6 Kitesurfing travel tips!

After all that long waiting, the time has finally come: YOU’RE GOING ON VACANTY! Time to worry about packing and traveling with your kitesurfing equipment. As real kiters, we are of course known as planners through and through, and you will certainly have enough time to pack all your luggage. However, for the few of us we have listed a number of kitesurfing travel tips. So that if you do have a light or heavy form of holiday stress, these tips may be able to relieve the stress a little.

TYPE 1: Compare flight prices with your kitesurfing gear included.

Flying with all your kitesurfing gear can be a financial setback. When booking a flight ticket, it may therefore be the case that a slightly more expensive ticket ultimately works out cheaper with your kitesurfing gear.
Just between us, have you ever heard of the clever trick of checking luggage as a golf bag at KLM? Of course you didn’t hear this from us 😛

TYPE 2: Kitesurfing bag as hand luggage.

You may have noticed at the airport that some people have a kite with them in a very special place. Of course, that’s not because they plan to spend a day kiting among the planes. Sometimes it takes some fiddling with the kilos to get everything you need on holiday.
That is why it can be a solution to take a kite in a kite bag as hand luggage, or even two kites.

TYPE 3: Rent kitesurfing gear instead of taking it with you.

Of course, kiting with your own equipment is the best. However, it is worth considering whether this is also the best solution. “What are the advantages of renting equipment?” Make a plan for yourself where you calculate the difference in price between renting and bringing your own stuff. You will find out that this does not make much difference at all. Not at all if you take into account the effort of carrying everything with you.
In addition, renting has the great advantage that you have access to many types of kites and boards.
If you choose to rent equipment, we still advise you to bring your own trapeze. Simply because you can easily take it with you and it fits you best.

TYPE 4: Don't buy a board bag that is too small.

Having to buy a board bag is of course always a very positive thing. “Why?” because this means you’re going on a trip! When buying a board bag, it is useful to take a number of things into account.
Don’t buy a board bag that is too small. Of course it is nice to be able to take everything compact and small with you. You may have found the perfect board bag for your 2 kites and board where everything fits perfectly.
Only now you can already hear what the problem will be. If it fits exactly, nothing else will fit. If you ever expand your kite set, you are also obliged to buy a new board bag. Nowadays, even the largest board bags can be made super small.

TYPE 5: Share your luggage with someone else.

For people who do not travel alone, but go out with several kiters. Could it be a solution to share your suitcases like real kite buddies?
By this we mean that one person checks in a normal suitcase and the other checks in a board bag. This may make a difference in flying costs. Otherwise this will save you having to purchase an extra board bag.

TYPE 6: Protecting your kitesurfing gear.

I don’t think I need to convince anyone that traveling with a suitcase is a less fun experience compared to our own travel experience. It is therefore not surprising to prepare your suitcase/board bag as best as possible for the hellish journey that awaits it.
A good mnemonic in this is “never hard on hard”, which is meant by alternating hard objects such as boards or a foil with soft parts such as clothing or towels.
The idea is to create layers so that things cannot break off or tear when hit hard. Strapless surfboards in particular should rest in a silky soft bed on the way to their dreamed final destination.
It is also an idea to create layers by using kites, just be careful that no sharp parts can come along the kites (such as fins or parts of a foil).