Ready to start Kiteboarding!? 

Kiteboarding, or kitesurfing as some call it, takes the thrill of wakeboarding, water skiing, flying and surfing and puts it into an action packed sport as you glide across the water powered by only the wind. 

What it takes to be a Kiteboarder:

There is a common misconception that kiteboarding is a hard sport and takes a lot of upper body strength. Although there is a steep learning curve and kiteboarding requires a bit of coordination, with the proper instruction, a good breeze and some practice you can be on the water in no time! 

What is Kiteboarding?

  • Kiteboarding harnesses the power of the wind in a kite, which pulls a rider on a wakeboard type board through the water (or land) and allows you to jump and ride waves while controlling the kite with a bar. The kite is hooked to the rider who wears a harness and is attached to the kite via a control bar with lines around 75'. 
  • There are various types of kites for beginners, intermediate and expert riders as well as wave riding specific and freestyle kites.
  • Most beginners start with a "Delta" shaped kite. A "Delta" kite, such as the Airush Lithium, provides riders with a stable platform, a wide wind rage, a lot of bar de-power and most important, instant re-launch capabilities. 

What Equipment do you need?
Kiteboarding equipment is expensive! We know this, but lets put it into some perspective. There is only one time you need to buy all your kite gear at once, it also happens to be after you forked out a small fortune for lessons. Don't worry, OES has you covered. We know kiting is expensive so we have a great selection of last year’s kites and used gear

  • Kite: The right kite for you depends on your size, board size and where you kite (wind speeds), kites range from 4 square meters to 20+ square meters with the smaller sizes ridden in heaver winds. For a Male rider, 160-190lbs with a 140cm twin tip and rides in 15-20kt winds, a 12m kite would be recommended. For a Female rider (110-150lbs) on a 135cm board in 15-20kt winds a 10m kite is recommended. Kite prices range from $800-$1500 depending on the brand and size. 
  • Bar & Lines: Most all kites are sold with the option to add the bar and lines (no, unfortunately they’re not included and range from $300-$600). We recommend you keep your kite and bar manufacture the same and same year to prevent any line length discrepancies.
  • Board: All beginners start on a twin tip board. This board is shaped similarly to a wakeboard but is larger and flatter to help edge against the kite. There are beginner kiteboards available but our opinion is to use your instructors and then grow into an intermediate board that will last you a few seasons. Kiteboards range from $400 (wood core, lots of flex) - $1000 (full carbon jumping machine).    
  • Harness: Your harness is key and something you should not skimp on. Seat harnesses will offer you the maximum amount of support and keep the spreader bar low while you’re in the beginning stages of your lessons with the kite above your head a lot but are not the most comfortable around the groin area. Most kite boarders use a waist harness, which is more comfortable but will ride up to your arm pits if you’re not carful and are not great for beginners.

Is it Dangerous?
We're not going to lie, we wouldn't be called Ocean Extreme Sports if it wasn't! Yes, kiteboarding is a dangerous sport, BUT if taught properly and the right safety precautions are in place, it is a very SAFE and enjoyable sport. You can take your kiting wherever you want to go. There are riders that push the envelope but most kiters are just happy to be on the water going back and forth, very controlled.

How to get started?
So, you're ready to be a kiteboarder but don't know where to start? If you're in the local St. Augustine, Florida area, we offer three different types of lessons. If not, a trainer kite, such as the HQ Rush 300 with FREE Beginner kiteboarding DVD from OES is a great place to begin. With these two items you can prepare yourself for one on one kiteboard lessons at the center of your choice.  

Intro 2 Fly: Intro 2 Fly is a 2 hour trainer kite lesson focused on teaching riders; wind speed, wind direction, kite setup, safety and flying a 3-line trainer kite. We use the HQ Rush 300 3-Line trainer and a max of 4 people per class to prepare you for kiteboarding lessons. The first step is to fly a trainer kite before you try the real thing. They have a lot less power but use the same principles you'll need during your lessons. 

Ground School: The ground school segment of your instructing covers the basic fundamentals needed to safely rig, launch, fly and land a four-line Leading Edge Inflatable (LEI) kite. The first portion of ground school is in a classroom environment where fundamentals will be learned through video and hands on props. 

Private Pilot: During the “Private Pilot” course you will continue to develop skills necessary to become a proficient kite boarder.  This course takes the knowledge you’ve learned from the ground school and applies it to a larger kiteboarding kite while adding the use of a board and some water!  The beginning of the course briefly brings you back into the classroom and then takes your skills to the beach & water. 



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