After several years of experience we have learned that most people don’t start kiteboarding because they’re afraid. Many are fascinated by this attractive sport but they don’t do it thinking it’s not for them, it’s difficult, it requires strength, it’s 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 Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya doing 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 very easy to start with Kiteboarding, 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 heels and toes. It’s a very similar motion to the one you would do in other board sports such as skateboarding, windsurfing, snowboarding or wakeboarding.
Is it safe to kiteboard? Won’t I get blown away by the wind?
There is no way you’re going to fly away. Former 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 its 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 by beginners and pros alike. There are also specific models for beginners, for freestyle, race and waves.
What wind range does a kite have?
Depending on the model and measure of the kite. A model 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.