Kitesurfing vs surfing: which is better? (Part 2)
Whether there are more surfing days or kitesurfing days based on where your local spots are situated and on which season.
The East Coast of the U.S, for instance, featuring good swells in the winter with no wind, making a lot of surfing spots quite. In the warm season, on the other hand, the coast still get swells but in mainly windy days, it becomes more of a kitesurfing spot.
Across the Atlantic, Portugal is a famous surfing and kitesurfing attraction, has ideal winter/summer surf/kite conditions.
One great thing about surfing and kitesurfing is that they are complementary each other in terms of weather conditions. In many destinations, travellers can surfing in the early morning before the wind begins to blow, then pulling out the kitesurfing gear in the afternoon when the wind is strong!
What about cold and rain weather? Travelers can pretty much surf in any temperature as long as the wind is low enough. Likewise, travelers can easily kitesurf in cold weather despite the strong winds and the cold as long as they get at least a 5mm hooded wetsuit and booties.
Rain, however, can prevent people from kitesurfing as it typically comes along with clouds, storms and air front. Kitesurfing in these conditions can be extremely dangerous. Meanwhile, surfing in the rain, on the other hand, can be pretty amazing.
Cost of surfing vs kitesurfing
How does surfing compare to kitesurfing in terms of expense? Without any doubt, kitesurfing gear is much more expensive than surfing equipment. For surfing, all you need is a surfboard, generally costs between $300 and $800 for new (plus a $30-50 leash). For your kitesurfing equipment, on the contrary, expect to invest between $1400 and $3500!
Besides gear, you’ll also need to add the cost of your initiation kitesurfing course, which are typically expensive – expect to spend between $400 and $800. Surfing lessons,on the other hand, are generally much cheaper.