People tend to fall into one of two different groups when it comes to kiteboarding. Those in the first group are usually interested, and excited to watch kiteboarders on the water jumping and having fun out there, but could never imagine doing it themselves.
The second type is the person who gets hit right between the eyes by the hammer of stoke and immediately begins researching about how to get started. Welcome—that would be YOU, my friend! Let's get you on your way to becoming a kiteboarder.
Start Your Kiteboarding Journey With a Trainer Kite
A good way to dip your toe into the water without making a full financial commitment is by starting with a trainer kite.
A trainer kite is much smaller, less powerful, relatively inexpensive, and essential to getting started. Think of it like teaching someone how to drive a car by first starting them in a go-cart. The mechanics are basically the same, however, much less involved.
You can find a good trainer kite, like the Slingshot B3, for right around $250.00 USD.
Find an open area, free of trees, powerlines, and overhead obstructions to begin flying your trainer kite. Plan on spending anywhere from 10-20 hours getting thoroughly familiar and comfortable with flying your trainer kite before taking your first kiteboarding lesson.
This will save you valuable time in the beginning stages of your first kiteboarding lesson.
Take a Beginner Kiteboarding Lesson
Your next step is to locate a place to take your first kiteboarding lesson.
You will find everything from large, fully insured retail operations to small, private instructors working out of their vans. Find what works best for your style, but do make sure you're comfortable that they know what they're doing.
If available, check their references online. If you can't find any info about them online, you may have to just trust your instincts and wing it.
Before you commit to the lesson, make sure the instructor fully explains the lesson outline to you.
This is important for two reasons. One, it gives you a realistic expectation about what skills you can expect to walk away with after the lesson. Two, it gives you a moment to access whether the instructor is competent.
If you feel confident with the instructor—book it and get started. If not—bail and keep looking until you find the right instructor for you.
Most beginner kiteboarding lessons will cover the following:
- Weather forecasting
- Wind awareness
- Accessing your launch/landing zones
- Flying a trainer kite
- Familiarizing with an inflatable kite
- Learning the safety systems
- Flying an inflatable kite in shallow water
- Learning to body drag and self-rescue
- Relaunching an inflatable kite on the water
- Launching and landing on the beach
Plan on spending anywhere from $500 to $1000 USD for a thorough beginner kiteboarding lesson.
Purchase Your First Kiteboarding Package
All of our kiteboarding packages are put together in a way that makes it easy for you to understand and choose the right size kite. Given that people come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, we all fly different size kites as needed.
Lighter riders can fly smaller kites, while larger riders need bigger kites. For wind conditions around 15-20 mph, we recommend the following kite sizes based on your weight.
Please note—this is just a baseline point of reference to start from. Average wind conditions in your particular area may require bigger or smaller kite sizes accordingly.
Rider Weight and Kite Size
- 200lbs | 14m
- 180lbs | 12m
- 160lbs | 10m
- 140lbs | 8m or 9m
- 120lbs | 6m or 7m
If any of this is confusing, just give us a call—we're always happy to help.
All of our kiteboarding packages offer the following gear and may range in cost from around $1500 to $3000 USD, depending on kite size and selected options.
- Control bar
- Inflation pump
- Board (fins and handle)
- Waist or seat Harness
- Impact/floatation vest
- Trainer Kite | $300
- Kite Lesson | $500 to $1000
- Kite Package | $1500 to $3000
Plan on spending anywhere from $2000 to $4000 USD to get into kiteboarding.
Thank you for reading this article, my friend. We sincerely appreciate your interest in kiteboarding and will always do our best to help you to get started.
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