Answers to the most common questions asked on the beach about Kiteboarding!
What is that called?
It is NOT paragliding, parasailing, parachuting, or windsurfing! This eye catching activity that you spotted on the beach is most commonly referred to as Kiteboarding. When a surfboard is ridden with a kite, it may be more specifically called Kitesurfing or Kite Surfing. The term Kitesurfing is also a common term that is used interchangeably with the word Kiteboarding, especially outside of the USA. It may also be referred to as Kiting. There are many forms of kiteboarding such as:
Snow Kiting- Using the power of a kite on the snow with skiis or snowboard.
Landboarding- Using the power of a kite to ride a landboard or mountain board on the beach or a grassy area.
Kite Sailing- Using the power of the kite on a catamaran bottom or other vessel.
You can always get creative with the sport and find something and somewhere new to ride!
Do I need to take Kiteboarding lessons?
Absolutely YES! The power of kite is often underestimated. Think about the power involved that allows people to jump over 40 feet into the air. Now imagine if you just decided to pick up a kite without any training. You do not want to do that by accident! A good instructor immediately explains the risks involved and the ways to stay safe while having fun. Kiteboarding lessons should be looked at as an investment. Why pay for a bunch of brand new gear and then destroy it while risking injury? Beat-up our gear while learning and be safe at the same time!! We utilize BOAT SUPPORT and take you away from all obstructions to make your learning experience safe and enjoyable. This allows you to focus on the needed skills without worrying about injuriny or damage to your equipment. The training is comparable to a scuba diving; training should be obtained by experienced professionals.
Does that take a lot of upper body strength?
No! Kiteboarding will definitely help you get in shape and can provide a great full body work out. But the most important part of kite flying is finesse! Your arms, shoulders and core muscles will increase once you become a Kiteboarder. However, you are connected to the kite through the use of a harness, enabling your body weight to hold down most of the power or the pull of the kite. A good pilot can control a kite with his finger-tips.
What should I bring to a lesson?
Make sure you bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, booties, and a hat when taking an Intro Lesson. If the lesson is going to be in the river (Water Lessons) then you need to bring some sort of water shoes or booties. Winter months will need a wetsuit. We have booties and wetsuits available for sale in the shop if needed!
What are the requirements for taking Kiteboarding lessons?
You must be able to swim if taking a water lesson! You must have a desire to learn and most importantly, be willing to have fun!
Is Kiteboarding hard?
Kiteboarding is not hard but it takes time, commitment and instruction to learn. Once you learn the basics and safety, Kiteboarding is a breeze and unimaginably fun. Lessons are imperative and will increase your rate of learning tremendously. Kiteboarding will seem incredibly hard, frustrating and scary if you do not receive proper training and instruction. Once you get it, then it becomes second nature and opens up a whole new lifestyle.
How long does it take to learn?
It really depends on you! Most students will get to the board and be given the opportunity to ride in the second hour of water lessons. Students that come in with board skills (wakeboarders, snowboarders, surfers, skateboarders etc) easily adapt once getting to this stage. Sailing, windsurfing, or stunt kite experience also accelerates the learning process. None of these backgrounds are a replacement for instruction! If you do not have any of these backgrounds, you are still extremely capable of learning! ANYONE CAN LEARN...it just takes practice and commitment.