Kitesurfing is an entertaining water sport powered by wind that uses a kite and a board for propelling you across the water. It does not have to involve any wave surfing despite the name, and one can do kitesurfing on mirror-flat lagoons, and also in big waves or choppy sea. All you will need is water and wind.
There is plenty of fun and progression that you can have with kitesurfing. After you have mastered the basics of a chicken loop kite, riding along, and also staying upwind from Kite Surfing School, then you can start going much faster, doing freestyle tricks, jumping, riding waves, or even going on any long ‘down winders’ on the coast.
What are the challenges you may face as a beginner?
As a beginner, the first hurdle that you have to cross is building your confidence and also trusting your equipment. At first, being strapped to your kite can feel a bit scary, but an experienced instructor will help you to feel relaxed and explain to you how safe your modern kiting equipment can be, provided you use it properly.
Some people may take a little longer to build up necessary confidence to get started. Often beginners may get to grip with their kite-flying and also body-dragging through the water quite fast, but to control the kite during every condition, to stay upwind, and to get up on the board usually takes a little more time, practice, and patience.
Another stumbling block is to accept that the wind direction and strength can change from what has been forecasted, which is also a challenge for few.
What kit you should buy as a beginner?
You need not buy anything in the beginning as most good instructors will provide you the necessary equipment. After you have completed your course, you will have a much better idea of what to buy.
Kit list for beginner:
- Kite – Based on the wind strength, you will decide the size.
- Bar and lines – The right size and length matching with your kite
- Board – Often beginners start on a bigger-sized board.
- Seat/waist harness – Seat harnesses are much easier to learn on
- Floatation vest – Kitesurfing vests may have a little gap for your bar
- Safety leash and knife
- Helmet – Specifically designed for this purpose
- Wetsuit – If you are learning in any cold-water destination
Will it be ok to purchase second-hand gear?
It is ok to buy an older board, but a newer one will be better for kites, lines, and bars. New equipment especially the kites can always be evolving. Equipment will always get better every year so if you can afford then prefer the latest equipment, and purchase from a trustworthy shop or person.
Often, you may find excellent deals, however, with the new kit, you will get a full warranty.
Will you need any license to independently kitesurf?
Usually, you will not need any license for kitesurfing but third-party liability insurance will be recommended because in case you end up injuring any other person or even crash into someone’s boat, car, or any expensive kitesurf kit then insurance will protect you.