Looking for the basic steps to begin kiteboarding? You are in the right place. Below you will find the basic steps to getting into the sport.
Step 1 – Fly a trainer kite
Buy, borrow or rent a trainer kite. This is a small kite – often 2 to 3 meter kites – used to get a feeling for the sport. A trainer will give you an idea of how the kite handles and teach you the basic skills of kite flying. It will also introduce you to the equipment and how to set up the kite and break it down. I would recommend at least a three line trainer because it will introduce you to the idea of the break line or safety mechanisms.
Step 2 – Take lessons
Lessons are the fastest way to get up to speed and learn to fly safely. This can be a dangerous sport. A good lesson from a certified professional will teach you the proper way to rig the kite. This is important because improper set up of the kite can put you in a situation where you can’t control the kite and you don’t want to be in that situation. Besides the basic safety information you should learn how to set up and break down the kite effectively. And of course, you will learn technique. You should learn where you are headed and what you want to do. You probably won’t be a pro at the end of the lessons. I didn’t even get on a board in my first lesson but it did put me on the right track and gave my progress direction so I knew where I was trying to get to with my skills by the end of the lesson.
Can you pick up the sport without a lesson? Sure you can, but it will take you longer and probably come with a few more bruises and broken equipment.
Step 3 – Get a “big” kite
I don’t mean you should go buy a 20 meter kite. I just mean you should get a hold of a depower kite big enough to give you the power and depower you need for your riding conditions. If you are small or your winds are strong you will need a smaller kite. Conversely, if you are large or have light winds you will need a bigger kite. If you have extra cash, buy a quiver of kites at different sizes. Anyway, this bigger kite is where the real fun begins.
Talk to everyone you can before you buy. Stores obviously are biased to the manufacturer they sell so ask them questions but take their equipment advice with a grain of salt. When you are shopping note the manufacturer’s wind rating and ability level for each kite. They should have that information on their web site. You should also try and get an idea for what the wind is like in your area. Where I am at people always complain about the wind (too much) but the fact is the wind is legitimately only right for kiting on average a couple days a week. And it seems like it is always when I’m working. The point is try get an idea for the average actual, not perceived, conditions. Talk to as many people as you can and filter out the garbage you collect along the way. But get something and get out there.
Step 4 – Go kiting
As far as I can tell, no matter how much you talk to people, the only way to really learn is to get out there and do it. A lot of the kite flying is feeling for the kite so it just takes time with the kite to get it dialed in. Be patient and have fun.