When you see them out on the water, you probably always have the same thought as we have: “Oh my god, this is so cool! I really want to do try it!” In the past few years, kitesurfing has become more and more popular, also in and around Brighton. We wanted to know more about this amazing sport that will have your heart beat faster with adrenaline and talked to Brighton kitesurfer Chris Simpson.
How long have you been kitesurfing for and how did you get into it?
I have been kitesurfing for 16 years now. I first saw it in Australia back in 2001. When I returned from my travels, I moved to Brighton and found out that there was a very small crew of guys doing it off of Hove beach and another crew of guys in Shoreham. I bought a land kite and practiced flying at every opportunity I had.
Once I had got to grips with flying a kite, I bought an inflatable one I could use in the water. Back then, instructors weren’t as readily available as they are now, so there was a bit of trial and error, but it was worth it. Ever since, my travels and free time has been all about kitesurfing. I was fortunate enough to have taught kitesurfing abroad as well as here at home and competed in BKSA wave master competitions.
Is kitesurfing very popular in Brighton?
What do conditions have to be like to go kitesurfing?
When is it better not to do it?
What things can possibly go wrong when you go out on the water with the kite?
On the overall, would you say kitesurfing is a dangerous sport?
Which ones are the best kite spots in and around Brighton?
How far off the shore do you have to be when you do it?
Where can you learn to kite here in Brighton?
Is it necessary to be with a club or is it possible just to do it leisurely with friends?
Would you recommend going out onto the sea with the kite on your own? Isn’t it a bit dangerous?
How long does it take to learn how to kite?
What can you expect when you do it for the first time?
After the first attempt with the kite, where is it gonna hurt the next day? Which muscles are particularly involved?
What is your advice for people who want to get into kitesurfing?
Thank you very much for talking to us, Chris.
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