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?
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.
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.