Kiteboarding Learning Guide
Kitesurfing ( also called Kiteboarding ) is not as difficult as it looks, provided the participant is in proper physical shape for the sport. We assume the person that wants to learn kiteboarding has the proper swimming skills, so no need to say swimming is the first requirement. The first step is to do research and take notes, read some magazines and watch several videos to get a better idea on the subject. Second step would be to select a location and school to start taking the first kiteboarding lessons. If you can, buy a trainer kite and fly it as much as possible, rentals are also available in most schools.
Let`s start with research: What are the top places to go kiteboarding? according to the Tripping travel guide, here`s the list ( we show our top six, several sites have their own preferences according to their style and conditions ):
- La Ventana, Baja California
- Cabarete, Dominican Republic
- Taveuni Island, Fiji
- Cumbuco, Brazil
- Tarifa, Spain
- Maui, Hawaii
The actual list is far longer, listing world locations such as Florida, Mauritius, Cook Islands, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and even the UK. Some lists show Cabarete as the top place for beginners, because the beaches are protected by a reef and the wind is strong year round. The list of Cabarete kiteboarding schools that can help is extensive, staffed by professional athletes known worldwide.
Types of Kites
There are several types of kites, each with its own characteristics and performance. Among the best known there`s the leading edge inflatables, Bow type, Hybrid, C-shape and the foil kite. Students will learn about all these types as their course progresses, and have a chance to fly them as well.
Kiteboarding is performed in various styles including free ride, course racing, freestyle, speed, wake, jumping, and downwinders. Always avoid jumping in shallow waters, and use a helmet until you become more experienced. Always follow the teacher`s advice regarding safety and keep a pace to learn day by day.