The Importance of Having a Sista on the Water

The Importance of Having a Sista on the Water

How is having a water Sista out there with you helping? Why we should all be dragging our mates out with us? We meet up with two very happy and windswept water Sistas who do just that.

Standing on a sunny beach about an hour outside of Melbourne. I am greeting by a view that brings a huge smile to my face. Female riders! Our numbers are growing. It is now common to see men and women in nearly equal numbers riding together. How is having a water Sista out there with you helping? Why we should all be dragging our mates out with us? We meet up with two very happy and windswept water Sistas who do just that.

Helen a 31 years old attorney in the Intellectual Property legal industry and Megan a 30 years old working in Marketing for an investment fund.

Megan and Helen - KiteSista

So tell us a bit about yourself?

Megan: My name is Megan Fox (insert Transformers joke here). From Canada originally, but I’ve been living in Australia for the last 5 years.

Helen: I am Helen McFadzean. Born in China but I have been moving around all my life. I lived in the UK and New Zealand before settling down in Australia.

Megan - KiteSista

How long have you been kiting and how did you get into it?

Megan: I was cycling near the water one day in my first year in Australia. I saw some kiters at a local spot, Brighton beach. They looked so… free! I knew I had to try it and after heaps of research, I ended up taking lessons with our local shop.

Helen: I have been kiting for about 4 years. My husband and I got lessons after seeing kiters at our local beach in Brisbane. We would get a consistent seabreeze every afternoon over summer. So it was perfect learning conditions.

Helen - KiteSista

How did you become friends?

Megan: I met Helen through people I met at our local Ride Day. Being new to the sport I was keen to get out with people who actually knew what they were doing! After only a few lessons, I still wanting someone to at least keep an eye on me out there. In case I got into trouble. Helen had just moved down from Brisbane. She was as keen as me to ride every day over the holidays. I joined her and her husband Isaac for road trips to all the local kite spots. Friends ever since, actually, it is safe to say she was my first kite friend… awwwww.

Helen: Awww. Well she was keen to chase the wind on the weekends and explore new kiting locations. So we became friends of course.

Megan and Helen - KiteSista

So what are the good things about having a "Sista" on the water with you?

Helen: It is always nice to be kiting with friends. We can keep an eye out for each other, share tips and help each other progress. In Melbourne we are very lucky to have lots of other female kiters in our community. Though we are still a minority. So when we do get the chance to kite together, it’s very special and extra fun!

Megan: The stoke. I love being out with other girls on the water pumping up each other. When we stomp a trick, trying something new, or have a beautifully epic crash that we all witness… Laughing about it in detail afterwards. All in good humour because we’re there to encourage. Help each other out, both on and off the water.

Megan - KiteSista

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.

Helen - KiteSista

What do you want to say to anyone taking up the sport?

Megan: Get lessons! Arm yourself with information, educate and empower yourself to feel confident on the water. Then of course find yourself some rad ladies to ride with.

Helen: Be patient and persevere through the difficult learning phase. Once you are up and riding the rewards are exhilarating. Your life will change forever!

Megan - KiteSista

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