You might have seen kitesurfers on the water, riding along, jumping high and doing impossible looking tricks. When you first see it, it can look like something that is impossible for you to do but kiteboarding is accessible for anyone and nowhere near as scary as it looks.
Before we get started Before you come and meet your Instructor for your kiteboarding lesson it’s time for some theory. Most kite schools make the first hour of your first lesson a theory lesson. When learning with us you will get send a one hour video to watch before your lesson. This will save valuable time and maximise the time spend on the water. Lots of the theory that you learn before even getting on the water is easily forgotten which makes having the video even more valuable as you can watch it as often as you want. The video does not just give you information about required theory but also outlines all steps you are going to go through with your Instructor.
Meeting your Instructor When you come and meet your Instructor for your first kiteboarding lesson you will be ready to out the big inflatable kite straight away. You and your Instructor will ride out into the Howe Sound on a boat or Jet ski where there is plenty of space to learn and you are away from the crowds. With the kite first connected to the boat the Instructor will demonstrate how to fly the kite before it is your turn to take over. Having the kite connected to the boat is going to make the first stirring of the kite a lot easier as you won’t get pulled by the kite. Once you show good control of the kite it is time to practice different kite movements. Everything we run you through is a process that builds up step by step.
Getting into the water Be prepared to get wet during your first kiteboarding lesson. When you achieve sufficient control of the kite it is time to take the chicken loop of the boat and attach it to your harness. As soon as you get a good feel of what it is like to have the kite attached to you it is time to get into the water. Once in the water you are going to repeat the kite movements you practiced on the boat. This will allow you to really feel and control the power of the kite and bodydrag through the water.
Everyone in their own time As soon as you understand moving patterns and the power of the kite you are ready for the next step. Since we all got our own strength and weaknesses and progress in different amounts of time this next step might happen at the end of your first lesson or the beginning of you second lesson. Before you are ready to get up on the board it is important to know how to badydrag upwind and bodydrag with your board. You are going to need those skills when you lose the board or are not able to ride the board anymore.
Getting up onto the board Having the support of a boat speeds up your progression rapidly. On average most people attempt their first water starts on the board during their second kiteboarding lesson. Everything you have learned previously is going to come together now.
Riding away Usually the hardest part is to first get up and going. As soon as you are able to get up quite consistently your learning curve is going to sky rocket. We will show you how to control your riding speed by edging the board and increasing or reducing the power of your kite. This is most likely to happen during your third or fourth lesson.
From here you probably going to possess all the skills you need to go riding without your Instructor watching you. When it comes to kiteboarding, though, it has a lot to do with being confident enough to practice by yourself. So feel free to come in for another lesson or book an upwind drop where we are able to keep an eye on you.