And improves overall mental health?
Yes, kiting keeps you psychologically healthy. It has been scientifically proven on a broad basis: Sport, especially in complex forms like kiting, can significantly protect you against mental illness and has a clear antidepressant effect. When we coordinate complex movements like we see in kiting, we are automatically prevented from brooding and negative, depressive thoughts, because our brain cannot complete both tasks at the same time.
So you are saying many kiters may now say they are psychologically very stable?
You still benefit, because kiting strengthens resilience. We learn to become more persistent by waiting for wind and waves. This helps us in many other areas of life as well. When we have become programmed to go to the spot again and again even when the forecast is mediocre and conditions are difficult, it gives us bite and stamina. If you arrive to a spot with anticipation and full of motivation and it‘s not what you expected, it won’t stop you from trying again the next time, the same way that with a positive attitude and a good feeling that you start your day thinking it is going to be an awesome day. I don‘t perceive it as a setback. This self-fulfilling motivation also teaches us in everyday life not to give up right away because it didn‘t work out the first time, instead to persevere and deal with setbacks.