There are just as many ways to explain this unique sport as there are names for it. Some call it kiteboarding, kitesurfing or kiting. We just call it awesome. Share your definition, we love creative minds. You can also watch Spencer Hall "strap himself to a kite" and find out first hand. Read on to see what it takes to start kiteboarding yourself.
People are always asking us, "How do I get started?" Although the answer can be different for each individual, there are some basics that we think should be stuck to.
We love the fact that each student is different and unique and we treat them that way. Because not everyone fits into the same box, we tailor each lesson to the individual. Look for a school that offers different levels of a kiteboarding experience. Basically, why spend thousands up front if you are not even sure if a sport or activity is right for you?
Get your feet wet with a Ground Course. These are fun, fast paced classes that give you a chance to try kiteboarding without a large monetary commitment. If you are an adrenaline junky and know that anything this awesome must be for you, then take a Private Lesson that moves at your pace. This way you will learn faster and get riding sooner.
Kites- There are many different styles and brands of kites. if you found a trustworthy school, they will be able to point you in the right direction. Remember, the kite is what makes the harnessing of Natures power possible, so choose wisely. The basics are simple though. Heavier riders (175+lbs) or lighter winds need a smaller sized kite. Smaller riders (under 170lbs) or higher wind speeds will require a smaller kite. Kite technology has come a long way in recent years and most kiteboarders will eventually have 2 kites to cover a wide range of winds comfortably.
Also know as the "Bar and Lines" this is what not only connects you to the kite, but gives you effortless control. The bar and line set connects you to the kiteboarding harness with a device called a chicken loop.
A common misconception is that you need a lot of upper body strength in order to kiteboard. There is nothing further from the truth. In fact, the kiteboard Harness comes in a few styles and transfers all the pull from the kite directly to your mid section. This allows you to easily ride for hours on end without becoming fatigued.
The kiteboard comes in two general styles.
The Twin Tip, which is very similar to a traditional wakeboard in size and shape. Twin Tip kiteboards are the most common as they are easier to learn on and give you the most user friendly experience in most conditions.
Surfboards are becoming increasingly popular as well. Although a standard epoxy surfboard will work, kiteboarding specific surfboards are built tougher and have a more efficient shape. They also will most often come with inserts so that you can attach straps to keep you more securely on the board.
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