Kitesurfing Fuwairit Beach
There is a large kitesurfing community in Doha. We’d see them flying through the air at Fuwairit Beach like super heroes!!!
My Own Kitesurfing Gear
After speaking to a few women who enjoy kitesurfing, I thought it possible too! For my 47th birthday, Michael bought me kite surfing equipment!
Flora’s Kiteboarding School
And so my journey began with beginner lessons at an IKO – International Kiteboarding Organization certified school – Flora’s Kiteboarding School.
Starting off I had to learn how to fly and control a training kite with specific techniques.
Land to Sea
Once I passed the land use of a training kite, I graduated to learning how to control an actual kitesurfing kite in the water. This was a totally different experience!
Next, was learning how to control the kite, think about the board and how to body drag.
This progressed to a continued practice of controlling the kite, body dragging and managing the board.
Feeling pumped before a session!!
Stepping on the Board
Then it was time to step on the board…..
I made it up once or twice and then became exhausted. I started to make mistakes. I scared myself with losing control of the kite and too many times of my face getting slammed hard into the water.
Scared, I decided to take a break……. Sad part is that I was almost there……
Update – Summer 2017 we bought our own training kite. I’m starting back at the basics to get my confidence back and eventually get back on the water!
Update – January, 2019 – I’m taking a break from kitesurfing – I lost my nerve.
Update – January, 2021 – My learning to snowboard has given me back the confidence to start kitesurfing again! Well, start from the very beginning with the training kite then progress – with lessons – to the water!