Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions about kiteboarding that we hear. More questions? Contact us now!
Q: Is kiteboarding easy?
A: Yes and No. It’s a very technical sport and with the proper instruction, you could be riding within a week, but you will hit some frustrating patches where learning takes longer. Kiteboarding is progression, one of those sports you always get better at and learn new things every session.
Q: Do I have to live near the ocean to kiteboard?
A: No. The only thing you need to kiteboard is the right equipment and wind. People rip on lakes, rivers, snowfields, grass fields and even in the desert plains.
Q: I have a buddy who kiteboards. Why don’t I just learn from him?
A:Kiteboarding can be frustrating and even dangerous when taught by an untrained and uncertified instructor. A good school works with hundreds of students every year, and will get you riding way more quickly and safely.
Q: What’s a good number of boards to have?
A: That depends on where you ride and your wind range. When the wind is light, use a bigger board (150 cm plus) to plane more quickly. When it’s blasting, a smaller board will do but you can get away with owning one board (but you may not ride as much!).
Q: What about Kites?
A: That all depends on your local spot. A complete quiver consists of three kites: One for light wind (8-12 knots), one for medium wind (12-20 knots) and one for blasting wind (20 knots and more). You can get away with owning only one kite if you know your local spots regular wind activity and you can ride regularly there with the corresponding size of kite. Ask your instructor or dealer for more details.
Q: Do I need to go kiteboarding with someone else?
A: It is possible to go kiting alone but we always recommend kiteboarding with a buddy or group. Besides having somebody else there to help you launch and land your kite, it’s always cool to have a witness when you nail that kiteloop.
Q: How big should my first kite be?
A: Manufacturers make different sizes for various wind conditions and riding styles, from light-wind days in thundering surf to windy days on the water. For most kiting spots, a 10-12 meter kite works well as your staple kite size (use ~60% of the wind conditions), but ask your instructor what size would work best for your first kite for you, according to your weight and your potential kiting spots.
Q: What happens if my kite falls in the water?
A: Water re-launching is a skill you’ll develop, but today’s kite designs have advanced so that they practically re-launch themselves on the water and get you on your way.
Q: What is a control bar?
A: The control bar is used to steer the kite and for adjusting its angle of attack. The key is setting it up correctly and understand it’s control features, which an instructor will go over with you.
Q: Do I need to use a board leash when kiteboarding?
A: It is more practical not to use one and just learn how to recover your board – which an instructor will teach you. A leashed board can cause injury to you or others, so use at your own risk.
Q: If I let go of the bar, will I lose my kite?
A: Not when the kite is attached to your harness with a kite leash. Actually, letting go of the bar is the best way to activate your kite’s safety system, instantly de-powering the kite.
Q: Will kiteboarding make me cool and boost my self-esteem?
A: Yes, yes it will.
Q: Am I ready?