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Three step plan to become a kiteboarder

become a kiteboarder

Do you want to become a great kiteboarder like the ones you see on TV, online, or at the beach and perform amazing stunts? Well, it will take a little time until you can perform stunts like that, but you will definitely be able to learn the basics of kiteboarding in no time at all. Although it is a sport that falls into the category of extreme sports (keep that in mind when taking the necessary safety precautions), thanks to all the recent technological improvements made to the gear it is now easier to kitesurf than ever.

You can learn to kiteboard by using this simple 3 step plan:

Step 1 – Trainer kites

You are well advised to get a trainer kite – a 2m trainer kite should do nicely. Then take that kite to the beach (or anywhere else you have steady, consistent winds and plenty of free space) and fly it – a total of 20 hours should teach you how to properly handle the kite. Please, do not go out there and fly that kite for 20 hours nonstop, take it gradually (when an airplane pilot says he has a total of 1600 flight hours it does not mean he has flown 1600 hours straight). Keep in mind that kite flying skills are very important – as a matter of fact 90% of learning how to kiteboard is made up of kite flying skills.

A few things to keep in mind when flying your trainer kite:

- Wide open spaces are preferred when flying the kite. Try to find a place that isn’t crowded and that is free of obstacles such as trees and power lines. If your kite hits the power lines you will get electrocuted and you will most likely suffer serious injuries. Keeping in tone with the electricity theme we got going on here, please land your kite if the weather turns nasty and there are electrical discharges in the atmosphere (lightning in layman’s terms). I don’t know how Benjamin Franklin got away safe and sound after flying a kite in a thunder storm and having it hit by a lightning blot, but chances are you will not be that lucky. More people die each year from lightning strikes than from shark bites.

- Fly your training kite on land first. You will have loads of fun if you fly your kite on land and thus get used to the power and pull of the kite. When you move on to kiting on water you will see that all of this will come in handy.

- Wind power is amazing. You will not believe how much power your kite will get on a windy day. Never underestimate the power of the elements. On a particularly windy day your petite trainer kite can actually lift you off the ground.

Step 2 – Board skills

Your kiting skills will have to work together with your board skills. That is why you must work on them. There is a simple difference between your kite flying skills and your board skills: you have to pick up your kite flying skills from scratch, but your board skills can carry over from other sports such as skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding and surfing. If you have practiced these sports before, you will find it easier to work on your board skills.

There are several balance boards out there that you can use to work on your balance, strength, endurance and overall performance for any and all board sports. You are very well advised indeed to use balance boards if you are just now picking up the basics of kiteboarding. You will work on your board skills in a fast, easy and entertaining manner.

Step 3 – Kiteboarding lessons

Find a respectable kiteboarding school and take lessons. If you have never kiteboarded before then it is foolish (not to mention dangerous) to go out on the open water. A kiteboarding instructor will teach you how to set up your gear, how to properly use your gear and all the other necessary skills and techniques you need to pick up in order to safely kiteboard.

The other great thing about seeking professional help is the fact that they will provide all the necessary equipment. You will learn using their gear. Keep in mind that the equipment can be rather expensive and you will definitely crash your kite during the learning process.

In regards to the kiteboarding school and trainer to pick: try to find a school and a trainer that is PASA (Professional Air Sports Association) and/or IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) certified. Also keep in mind that there are two vital elements that will contribute to how fast you will learn to kiteboard:

- Your ability to learn. Some people will learn faster than others.

- Your trainer’s capability to teach you. Some trainers are better than others.

Please do not assume that you can kiteboard without taking lessons. The fact that you saw a few video tutorials and you read about kiteboarding does not make you an expert.