5 Signs You’re Addicted to Kiteboarding
As soon as you get your first few rides, you can feel the new drug flowing in your veins… soon you realize that kiteboarding is all you can talk about, dream about and want to do is kite. Are you addicted to kiteboarding? Here are 5 things that truly put you in the “Kite Addict” category:
1. All you can think about is the wind.
First thing you do when you wake up in the morning is check the wind: You set up pages like ikitesurf and windguru as your start up pages on your browser, even at work. This means every time you open a new web window, you have the data in your face. You also have all sorts of wind alert apps on your phone, telling you when your local spot is working. You notice the tree branches moving or how straight and in which direction flags are flying, when “normal” people didn’t even consciously notice there was some movement in the air. That means you are the type of person who asks him/herself “Is it windy?” automatically as soon as you look out of your window.
2. “Sorry Boss, I feel super sick I don’t know what’s up with me…”
… is something you say more often than you used to, and your boss is starting to make the link between the days where it’s windy outside and the days you call in sick in the morning. The numbers of “sick days” you can take is never enough, so you are strongly starting to think of dropping your highly paying corporate job to become a kite nomad and coach in different locations around the world. Or how you could work from home and make your own schedule… Being a “stay at home” mom or dad never sounded so good…
3. You become a very bad friend/significant other/parent.
You can’t plan anything anymore, and you say things like:
– “I might be late for dinner if it’s windy…”
– “Hmm I don’t know if I can’t come to your birthday Brunch, the forecast is pretty good”
– “How long do these funeral last? May be I have time to go session before…”
– “Can’t we just send a taxi to pick up the kids from school? The wind is the perfect direction for riding waves today…”
– “yes kids, we’re going to the beach again, let’s pack breakfast lunch and dinner and make it a triple picnic day – we might have to wait for the wind to pick up”
If you want to keep your relationships to a healthy level, you got to remember: there will be more windy days. Very difficult, we know…
4. Your house has been taken over by gear
There are always wetsuits drying everywhere (scaring the heck out of everyone because they look like hanging people), kites all around the garage, the closet, or the car, boards on walls, under the bed… And sand. Sand everywhere. Sand everywhere even where you don’t think there would be sand. This is where you see the difference between the kite addict and the non-kite-addict: The kite addict doesn’t even understand why this could be annoying to anyone.
Yep... Our editor has signs of addiction....
5. Every single day off or vacation somehow includes kiteboarding.
A vacation without kiteboarding? That’s not a vacation! An all inclusive hotel is ok if it is located right on the kite spot, and when your lovely better half tells you they don’t like to go to a windy beach because sand flying around is quite unpleasant, you really don’t understand what they mean… The answer to that? Let’s book you a kite lesson, honey!
All that being said, the first step of solving a problem is admitting you have one.
Repeat after me: I am a kiteboarding addict. I am a kiteboarding addict. I am a kiteboarding addict.
Now get out there and go ride!!