Tips on How to Kitesurf
How to kitesurf can be learned in 3 easy steps: taking lessons, getting the right gear, and practicing.
Learning how to kitesurf is much safer and enjoyable after taking lessons. Lessons with a qualified instructor will not only save you money, but will reduce your learning curve dramatically. Kiteboarding instruction will also reduce the risk to your own safety or the safety of those that may be at risk because you don’t know what you’re doing. Qualified instruction is the best way to get into the sport.
2. Kiteboarding Gear
Kites, boards and harnesses are a staple of every kiteboarder. Beginner kitesurfing equipment should include a trainer kite which allows for practicing what you learned in your lessons. Beyond that, learning how to kite board means you have at least 1 kite to start with, a harness, and a board.
If you have only 1 kite, you’ll be able to ride quite a bit, but the number of ride-able days will increase with 2 or 3 total kites. Most riders have a minimum of 2 kites. However, starting with 1 kite if that is all your budget will allow is still fine. Work with your local shop or instructor to recommend gear that will match the conditions in the area you’ll be riding.
After taking lessons and getting setup with the gear, learning how to kitesurf is more about the practice than anything else. Beginner kitesurfing is something everybody in the kiteboarding community has gone through and most of them have gone through it recently enough that they remember what it’s like to be new to the sport. There are usually several helpful riders at a local spot on a windy day. Most will help launch a kite, answer questions, or offer some helpful advice.
How to Kitesurf Safely
Understanding how important safety is not only for yourself, but for other riders is critical. Once you have the kite control and are confident in your ability to fly your kite, get into the water on days when the conditions match your gear and start practicing. You can practice your water relaunches, diving the kite to get you out of the water, staying on your board and planing, switching directions once you’re on your board, and any other aspect you want to practice with beginning kiteboarding.
Advancing beyond the beginning kitesurfing stage takes time, but with each successful outing, take what new information or skills you learned and apply that to your future riding which will make you a solid kiteboarder in no time. So hopefully these tips on how to kitesurf helped.