Learn to Kiteboard Faster and With Less Frustration With These Three Steps
The very first day after my lessons I was jumping and riding upwind. My instructor couldn't believe his eyes and wanted to know how I did it. All I did was what other kiteboarders suggested - I followed the steps below.
If you want to learn to kiteboard, rest assured that it’s a pretty easy thing to do. Kiteboarding is very addictive, so once you start it’s unlikely that you will want to stop. However, an attempt to teach yourself can be extremely frustrating (and unsafe) and will likely reduce the joys of the sport.
So, if you want to learn to kiteboard, following these three steps will get you ripping it up in no time. They are:
- Get a trainer kite and learn how to fly it.
- Take lessons from a professional instructor.
- Get your gear and practice whenever you can.
Let me explain a little why you want to do this.
Step 1 – Get a Trainer Kite and Learn How to Fly It
In kiteboarding, kite flying skills account for over 70% of the skills you need to have. Starting with a trainer kite will familiarize you with the sport and teach you important terminology. Since larger kites can produce massive amounts of power, you do not want to try and learn on one - making a mistake can really hurt you (check out this video).
Mistakes with trainer kites carry no consequences. Using these kites to learn the basics of kite-flight makes the transition to larger kites very easy and much safer, which is why we use them! Once your trainer kite ability is natural, you’re ready to move on. To develop your skills, try the exercises on this page. Instructional DVD’s are also a great way to learn.
Step 2 – Take a Lesson From a Professional Instructor.
Nearly everyone cringes when they hear this one, but in terms time, frustration, and injury prevention, lessons are worth far more than you ever pay. Nothing will help you learn to kiteboard faster than the on-hand, personalized instruction that you get from an instructor. Not only will your instructor help you break through individual barriers (we all have them), but they can advise you on the best kite/board for you (and sometimes you get a discount if you buy the gear from their shop).
A more important reason is safety. Kiteboarding is fast paced and can be dangerous! An instructor will teach you the safe way to ride, and can save you (or some innocent beach goer) an injury from an out of control kite.
If that is not enough, some shops will not rent you gear unless you can prove you have learned to kiteboard under a certified instructor.
The bottom line is...get professional instruction! It will be better for you, your gear, others, and the sport in general. You won't regret it!
Step 3 – Get Your Gear and Get Out There.
After the lessons, you’re ready to kite! You will want to get your own gear so you can get out there and have some fun. Before choosing your gear, make sure you ask your instructor about which gear would suit you best. Also, talk to other riders about local conditions and what sort of gear is advisable.
One More Thing That Can Give You an Advantage Over Other Riders…
The true beauty of kiteboarding is its ability to cross over all types of terrain. You can ride on snow, land, and water – whichever you choose. If you really want to learn to kiteboard and give your skills an amazing boost, this is your golden ticket.
Practicing your skills on land or snow is much easier than on the water – you don’t have any waves or water-starts to worry about. Although simpler, you still need the same kite skills as on the water, so riding on land or snow is a great time to practice them. When you return to the water, you will be that much better of a rider!
Also, let’s not forget that it’s all fun!
When you set out to learn to kiteboard, following the steps above is one of the best (if not the best) ways to do it. This method comes highly recommended by other kiteborders, and has worked extremely well for me.