What is the difference between Kiteboarding and Kitesurfing? There is no difference – both terms are use to describe the sport
- Is kiteboarding easy to learn?Yes and no. With good instruction many people enjoy an incredibly fast learning curve. Without instruction trying to learn kitesurfing can be frustrating and is dangerous.
- Do I need to be in good shape to kiteboard?A basic level of fitness is all you usually need. Modern gear can be adjusted to work for people with a broad range of physical abilities [but you do need to be able to swim!].
- Do I need any skills before I take lessons?You need to be comfortable in the water and ready to learn. Most people learn kiteboarding despite limited board-sport or sailing experience. Windsurfing, wakeboarding and even surfing experience does help but only to a limited extent.
- Why do lessons focus on flying the kite?Flying the kite well is at least 90% of kiteboarding. Trying to ride a board without having good kite skills is like trying to wakeboard or ski behind a boat that is swerving unpredictably and changing speed. It can be dangerous and is not much fun.
- Why cant I just learn from a video or magazine?You can learn a lot from videos and magazines but there is no substitute for having an instructor provide feedback, share local knowledge, maximise safety and customise instruction.
- Why cant I just learn from my friend?A friend is a good starting point but they probably won’t have beginner-friendly gear and may not have the patience and experience to give you the most effective lessons.
- Do I need an assistant to launch or land the kite?If you are still learning to use the equipment you should not try to land or launchg by yourself. As you gain proficiency, you may not need any assistance to launch or land your kite unless you are on a crowded beach where the safety of others is at risk. It is never a good idea to have an inexperienced person assist to launch or land your kite at any time.
- Can I relaunch on water?Yes, most kites will relaunch very easily depending on the kite size, the rider’s experience and the strength of the wind. Certain foil kites are not designed to relaunch however some have inflatable cells or one-way valves to stop water entering the cells and make relaunch possible.
|Lessons are expensive or are they?
So you are wondering why you should shell out money for lessons? There are plenty of reasons. Here’s six to think about
- Don’t hurt yourself or others – Our qualified instructors have developed lessons that will guarantee a positive injury-free learning experience.
- Save money – Its often more expensive to learn on your own. Why trash your new equipment? You can make mistakes on the school’s kites, boards, bars etc.
- Knock the learning curve in half – Instructors show students safe shortcuts and get riders up to speed more efficiently.
- Tap into experience – C2Sky‘s instructors have worked with many students and can easily assess and address bad technique to set you on the right track.
- Get educated about equipment – Schools are a great place to learn about the multitude of gear options available and which are best suited to you.
- Enjoy a positive experience – You will have fun and learn in a safe, nurturing environment.
Do’s and Dont’s
So how can you safely enjoy kiteboarding? Follow these Do’s and Don’ts
- Don’t fly near or over people including within 100 meters of beach-goers. Experts may violate the rule by sailing among windsurfers and other kiteboarders but novices should not.
- Don’t approach power lines. roads, trees, electrical storms and so on. Rower lines are a particular problem because they cross water and run along some shores.
- Don’t go out in gusty winds. They make learning very difficult and somewhat dangerous.
- Don’t head out any farther from shore than you’re willing to swim in an emergency.
- Don’t practice jumping on land especially if the wind isn’t rock-steady If you want practice, do it in deep water.
- Do fly in clear open spaces.
- Do ride with a quick-release kite leash that totally depowers the kite and keeps the kite attached to you should you have to let go of the control bar.
- Do practice releasing the control bar under safe controlled conditions to overcome the instinct to cling onto it even if it’s pulling you across a highway.
- Do consider wearing a helmet to protect your head from the board.
- Do ride with a buddy who can help you launch your kite and assist you should something go wrong.
- Do consider wearing a bouyancy vest or floatation device if you have any doubt about your swimming ability.
- Do wear a wetsuit, booties, sunscreen, lycra shirt, sunglasses and other protection from the elements.
- Do learn in light steady wind.
- Do know the kite’s position and direction of travel at all times. When in doubt fly the kite high.