Thinking of taking kitesurfing lessons? Here are some quick answers to kitesurfing lesson questions you might have going around in your head.
Can i learn to kitesurf on my own?
While it's possible to learn on your own, kitesurfing is a high-risk activity if you don't know what you're doing you could hurt yourself or someone else around you. We always recommend you take a lesson in order to learn how to kitesurf safely.
How much does it cost to learn kiteboarding?
In our experience, getting to an independent level of kitesurfing takes on average between 6 to 12 hours of private lessons. Therefore, you can expect to spend more or less £500 to £1000 GBP on learning to kitesurf, depending on how many hours you need.
How many hours does it take to learn to kitesurf?
Learning to kitesurf might take between 8 to 12 hours of lessons – but take this with a grain of salt. It often takes more than 12 hours and it rarely takes less than 8. But don't let this discourage you! After all, no one is born with the ability to fly a kite.
How dangerous is kitesurfing?
With seven injuries per 1,000 hours of physical activity, kiteboarding appears listed as a relatively safe sport, especially when compared to mainstream sports. American football has an average of 36 injuries per 1,000 hours; even soccer seems to be more dangerous with 19 injuries per 1,000 hours of sporting activity.
For the most part, you can get started with the sport of kiteboarding by investing somewhere in the ballpark of £1,000 to £3,000 in equipment . The price will vary greatly based primarily on the newness of the gear you choose.
Why are kiteboarding lessons so expensive?
The materials used to make kiteboarding equipment such as the canopy, lines, bars and boards are very expensive. They are extremely strong yet lightweight materials and this combination gets only more and more expensive when the materials get stronger and lighter. When you take a kitesurfing lesson you are not only purchasing the hundreds of hours under your instructors belt, but the hire and use of the kitesurfing equipment you are using.
Compared to other water/wind-sports kiteboarding is relatively easy to learn. The learning curve compared to windsurfing is faster, and the kiteboarder will be more advanced after their first year. Kiteboarding is harder to learn than wakeboarding, because it is more technical as you need to learn to fly the kite.
While it's possible to learn on your own, kitesurfing is a high-risk activity if you don't know what you're doing you will most likely hurt yourself or someone else around you. It is generally considered not worth the risk.
Most kite boarders commonly ride at speeds between 15 and 25 mph. A normal kiteboarder can sometimes double the wind speed and get up to around 40mph given the right wind and water conditions and using the right kite size and board type. Professional racers commonly attain speeds of 50mph and up to almost 60mph at the world record level.