If you’re new to kiteboarding you have a lot to learn, but it’s completely understandable that you don’t want to look like a total newbie, even when you’re right at the beginning of the learning curve. You can’t get magically good at this sport overnight, and it’s hard to practice where no one can see you, but what you can do is educate yourself. If you go to a store that sells kiteboarding equipment and just buy what you think you need, you might not end up with the right stuff. You also might have a problem with a salesperson who wants to sell you everything under the sun – after all, you don’t know any better, right? Avoid those kinds of problems by learning about kiteboarding first.
You don’t have to talk to a lot of people, because most research can be done over the Internet. You can also watch others who kiteboard in your local area and see what they do. You won’t look like a newbie, because you’re not trying to do it, too. You’re just watching, and lots of people do it. There are online videos that you can watch, and there are DVDs and books that you can get. None of them will take the place of experience, but they’ll help you be more prepared to learn the sport and you’ll look like you’ve done your research.