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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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Kiteboarding is an incredibly fun and exciting sport, however its not like most other sports (such as cycling, golf, etc.) in that, it takes the right weather conditions for a good kiteboarding session, and even more important- for a good kiteboarding lesson. Most people learning how to kiteboard get frustrated waiting for the right conditions.Quite honestly, its the most frustrating about being a kiter, but totally worth the wait!

Levels of Progression as a Kiteboarder

  • Beginner
    Is where you will be after a few lessons with a good instructor and a little bit of practice.
  • Intermediate
    Can ride upwind/ downwind, do a basic transition both directions, and be able to land a jump.
  • Independent
    100% self sufficient on the water. Can self launch/ land, packdown/ self rescue, and knows all Right of Way Rules.

How quickly you progress depends on several factors, including your athletic ability/ background, the ability to listen, and you ability to learn something new.

 A big part of your introduction to kite boarding is learning the local weather and checking your local forecasts, because once you're on your own, you will be choosing the conditions that are right for kiting, and decide on the best place to go. (Just because the wind is blowing doesn't always mean it's good conditions for kite surfing!) There are many factors and variables that affect your learning experience, such as wind speed, changing weather conditions, tides and currents, and more. Part of the learning process is learning the wind and weather, and also developing the patience to wait for the right conditions. 

Here's a few things you should know when considering the sport of kiteboarding:

1. We do not control the wind or the weather, and the conditions change often.

2. We do the best we can with scheduling to fit your needs, however see #1.

3. We always speak the day of the lessons to verify the wind and weather conditions for the day. (make sure to call us BEFORE you head out)

4. An instructors priority is your safety. It is their call to decide if the conditions are suitable for a lesson.

5. Students who book their lessons online get priority service. You are encouraged to book online to avoid the waiting list during peak times.

6. As everyone leads busy lives, scheduling is most effective for you to stay in touch by phone and let us know your schedule.

NOTE: If we do not have adequate conditions for the water lesson, you will not be charged, and rescheduled for the first available date.
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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

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