of the mind and spirit as well as the body. This on itself is the great proof that mastering yoga will help you master any other sport too. Yoga teaches determination and control which is necessary for adrenaline sports like kitesurfing, surfing or cycling. Here are the 10 reasons why yoga is a great compliment to the adventure sports.
Have you ever got out of breath during an exercise despite the fact that you didn’t really feel ‘tired’? Maybe you got a short breath because of stress? Or perhaps you trying to control your breath better for surfing duck dives and wipeouts? Yoga is the perfect way to improve your breath control. Because you can practice breathing during asanas and with pranayamas, you will get used to synchronize your breath with movement more effectively.
Yoga is not just a relaxing session, it helps to strengthen the muscles too. Certain sports, tend to work certain muscle parts more than others. In kitesurfing, it may be your legs for holding the edge. Surfers use their upper body more for paddling. In cycling, on the other hand, it may be your glutes that get the most workout. And in wakeboarding your arms. To ensure your body is healthy you can work on the other muscles with yoga. Particularly important is strengthening the core muscles that are so important in surfing and kiting.
If you are a surfer you probably do a quick stretch before getting in the water. Unfortunately, the enthusiasts of other sports like kitesurfing, or wakeboarding are not always stretching before the session. Stretching your muscles before the session prevents the injuries. Stretching after the session prevents soreness and preserves muscles in better form for the next session.
What is fascia? It is a type of a connective tissue enclosing, separating and strengthening the muscles. Although stretching the muscles is fairly easy and popular we don’t often remember to stretch at the deeper level. The feeling of tightness and stiffness is often related to the fascia. Therefore stretching this element of your body will provide a noticeable improvement in the feeling and the performance.
The best balance poses in yoga are the perfect way to train balance for other sports. Surfing or longboarding is a great example of sports in which you need a lot of balance. That is why yoga will help you master the balance. Adrenalin sports and yoga both need balance and control.
Goofy or regular? We are not going to talk about how to know if you are goofy or regular, but we will highlight the fact that in most boardsports we tend to have a ‘dominant side’. The side of the body that takes the lead. Although it is great to know which body side is dominant and be able to do a great trick that side. It disturbs the balance and the symmetry of the body and muscles. As a result, the overgrowth of the muscles on one side may cause some posture modifications and later injuries or pains. Here comes the yoga with its great solution! Everything you do in yoga you do equally. This way your body will be more symmetrical and healthier. So try to always exercise both sides in adrenaline sports and yoga.
All of the above says how to prevent sports injury with yoga. Strengthen muscles and a healthy stretch will allow you to minimize the risk of injury during sports. Unfortunately, there are plenty of injuries in the adventure sports. This is why adrenaline sports and yoga are such a great combination.
Have you missed the yoga stretch and incurred the injury already. Don’t worry! Yoga can help to recover from injuries. You will notice that a lot of yoga asanas are similar or even the same as the physio exercises recommended for post injury therapy. Yoga is a great way to get back in shape in a controlled and safe way. Adrenaline sports and yoga therapy can go hand in hand.
There is not much if any room for error in the adventure sports. The more adrenaline the more risk involved, therefore, concentration is the key to master the tricks you working on and withstand the test of endurance. Yoga helps to improve concentration through breathing exercises and meditation. Both adrenaline sports and yoga require a lot of concentration.
Finally the long deserved relaxation. One of the yoga poses; Shavasana will teach you how to completely relax your body and the meditation will calm your mind. This is useful to chill after the session. It will also help you to visualize the progress for the next, even better session.
Excited about combining adrenaline sports and yoga during your next adventure? Have a look at our Experiences or ask us where you can do adrenaline sports and yoga at the same time. Looking for yoga and kitesurfing camp, or yoga and surfing holiday, or maybe you need yoga and cycling? We can help you find it!
Digital nomads who work from different geographical locations on their laptops often choose kitesurfing camps as their novelty ‘office’ environments. Working away from the office encouraged many people to travel further and choose one of the exotic destinations as their new temporary home and workplace.
Last decade’s technological advances changed the way we work. Every year more companies offer location independent positions for their employees and contracted freelancers. Working remotely opens the world of opportunities and the world of amazing sports’ destinations.
If you are still thinking why as a digital nomad you should start kitesurfing we’ll help you to form an opinion.
You will meet loads of amazing people very similar yet different to you.
Traveling to different kitesurfing destinations will allow you to meet other digital nomads. There are also other interesting people who share the same passion as you.
Deciding where to travel next gets easier.
There are so many amazing kitesurfing spots, you will never want to stop traveling. Many of the kiting sites work only at certain times of the year due to the seasonal weather conditions. Therefore you will be able to quickly know where to go next to catch the best wind.
Spending long hours staring at the laptop screen can make you feel tired and groggy. Kitesurfing is a great way to improve the blood circulation and supply the brain with more oxygen. As a result, your working results will most certainly improve just as much as your mood.
Welcome to my office.
Kitesurfing spots are some of the best places you will visit. Working under a palm tree, sipping fresh coconut water and looking at the sea and sky decorated with colorful kites is so much better than your usual Starbucks set-up.
No workout six-pack. You’re welcome!
Staying in shape while traveling is a not an easy task. Gyms are grim and often not worth joining, and motivating yourself to workout is a challenge on its own. Kitesurfing is not just a hobby, it is a great workout strengthening your legs, abs and core muscles.
Work hard. Play hard.
Kiting camps are a good balance between work and pleasure. Although there are a lot of parties in the kitesurfing resorts and plenty of beach parties, their atmosphere is not as crazy as a backpackers’ hostel. This is why you can be sure you will be able to find the time and place to work and relax.
The bigger part of the work for AirWaterEarth is done remotely and some of it was conducted in Dakhla and in Sri Lanka. We are happy to recommend the Kitesurfing Lanka, Kitesurfing Mannar and Wind City Dakhla because we have been there, tested it and it was absolutely amazing. Now is your turn to check it out!
Looking for your next best digital nomad destination? Contact us for the spot recommendations. The quiet surroundings, perfect wind conditions, and fast internet access are the ultimate holiday essentials and we are happy to help you find all of those for your next workation.
You have made the decision to learn kitesurfing. Maybe you got inspired by the friends, your boyfriend or girlfriend. Or maybe you fell in love with the sport after seeing it on one of the beaches you’ve visited. You worked hard and finally, you decided on the kitesurfing destination you will travel to take the kitesurfing lessons.
Now the question is: Which lesson option to choose?
Having spent some time researching kitesurfing schools you already know there are different kitesurfing lessons available. There are private kitesurfing lessons, semi-private kitesurfing lessons, and group kitesurfing lessons.
The main difference you will see is obviously the price. And as tempting as it may seem to book the cheapest option you may be actually losing money when booking the group kitesurfing lessons.
Are group lessons better value for money?
Kitesurfing requires a fair bit of instruction and supervision at the beginning. Sharing your kitesurfing instructor with 3 other people means you are getting just a quarter of the instructor’s time and attention. Sure, you will pay less. But you are paying for the ¼ of the lesson because there are others sharing the lesson with you.
Apart from the fact that you get less instruction and feedback from your instructor, there is also the aspect that you may be at a different level to the rest of the group. This may hold you back or put pressure on you. We all learn differently and progress at different paces with certain tasks.
Having to learn the new thing is stressful enough. Being watched by the other learners waiting impatiently for their turn makes it more stressful. You really want to have some time to make mistakes and learn from them without thinking your time with the kite is running out.
Who you are learning with makes difference.
During the first hours, you will be for sure sharing the kite with the other learners. We mentioned already that that means less practice time for you. What it also means is that if you are grouped with people bigger or smaller than you. Hence you may end up with the wrong equipment. In kitesurfing one size doesn’t fit all and depending on the wind conditions a 100kg dude will need a different kite than a 50kg girl.
You can probably guess by now that our experience taught us that group lessons are not the most efficient way of learning. We offer group lessons because they are good tasters for those who are not sure if kitesurfing is for them or not. Group lessons allow you to try it out and see how you feel at a very low cost.
When sharing the kitesurfing lesson is a good idea?
Cheap kitesurfing lessons in a group format are a great idea for a present if you want to introduce the sport to your girlfriend, dad or friend. They also make a great bonding experience for the workmates or for stag dos or hen dos.
For those who really want to learn efficiently, there are Private and Semi-private kitesurfing lessons. Those options give much better results.
Why private kitesurfing lessons work better?
Private lessons are by far the most effective way of learning. Having a 1 to 1 kitesurfing lesson means you get 100% of attention from your instructor. He or she will focus just on you and be able to give you an immediate feedback regarding what you are doing right and what can be improved.
Your equipment will be chosen specifically for you and you will not have to share it with other people. This means you will have more practice time to yourself. 1 hour of the lesson will be 1 hour of practice time as suppose to 12min in a group set-up (in a group lesson an hour of tuition is divided by 4 people -15min each minus the time that you ‘waste’ changing between people).
We are all beautifully different.
We all learn differently, some people require more theory, some like to observe how it’s done and the others learn by trial and error. Your kitesurfing instructor will recognize what works best for you and adjust the teaching methods precisely to your needs.
The record proves that the progress in kitesurfing is the best in private kitesurfing classes. But you don’t have to compromise your progress if you have a limited budget.
Semi-private lessons: almost perfect.
For those not quite prepared for the Private lessons, there is an option to take semi-private lessons.
Although you still need to share the time and kiteboarding gear with another person, there is only two of you so you get much more for your money and the changing doesn’t take as much time.
For less sporty people semi-private kitesurfing lessons actually work better than the private lessons. That is because they are less physically demanding. You will have the time to practice and then have a little break as the other person has a go.
Very often private lessons can be very tiring especially at the beginner stage. If you are not used to intense physical activity or get cold in the water quickly, sharing a kite with one other person is the best choice for you.
AirWaterEarth is a marketplace for the outdoorsy enthusiasts of adventure sports. The platform came to life about 8 years ago and has since been developing, changing shape and growing just like anything in nature is. We embrace the change and recognize the influence of the environment around us to be able to adapt to it and create better innovations.
How AirWaterEarth.net came to life?
From the standalone online shop with some sports equipment; eventually, AirWaterEarth.net, with the help of KitesurfDubai.ae and SupDubai.ae, became an international e-commerce platform for adventure sports. The idea to create a place for the sports enthusiasts with sports gear, adrenaline experiences, knowledge, and the right tribe sprung to life. Which is what reshaped AirWaterEarth.net and made its current form.
Who are the people who make AirWaterEarth?
It takes the certain kind of person to face the forces of nature and embrace the sports of the Air, the Water, and The earth. All the elements are unpredictable and powerful beyond our comprehension. Certainly using the Air, Water, and the Earth as your playground require not just the right set of skills and equipment but above all, it requires the right mindset, determination and a big dose of respect for the mother nature and her abilities. This mindset and the love and respect for nature make up the core values of AirWaterEarth.net.
AirWater earth is made of a team of passionate nature-lovers. We like to actively spend our free time. Therefore we want to share our knowledge and passion with the like-minded people. Hence we focus on creating the feeling of excitement globally for all the outdoor adventure enthusiasts.
The bigger picture!
There is more than just the adrenalin thrill in the adventure sports like kitesurfing, surfing, sup or mountain biking. That is why we believe in the awareness and sustainability. Therefore, we reach out to the sustainable holiday providers in the best kitesurfing spots and we look for the products made with less environmental impact. We praise the healthy and balanced lifestyle. We hope that the passion for outdoor sports can resonate in the bigger positive change. Even more, we want to encourage change not just on the personal level but on a global scale.