WHAT IS KITEBOARDING OR KITESURFING?
Kiteboarding or kitesurfing is an ultimate combination of several water and wind sports, such as wakeboarding, sailing and paragliding. An individual riding the kite, a kite boarder, surfs on water leveraging wind power harnessed by a large sail-like kite. The word kiteboarding is mostly used in North America, while a kitesurfing is more of a European term. Both terms refer to the same sport. Other commonly used terms are snowkiting (in winter), land boarding (kiteboarding on land board with wheels) or kiting that generally describes all of the above.
IS KITEBOARDING A SAFE SPORT?
Today, kiteboarding has become safer than it has ever been before. During the past decade a lot of attention has been given to improving kite safety. Now, all kites come with emergency safety systems that allow a kite boarder to instantly reduce kite power. All of the latest kite models of various brands available on the market today have the 100% ability to de-power a kite at any time, which makes the kiteboarding sport safer than ever. So in order to be on the safe side, always use the latest kiteboarding equipment, check your gear periodically for any damage or weariness and get professional instructions on how to effectively utilize the safety features of your kite.
IS IT HARD TO LEARN HOW TO KITESURF?
Not at all! You can learn how to kite surf as long as you have enthusiasm and desire. Kiteboarding, like any other sport requires patience and practice. Our goal is to get you kiteboarding independently within 3 easy lessons regardless of your physical abilities.
DO I NEED A KITEBOARDING LESSON?
When you are new to kiteboarding it is recommended to take at least a few lessons. DO NOT try to learn it yourself or from your friends; this can be dangerous to you and the people around you. You need professional help and advice from a certified instructor who will go over the essential safety precautions to ensure the sport is not only enjoyable, but also incident free.
CAN I LEARN KITEBOARDING FROM A VIDEO, INTERNET OR MAGAZINE?
While you can get a lot of basic knowledge from multiple sources, there is no replacement for having a certified instructor setting up a safe learning environment, providing instant feedback on your maneuvers and sharing their experience and wisdom.
ARE YOU CERTIFIED?
Yes, we are! All of our teachers are fully IKO certified instructors. Our head instructor on site, Andrei Reounov, is an IKO Instructor Level 2.
IKO ID: 18719.
WHAT IS IKO?
IKO stands for the International Kiteboarding Organization that governs, supports and develops safe kiteboarding across the globe. IKO trains kitesurfing instructors through providing a high level of teaching, with standards that are recognized and applied worldwide.
DO I NEED ANY EQUIPMENT FOR THE LESSON?
You don’t need any equipment. We provide all kiteboarding gear during the lesson. The only items you need to have are your own skis or snowboard for the winter, as well as a wet suit for cold summer days. We don’t provide one due to personal hygiene reasons.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKES TO LEARN KITEBOARDING?
We aim to get you kiteboarding on your own within 2-3 lessons. During our courses we make sure you become a safe and independent kite surfer, however it is up to you to continue practicing. After the first few lessons 90% of our students show the required progress and skills to start practicing kiteboarding safely on their own. Yet, for some students it may require more time to develop the necessary skills and additional lessons might be required. It all depends on your dedication and desire to learn.