Kiteboarding is a passion and requires commitment, time, and energy, especially when you are first learning. It can be a stressor on a relationship if one person is passionate about kiting; always wanting to go, flaking out on plans if the wind comes up, spending a lot of money on equipment… etc, etc.
It is great to see couples kiting together for a lot of reasons, and while I don’t necessarily believe that “couples who play together, stay together” is true in all circumstances. I do think that it’s true with kiters, and here’s why.
It's nice to have a buddy in the sport
It’s not impossible to ride alone. I have done it a lot. You can launch and land to an anchor, but it is so much more fun to ride with a friend. And what better companion than your partner. Launching and landing is much safer when you have another person especially when it’s someone that you have an established understanding with. Someone who knows your routines with launching, someone who won’t let the kite go until they see you give a thumbs up. Someone who doesn’t mind walking the kite out into the water away from the traffic of of a busy beach.
The equipment for kite surfing can be quite expensive. If you and your partner kite together you can “split” a kite quiver. As long as you are at least 25lb / 10kg different then you can get by with only 4-5 kites when as an individual you would need at least 3. Same situation with the boards. My boyfriend and I have a kiteboarding business and have every size kite from a 5-19 meters. But if we were to share a quiver it would be a 7-9-12-15. When I am on the 7m he would be on the 9m. When I am on the 12m he is on the 15m. We are 30lb different.
When choosing your next vacation if your lover doesn’t like to kite, then you might be missing out on traveling to some awesome locations with good vibes and windy skies. Kite vacations together are the best. I recently travelled to Thailand and experienced my first vacation with out kiting or surfing and it was rough. I decided that when I travel I want to kite or surf, period. If I am going to be spending all that money on accommodations and food, then there better be some recreation that I enjoy. And I don’t want my partner sitting on the sidelines.