Ever since we opened our kite school on the island, our kite instructors have always marveled at how open and uncrowded our location is. We have a 2-mile stretch of sand flats that is coral free and only waist to chest deep, perfect for our instructors to teach students the basics of kiteboarding. The learning process requires a lot of space for students since they initially have little control and spend a lot of time dragging across the wind while learning to control the kite. And once up on the board, beginners need even more room to run across the water while learning how to steer the board. All this requires a lot of open space since students initially have little control.
I am a beginner kiteboarder, having learned the sport at our island in Belize. So I was used to the free open spaces on our sand flats, where there were literally no other kites on the water. Now I am at Hood River in Oregon, where I spend a lot of time in the summer for windsurfing. Kiteboarding is very big here these days, and I have been out a lot on a kite practicing my skills. However, kiteboarding here is a whole new ballgame with the huge crowds out on the water, and everyone has to constantly be aware of all the other kites since a tangle with another kite is the ultimate disaster! It is not that tough for experts but for us beginners there are a lot of close calls. Check out this short video to see what I mean!
Now I understand what our instructors are talking about on the island; we are truly lucky to have a private, uncrowded location in which to kiteboard!