Last year kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, almost became an Olympic sport. At the end, it didn’t make it but, anyhow, everything’s going forward for this attractive and insane sport that’s becoming more popular every day.
Anyone can learn to kitesurf, it doesn’t matter if it’s a boy, girl, man or woman. Kitesurfing is for everyone willing to have fun in the ocean. However, there is a list of important steps that you should take before you go out and grab a kite and head to the beach.
Don’t worry, we won’t let you figure it out on your own, so we want to share with you some important tips. The first one, and maybe the most important one is: don’t kitesurf by yourself. You’ll always need someone to cast and land your kite. At the beginning, you’ll need a qualified kitesurfing instructor for strict supervision. So go and receive a few lessons, do it for your safety.
On average, it can take around 5 or 8 hours for a student with little or no experience to learn the basics of kitesurfing. Of course, this happens with an ideal wind and water conditions. In order to learn everything about this beautiful sport, you’ll need maybe around 20 hours of practice.
In the first lessons, you may learn more about safe wind directions and how the wind works. You’ll get to know more about the best conditions for kitesurfing, how to use the safety system, about the various components of the kite and, of course, how to fly the kite.
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The most important part of the formula is the kitesurfer. Yes, we’re talking about you! You should wear a harness, life jacket, water shoes, wetsuit, and helmet. The kitesurfer is the responsibility of positioning the kite in response to the wind; as well as providing the required resistance to go upwind.
Oh, by the way, for your safety remember to avoid skysurfing in the wrong conditions. Just because there is wind it doesn’t mean you should go kitesurfing. If in doubt, don’t go out; or second best, ask a lifeguard.
Before starting, it’s important for you to know some of the basics of the kitesurfing. For example, there are different options when it comes to the kite: the inflatable, flat inflatable, framed single skin kites, ram air foil kites, and more. Ideally, you better choose a large one because they are more easily controlled.
Did you know that modern kitesurfing uses four or five lines? If you’re using a two-line kite, then you better have a minimum strength of 2.5 times your own body weight. The most popular lines lengths are between 20 and 40 meters length. Use a control bar or control device to obtain better maneuverabilities, and disable or retrieve the kite at a moments notice.
We hope that you’ve learned some basics about kitesurfing but, besides this, always remember to have fun. Kitesurf is about having fun in the air and over the ocean, and that shouldn’t be that hard to learn. Have fun in the water!