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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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How To Become A Kiteboarder

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1Find a Reputable Instructor: Whether you choose Kiteboarding Tampa Bay for your lessons or not or not, we hope you take the time to find a reputable instructor.

2Take Several Lessons: You are not going to learn to kiteboard in one day. You may get up and ride the board, but there is a LOT of things to learn regarding safety, Right of Way Rules, Beach Courtesy, Weather, and more to becoming a kiteboarder.

3Purchase Your Gear: Personally, we think any kite's a good kite and don't really care what brand you buy. Make sure the manufacturer has a reputation for quality and service ,and that you're buying from a reputable, legitimate kiteboarding business. Happy Shopping!

More Good Reasons To Take a Kiteboarding Lesson

Flying a kite is like nothing you have ever done- there's no handlebars, gas pedal, or steering wheel so can't really be compared to anything else. Kitesurfing looks easy enough, but there's a combination of many things going on at once. Not only are you steering the kite, you're also "steering", or edging the board with your body positioning. Kitesurfing is a combined set of skills that is only going to acquired through practice and repetition.

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Kiteboarding Lesson Information

There's a lot to learn in the sport of Kiteboarding and a good instructor will have a solid, proven lesson plan to help you reach your goals.

Kiteboarding Weather Resources

Weather Information

Being a Kitboarder requires a good understanding of the weather, wind conditions, forecasting, and knowing when its safe to kite.

Online Kiteboarding Instructional Courses

Online Training Modules

Supplement your kiteboarding lessons with free online training modules for beginner to advanced Kiteboarders.