Yes kiting should be for everyone! if your fat thin ugly or look like clooney, you don't have to be fit at all to kite! especially on the coast, just pump up the kite someone launches it you cruise around, easy as pie! where the problems start are when you get in deep water, in gusty lakes, near trees and big rocks around boats, in shallow water (20 cms). Kiting where the winds are constant makes kiting really easy, here on the baltic oscean and on the local lakes makes kiting a real challenge and quite dangerous. A friend once told me he kites because its fun and does running and mountain bike to stay fit!
It all depends what you do with your kite, it you want to do air style like toby you have to invest a lot of time in the sport, to cruise around on a sunday afternoon its easy….of coarse you have to be able to swim...
From my side the first steps in kiting are annoying, but once over the first runs its just gets better and better…..like all sports, i used to ride professionally mountain bikes and could still bet nearly all my mates who thing they are fit….without training.
I would not say that old people should not ride bikes because they are fat and slow, it does not matter one bit how fast you go.
I notice here in Germany that the age of kite surfers is quite high, a friend is also doing a caurse soon because he is fed up with windsurfing but stayed away because he thought he was too old, on the beach the other day the average age was about 40 years old with a lot of kiters in the 60's.
What I'm saying is why bother to write such threads, people are people, let the big mouths try the sport out. It takes all sorts, some die , most don't
, happens in all sport (a lot more people die riding bikes….)
So lets concentrate on the safest kite systems first, let the idoits do what they want (they do anyway!) the better the safety system the more chance for less fatalities, the bow and modern kites have gone along away to help us all progress better and faster without the extreme danger!