How to Get the Most Out of Your Kitesurfing Lesson
Whether you’re an absolute beginner looking forward to your first session on the water or you have a few years of experience behind you and are hoping to perfect your technique, we could all benefit from a recap kitesurfing lesson every now and again. That said, although lessons are well worth the money, they can be a little on the expensive side, particularly during the post-Christmas slump of January when pay day remains weeks away. Here at F-One, we want to make sure you know exactly how you can make all of the time you’ve invested in kitesurfing pay off, so we’ve come up with seven tips on how you can make the most of your lesson to advance your abilities as quickly as possible.
Learn at a Beginner-Friendly Location
This may seem obvious and some will argue that kitesurfing schools wouldn’t offer lessons in spots that are not suited for those hitting the water for the first time. Alas, this is not always the case and it’s important to research the best beginner spots near you online prior to booking a lesson. Also consider the number of people that will be in the sea, always opting for a less-crowded alternative whenever possible.
Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
As you may have read in our Beginner’s Guide to Kitesurfing, it’s a good idea to achieve a certain level of fitness before you book your first lesson. The sport is incredibly tiring and you’re likely to be out on the water for hours at a time, meaning your core and endurance strength will benefit from being as strong as possible, so make sure you get in shape beforehand (https://f-onekites.co.uk/blogs/news/how-get-shape-kitesurfing). In addition, it’s important to be in the best possible condition health-wise and anyone with jet-lag or a severe hangover may wish to postpone their lesson until they are feeling 100%. Eat and drink plenty before you hit the water and try to remain hydrated at all times.
Wear a Life Jacket
Nothing screams beginner like a life jacket, but if that is what you are, then so what? If anything, a brightly coloured top half to indicate your range of ability can only be a good thing as other kiters will look to give you as much room as possible. If you are not a beginner, but don’t feel confident enough to take off the life jacket, then work it! The safety feature is likely to give you hours of uninterrupted fun out on the water, so who’s the real winner?
Whether you’re learning in some faraway land or you’ve just nipped down to Plymouth (https://f-onekites.co.uk/blogs/news/5-kitesurfing-spots-devon) for the weekend, keep in mind any issues surrounding temperature and sun exposure. During the winter, the temperature of the sea in the UK plummets, so wetsuit gloves, boots and hoods are a good way to keep warm for your entire lesson. If you’re heading for slightly sunnier climates, apply sun cream before, during and after to protect your skin and wear a hat to protect your head and eyes. The sun reflects off of the sea making damage in the form of burns even more likely.
Ask the Questions
Kitesurfing lessons are one of the few times you’ll have unlimited access to the knowledge and expertise of a professional with years of experience. Use this to your advantage and don’t be afraid to ask him or her anything you’re not sure about. You may even want to draft a list of questions prior to the lesson to avoid missing anything out!
Don’t Give Up!
You may think you’ve had the worst first kitesurfing lesson in the world, but we’ve all been there and even some of the world’s greatest shredders had to start somewhere. You can’t learn to kitesurf overnight and you’ll probably spend lots of time learning about wind theory and how to fly the kite before you even hit the open water. You may even launch out to sea and wish for the safe confines of the beach with firm ground beneath you. However, that’s all part of the fun and the challenge of kitesurfing, and you’ll soon find yourself addicted to this adrenaline-fuelled water sport. Like most things, there are good days and bad days, but don’t give up after one lousy session; there’s plenty more where that came from, along with some of the most exhilarating rides of your life!
That concludes our guide to preparing for and making the most out of your kitesurfing lessons. We hope it has given you some extra help along the way and you are looking forward to hitting the open water. If you complete your lessons and are looking to advance to the next level, here at F-One, we are a leading stockist of kitesurfing equipment in the UK, including twin tip kiteboards amongst the latest, innovative gear to help you further your kitesurfing abilities. If you’d like to discuss buying your own equipment, don’t hesitate to contact the passionate and dedicated team here who would be more than happy to help.