Learning to kitesurf in Rugen

Getting out early is a special treat, especially when a weekend is planned with the Kite School Rugen – with the daring idea to kite surf for the first time. So grab your coat and say “see you later,” the Baltic calls. Barely escaping the rush hour traffic, be sure to enjoy a relaxing ride, sunset, and melodious music by AUX-IN with us to get into the perfect pre-kiting mood. By “us” I mean me and Eric- both of us are current interns at KiteWorldWide. He is in customer service and I am in marketing. The others on the team are just too busy with work to come along, we are not so strained.

Arriving at the apartment – close to kite school and spot

Once in “Klein Zicker” on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen we did everything  comfortably – even in the apartment. The apartment is fully equipped and located directly above the kite shop run by guys who countlessly offered to help with kite surfing. The apartment to the spot is approximately 200 meters. All around it is a quiet walk where you will see sheep, horses, hills, and a view of the Baltic Sea.

Ideal weather conditions for kiting: Sunny, windy and just a little bit cold ;-)

After we have explored the area early on Saturday, we get into the water for the first time in the afternoon. The sun shines, the wind is going and everything is fit for kiting – ideal weather conditions for kiting. Because it is cold during this time of the year, we wore two neoprene suits and a hat. Unfortunately we forgot the gloves, sorry hands. The usual dry land work with the kite (kite seen flying over the mountain) and I jump and soon go with the kite into the water. This does not make me fly away, I get adjusted to two square meters smaller kite.

First kitesurfing steps in the water

Paul, friendly kite instructor with a dry suit shows me then patiently as I launch the kite from the water and keep up. He is fortunately really patient. At first I thought to myself, how does he do that? After I struggled for half an hour on trying to start the thing, twice pulling within seconds on a leash and the kite shooting into the sky like a rocket. But that’s probably the thing with kite surfing, learners need to be patient.

And so I have had my first bit of fun and learned to control the kite high in the sky with the occasional nosedive into the water. I try out a bit and I realize more and more how I can chase the kite through the power zone to “power” to get. When the wind passed, I’ve already done a few body-drags, have icy fingers (the rest of the body is doing well) and am on the board!!

Getting out early is a special treat, especially when a weekend is planned with the Kite School Rugen – with the daring idea to kite surf for the first time. So grab your coat and say “see you later,” the Baltic calls. Barely escaping the rush hour traffic, be sure to enjoy a relaxing ride, sunset, and melodious music by AUX-IN with us to get into the perfect pre-kiting mood. By “us” I mean me and Eric- both of us are current interns at KiteWorldWide. He is in customer service and I am in marketing. The others on the team are just too busy with work to come along, we are not so strained.

Arriving at the apartment – close to kite school and spot

Once in “Klein Zicker” on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen we did everything  comfortably – even in the apartment. The apartment is fully equipped and located directly above the kite shop run by guys who countlessly offered to help with kite surfing. The apartment to the spot is approximately 200 meters. All around it is a quiet walk where you will see sheep, horses, hills, and a view of the Baltic Sea.

Ideal weather conditions for kiting: Sunny, windy and just a little bit cold ;-)

After we have explored the area early on Saturday, we get into the water for the first time in the afternoon. The sun shines, the wind is going and everything is fit for kiting – ideal weather conditions for kiting. Because it is cold during this time of the year, we wore two neoprene suits and a hat. Unfortunately we forgot the gloves, sorry hands. The usual dry land work with the kite (kite seen flying over the mountain) and I jump and soon go with the kite into the water. This does not make me fly away, I get adjusted to two square meters smaller kite.

First kitesurfing steps in the water

Paul, friendly kite instructor with a dry suit shows me then patiently as I launch the kite from the water and keep up. He is fortunately really patient. At first I thought to myself, how does he do that? After I struggled for half an hour on trying to start the thing, twice pulling within seconds on a leash and the kite shooting into the sky like a rocket. But that’s probably the thing with kite surfing, learners need to be patient.

And so I have had my first bit of fun and learned to control the kite high in the sky with the occasional nosedive into the water. I try out a bit and I realize more and more how I can chase the kite through the power zone to “power” to get. When the wind passed, I’ve already done a few body-drags, have icy fingers (the rest of the body is doing well) and am on the board!!

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