What kind of kiter are you?
So, you're a kitesurfer, you love to ride and spend much of your working day studying weather maps, checking forecasts and working out which beach is going to deliver the goods. But what kind of kitesurfer are you? Deep down... where no one else knows you! Find out right now by taking our very realistic quiz..
1. I LEARNED TO KITE…
a) To be cool
b) With my friends years ago
c) Before I had a proper vocabulary
d) I was born with a kite leash as an umbilical cord
2. MY QUIVER CONSISTS OF…
a) A 10m is all I need
b) 2 kites and my favorite board is enough to get me out on most days
c) 4 kites and 3 boards for all conditions
d) Every size from 4-18m and 13 boards
3. MY LAST PARTNER BROKE UP WITH ME BECAUSE…
a) They got tired of me playing my Coldplay collection
b) Someone who didn’t like the beach? What was I thinking?
c) I’m not sure, they said something when I was pumping my kite on a windy beach and I never saw them again
d) I wouldn’t let them learn on my kites
4. I GET OUT OF THE WATER…
a) After I’ve had a few nice tricks or waves
b) When all my friends are already waiting for me in the car
c) When I can’t feel my hands anymore
d) When it’s dark and there’s not enough moonlight
5. THE BOSS CALLS ME. HE SAYS I’M BEING PROMOTED AND GETTING A PAY RISE. MY FIRST REACTION IS:
a) Ha! And my friends mocked me for missing those sessions and putting extra time in on the weekends. See who’s laughing now!
b) Sweet. With the extra money I’ll be able to do a little trip to Brazil and maybe upgrade my quiver
c) Whoah! Slow down. How is this going to cut into my water time?
d) Boss? Office? What do these words mean?
6. ON MY LAST HOLIDAY I WENT…
a) On a weekend break to Luxembourg
b) On a trip to Brazil where I kited all day, every day
c) On a boat trip to the Caribbean. Good kiting, good friends and good vibes
d) Back to my adopted guesthouse in South Africa where I have a room booked out year round
7. THIS WEEKEND I WILL…
a) Go shopping… We really need some new curtains.
b) Go out for dinner on Friday. Catch up with my friends on Saturday, and maybe go kiting on Sunday if the forecast looks good
c) Go to bed early on Friday and hit the road on Saturday. See you on Sunday evening when I’m done with kiting
d) It’s the weekend? Gutted. This means all the weekend-warrior kooks will be getting in my way
8. MY WORST CRASH EVER…
a) On my bike when I was 4
b) When I self-launched and had the lines set up wrong
c) When I tangled with a buddy while filming follow-cam with the GoPro
d) I went too hard out on a Megaloop and broke 8 ribs. I was back on the water the following day though…
9. IN THE BACK OF MY CAR I HAVE…
a) A dustpan and brush for all that terrible sand...
b) My kite gear is there 24/7 in case I find some wind
c) My kites, a kite repair kit, and a spare pump just in case
d) I don’t have a car, just a tent at the beach
10. I LEARN FROM…
c) My buddies
d) You learn from me
11. GOING UPWIND IS…
a) Beyond my capabilities
b) A privilege
c) Second nature
d) Boring. I wish we could downwind the whole day
12. IT’S WINDY AND LOOKS AMAZING BUT IT’S MY PARTNERS BIRTHDAY. I…
a) Don’t even think about it. It’s their day
b) Go for a quick session in between making breakfast and taking them out for lunch
c) Go for a proper session before taking her for a fancy dinner
d) Fail to understand why they can’t be happy for me. I mean, like, I just got the highest jump of the day
13. MY ATTITUDE TO HAVING KIDS IS…
a) I am still a kid
b) I’ve always wanted to teach my own grom how to kite
c) I’ve always wanted my own kite caddy
d) What, and have less water time? Thanks, but no thanks
14. MY FRIENDS…
a) Don’t really get why I’m into kiting. But we still find plenty of time to hang out together
b) Wish they saw a bit more of me
c) We all grew up kiting together, go on kite trips and we’ll keep kiting together until we die
d) Who needs friends when you have a kite?
15. THE HOUSE IS BURNING DOWN AND YOU HAVE TIME TO SAVE ONLY ONE THING. YOU INSTINCTIVELY GRAB…
a) Your collection of family photos. Those things are irreplaceable
b) Your homemade kite board. Those things are irreplaceable
c) Nice try. My garage is alarmed and totally fireproof
d) Who cares? I sold the house three years ago for a round-the-world kite trip
16. THE PKRA WORLD TITLE RACE IS…
a) A bit confusing. How does it work?
b) Great entertainment
c) What happened when kiting sold out
d) Mine for the taking
17. INTERNET FORECASTS ARE…
a) Useful for seeing if I need to wear a vest tomorrow
b) The greatest invention of the 21st century
c) What I plan my life around
d) Rarely as accurate as me
18. KITING ALONE IS…
a) Not for me. Thanks
b) Sketchy but worth it
c) Like Christmas
d) The usual in the Grenadines where I moved to get away from you kooks
HOW DID YOU SCORE?
Mostly As: Unless you are a grom or learning to kite, put this magazine down. Like, right now. Just move along my friend. Kiting is not for you. Take this mag back to the shops and exchange it for Crochet Weekly
Mostly Bs: Your healthy obsession with kiteboarding is topped with stoke and balanced by an attempt, at least, to have a normal life/career/relationship outside the water.
Mostly Cs: Your life revolves around kiteboarding 24/7 and you have given up all but the thinnest guises that anything else is important. Your core status is complimented by the fact that you can set up your kite blindfolded. You probably won’t die rich or famous, but it will be with an enviable jumps record and a well-worn thousand yard stare.
Mostly Ds: Well buddy... I think it is time to slow down a bit. Your pathological devotion to kitesurfing has left you morally bankrupt, and you are either a homeless feral, pro kiter, or you work for a kite magazine. Shame on you.