Breaking Wave in Winter – Kitesurfing in The Cold

The dark and cold winter months are an ideal time for a kitesurfing holiday. While many prefer kitesurfing in the summer months, the winters are a brilliant way to get the best winds favorable for kitesurfing. Going kitesurfing in the cold implies you follow some guidelines.

Check Your Gear

Ensure your wetsuit is well-fitted. It has to be of the right thickness to withstand the water temperature. Check if you have proper gloves, shoes, and a hood. Consider thermal clothing under the wetsuit. Check your suit, and if it is old and has a couple of holes, get it repaired. You cannot afford to have the cold water flooding the inside. Ensure your suit has a warm lining and a quick dry lining. Also, buy re-usable hand warmers so that you put them in your gloves or boots. Once back home, boil the warmers for 10 minutes and the chemicals will re-activate.

Changing

Stand on a mat while changing clothes outside as cold feet is really annoying and they do not warm up quickly. Buy artificial turf, it offers sand-free feet, it is affordable, and it insulates well. Changing after the session means your skin is exposed. If you have a van, change inside, but ensure to keep the van seats protected. Protecting the car seats is essential as upholstery and salt do not go well when combined. Use a neoprene or foam mat to stand and keep feet warm. Fill a big water bottle with hot water before leaving the house to warm your feet after your kitesurfing adventure. Surfing in the sea for some time makes the water temperature, manageable. However, once you are outside the water, it can really hinder your body’s temperature, so rinse the salt and sand off and warm your feet.

Organize your clothes and towels before getting in the water. Warm up your clothes using a hot water bottle; it helps.  Post-surfing, wrap up in thick wool jumpers, drink some whiskey, build a beach fire, fire up a stove or concoct some soup/coffee/tea. Even taking a thermos with you helps to have a hot drink after, in-between or even before the kite session.

Vaseline and Moisturizer

Protect your face by applying sunscreen. Rub Vaseline on your cheeks, nose, and eyelids to face the cold wind. The strong winds may be harsh on your lips and skin, so rub moisturizer in liberal amounts. Remember that denser and thicker is always better. Apply a Vaseline layer to lock moisture, and repeat the same after your post-surf shower.

Start Your Surfing Session Right

Typically, winter brings better and bigger waves. The fact is that cold water is heavier, denser, and powerful. Pick a bigger and boarder board than your regular summer board so that you are involved in fewer beat downs and more stoke. Fuel yourself before the expedition with a proper dose of protein, complex carbs, and water.  Get warm before changing and layer up for the pre-session surf check. Warm up and stretch on the beach. Keep moving, during the session. The more you move, you will stay warmer, and your blood will be warm, while your body pumps blood to your feet and hands. Avoid duck diving.