I am a Hang Glider pilot. So when the weather is too windy it means it is "blown" to go flying, but now i will be able to do something else (kitesurf). It is a way to seal the gap for me i can do either one of the 2 options, plus living 3 blocks away from the beach, makes sense to start using it for something
A, Surf, got tired of getting out of work and being blown out by afternoon sea breezes and watching a couple guys blasting around having, this was about 2005. Ran into one of those guys at a bar one night and he recruited me for lessons, so glad I took him up on his offer
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.