Kiteboarding - General Info
Kiteboarding General Info
Kiteboarding, or kitesurfing, is one of the most exhilarating of all water sports. Kiteboarding combines many athletic disciplines from kite flying, wakeboarding, surfing and even parachute jumping. Imagine being able to pull off all your favorite wakeboard moves all with one large kite and no boat. Ride for hours at a time with only the sound of the wind at your ears and no stopping to get on a lift or get on a boat. Can you visualize jumping 30 feet straight off of flat water with no ramp or kicker? Ski or snowboard (kite skiing or snowkiting) across miles of snow-covered fields with only the assistance of a kiteboarding kite and a harness.
Kiteboarding is challenging to learn, but it does not require much physical strength. The harness takes most of the load away from your arms, allowing kiteboarders to ride for hours non-stop. Most people in good physical condition can learn to kiteboard, even kids. The most challenging part of the learning curve is controlling the kite. The good thing is, most of these vital steps to kiteboarding can be learned on a smaller-sized "trainer kite" or "power kite" which allows you to understand the basic steps while only dealing with a fraction of the power. For most adults, you will want to get a 3 meter or larger trainer kite.
Over the past few years, many advances in kiteboarding have been made. Multiple safety releases, the ability to massively take the power out of your kite, and almost instant water relaunch have radically decreased the learning curve. What used to take people months to learn now only takes days. Even though kiteboarding gear has made kiting so much easier to learn, lessons are still mandatory. Without the proper instruction things can turn ugly real quick, which is why taking kite surfing lessons is so vital.
Kiteboard and kitesurfing packages start around $1,500 - $2,500 for a kite, lines, pump, control bar, harness, and kiteboard. For a 2-Day lesson you're looking at a little over $500. Check out our kiteboarding lessons. The good thing is, wind is free. 70% of the world is covered in water so there are endless places to ride your kiteboard. And if you're a skier or snowboarder, strap your skis/board on your feet and you can be snow kiting along snow-covered fields all season long without the hefty price of lift tickets.