Top Tips For New Kitesurfers
If you’re new to kitesurfing, learning this adrenaline-fuelled sport can seem like a daunting challenge, one that’s both testing yet rewarding. Here at F-One, we’ve got some great tips to help you on your way to mastering this thrilling water sport:
1. Be Persistent
Like many things, kitesurfing isn’t something that you can instantly master and requires persistence to learn. As the old saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’, and with full commitment, you can be up and kitesurfing in as little as three or four days!
The best and quickest way to learn to kitesurf is by taking a kitesurfing course or a series of lessons with a trained professional. This way, not only will you be guided through the minefield that is this skilful water sport by someone who really knows their stuff, but you will also be briefed on the essential safety information and procedures needed to enable you to ride safely.
Once you have grasped the basics and are up and riding confidently, you can be left to your own devices to practice and perfect your riding technique as well as work on mastering the art of riding upwind!
2. Don’t Head Out Alone
Kitesurfing alone poses a dangerous risk to even the most experienced kitesurfers, let alone those who are new to the water sport. As such, we thoroughly recommend heading out with your instructor, partner or a group of friends when hitting the waves. Not only will this ensure your safety at all times while riding but with others around, you’ll always have someone to launch and land your kite for you!
3. Check the Conditions
Before heading out for a session, one of the most important things for kitesurfers of all abilities to do is to check the weather, specifically, wind and water conditions. Not only will this determine whether it’s safe for you to go kitesurfing in the first place, but it will also enable you to prepare for certain conditions if a weather front is forecast.
For instance, if strong wind levels are predicted that could cause offshore or cross-offshore winds, it’s best to delay kitesurfing until the weather is a little calmer. As a newbie, you should never kitesurf in either of these winds as the risk of being blown away from land or losing control is highly likely, even for experienced kitesurfers. Whatever the weather, if you are ever in doubt as to whether your safety will be compromised while out on the waves, it’s best to delay kitesurfing until the weather is a little calmer.
4. Use the Right Equipment
Having the right equipment will not only enhance your kitesurfing experience second-to-none but will also ensure that you are as safe as possible while riding. The stronger the wind, the smaller your kite will need to be; the lighter the wind, the bigger kite you’ll need. If you’re learning with a school, your instructor will equip you with the right kite for the conditions you’ll be heading out in. Alternatively, here at F-One, we can provide expert advice on twin tip kiteboards, bars or kitesurfing accessories.
5. Practise Other Boardsports
Kitesurfing is just one of many popular boardsports and consequently requires much of the same skillset as sailing, skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding and windsurfing. As such, practising these other sports alongside kitesurfing will undoubtedly enhance your progression and enable you to become at ease with your board more quickly, meaning you can focus more on learning to fly your kite rather than trying not to topple over on your board!
Listening is crucial to the success of learning anything new, especially kitesurfing. While this may sound obvious, it can be easy to get carried away when you hit a good streak and manage to stay upright for the first time. However, danger can creep in while out on the waves, and your kitesurfing instructor will have the knowledge to determine whether you are putting yourself at risk or the conditions are beginning to pose a threat to your safety. As such, while it is important to have fun, it is also vital to stay focused and alert when learning to kitesurf by listening to your instructor at all times.
7. Enjoy Yourself
While each of the above tips is sure to aid you in your quest to becoming a kitesurfing champion, perhaps the most important advice of all for new kitesurfers is to remember to enjoy yourself. Although it is easy to get disheartened if things don’t go swimmingly (pardon the pun), learning such a delicate water sport is bound to take time but rest assured, you will get there in the end!
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