I have been kitesurfing for over a decade and when I started learning this awesome life changing sport I was thirteen years old. In the old days this was considered pretty young because the kites were not as safe as they are today. However, nowadays kitesurfing is an accessible sport for all ages. You are (hardly) ever too young or too old to start becoming a water sport addict!
Most important rule: take a kitesurfing course
As a kitesurfing teacher I’ve had students from 7 to 70 years old. What is important for everyone is that you take lessons at a certified school. This way you will make sure that you take your first steps in a safe and controlled environment.
Do you need a lot of strength to learn kiteboarding?
Are you afraid that you don’t have enough strength? What most people don’t know is that your harness carries most of the forces. You hook the kite onto your harness so you only use your arms for steering and control of the power. Depending on your style you hardly need any strength at all. Technique is also very important and you will learn a good technique by taking lessons. Compared to other water sports, such as regular surfing or windsurfing, kitesurfing is relatively easy and fast to learn.
So you don’t need to be athletic to learn how to kitesurf. In the beginning you are mostly working hard on the coordination between your kite in the air and your body/board in the water. No need to be super fit, you will be soon enough after putting in some hours ;). It might look complicated at first but you will get used to coordinating your efforts and when you take a course you will all the steps in a logical order.
Is it possible to be too skinny/heavy for kitesurfing?
When you are still very young you might be worried that you are to skinny for kitesurfing. But you don’t need a lot of weight. Just get your timing right and ride with light winds and small kites. This also works the other way around. If you are older and feel you weigh too much for the sport, try a bigger kite and maybe a bigger board for more flotation.
I don’t know if you need any more convincing! Just go for it and give it a try. Don’t blame me if you become completely hooked though J.