What do you think the difference is when you kite with girls?
Helen: When I was learning to kite, it took me a long time to find the right kite equipment for my size and weight. Getting overpowered all the time, getting intense back pain from my harness. I often had trouble reaching the bar when it was fully depowered. I would explain my frustrations to my guy kiting friends but they were all much heavier than me. As they didn’t have this problem I just assumed it was because I was a newbie. Didn’t know what I was doing. Whilst this was partially true, I was also not using the right equipment for my size and level. When I finally understood this and changed my gear, my kiting experience immediately became immensely more enjoyable. There are lots of good things about kiting with other girls. Most particularly when you are learning. It’s nice to have other kiter girl friends to relate to and discuss these problems with.
Megan: I can analyse tricks to try so much that I often get stuck overthinking. To the point I psych myself out of actually trying the trick. The moment I see a girl at my level even attempt it I think to myself, well if they can do it so can I! Maybe it’s the competitive side of me, or the inspiration. Seeing another girl landing or even trying a trick always makes me want to at least give it a go. I always assume she is attempting it from a well thought out place. That she isn’t trying something crazy out of her depth so I’m more likely to give it a crack myself.