What is Kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing is the act of skimming across the water on a board while powered by a large kite.
Is it dangerous?
I always say to my students that kitesurfing is a safe sport when practiced safely. Like many sports there are risks but these can be managed by good instruction from a quality school at the outset and knowing your limits.
What happens if the kite falls in the water?
Kitesurfing kites are easy to re-launch off the water. I’ll show you how and you'll have it in no time.
How much equipment do I need?
For your lessons just a towel. But once you get into it you'll need a wetsuit, harness, board, a couple of kites and a bar and lines. It is probably the cheapest powered water sport out there. And the wind is free!
Why should I try kitesurfing?
Because it’s the most amazing feeling gliding across the water with the wind in your hair.
What conditions are good for kitesurfing?
It depends on the gear you own and your own ambitions. Generally, wind of force 4 to 5 is perfect blowing towards the shore. But we will go into a lot more detail on the lessons.
Is Kitesurfing difficult?
Kitesurfing is a relatively easy sport. The average student is usually trying their first waterstart on the board after about 3-4 hours of 1-1 instruction. Most students who take up the sport can ride comfortably both ways, and upwind, after a total of 10-15 hours of time on the water with good instruction and perseverance.
How many lessons will I need?
I find that most students feel comfortable and independent after about 6-8 hours of lessons. Some people need less, some people need more, it’s entirely dependent on each student and their abilities. I encourage students to get out on the water and practice with their own gear as soon as possible. I'm down at The Plantation most windy days, and I encourage our previous and current students to practice where I can keep a watchful eye on them.
Do you have to be strong?
No, you don’t need to be strong. All of the power of the kite is taken through your harness worn around the waist, and you only use your arms to control the kite, anyone can do it!
What time are the lessons?
Lesson times will vary depending on the forecast and tide situation on any particular day. Suitable times for any given day will be discussed and agreed with you.
Is it only a young person’s sport?
Any age can take up kitesurfing. Locally we are lucky to have a 75 year old lady who enjoys our sport to a high standard. So don’t be put off by age. You do need to be able to swim though and be reasonably fit.