Kitesurfing, or kiteboarding, is one of the fastest growing watersports in the world. It’s fast, fun and suitable for people of all ages. Kitesurfers can do impressive jumps and tricks, ride waves, hydrofoil, or simply cruise around! It works in the waves and on flat water, and so long as you’re reasonably fit and a competent swimmer, it’s the right sport for you.
When you see kitesurfers in action, it looks effortless, but a lot of work has gone into those skills. Even if you’re an experienced wakeboarder or sailor, there’s one skill unique to kitesurfing: flying a kite. For kitesurfers of all levels, kite control is king. That’s why Kitepower recommends you start out with a trainer kite.
Step 1: Learn to fly a trainer kite
In all the years we’ve been teaching kitesurfing, we’ve seen that people have a better experience and are more likely to continue with the sport if they start out with a trainer kite. These are small foil kites flown on a bar, simulating the way you’ll fly your kitesurfing kite. The idea behind flying a trainer kite is that kite control becomes second nature. You’ll be able to fly your kite and know where it is at all times without looking at it.
Ultimately, you should be able to fly the kite with one hand behind you. This means when you get in the water you can look where you’re going and focus on the board. Flying a trainer kite for 10 to 15 hours means you’ll need fewer lessons. And while you can’t kitesurf with a trainer kite, they’re heaps of fun and you’ll advance much faster if you continue practising with it.
See our Trainer Kite collection here
Step 2: Get professional lessons
One of the most important parts of kitesurfing is understanding the weather and the wind. Learn about the wind and our season here.