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excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby KOOK » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:28 pm

my question is this??
because we are always hooked in to waist or seat harness are we actually doing any thing other than showing off the power of the wind and waves? is there any cadio vascular imput excluding running up wind on the beach or riding unhooked???????

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Re: excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby KOOK » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:47 pm

forgot to mention that in kitesufing the jaw {maseter } muscle and tongue muscles seem to work very very hard so it is definitely a cardio vascular sport

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Re: excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby Kosh » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:38 pm

You mean, if we use any muscles? Definetively, especially when popping, even when hooked in (explosive strength). But I would say kiting is more demanding on coordination and stamina than being strong. But without muscle strength, it is more difficult to load the kite when jumping etc, do the rotation and general body control. I exercise 2-3 times a week, to get stronger, but also to limit the risk of knee injuries, back issues etc.

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Re: excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby frankm1960 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:55 pm

I'm surprised you have to ask :)
I go for a three hour session and it's pretty obvious what I need to work on, physiologically speaking.
In my mind there is no doubt that physical conditioning at the gym pays off in spades for kitesurfing and I really don't push past my comfort zone all that much either. The colder weather has an affect as well I think, tends to wear you down a little quicker.

Every person is different but I'd never go kitesurfing without getting in good shape first, cardio, strength, flexibility etc.

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Re: excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby tautologies » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:09 pm

KOOK wrote:my question is this??
because we are always hooked in to waist or seat harness are we actually doing any thing other than showing off the power of the wind and waves? is there any cadio vascular imput excluding running up wind on the beach or riding unhooked???????



it depends on how hard you ride. If you ride hard with jumps and lots of power, even if you are hooked in you'll train a ton of different muscles. It might not be the best cardio work out, but static srength is definitely a huge factor.

Of course if you're out cruising it might now be exactly a high energy workout...look at it this way, if you are going somewhere you can walk, run or spurt or mix it up. All leading to different types of training, and like kiteboarding all better than just sitting at home watching last episode of (pick any show) douche bags yelling at each other.

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Re: excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby iceaxe » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:22 pm

If kiteboarding is not a sport than neither is golf, baseball, snowboarding, alpine skiing...the list would go on...hooked in or not, it's a sport.

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Re: excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby scklandl » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:44 pm

iceaxe wrote:If kiteboarding is not a sport than neither is golf, baseball, snowboarding, alpine skiing...the list would go on...hooked in or not, it's a sport.


golf is NOT a sport, its a game. If you wanna call golf a sport you can add darts, pool and bridge to that list

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Re: excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby iceaxe » Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:31 am

scklandl wrote:
iceaxe wrote:If kiteboarding is not a sport than neither is golf, baseball, snowboarding, alpine skiing...the list would go on...hooked in or not, it's a sport.


golf is NOT a sport, its a game. If you wanna call golf a sport you can add darts, pool and bridge to that list



Well put!! correction taken-- maybe baseball falls into this as well...

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Re: excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby longwhitecloud » Thu Oct 15, 2009 9:18 am

kiting does not give good cardio unless you ride hard out - you sure can arm chair it.

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Re: excluding unhooked riding are we in a sport ???

Postby voodoospirit » Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:05 am

im not good at all in cardio sports....and i have no troubles with kitesurfing...
i use C-shapes kite so i ride in opposition most of the time, the legs are like concrete now but i dont have much trouble with my cardio (thx god or i would ahve to quit)


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