What Age Do You Need to Be for Kitesurfing?
There’s no better feeling than discovering a fun and exciting sport that you are passionate about, and for many, kitesurfing is just that. From landing exhilarating jumps to cruising across the water with the wind sweeping through your hair; let’s face it, it’s pretty close to what we imagine flying to feel like. Upon discovering this adrenaline-fuelled sport, your first instinct may be to share it with those you love, but for families with younger children, that’s easier said than done. Deciding when the right time is for your little one to try their hand at kitesurfing is not a decision that can be taken lightly due to the extreme nature of the sport and there’s no golden-rule-fits-all solution. We’ve taken a look at some of the most frequently asked questions and considerations to take into account when deciding if someone is too young or too old to hit the water with you.
What’s the Minimum Age You Have to Be to Kitesurf?
There’s no straight answer to provide here because learning to kitesurf can mean an array of different things depending on who you ask and what their perspectives are. For example, some might deem kitesurfing to be practising with the trainer kite on the beach while others may see it as using the full kit and caboodle in the water without assistance.
There are plenty of YouTube videos and tutorials that help kids to understand the science behind flying a kite, and here at F-One, we believe that as long as a responsible adult accompanies a child, there’s no lower age limit to flying a kite on the beach.
When it comes to entering the water, you may need to be a little more aware of how confident your child is to swim in open, natural spaces. Starting too early could leave children who struggle to pick up the techniques having ill-feelings towards the sport in the future, so it’s crucial to take things slowly. Learning to kitesurf will also involve lessons in some shape or form, meaning children will need to be able to focus for hours at a time without getting distracted to make the most of their tutorial. Children in the early teens tend to pick it up really early, while children as young as six have been known to master kitesurfing in a matter of hours. A decision like this is usually best made on a case-by-case basis.
Is it Safe to Allow My Child to Kitesurf?
Absolutely. Almost all modern equipment will feature the latest safety mod cons that lead to the complete depower of kites. Children are known to have minds like a sponge, and once they are taught the vital safety instructions, it is likely that the information will stay with them forever. Any kitesurfing school will focus on keeping everyone happy and healthy while out on the water, and you can help to reiterate any important points by creating scenarios and asking your child what they would do in the varying scenarios to further cement their knowledge.
Is There a Weight Limit for Children to Be Able to Use Equipment?
As long as the correct measures are taken during unpredictable conditions, there is no minimum weight limit for kitesurfing. Those that are ready to hit the water with all the gear should probably be over five stone to ensure the kitesurfing equipment such as harnesses, bars and boards fit correctly. Anything upwards of five stone, you’ll find a range of all the latest equipment lines for you and your child to choose from.
When is the Best Time to Learn How to Kitesurf for Children?
For any beginner, the summer provides desirable conditions that will not produce too many obstacles for children while they are attempting to learn the basics. The long summer holidays mean they’ll have more time to dedicate to learning the sport and are likely to return to school full of stories of their adventures of a summer well-spent. Keen kitesurfing families can even plan their summer holiday around getaway destinations; check out Six European Getaways for a Kitesurfing Holiday for more inspiration.
How Long Will it Take my Children to Pick Up Kitesurfing?
Good things come to those who wait and as bright or talented as your little one may be, they are unlikely to pick up the various techniques required for kitesurfing overnight. That said, children are typically more adaptable and can pick up new things a lot quicker than those from older generations; mastering the world of technology is a prime example of this! There’s no set time limit for learning, and nor should there be, as here at F-One, we strongly believe that there is always room for improvement. Keep an eye on how they are getting on during lessons and speak to the qualified instructor for confirmation if you believe your little one is nearly ready to go out alone.
What is the Best Kitesurfing Equipment for my Child?
As any parent will attest, children grow all too quickly, meaning investing in personal equipment whilst they are still growing is not logical, unless you have younger children or access to a wider community whereby you may be able to sell it on after use. It might be easier to stick to renting equipment while they pick up the basics and learn all about the wonderful world of kitesurfing.
Early teens that have been kitesurfing for a few years might appreciate a board and kite to call their own, and here at F-One, we have the latest equipment suitable for all shapes and sizes. Start small, with something like a kitesurfing bag and ensure they take on the responsibility of packing it correctly before you see if they are ready for anything else.
If you’d like any help purchasing our equipment or speaking to an industry professional, don’t hesitate to contact our customer services team where our passionate members of staff would be happy to help.
That concludes our guide to how old a child could or should be to effectively learn to kitesurf. We hope this has answered a few of your questions and put your mind to rest about when your child can hit the water. If you have any further comments or queries on this subject, let us know via the comments on social media!