Kitesurfing hinders higher maintenance costs than surfing as the kites will quickly wear out as surfers try new tricks and frequently crash them even if how good they take care of them. There are natural decay from the sun, the sand in the wind, and the salt in the water.
Getting a ripped canopy patched up or a bridle, bladder, or valve changed can cost tons of money. Also, if using a kite-specific surfboard with high-tech expensive material for strength and lightweight, you’ll need to invest in heavy dollars each time you get it ripped.
Fixing a regular polyester resin and fiberglass surfboard, on the contrary, is quite straightforward and cheap – you can easily repair small dings yourself. For surfing, you don’t really need any additional gear (besides a wetsuit) so maintenance costs are pretty affordable.
Of course, kitesurfing maintenance costs typically will reduce over time as you don’t crash or drop your kite or get used to folding up your kite carefully as soon as you get off the water, learn how to stay away from rocks and obstacles, and keep your stuff clean and rub-free.
Even if you use the same kites for a few years, you’ll still have to replace your lines on yearly basis for safety – a set of quality lines can cost up to $250!
Surfing vs kitesurfing safety
People often think about kitesurfing being a very adventurous, “extreme” dangerous sport. It can be at times, but the scariest experiences so far have often related to surfing more than kitesurfing.
If you get into kitesurfing the right direction, you’ll begin with an instructor who will teach you most of the essential stuff you need to know to stay safe in the water. In doing so you’ll avoid some of the biggest accidents, including those related to incorrect setup and handling the gear.
Another type of hazard you’ll learn to avoid is extreme weather conditions. Things such as offshore wind, high winds, rough seas, rip tides, and stormy weather.