The purpose of taking a course with a certified instructor is to make the student master the kite in all situational needs: body dragging, launching, landing and relaunching, hooked and unhooked from the harness, and many other.
First you’ll need to become acquainted with all the gear, learning theory about setting up the equipment, managing the kite in the neutral and in the power zone, wind theory and all the safety precautions you need.
Basic kite course
For beginners, I recommend using a two-line harness and riding mono-directional boards along with the standard safety equipment such as a safety vest.
Your instructor will guide you step by step on how to pilot the kite and how to perform basic body dragging.
One directional body dragging is part of the first teachings in water theory. How to manage your body and kite in the water before you stand up on it and glide through. The objective here is to stand up on the board and dominate the kite.
The instructor will teach you how to recover a lost board without a leash doing a special technique of body dragging.
The next and the most important step is practicing to go up-wind.
Which is the best Kitesurfing spot for learning?
The best kitesurfing spot depends on the country where you live being that kitesurfing is practiced internationally. Now, the best Kitesurf spot conditions you should look for should be: places with steady winds, flat and shallow waters. In Miami, a spot that has all those characteristics is Stiltsville (Key Biscayne) which has become really famous among kite surfers.
What is the minimum wind for kitesurfing?
Wind for kitesurf depends on your weight and on the kite size you are using. If you are a beginner and you’re starting to learn how to pilot your kite, you can start with really light wind, 5 knots of wind can be enough. Once you have learned how to pilot the kite you will need 12 knots to ride.
What are the different kinds of kites?
Types of kites that you can buy according to their shape
Bow type (flat)
Bow kites are perfect kites to learn to kitesurf as they accumulate less air and forgive more mistakes.
C shape kites
These are the most closed kites that accumulate the most air and the least advisable to start for beginners.
It’s a combination of inflatable and foil kites. Very versatile and advisable kites for all levels.
The deltas are the latest evolution of kites and also the best sellers. A friendly kite to learn to kitesurf.
Those single skin kites represent a vast majority of the kites used on water. They have been specifically developed for water use. They are the most used.
Built like paragliders. They have cells intrados and extrados parts. The profile is obtained thanks to a bridling system. I don’t recommend them until you get used to kiting with one of the previous ones for a while.
Pro tip: I recommend that your first option should be a Bow kite. It is the slowest kite and as such it will give you more reaction time to control it.
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