Updated: Aug 22, 2018
In a video appeared on YouTube on July 2014, Virgin Mogul Richard Branson explains how he fell in love with kiteboarding, and why he thinks it is the best sport in the world.
"I learned to kitesurf on Necker twelve years ago. It was lethally dangerous. When you fell you'd be dragged underwater 100 feet, and you prayed you didn't hit a reef," says Branson.
"I survived with not too many injuries, and it's been the best sport ever since. I will kitesurf if the wind's up, get half an hour away from Blackberries and iPhones, then come back completely refreshed ready to go."
"There are very high powered people - like Larry Page from Google and other - that kitesurf, and I think they do because they see it as therapeutic, as well as a lovely way to keep the body fit."
"If you're not doing sports, it's a great pity because life is so much better if you do sports. All you need is a kite and a board, and off you go. You need a sympathetic person to spend four or five hours teaching you, then you've got a lifetime of pleasure ahead. I 100% recommend it," concludes Richard Branson.
A few years down the line, kiteboarding is no longer an extremely dangerous sport and became extremely popular and accessible to the large public becoming the fastest growing sport in the world, as reported by British newspaper The Telegraph. Of course, there are still many risks involved. But the equipment evolved dramatically over the past few years and that has made the sport a lot safer.
Today, it is up to you for how much risk you want to take. Finding a good local kiteboard instructor with knowledge of local weather conditions can help your journey to become a kiter and you will progress much faster.
Trying to learn to kiteboard on your own is no longer tolerated at most kiteboarding spots, as it creates an unnecessary risk of access and injury. You earn your respect in this sport by learning properly and kiting safely, nothing else. At OneKiter we help you connect with professional instructors who will teach you the essentials and make the journey as pleasant as the destination.