I have watched guys kite boarding in Florida, near the big bridge between St. Pete and Sarasota; yeah, I'm sue it can be a lot of fun at times, but just remember, you can only do it certain places, at certain times, under certain weather conditions, and I'm sure the equipment isn't cheap; not to mention, every "now and then", I hear about a kite boarder being bitten by a shark. No joke ! I watched guys take off right by the beach, and in less than 2 minutes they are wayyyyyyyyyyy "out there", never having the slightest idea how deep the water is beneath them from minute to minute; trust me.....kite boarding can be a VERY dangerous sport. ( But then again, I suppose that's half of the appeal to many who do it. )
Consider this; when I was in the Navy back in the 50's, several times when far out to sea, and I'm talking maybe 500 to 1000 miles from land, the Captain stopped the ship ( 512 ft, 18,000 ton disp. Submarine Tender ), and we had "swim call"!
A couple of guys "stood by" with rifles and watched for sharks, and the crew all "jumped in", and we're having a grand time, swimming in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean ! Now I'm not afraid of water, as I've always been a very good swimmer; but I damn well AM
"afraid" of many of the "creatures" that LIVE in the sea ! So I'm "questioning" my division officer as to the relative safety of swimming in the middle of the ocean; ( remember, this is like 55 or 60 years ago, I was "young and daring" back then, etc ); the division officer pointed out to us, that swimming in the MIDDLE of the ocean, is a hell of a lot safer than swimming a few hundred yards off of most beaches. The reason being, every damn "big" fish in the ocean is at all times trying to eat a smaller fish, and the smaller fish are all trying to eat even smaller fish, and the smaller fish always end to heading for shallower water ( to avoid being eaten ), and the bigger fish ALWAYS follow the smaller fish, right to where most guys are kite boarding !
So my advice is...........get back into archery ! ( it's a lot safer ! )
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein