Ready to go kitesurfing? Great, but you need to check out the weather first. Not only you need to make sure the skies are clear of rain, you also need to check out the wind speed of the place you are going to.
The wind speed of your chosen spot will determine two things; if you can even surf safely and also the choice of your kite. If you are starting to wind surf for the first time, it is not recommended to go upwind. It is also recommended to surf during a time of light wind, which is usually about 5 to 10 knots (5.75 to 11.5 miles per hour). 5 knots will give you a smooth ride and about 10 knots will give you decent air time. While there is equipment on the market to handle winds of over 50 knots (57.5 miles per hour), anything over 30 knots is considered very dangerous and surfers are advised to go else where or stay home.
Wind direction is also important. There are some places that advise that winds coming from the north are not even safe for kite surfing; winds from the south would be something highly skilled surfers could pull off. It is easier to surf when you are a beginner if the winds come from the east or west.