Looks like the 2011 season is under way here in South East Queensland and Brisbane so over the next few entries we will be posting some helpful info to get you started if your about to learn kitesurfing.
Learning how to kiteboard will present you with an entirely new world of freedom, intensity and sheer pleasure. Learning how to kiteboard can present challenges, but for those that get beyond the first few lessons and start riding on their own, there are endless smiles and any challenges that may have existed in the startup phase are soon forgotten.
Lessons with a professional instructor present an opportunity to learn how to kitesurf in an environment that is safe and will allow for focus on the skills you’ll need to improve over time. I can’t emphasize enough how much faster you’ll progress if you’re able to learn the skills correctly the first time. Ten years ago there may have been a lack of instructors simply because the sport was so new. Now, the gear has improved significantly as far as safety considerations and the instruction is top notch.
Please understand that the learning process and reading about kitesurfing online or in books and magazines is not enough. Getting instruction in an environment where you aren’t risking injury or worse to yourself or others is vital to maximising the joy you’ll get out of this amazing sport. That said, the dynamics and physics of how to kitesurf involve harnessing the power of the wind to build up enough speed to keep the rider planing across the water.
After the instructor-led basic training with a practice kite, learning how to steer the kite and simulating the riding, learning figure 8 patterns, and feeling the power that a kite will generate, the next step is body-dragging. This is not as bad as it sounds, but involves the rider in the water with a larger kite and while connected to the kite with the harness, practising the same sine (up and down) pattern in a specific direction while being pulled or “dragged” through the water. This also allows the new rider to feel what type of power the kite will be generating when diving the kite which is what will eventually pull the rider out of the water.
How to Kite
There is a significant amount of pull required to get the rider out of the water and planing. Having a solid concept of what the kite is doing by feeling where it is and what it is doing requires practice. Learning how to kiteboard is your ticket to a truly new world. The community you’ll be a part of is friendly, open, and loves the same freedom you’ll soon experience learning how to kiteboard.