Kitesurfing is safer than ever! Since the invention of the sport there has been a lot of attention paid to kite safety. The pioneers of the sport had their fair share of problems as they figured everything out. All kites nowadays come with safety systems as standard equipment. Kites safety systems that allow the rider to release the power, kite leashes and safety training have all contributed to make the sport as safe as possible. In particular the newest kites that have become available in the last few years have the ability to fully depower 100% at any time. This has made the sport much safer than at any other time in the sports history. Two things to keep in mind are, 1) always use the latest gear, that is in good condition, and 2) Make sure you get professional instruction, that includes the proper use of the safety systems. (Of course there will be some people who take unnecessary risks, by not getting lessons or generally not respecting the kite’s power).