Everything you need to know to get started with kiteboarding.
After several years of experience teaching kiteboarding, we have learned that most people are fascinated with this enticing sport, but they don’t do it thinking it’s not for them, it’s difficult, it requires strength, etc.
With our tried-and-true methods, you can learn to ride independently in 3 or 4 days.
It is important to get you started with kiteboarding with an experienced instructor, since being unaware of the safety rules and trying to fly a kite without proper knowledge can be risky.
Is it easy to learn to kiteboard?
Learning this sport is not hard and everyone can learn. All it takes is the will to learn.
How old should I be to start learning?
People from 10 to 60+ years old. Everyone can do kiteboarding.
How many lessons does it take to learn?
Most people can ride independently with 3 to 4 lessons of 3 hours each.
We have different packages at our school with our tried-and-true method.
Do I need to be in great physical conditions?
You do not need any special training; if you can swim a little and you can walk, you can also learn to kiteboarding.
Do I need to be strong to go kiteboarding?
We always tell our students that if you are applying too much strength while kiting, then you are doing something wrong.
Kiteboarding is all about technique: no strength is required to control the kite, since it is connected to your body through the harness (belt). By gently pulling the bar toward your body, you can power the kite, and by pushing it from your body, you release the power until neutralizing the kite’s pull.
The hands are used just to go in the desired direction without using any strength. To ride the board in the desired direction, you just need to move your heels and the tip of your feet.
Is kiteboarding safe? Won’t I get blown away by the wind?
There is no way you are going to get blown away. Reported cases of people who lost control of their elevation happened when kites had no safety measures.
With new equipment, the kite loses up to 85% of its power, and if you hit the leash safety release, you will be detached from the kite completely. Hitting the safety release will make it lose 95% power, and if you hit the leash or safety release, you will be detached completely.
Thanks to its 3-level safety system, kiteboarding is currently one of the world’s safest watersports out there.
Is it easy to relaunch the kite from the water?
Yes, modern kites can be relaunched within a few seconds by just pulling on one line.
What gear do I need to get started with kiteboarding?
You will need a kite of the right size for your weight and current wind conditions, a bar to control it, a harness to attach it to your body, a safety leash, and a board. There are many different brands and models to choose from.
Do I need help to launch and land the kite?
The safest way to launch and land a kite is with someone else’s help, although no experience is required to do it. You just need to explain them a couple basic things. There are techniques for launching the kite by yourself, but they are not 100% safe.
For landing your kite all by yourself, you can use the safety mechanism in case of an emergency.
Is it convenient to buy second-hand equipment to get started?
You can get started with second-hand equipment, but bear in mind it should be in good conditions, with little use and latest models. If you get to purchase used equipment, you run the risk of slowing down your learning process and also being exposed to more danger, since older kite models don’t have these safety systems they have nowadays.
Here is a guide to get started with kiteboarding and purchase your equipment: Guide on how to purchase a full second hand.
What kind of gear should I buy as a beginner?
Kites today are so perfect and easy to maneuver that many models can be used by beginners and pros alike. There are also specific models for beginners, freestyle, race and waves.
What wind range does a kite have?
Depending on the model and kite measure, the wind range of a modern kite can vary between 10 and 15 knots.
Is it easy to go from windsurf to kiteboarding?
Yes, it is quite easy and convenient. Kiteboarding is more practical, since the equipment is lighter and easier to carry due to its smaller size when it is closed. It takes less wind to practice; with 12 knots you can jump and make tricks.
The learning curve is also much quicker. About 80% of kiters can jump and make tricks very soon after starting to kiteboard. With windsurf, this can take years.