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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 kite shopPut simply: you get what you pay for. Kiteboarding requires some pretty technical gear. A ton of research and development goes into good equipment that’s designed to perform, last and keep you safe. And don’t forget the super-strong, lightweight materials used to make the stuff work well.

When shopping around, you can expect to pay $2,500 to $3,500 total for a new kite, board, harness and lessons. It’s quite a small investment compared to other sports (i.e., no extra fuel or fees)! To help guarantee you get quality gear, here are a few industry averages you should expect to pay (based on the average 175-pound rider):

Range: $1,300 to $2,200
Average: $1,700
This is based on North America’s most common “first” kite size from top companies: 12 square meters, which includes kite, bag, pump and control system. (Sold separately, control systems average $400.)

Range: $400 to $1,000
Average: $735
“True” twin-tip kiteboards are designed with specific flex points and are reinforced with strong, lightweight materials and include foot pads and foot straps.

Range: $75 to $250
Average: $150
There’s no secret to a harness. It either feels good or it doesn’t. Try several on for the best fit.

Range: $50 to $900
While you can learn rudimentary basics in a short lesson, it takes much more to learn this sport. If you’re serious, expect to spend at least four to six hours and pay $75 to $100 per hour for quality lessons.


Look for:
Intro package deals. Many schools and shops offer packages that will save you $200 to $500 if you purchase gear and lessons together.

Make sure your shop takes you through an in-depth interview. Your gearevaluation skills may have yet to evolve, and credible shops only demo gear with knowledgeable kiters. Let the experienced riders pair your athletic background with the proper equipment for you.

Be Careful:
Considering new budget gear? You’ll ride cheaper, but your skills may very well plateau early, as lowend gear lacks performance design. Plus, you’ll likely get lower quality, as craftsmanship has a price. Instead of buying extra gear a few months later, spend a little more now, and you’ll have gear that’ll stay exciting.

Used gear from unknown sources. You’ll be taking huge safety risks.

Just found that “insane deal?” As a new kiteboarder, your experience in spotting good performance along with wear has yet to mature. Many used kites are sold for a good reason: They’re not wanted. The gear either lacks performance or it might have problems such as worn out lines, leaky bladders, rips, etc. Riders typically don’t sell good kites for the heck of it. Gear priced below market value typically equals risk. Sure, you’ll save huge, but chances are you’re increasing safety hazards. We’ve seen many kiteboarders who’ve spent more money on repairing their gear (and themselves) after buying cheap gear. They could have avoided the risks and financial frustrations by just getting a new kite.

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