Hey, I’m Hayley a complete wannabe kite surfer! I absolutely love learning to kite, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do and it has taken me hours. Hours on the water, and hours waiting for the wind. I have travelled to Cape Town, Morocco, and Spain recently, and guess what?! NO WIND!!
I started kiting in July 2016 and still have a long way to go. There have been highs and lows and I’ve finally accepted that it’s going to take time, patience and another year or so to get to where I want to be.
Kiting in the UK in the freezing cold, in the waves, rain and hail is not quite the same as my kiting experiences in Mauritius! But there is something quite special about learning to kite in such harsh conditions at home and I’ve met the most wonderful group of people.
And as much as I LOVE all of the guys I kite with (I really do!), I can’t wait for more women to join me…I recently signed up to an awesome Facebook group The Women’s Kiteboarding Community which is run by Laurel Eastman. ‘The universe is testing you to see if you really want to become a kiter’, she said. I’ve had a few set backs recently and I couldn’t agree more.
From my husband getting lost out to sea in Fuerteventura and being rescued 3.5 hours later in the dark, to me completely losing all confidence flying the kite and having a fear of deep water, to my recent set back with pneumonia and being told no kiting for two months just after my best ever session – can you believe it?!
My kiting journey has been a rollercoaster for sure but I will keep going until I’ve cracked it.
It’s the best sport ever and there isn’t anything better than being free and escaping reality.
See you on the water!