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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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litewave-kiteboardsWith kiteboards coming in all different styles and sizes, the spectrum of boards offers something for everyone. Following are five types of boards to choose from.

Twin-tip Board
The most universal of kiteboards, the twin-tip can be used for most all riding styles (free-ride, wake-style and surf). Symmetrical at both ends, the twin-tip looks a lot like a wakeboard and is best suited for free-ride and wake-style riding. By far the most commonly ridden board, the twin-tip’s strong suit is freeriding. Twin-tips are ridden with foot pads and straps. If big air and/or wake-style tricks are what you’re looking for, then the twin-tip is for you.

Light-wind Twin-tip Board
When the wind is too light, it’s time to break out your light-wind secret weapon. Typically a bit longer than your average twin-tip, light-wind twin-tips tend to be much wider. Because of the board’s unusual shape, they allow you to ride in very light winds when you might otherwise be sitting on the beach. This board can be a great bread-and-butter board for heavier riders.

Wake-style Board
A twin-tip at heart, the wake-style board differs from a twin-tip in how one’s feet connect to the board. Instead of the foot-pad-and-strap setup of a twin-tip, a wake-style board utilizes bindings, also known as “boots.” Offering enhanced support, security and cushion, bindings often restrict flexibility and are reserved for the die-hard wakeboard enthusiast. Not optimal for beginners, these boards are best suited for advanced wake-style riding.

Race Board
Although racecourses usually come full circle, when it comes to racing, it’s all about how fast you can go upwind. These directional boards are designed with special fins and an effcient shape that will have you pointing upwind like never before. They also offer a scooped nose to prevent nose dives (pearling) when maching downwind to the finish line.

Wave Board
If you're into wave riding or surfing, then a kite surf board is what you need. While twin-tips can be used in the surf, they just do not compare to a wave board. Fashioned in the basic shape and fin configurations as surfboards, wave boards come with integrated traction pads and foot straps. For a more “genuine” surflike experience, take the foot straps off. Because of their high buoyancy, wave boards are also great in light winds and can make getting your first rides that much easier.

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