Dangerous it might be, but the best things in life often are. Despite the fact that it is occasionally a little precarious and has taken more than a few of my feline lives, kitesurfing remains one of the most enjoyable sports on earth.
In August 2017, after the featured trip to Morocco, during which I broke some ribs (self-diagnosed of course), I decided it would be a good idea to celebrate my thirtieth birthday kite surfing on a gusty loch in Scotland. Needless to say there wasn’t much ‘boarding’ involved. The kiting part was particularly exciting though.
After launching me into the air from the rocks, over which it subsequently dragged me, it very effectively pulled me back to the beach – which is fortunate because my leg was smashed open and my nose took yet another direct hit causing it to expand to a record size – those of you who know me can understand this is quite considerable!!
Ultimately ending up in Inverness hospital, I realised my rapidly depleting cats lives had taken another knock and my respect for the sport has once again increased. Luckily I was wearing a helmet and my family were near by to help me! Although my father now has emboldened his claim more than ever that he was correct in thinking it was a ‘bad idea’!
Incidentally my nephew – who joined me on the Scottish adventure for his first experience watching kiteboarding – now seems a little sceptical as to the attractions of tying yourself to a kite and dragging yourself around… I fear I have some work to do before he, or his parents for that matter, ever trusts me to give him a piggy-back on the water!!
Anyway, to those of you who haven’t kite-boarded before, do not let this deter you!! It is a sport that is more accessible than you think and not actually that hard to learn, despite what I have said or you have heard or seen. If and when you do go, make sure you wear the right gear, it helps! Next time I will be wearing a full motorcycle helmet – this nose can take no more!!!