A 5-Step Guide for Super-Fast Kitesurfing Progress for Beginner Kitesurfers

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing

Abigail Scott

Abigail Scott
Mother, Professional Kayaker, and Software Engineer

Updated on 12/6/2022

There is no doubt that Kitesurfing is the most rapidly growing extreme sport in the world, and with good reason, it is exhilarating, easy to learn, and most importantly, it is a lot of fun!
The initial phases of learning how to kitesurf can seem challenging for some people. Still, once you get past the "total beginner" stage and get into the more advanced settings, you will find it a delightful experience. To learn how to kiteboard correctly, however, you will need the appropriate equipment (a kite, board, and harness), a suitable location, and a qualified kiteboarding instructor to teach you how to do it.

Kitesurfing Requires What Kind of Fitness Level?

Kitesurfing Requires What Kind Of Fitness Level?

Kitesurfing Requires What Kind Of Fitness Level?

 

There is a common misconception that to kitesurf, and one must be in peak physical condition to be able to do so. Sometimes you will see children as young as ten years old on the water when you are out on the water. The misconception that one must possess enormous biceps to have great biceps is inaccurate and should not discourage females, particularly from working out. 

It is simply not true; kiteboarding is something that almost anyone can do if they have the right equipment. Because the kite pulls through your harness rather than your body components, so your core gets a better workout than your arms. However, it is essential to note that to participate in this activity, you must have a reasonable fitness level and be comfortable in the water.

How Much Does It Cost to Get Started With Kitesurfing?

How Much Does It Cost To Get Started With Kitesurfing?

How Much Does It Cost To Get Started With Kitesurfing?

 

You will need a kite, a bar and lines, a harness, and a board if you want to go Kitesurfing, as they are some of the essential pieces of kitesurfing equipment you will need. To cover the cost of brand new equipment, you should set aside between 1700 to 2300 Euros and 1500 to 2000 British Pounds if you intend to buy brand new equipment. It depends on the manufacturer and the features you are looking for in your purchase. In most cases, you may find excellent discounts of between 30 and 40 percent off the RRP if you buy a model from the previous year.

Also, there is a large selection of used equipment available, and it is possible to acquire all of the necessary items for somewhere around 550 GBP or 580 EUR if you look for the right stuff to know the year in which it was first produced. When it comes to performance, there is quite a significant gap between a brand-new kite and one that is five years old, as the design of kites has progressed tremendously over the past few years. Kites that are several years old typically have less de-power, a critical safety feature, and are more challenging to relaunch.

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing

 

As well as the kitting equipment, you will also need a wetsuit, possibly some neoprene booties, a helmet, and some buoyancy aid. In addition to the kitting equipment, you will also require a wetsuit and wetsuit booties. You should set aside approximately 250 to 300 GBP when purchasing something new to cover all these costs.

You should take a kitesurfing course that lasts at least three days to become proficient at the sport and be able to practice it on your own in the future. A cost of around 290 GBP (approximately 330 EUR) would cover about four hours of instruction per day and all equipment needed for the course.

What is The Duration of Learning to Kitesurf?

What is The Duration of Learning To Kitesurf?

What is The Duration of Learning To Kitesurf?

With just three days of training, you can get back on your bike and ride confidently in no time.

I consider kiteboarding one of those unusual sports that, in reality, is much simpler than it appears on the surface. If you have tried your hand at skateboarding, snowboarding, or wakeboarding in addition to flying a power kite, you already have accomplished more than half of what you need to achieve to succeed. If you complete a course that lasts for three days and four hours each day, you should be able to gain the necessary knowledge to ride with self-confidence after completing the course. Once you have done that, you will need to practice as much as possible to improve your skills and feel more comfortable riding in the wind. You will be able to steer clear of any potential dangers if you can ride into the wind, and you will be able to make it back to where you started if you do so.

Following this guide, which consists of five steps, can accelerate your progress as a kite surfer. As a result, you will not only be able to save money on the additional lessons that you are not going to need, but you will also be able to remove the frustration that comes with the beginning stages of the learning process.

The First Step: Is Learning How to Fly A Trainer Kite

Is Learning How To Fly A Trainer Kite

Is Learning How To Fly A Trainer Kite

 

The Trainer Kite is a small traction kite that ranges in size from two to three meters; it is designed to help you learn the fundamentals of kite flying in a risk-free environment before you take to the water to fly a kite. The activity is an excellent way to learn about the power zone and the wind window, which are fundamental concepts in Kitesurfing and can be learned from this activity.

It is essential to mention that some models of traction kites only have two lines, such as the Ozone Ignition, which utilizes the third line as a safety precaution. There are either two or four lines on most traction kites. Ideally, it would be best to fly a kite with a square surface area of three meters; however, even a kite of this size can cause you to fall off your feet in very gusty winds.

When you master the fundamental kitesurfing skills on a trainer kite before beginning your kitesurfing lessons, you will be able to save a lot of time and money in the long run. Furthermore, you will also be able to use the trainer kite in the future for mountain boarding or snow kiting, and you can even lend it to friends when you go out on the water with them.

This video from KiteSurfCo offers a helpful introduction to the wind window as well as instructions on how to set up and fly your trainer kite:

How to Kitesurf: Trainer Kite Tutorial

The Second Step: Dig Out Your Old Skateboard

Old Skateboard

Old Skateboard

 

As far as board sports are concerned, there is a great deal of crossover. Suppose you are proficient in other board sports, such as wakeboarding, skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding. In that case, you will find that you are immediately more comfortable on your kiteboard if you have any previous experience. Having a familiarity with the board and feeling satisfied with it will allow you to concentrate more on flying a kite rather than worrying about maintaining your equilibrium on the board if you already know how to use it. 

Due to the board's similarity to Kitesurfing, wakeboarding is the sport closest to Kitesurfing as far as the board is concerned. To become proficient on a wakeboard as soon as possible, you need to locate the cable-ski center nearest you and become familiar with it. During your kitesurfing lessons, you will unquestionably be able to advance more quickly.

The Third Step: Watch Some Instructional Kitesurfing Videos

Watch Some Instructional Kitesurfing Videos

Watch Some Instructional Kitesurfing Videos

 

Make sure that you watch as many instructional videos on kiteboarding as you can get your hands on. When you attend your lessons, the instructors will make it possible for you to advance much more quickly due to the classes. You will be able to find a plethora of high-quality videos that can guide you through the fundamentals of the game. As a certified kitesurfer, I highly recommend the instructional kitesurfing series offered by Progression, which can be purchased on DVD or digitally. 

You can go from a complete novice to a seasoned pro in just five short videos. You should check out YouTube and remember that watching a few videos related to the same topic won't hurt if you want to learn more. Please keep in mind that videos are by no means meant to substitute for professional kiteboarding instruction provided by someone trained in the sport.

The objective of the video series provided by Progression Sports is to either bring you up to speed before your lessons or jog your memory of everything you've learned through instruction.

certified kitesurfer

certified kitesurfer

This Course Will Go Over the Following:

  • Location and Environmental Factors
  • The Essentials, as well as the Jargon
  • Kite Set Up
  • Getting the Kite in the Air and Bringing It Down
  • Body Dragging (including upwind body dragging)
  • Water Relaunch and Self-Rescue
  • Starts on the Water and Initial Circuits
  • Riding and Staying Upwind
  • Altering One's Course of Action

The following is a taster video for Progression Kiteboarding:

Learn To Kiteboard - Progression Kiteboarding Beginner

The Fourth Step: Schedule some Kitesurfing lessons  With A Qualified Instructor to Learn How to Kitesurf

Schedule some Kitesurfing lessons  With A Qualified

Schedule some Kitesurfing lessons With A Qualified

 

You should not skip this step at any cost! Undoubtedly, taking lessons from a qualified professional instructor who is experienced and knowledgeable in the sport of Kitesurfing is the most effective way to progress quickly and safely. The first three steps in this guide will help you get a head start on the process and significantly reduce the time you will have to spend instructing others if you follow them carefully.

If you complete a course that lasts for three days, four hours each day, you should be able to gain sufficient knowledge to ride with self-confidence once you have completed the course. It is the instructor's responsibility to correct mistakes promptly and prevent students from developing undesirable habits in the future.

It is essential to understand that Kitesurfing is an extreme sport with the potential for harm if it is not treated with the respect it deserves. In the event of an accident, launching a kite measuring 12 meters into the power zone can result in catastrophic results. There is no doubt that self-teaching will never be as beneficial as taking lessons, no matter how confident you might be that you will be able to figure things out on your own. Additionally, kite schools have access to a large quantity of equipment, which means that you can use a kite ideally suited to the location and your current level of proficiency, which is essential.

Have fun, be safe, and learn some things.

Fifth step: Select Kitesurfing Gear According to Your Level And Local Conditions

Select Kitesurfing Gear According To Your Level And Local

Select Kitesurfing Gear According To Your Level And Local

 

The first time you fly a kite, like everyone else, you are likely to crash it accidentally. You can improve the ability to fly a kite by using Kite Trainer,
which does not have an inflatable leading edge and is, therefore, more durable than an inflatable kite.
Then you'll use the kitesurf school's gear, which will likely get thrashed. It's a good idea to get lessons before you invest in your gear because it's likely to be struck a lot.

After you finish your lessons, you should inquire with your school about whether or not they sell used equipment. They'll typically offer you a favorable discount if you've completed your training with them. If you're starting in a sport, it's not worth investing in brand-new equipment because you'll quickly wear it out.

Extra Advice: If You Want To Improve Your Skills, Make A Plane to Do So Somewhere That Is Relative to Your Local Spot

If You Want To Improve Your Skills, Make A Plane

If You Want To Improve Your Skills, Make A Plane

 

Having trouble deciding which of the hundreds of different schools and locations you should attend, each of which promises perfect wind, the best gear, and incredibly streamlined training times, as you look for the ideal school and location? How would you even begin looking for the appropriate class that would be most beneficial to you if you did not know where to start?

In the beginning, you need to ask yourself, "Where are you going to be kiteboarding most of the time?"

We would all, without any doubt, jump at the chance to jet off to far-flung, exotic locales where the weather is always perfect and where there is an endless supply of Pina Coladas to choose from. However, the reality for most of us is a little bit different, and we are forced to go kiteboarding wherever there is an accessible body of water close to where we live.

There is a good chance that this spot will not be utterly glassy with a perfect 25-knot wind blowing over the top of it. Keeping this in mind, I would suggest you get some practice in an area with conditions comparable to those where you plan to kite regularly. Would you still be able to do everything you were doing when you returned to your local spot's choppy conditions and dumping shore break if you learned on a flat, waist-deep lagoon? If you know on a lagoon, your time under instruction will be shortened, but will you have the ability to do everything you did before? I would say not.

This can result in significant frustration, leading many people to give up before starting the process. Having a flat lagoon with waist-deep water is ideal if your local spot is on a flat lagoon; however, if your local area has a flat lagoon with waist-deep water, why should you take kitesurfing lessons elsewhere?

take kitesurfing lessons

take kitesurfing lessons

 

IKO is the name given to the International Kitesurfing Organization, more commonly referred to as the IKO, the organization responsible for coordinating and controlling kitesurfing instruction internationally. For a school to remain affiliated with the IKO, it must maintain current insurance coverage and adhere to the safety and teaching standards set by the IKO.

There is a high probability that the schools will make their affiliation known on their respective websites or, at the very least, in their primary places of business if they do not do it on their websites. All registered schools and instructors, as well as their instructors, are listed on the IKO website, so if you are concerned about a particular school or instructor, you can check the IKO website to see if they are an official center or an official instructor. Many organizations have been established internationally, including the BKSA in the United Kingdom and FFVL in France.

In theory, kitesurf schools affiliated with these national bodies must (at least in view) meet the same rigorous standards for teaching methodology, insurance, and equipment as those affiliated with the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO). 

take your kitesurfing lessons

take your kitesurfing lessons

 

You can be sure they adhere to the most current standards. It is important to note that this does not imply that schools that do not belong to any affiliation are inherently flawed. There are many schools that, for very valid reasons, do not belong to any association. This information, however, serves as a handy guide in determining which schools are legitimate and which might be more of a fly-by-night operation that is not of the highest quality.

This article will help you narrow down your options and hopefully help you choose the right place to take your kitesurfing lessons. If you follow these simple guidelines, you should be able to narrow down the options and finally decide on one that provides you with a safe, quick, and enjoyable way to learn Kitesurfing and the best chance of making progress when you return home.

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