Become a kitesurf professional
"Turning your hobby into your work" of course sounds like music to your ears. And what hobby could that be in this case? Kitesurfing of course! Can you think of a better way to make money than kitesurfing? Exactly, and that's why we have written a basic plan for you that you can do to become a real kitesurf pro as soon as possible.
Step 1: Work a lot of hours.
To get really good is the simplest way, of course, to do it a lot. There is a rule that says that you need 10,000 hours in sports to be able to do this sport professionally. Count that out in days, then you will soon find out that even in winter you just have to train by.
Step 2: Find a slightly better training buddy.
If you really want to be a pro, you're going to have to get everything out of it.
In kitesurfing, this can often mean that you have to do something that can be quite exciting for the first time. Therefore, it can be of great value to have a kiter as motivated as yourself as a training buddy. So that you can motivate each other and above all challenge each other to bring out the best in each other.
For example, I once overcame my kite-walking fear by not being allowed off the water before I had pulled a thick barrel.
Step 3: Find (holiday) work where you can combine kiting well.
Of course you can also earn your money from kitesurfing if you are not yet a pro. The big advantage of this is that you already have a lot to do with kiting. Think, for example, of a job at a kitesurfing school. This way you can learn a lot from the sport and maybe even borrow stuff.
Step 4: Make sure you have a well-groomed and as large social media platform as possible.
To get the attention of brands that may want to sponsor you, it is always good to be active on social media.
This makes it even more attractive for brands to possibly start sponsoring you.
Step 5: Getting a sponsor.
Kitesurfing is certainly not a cheap sport. That's why it's not for everyone. In order to always be able to participate in the ever-innovative market of kitesurfing material, it is a very nice side effect to be sponsored.
But how do you get a sponsor? Of course, you have to have enough talent to be sponsored. But a sponsor in not always just looking for talent. Brands want brand awareness, which is why a good ambassador sometimes speaks much more to the brand than the best talent.
So if you might get a sponsor, be economical with this and try to radiate as much brand rock as possible.
Step 6: Try to become a team rider somewhere.
In order to become the best kitesurfer possible, it is important that you train a lot and in as many places as possible. As a team knight, you often get this opportunity.
For example, look at team riders from major kitesurf brands. They often go around the world with other pros.
You can also become a team rider at KiteActive. Because the organization travels to many different places, there are opportunities to travel as a team rider and thus take up a lot of training.
Step 7: Enter as many competitions as possible.
When it feels good to start betting times, it is best to do so as soon as possible. Kiting a betting time is a lot different than a normal kite session.
You also want to play yourself in the spotlight, possibly for a sponsor or possibly just to get more in the picture.
We hope that our tips will ensure that you achieve your ultimate goal of becoming a kitesurf pro. If you want more tips or maybe even want to become a kiteactive teamrider. Please contact us!