Imagine if wakeboarding, surfing, and sailing had a baby: that’s pretty much kiteboarding. Aside from the fact you can jump 30+ feet in the air, (equal to more than a two-story building) cruising the waters for hours at a time with the sound of the wind in your ears, board on your feet, and a kite pulling you along for the ride, is quite an awesome experience.
Kiteboarding can be challenging to learn but doesn’t require much physical strength. Your harness will take most of the kite pressure away from your arms, allowing kiteboarders to ride for hours non-stop and for people of all body types to ride. Big, tall, small, short: doesn’t matter to the wind. Anyone from kids as young as 3 to people as old as 70 are kiteboarding. The most challenging part of the learning curve is controlling the kite. The good thing is that most of the vital steps to kiteboarding can be learned on a smaller-sized "trainer kite" or "power kite" which will allow 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 advancements in kiteboarding gear have been made. Manufacturers have added multiple safety releases, the ability to massively take the power out of your kite, and almost instant water relaunch technology. These have radically decreased the learning curve and increased rider safety. What used to take people months to learn now only takes days. Even though the gear has made kiting much easier to learn, lessons are still mandatory. Without proper instruction, there are many things that could go wrong. Even Youtube videos can be very helpful and informative before taking your first lesson. Here’s a great example of a beginner kite video from one of our friends here at MACKite, Blake.
Kiteboarding packages start around $1,500 - $2,500 for the kite, lines, pump, control bar, harness, safety vest, and board, which is everything you need to start riding. For a 2-Day lesson you're looking at a little over $500. Here you can check out our kiteboarding lessons. Best part? Wind is free. 70% of the world is covered in water, so there are endless places to ride your kiteboard. 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.