5 Kitesurfing Travel Tips
So, you’ve chosen a dream destination, tickets and hotels are booked and a paradise of golden sands and azure blue seas await – but not before you’ve tackled the dreaded task of packing. Preparing for a holiday is stressful at the best of times, let alone when you have the added pressure of a large piece of sports kit and all the necessary kitesurfing accessories that you need to have to hand while you are away. However, as with most things in life, those that adequately prepare for travelling with their kitesurf kit are likely to experience a smooth journey from start to finish and, ultimately, a more enjoyable time away. With that in mind, we’ve put together some of the most useful tips that can help to simplify the process of travelling with your kit.
Choose Your Bag Carefully
Safely transporting your gear to and from your destination is of utmost importance, but that doesn’t mean buying the biggest bag is always the best option. Not all boards will fit in standardised bags, and some airlines establish maximum length, width and weight limits for sports gear that need to be adhered to; we fear a kitesurfing trip without your kitesurfing kit is less fun. Those embarking on long-haul flights that include a changeover should think particularly carefully about how much protection the bag offers the contents inside. The money you save by purchasing a low-quality travel bag will surely be cancelled out by the money spent on repairs to dings, dents and cracks as a result of damage in transit. Here at F-One, we have a kitesurfing bag to suit every need, want and desire, ensuring nothing can stop you getting straight into action once you land at your destination. We stock the finest quality Manera bags, and cover everything from board bags to foil covers and beyond.
Consider the Conditions
Whilst at your local kitesurfing haunt the conditions may have become somewhat predictable, the same cannot be said about a location that you have never visited before. Check the forecasts and prediction sites in the days prior to your departure to give you an idea of the size of kite that will be most effective. For more remote destinations, contact a local shop or hire place to enquire about conditions. You can also download the Windguru app, which provides detailed information about the conditions in any area or hit forums such as Kiteforum and Kite Sirens and to ask other enthusiasts about their experiences of specific spots.
Pack with Purpose
Ensuring that your bags are packed in a way that is logical and convenient could be the difference between fitting in that extra repair kit and not. Ensure all kites are completely deflated and that both the inflate and deflate valves are open. Take the time to fold it carefully, avoiding crushing the kite or using vacuum bags because these can squeeze the kite far too much and could cause damage to your kite’s bladders. It’s worth remembering to remove straps and handles and pack them separately to make more space. In terms of the board, ensuring you have the correct protection for travel is vital to avoiding dings, cracks and dents is the make or break of a windsurfing holiday. Remove the fins to avoid them giving way under pressure and remember foil boards will need extra care and attention to avoid damage.
Remember to Remove the Hose from the Pump
Travelling with a pump is essential, but luckily our extensive collection of top of the range pumps are conveniently-sized to fit in any bag you are taking. That said, there’s nothing more irritating than arriving at your destination of choice, excited to hit the open water, only to discover your pump hose has been broken en route. Where the hose attaches to the pump is renowned as a weak link and could make packing the entire thing a monumental waste of time, space and even money, so be sure to pack them separately. If you are planning on borrowing a pump when you get there, bring your own hose and any other adaptors you may require.
Order Your Suitcase
In the same way you would pack a suitcase full of clothes for a holiday or the boot of the car for a day out at the beach, begin packing your bag with the larger items. Begin with the board and use some cardboard or beach towels to protect the tips. Next, place the neatly folded kites around the board, before adding the pump, bar, foot straps, fins and any other accessories you might be taking with you. Anyone with a hard-shell harness can wrap it around one of the kites, saving space and keeping the kite neat and together.
We hope you have enjoyed this look at some of the most effective tips for travelling with your kitesurfing kit. If you are yet to book a holiday for some winter water, don’t hesitate to check out our recent blog post, Six European Kitesurfing Spots for a Weekend Getaway, for inspiration. Those that have booked a trip away and are looking for some new kit to try out while they’re there should head to our website to browse our extensive range of kitesurfing gear and accessories. If you have any questions or would like to know anything else about our products, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the friendly F-One team today!