In the early days of kitesurfing the sport was predominantly male-dominated. However, over the past few years, more and more women have been taking up the challenge and proving that they can kitesurf just as well as men.
One of the biggest barriers to entry for women has been the lack of female role models in the sport. Thankfully, this is changing rapidly with pioneers such as Sarah-Quita Offringa leading the charge. She is an amazing kitesurfer and a passionate ambassador for gender equality in kitesurfing.
So whether you're a woman who wants to get into kitesurfing or a man who wants to support gender equality in the sport, here are a few ways you can help break the gender barrier in kitesurfing:
Encourage more women to give kitesurfing a try.
One of the best ways to do this is simply by being welcoming and inclusive at your local kitesurfing spot. Make sure to offer advice and encouragement to any women who seem interested in learning how to kite. If you see a woman kitesurfing, give her a compliment or offer some helpful tips. You can also spread the word about ladies-only kitesurfing clinics and events. These are great opportunities for women of all levels to learn and progress in the sport.
Support female-led businesses in the kitesurfing industry.
There are a number of great companies that are owned and operated by women, such as Girls Who Ride Waves and She Can Kite. By supporting these businesses, you'll be helping to create more opportunities for women in kitesurfing.
Make sure to celebrate the success of women in kitesurfing.
There are a number of female athletes who are absolutely killing it in the sport, such as Moona Whyte, Steph Bridge, and Bruna Kajiya. Make sure to follow their progress and give them a shout-out when they accomplish something great.
Lobby for change.
If you want to see more women in kitesurfing, it’s important to lobby for change. This could mean writing letters and emails to companies, sponsors, and governing bodies within the sport, asking them to invest more in female athletes and events. It could also involve speaking up on social media, or organizing protests or petitions. Whatever form it takes, your voice can help make a difference.
So there you have it! These are just a few ways that you can help break the gender barrier in kitesurfing. By taking action and supporting female athletes, we can all play a part in making this sport more inclusive for everyone.
Do you have any other ideas? Share them with us in the comments below! And remember – every little bit helps. Together, we can make a difference.
So, what are you waiting for? It's time to break the gender barrier in kitesurfing! Thanks for reading. Until next time, keep on shredding! :)