I think you are right about there being a big difference between being over 60 and already having years of experience and continuing to kite and learning when you are over 60. From what i understand billie was already a kitesurfer before his incident and just had to learn to adapt what he already knew to his new situation. I would imagine the vast majority of people on this forum will have stopped kitesurfing by the time they reach 70 for good reason. I am sure we all have stories where we had to get ourselves out of trouble and if we were not in the best of health things might have ended up differently. I would say supping could be a great sport to try if you are in good shape, more senior in years and want to get out on the water and have a challenge.Flyboy wrote: ↑Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:51 pmI think that's pretty much on the money. I started at 42 & I'm 62 now. There's a world of difference between being 62 (even a fit 62) & 42. I'm willing to bet there's an even bigger difference between being 62 & 72. It's one thing to have the skills & gradually age, it's another thing to try & learn those skills at an advanced age. Not saying it can't be done, but I'm betting the vast majority of 70 year olds would not be up for it.TomW wrote: ↑Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:45 pmDont show that video of Dimitri to your doctor.
If you were asking me to teach you, i would ask:
Can you swim 200m in open ocean ?
Can you dive down 2m and swim a bit?
Can you do 50 sit-ups, and 20 push-ups in a row?
Can you jump from a 1m high object onto hard ground onto your feet?
If not, I wouldn't recommend it.
I started at 40, 60 yrs now and kite 100-150 sessions year round. All foiling now.
In any case, should the OP give it a try, it would be very interesting to hear about his experiences ...
The bottom line is if for some reason you want to kitesurf there is probably a way but do not think it will be easy or without considerable risk. I have seen fit 20 year olds with watersports experience taken off the beach on stretchers while learning to kitesurf after losing comtrol of their kites. Without sounding patronising, Maybe what is behind your desire to kitesurf is that you just want to be out on the water enjoying the energy of the sea and there are other ways of doing that - supping or sailing might be a great challenge for you (which is probably what i will be doing in 20 years time )