I was a kid and flew flexifoil stackers on the Oregon coast, being a water skier I could instantly see the that if it could pull me across the sand like that, it could pull me on a ski. Well my parents would not buy me those kites for obvious reasons that are now clear to me, having kids of my own.
I also grew up skiing, skateboarding, snowboarding back when it stated, waterskiing, and then all other adrenaline sports I could try.
Flash forward to 2000 and moved away from the mountains, started surfing, and waiting for good waves is worse than waiting for snow. I saw kitesurfing and it all clicked, it brought me full circle.
I still surf, but the wind blows way more than there are good waves.
By the way I learned with a two line cabrina death kite, put the sport down for a few years after many close calls, and then the mid 2000's came and brought kiting back to the old man.
I love this sport, it is like a flick of the wrist on a old 70's two stroke if you like, or a nice comfy ride in a Cadillac. So diverse, ride the flat water maching and boosting, waves nice and slow looking for a good swell, or a combo.