- What is kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing is the fastest growing watersport on the World. Even competing with windsurfing, thanks to the easier portability of the equipment and in a lot of cases the faster progression in mastering the sport. It involves flying a 4 or 5 line kite that is attached to your body by a harness on your waist. You control the power and the speed of the kite with a bar attached to the lines and you can use this power to lift you up on the board and pull you on the water. Normally, everyone starts with a twintip board with footstraps, but later on there will be no limits. You can try the wakeboard style for tricks, or enjoy waves with strapless surfboards.
- Is it dangerous/difficult?
Although kitesurfing is considered to be an extreme sport, with today’s technology in kite design and safety systems, it can be one of the safest sports with professional instruction and proper gear. Since practicing kitesurfing doesn’t require strength it is purely a technical sport. Literally anyone can learn it with a bit of will and persistence.
- How long will it take me to ride on the board?
Naturally the learning curve can vary with each student, but according to our experiences after 8 hours of lesson most people are able to ride a few meters at least one direction.
- Do I need to be a good swimmer?
In case you practice kitesurfing in deep water, being able to swim is a big advantage. We usually teach in shallow water places, because the progression is a lot faster like that. In this case your ability to swim is not an issue. Although feeling safe in the water at all times is quite important.
- What equipment do I need?
Usually, the school provides you all the gear when you are attending a course. Including the kite, board, harness and wetsuit if it’s needed. You only need to worry about skin protection, sunglasses and comfortable clothing (boardshort, lycra, bikini etc.)
- How windy does it need to be to learn to kitesurf?
Typically, it needs to be at least 8-10 knots to be able to start with the basic kite flying skills. Later on, when we try to generate power with the kite and ride on the board it is better to have minimum 10-12 knots. We ususally don’t teach above 30 knots, believe us: there is no fun in that as a beginner!
- How old do you need to be to start learning?
In case of children it is more about the weight than the age what matters. The students should weigh minimum 25 kg for the safety system to work properly on most kites. We have had 6 years old children and 70 years old men as our students, so don’t let your age stop you from trying something new!