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Kiteboarding Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Kiteboarding Dangerous? +

    Kiteboarding is a water-based action sport that has plenty of risk, and it can be dangerous and even deadly, especially without proper training. You should learn everything you can about the sport before taking a lesson. Kiteboarding is an ongoing education in safety, weather, forecasting, etc,. and is not something learned overnight or by watching a video. Our site provides you the tools you need for success and we hope you enjoy it!
  • Is this something I can actually learn at my age? +

    ABSOLUTELY! If you can swim, handle moderate exercise, and the ability to learn you can learn to kiteboard! People of all ages are active in this amazing sport, and was recently featured in AARP magazine as a popular sport for seniors. My eldest student to date was 73 years young. Our youth training programs in wind sports are available for kids of all ages, however we do not train children under 12 in water kiting activities. For children under 12, we have a land based introduction to kiting course available.
  • How much do lessons cost? +

    Kiteboarding lesson rates average 100.00 per hour throughout the USA. You can realistically expect 6-10 hours to learn the basics to safely practice on your own. Seek a certified and insured instructor or kiteboarding school and inquire about their lesson plan to assure you're getting the essential training you need.
  • How much does kiteboarding gear cost? +

    You should not purchase gear until AFTER your lessons, but new kites range from $700-$1500 complete with bar and lines, bag and pump. Kiteboards range from $400-$900. You may purchase used gear, however it is not recommended because used gear is prone to failure, (example worn lines or bridles, leaky bladders, rips or tears, etc.) Newer kites are safer, easier to learn on, and more durable than older kites. You may get a great deal on a kite, but chances are, its being sold for a reason. Replacement parts are also hard to find for older kites; in most cases they are obsolete.
  • How can I learn faster? +

    Do your pre-lesson homework! This website is set up to give you all the tools you need to get started safely and to help you find a good instructor.
  • What Is a "Recommended Instructor"? +

    Kiteboarding Tampa Bay refers experienced local instructors who have either IKO or PASA certification and General Liability Insurance for Kiteboardind Instruction. Our recommended instructors have structured, safety-based lesson plans that are designed for maximum progression during your lessons. KTB has no afilliation with any recommended instructor, school or shop and does not receive compensation for referrals or advertising.
  • What can I expect in my first water lesson? +

    Usually in the first water lesson, a prospective kiter finds out if the sport is for them. You will be pulled through the water with the kite, practice steering, body dragging, self-rescue, and plenty of relaunching, all which require focus, plenty of multi-tasking, and the ability to laugh at mistakes. It gives you a taste of the power of the kite and you are more than likely going to crash it in the water and get pulled around a little (OK, a lot!). Our lesson plans are designed to teach you safely and build confidence in your abilities step-by-step.
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tampa-kiteboarding-kitesurfing-st-petersburg-floridaBig huge airs are what attracts most people to the sport of kiteboarding, and it can be a lot of fun (when everything goes right!).

Check out these tips and tricks for boosting big airs on your kite board!

  • 1. Start by riding with good speed and your kite in the area of 60º above the water
  • 2. Redirect your kite up and away from your direction of travel by pulling gently with your back hand.
  • 3. Progressively edge your board harder and harder and then stand tall and release your board from the water as the kite passes directly overhead.
  • 4. Pull up your knees up to stabilize yourself in the air while gently pulling with your front hand to keep the kite overhead and redirect it to the direction you are traveling.
  • 5. Extend your legs as you approach the water and absorb the landing with your knees. As you land, the kite should be on its way down in the direction you are heading so you can ride away with speed.

Tips:

  • If you feel like you plummet from the sky and crash onto your butt, you are probably sending the kite too far in the opposite direction. Make sure you limit the back-travel of the kite, and bring your kite back overhead so it will let you down softly.
  • If you can jump far horizontally, but can only get a foot or two above the water, you are not edging hard enough before you jump. Edge harder and pop your board off the surface of the water as the kite crosses overhead.
  • Point your board downwind as you approach the water to avoid skipping out when you land.


The Send, Snap, Sheet Technique

Send, Snap, Sheet is a good way describe the technique. (say it while snapping it out on your fingers) The tempo gets quicker as the wind speed increases, or on smaller kites.

The Send- 99% of people send it from 10:00 or lower to 2:00, and pendulum under the kite. If you assplant or drop like a rock, that's probably what you're doing. Send the kite from 10:45-11:00 and limit the back travel to 1:00 MAX.

The Snap- happens right as you're about to leave the water (after sending it). I say snap because you want to snap your hips away and upwind and get a clean release. Imagine trying to dunk a basketball springing from your back foot.

The Sheet- start your jump with bar sheeted at least halfway out, and after sending and snapping away from the kite, you begin to rise vertically if you did everything right. This is when you sheet in.

Hand Positioning- if you're hands aren't in close in higher winds, you're gonna pay the price. (sending it too far, or landing too hot) Learn to fly the kite with your wrists and really focus on getting the Send, Snap, Sheet technique down. In lower winds, you can move your hands out a little bit, 1-2 inches at a time.
Remember, you're not jumping a ramp, you're riding an elevator.


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