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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby TheKiteLife » Sun May 02, 2010 2:57 am

I recently wrote this article for my facebook page: The Kite Life

Why kitesurfers need to think like an athlete...
To be a healthy and progressing kitesurfer, you have to think and train like an athlete. You can't just show up to kite on Sunday morning when the wind is blowing and hope to stay out all day and injury free. When we ride, most of us would like to be able to squeeze every last minute out of the wind. But all too often I see people on the beach with the look in their eye of wanting to ride more, but they are physically too tired. For this reason, it is important to incorporate some other physical exercise and strength training into your lifestyle to increase your kitesurfing endurance. The goal of this article is not to turn you into athletic machines and to take the fun out of the sport, but to increase your time on the water and reduce the chance of injuries.

As stated, there are several reasons why you want to start training as a kitesurfing athlete. The main reason is that you can increase the amount of time you are on the water riding. No longer will you have to go back to the beach and recover after only one hour of riding. Imagine being the envy of your friends because you stayed out for the full 5 hours of wind that blew that day in your local spot. In addition, throughout the day the crowds usually ebb and flow, so now you can have that whole flat section or set of waves to yourself. No more sitting on the beach watching that perfect set because you were too tired.

The other reason you want to increase your level of fitness is to reduce injuries. As we continue to push ourselves to develop, we go for bigger air, more twists and riskier moves. But the higher we progress up the trick ladder, the bigger the strain we put on our bodies. There is no greater chance of getting injured as going into a trick than when your legs and arms are tired; you will have reduced control thought out the trick and a lesser chance of landing correctly. Though kite equipment has gotten much safer over the years, you still need to have a solid level of fitness as a kitesurfer to pull off tricks.

Yes it is blunt, but if you reduce your body weight, not only will you be more agile, but you will also be able to ride in lighter wind. Quit spending more money on larger kites and the latest and greatest lightweight boards; loose some pounds and save money.

Thus if you are serious about your kiting and want to keep improving, I suggest two things. Start an endurance sport and start some strength training. The sport could be something like swimming, cycling, running, rowing, aerobics or anything along those lines. The strength training could be a simple whole body routine. There is no need to go join a gym and all that hoopla.

A simple and highly effective routine that I suggest is this: Three or four days a week go for a 20-30 minute jog. Upon finishing take a few minute break and then do some basic strength training. This can include push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and basic lunges to build some leg strength. The key to all of this is to start easy and gradually build up your pace and number of strength exercises over time. If you rush things, you run the risk of injury. Take it slow is the key.

And last but not least, to stay on the water for your target amount of time, you have to have stay to train to stay on the water that long. Each week during your riding sessions, try adding 10 to 15 minutes to your session. Gradually you will build up your endurance.

The Kite Life wishes you happy kiting...see you on the water...

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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby papasmerf » Sun May 02, 2010 3:03 am

OR,,,,,you could just get a Ocean Rodeo Mako. legs will last forever. get the 150. this is from personal experience.

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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby knuthansen » Sun May 02, 2010 3:46 am

I second papasmerf..
If you are into freeriding, the Mako 150 is a great choice, and since the footbalance is more even it is definitely less tiring to ride.

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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby jwoodunlv » Sun May 02, 2010 3:56 am

Yeah, if it's blowing 20-25 knots, I would be on a 9m with a 130 x 39 board fully powered. The board is what is tiring out your legs. Keep the flight deck for below 15 knots and look at getting a board in the 130/ 132 range with about 38-40 in width. You will be amazed at the difference. If you are in Hatteras, check out if the shops will let you demo some different boards. Even if you don't buy, at least you will get to enjoy the conditions a lot more.

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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby gung ho kiter » Sun May 02, 2010 7:21 am

When you overwork your body at your (and my) age the connexion between the ligaments and the bone can become inflamed and you tire allmost inmediately after starting to kite. It will cure with rest, with NSAID's (paracetamol, ibuprofen etc) and moving without strain. And building up your kiting hours gradually.
Also I'd go for the Mako

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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby naishdude » Sun May 02, 2010 11:25 am

gung ho kiter wrote:When you overwork your body at your (and my) age the connexion between the ligaments and the bone can become inflamed and you tire allmost inmediately after starting to kite. It will cure with rest, with NSAID's (paracetamol, ibuprofen etc) and moving without strain. And building up your kiting hours gradually.
Also I'd go for the Mako
Sorry guys,
I had the mako .....but there are better now...try the 2010 Nobile NHP 134x42 or 131x40
It is as soft as the Mako on your legs, but is holds its rail much easier, in bumpy conditions, where the mako has the tendence to start bouncing a bit ( soft but still annoying) the nobile holds its rail much easier, and since 2010 no splahing in the face.
I do not say Mako is a bad board as I always loved it, but there are other brands out there that made the progress and have taken the good things from Mako and due to the shape and fin setup are easier in some conditions than the Mako, one of them is the Nobile NHP 2010 and I have both Mako and NHP.
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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby BLACKJACK » Sun May 02, 2010 1:05 pm

Intresting, never noticed such tendency, perhaps you dont know that you have to ride MAKO with equell foot preasure and duck stance, if you ride back foot heavy like Nobile of course it will bounce.
Apart from massive concave smoothing any chop that balanced foot preasure makes MAKO unique and so comfortable to ride, try to ride your Nobile for 5/6 hours and then MAKO, perhaps after that you understand the diffrence.
Maybe Nobile after few years reduced the spray, but to date they cant make proper pads and straps, since that fact alone I would never try any Nobile boards, at the same time on MAKO you have top stuff on par with FLYBOARDS, SPLEENE,LF such pads and straps contribute to great ride as well.

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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby Wisha » Sun May 02, 2010 2:59 pm

What size are your fins?

If they are too small you will need to edge harder to get upwind. If you have larger fins you can ride your board flatter making a lot less work for your legs. Makes a huge difference.

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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby papasmerf » Sun May 02, 2010 4:07 pm

Naishdude

I have 2 nobiles, 666 and shin pro(?) ,,,,, and 2 makos. obviously, not the new nhp BUT, I am going to have to say I find your statement to be EXTREMELY suspect. any board designed for pop just has to give up some of the creature comforts. I notice you live in Belgium, which is somewhat geographically close to where they make Nobiles, correct? are you getting your nobiles for free?

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Re: My legs are too tired - am I doing something wrong?

Postby papasmerf » Sun May 02, 2010 4:09 pm

by the way, my Nobiles are for sale in case any one is interested, PM me.


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