The Kitemare - Share and Learn

Tropical Storm Faye Kitemare

The dreaded kitemare - it’s a nightmare-like experience that happens while kiteboarding. They aren’t good, and no one wants to go have one. But the truth is, whether big or small, every one has a kitemare at some point.

Sometimes they can be entertaining, other times they can be devastating. But at all times it's important to learn from them. Here's a collection of researched and shared kitemares, and the lessons learned...


A Few Kitemares...


They Have Some Good in Them

Even though they're best to avoid, you can still learn from your bad kite experience. Something went wrong, and you can learn from that. Just ask yourself:

What went wrong, and how do I keep it from happening again?

Even though it might be hard to ask, this question can take a bad experience and make you a better and safer kiteboarder.

Learn from Others

Learning from the expereinces of others (good and bad) can take a lot of time and frustration off your learning curve. The real reason I have put these stories on this page (and asked others the share theirs) is so that we can learn without making the same mistake ourselves. If you have a kitemare or experience to share, please do so below - we all appreciate the feedback.

Do You Have a Kitemare that You Would Like to Share?

If you have a kitemare of your own that you would like to share, please do! Real life stories are extremely powerful learning tools, and we all love to hear them.

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What Other Visitors Have Said

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Board danger 
This is not really a kitemare but it does highlight a danger that as an intermediate kiter I was unaware of. I was out kiting in the waves at a local spot …

Landing on sharp wooden fence 
I was just starting to learn to kite but was already going in the water by myself. When I got to the beach the weather was great and the wind perfect so …

Near Drowning in Large Surf 
Setting: Mid October, Wind: 25-30knts NW, Lake Huron (Great Lakes), Swell: 6-8ft rollers (generated by lage amount of fetch), Kite: 7m Evo, A friend …

Drifting in a Mexican Ocean... 
Setting the stage. I was in Puerto Progresso in the Myan Riviera, Mexico, and I had just gotten a brand new kite. It arrived in the mail the day before, …

Dragged out to Sea 
I was kiteboarding by myself in some near off-shore winds, they were blowing inland initially but pointing down the beach mostly. I was riding for quite …

Kite-Eating Tree 
Was hunting around for wind, there was a weather system rolling in, although I wasn't sure when. To my dismay it was getting late in the day. So …

Dragged Up The Beach Not rated yet
On my very first kite fly to give this a go, on the beach with no board (just flying the kite) for some reason the kite lofted across when the winds eased …

Lofted and a Broken Rib Not rated yet
A few years ago I was learning to kite and got lofted high and smashed on the water and broke a rib. Not fun. Analysed the situation and decided …

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