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Kite Lessons

Kiteboarding courses

Our courses in Cancun and Playa del Carmen are carried out at shallow, crystal-clear water beaches, away from the interference of public, tourists, and other kiteboarders.

These beaches offer the most ideal safety conditions to learn kiteboarding under the supervision of our IKO certified professional instructors. We offer beginner, review and advanced courses.

Beginner courses

We have two types of courses for beginners: a full 3-day course and a basic 2-day course. We recommend you to take the full 3-day course, but for clients who don’t have enough days planned for their vacation, a 2-day course is also an option as a start in this sport.
The courses are given in sessions of 3 hours daily, which can be done in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the availability and weather conditions.

Both beginner courses start with an explanation on the wind, how to responsibly use the gear and the necessary safety measures for kiteboarding.

Then we go to shallow waters using a small, short-line kite to learn to control the kite by performing different exercises. This is done while the student is standing with the water up to his waist (see images), always in the company of an instructor.

Once the student -still standing- gains control of the kite in all the extension of the wind window, he starts learning to control the kite with his body in motion, to then start making movements with the kite in power on the water (Body Drag).

Body dragging consists on letting the power of the kite drag your weight on the water in the desired direction, which has already been achieved due to the kite control obtained in the previous stage.

Once the student has learned all these previous steps, he will now learn to stand on the board using the kite power. This is called “water start”. This is how the student will start making his first advancing meters on the board.

From this point, the full course focuses on achieving the right position on the board and learning to ride in the desired direction. This option is the most chosen by new students, since it allows for a greater level of autonomy at the end of the course.

Refresh courses

We also offer review courses for clients who have already taken some classes but still are not independent. Likewise, we recommend a review for those students who have spent more than a year since they last took the course. These classes are customized to meet the clients’ needs to continue learning from the point where they left or to reinforce knowledge and/ or learn what’s needed to become an independent kiteboarders.

Advanced curses

The advanced courses are designed for kiteboarders who seek to progress by improving their level or by learning any specific tricks.

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Kiteboarding School

Kiteboarding School Playa del Carmen and Cancun

We offer beginners and advanced kiteboarding courses.

With us you you will learn kiteboarding safely, under the supervision of our professional instructors and with the use of last generation gear.

At our school, specialized in kiteboarding, you will learn everything it takes to become independent in the practice of this sport. We offer a wide range of kiteboarding courses specially designed to meet the different levels of our clients, from beginners to advanced.
The full course is the best way to start kiteboarding, a fascinating sport. For this course, three days of your time are enough. By the end of the course, you will have learned everything you need to ride your kite on both land and water, thus achieving a certified independent kiteboarder level.

We use Liquid Force kiteboarding gear at our school, for our courses and for rental.

All our kiteboarding courses include:

  • All the necessary gear for practicing this sport
  • Communication system for teaching with waterproof radio helmets
  • Certified instructor

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Kite Trips

Kitesurf Mexico travels around the Riviera Maya and Yucatan Playa del Carmen, Cancun,  Isla Blanca, San Felipe El Cuyo searching for the best wind conditions and the best spots to practice kiteboarding in Mexico, and now we offer you the chance to travel with us to the best Kitesurf Spots in Mexico.

For more info on kitesurf spots and trips, please contact us at info@kitesurfmexico.com

When the wind is blowing off-shore or the conditions are not ideal for kiteboarding in Playa del Carmen, we move to fantastic kite spots such as:

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Kiteboarding FAQ

The most commonly asked questions about Kiteboarding:

After several years of experience we have learn that most people don’t start kiteboarding because they’re afraid. Many are fascinated by this attractive sport but they don’t think it’s for them, it’s difficult, it requires strength, is dangerous, etc.

Still, images and sensations of danger are commonly associated with this sport, so it makes sense to ask some questions about the true dangers and the difficulty of Kiteboarding.

The good thing is that people are beginning to see people of all ages and body structures kiting and jumping around on the water, so they lose this irrational fear and look for a kiteboard school.
It’s important that when you learn to kiteboard, you do so with an experienced instructor. Not knowing the safety rules and trying to fly the kite without knowing how it behaves in the wind-window can be very dangerous.

Each year we see more people in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum and the Riviera Maya kiteboarding. Our first priority is to get you to realize that Kiteboarding is not what you thought it was.
It’s actually “pretty easy”, so you will start to enjoy kiteboarding after just a couple of hours, and you’ll be hooked for life.

Is Kiteboarding easy?

Yes, it’s easy, and in fact anyone can do it. All you need is the will to learn.

How old do I have to be?

You can kiteboard if you’re between 10 and 60+ years old. Anyone can kite.

Do I need any previous kiteboarding knowledge?

No, you can start from scratch by learning everything from the basic safety rules, to wind theory and standing on the board within 9 hours (a full course length).

Do I need to be in good physical condition?

You do not need any kind of special training. If you can swim for a bit and you can walk, you can learn kiteboarding.

Do I need to be very strong to kiteboard?

We always tell our students: If you’re applying strength while kiting, you’re doing something wrong. It only takes good technique, no strength is required for kiteboarding.
The kite is connected to your body through the harness and the weight of your body neutralizes the kite’s pull. By gently pulling on the bar we empower the kite, and by gently pushing the bar away from our body, we depower it. You use your hands only for changing directions without applying any force.
To ride the board in the desired direction you only need to move your heals and toes. It’s a very similar motion to the one you would do in other board sports such as skateboard, windsurf, snowboard or wakeboard.

Is it safe to kiteboard? Won’t I get blown away by the wind?

There is no way you’re going to fly away. The last cases of people who lost control of their elevation happened when kites had no safety measures. With new equipment, the kite loses up to 85% of it’s power just by taking your hands off the bar. Hitting the safety release will make it lose 95% power, and if you hit the leash safety release, you will be detached from the kite completely. Thanks to this 3-level safety system, kiteboarding is currently one of the world’s safest watersports.

Is it easy to relaunch the kite from the water?

Yes, modern kites can be relaunched within just a few seconds by just pulling on one line.

So what gear do I need to start kiteboarding?

You will need a kite of the right size for your weight and current wind conditions, a bar to control it, a harness to attach it to your body, a safety leash, and a board. There are many different brands and models and we can assess you on what the best gear is for you. All our courses include the necessary equimpent.

Do I need help launching and landing the kite?

The safest way to launch and land a kite is with someone else’s help, it doesn’t take an experienced person either. You just need to explain to them a couple basic things. There are techniques for launching the kite by yourself, but they are not 100% safe. For landing your kite all by yourself, in case of emergency you can use the safety mechanism.

Is it better to buy used equipment at the beginning?

You can start with used equipment, but it’s important that you get gear in good condition, with not much use and a relatively recent model. If you get older equipment you run the risk of your learning to take longer and you can put yourself in danger since older kites have fewer safety measures.

What kind of used gear should I buy as a beginner?

Kites today are so perfect and easy that many models can be used ny beginners and pro’s alike. There are also specific models for beginners, for frestyle, race and waves.

What wind range does a kite have?

Depending on the model and measure of the kite. A moder one can vary between 10 and 15 knots.

Is it easy to go from windsurf to kitesurf?

Yes, it is quite easy and convenient.
Kitesurf is more practical in a sense that the gear is lighter and more portable. It takes less wind to practice, you can already jump and trick with 12 knots. The learning curve is also much quicker. 80% of kiters can jump and trick within a very short time of starting to kiteboard, and this can take years with windsurf.

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