Learn Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing
Beginners How-to get started fast
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If you're interested in:
KiteSurfing / KiteBoarding (on the water),
Kite-Landboarding, (kiting with an all-terrain skateboard / Mountainboard)
you'll soon agree...
Kitemare.com, by far, is the best website available to help you get started right.
If you have any doubts... visit our "Comments and Testimonials" page and then return here.
The fastest, most efficient way to learn KiteSurfing aka KiteBoarding can be summarized in 4 steps!
These 4 steps to getting started are pretty much the same for all of the various
- Kite boarding / Kitesurfing
- Snow Kiting
- Kite Landboarding
- Kite Ground Boarding
- Kite Skimming
- Kite Buggying
- Kite Skating
Step # 1
Get a "Trainer Kite" and Master the Basic Kite Skills.
This step is very important and the reason why we listed it first!
Trainer kites are small ( most in the 2.5m to 3.5m range ) and designed to be flown while standing on the Beach, Field, or any a wide open area.
Your 1st goal is to learn and to master the kiting basics. (No board, only using the trainer kite). In the beginning it's ALL about the kite.
Easy to learn with the included manual along with the Practice exercises listed on our
See our Trainer kites page to learn all about various models to choose which kite best fits YOUR needs and budget.
If you get confused about anything on our site, how to use your kite, or just have some questions, ... We're here and always happy to help! Just Ask! Simply Contact Us
Support via Phone, Email, or Skype,.
Step # 2
Learn "Board Skills" (or practice the skills you may already have )
Wakeboarding, Surfing, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, are all great ways to develop
"board skills" However, *Wakeboarding* is, by far, the best way to develop the needed board skills for KiteBoarding because a Wakeboard is the most similar to a KiteBoard.
Learn to ride a Wakeboard behind a Boat, WaveRunner, or at a Cable Park.
If you live in snow country with a goal of learning kiteboarding (on the water) you'll want to spend some time using a Snowboard rather than skis.
If its too cold or water is not your thing, hop on a Skateboard or Mountainboard (All-terrain skateboard) to learn, or tune-up, your board skills.
Practicing "Board Sports" of any kind is strongly recommended and will make a huge difference because they allow you to focus on Only the board technique without having to think about the kite.
Note: Windsurfing skills can be helpful but does not teach you the "edging" skills like Snow-, Wake-, or Skate- , Boarding.
On the plus side, your windsurfing or sailing skills are helpful because Kite-Sports rely on the wind and require some basic sailing knowledge including: Sheeting/Trimming, wind-orientation, Lift, drag, apparent-wind, Points of sail, and angle of attack.
Step # 3
Take a Lesson
Kiteboarding, just like Paragliding, Sky-diving, and Scuba diving "can" be safe and easy to learn, IF you get proper instruction,
but,... trying to "figure it out on your own with a large powerful kite can be fatal to you, your gear, and even to our beach access!
Not convinced you need lessons?
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Are Lessons really necessary?
Q: Do you know what happens when you go Scuba Diving and don't blow bubbles while you're ascending?
A: You lungs explode and exit through your ears.
Q: What about the consequence of pointing a hang-gliders nose a bit too high?
A: The Glider stalls, and then you fall from the sky like a rock.
Q: How about if you steer your kite too quickly from right to left.
A: In this case, if you're not prepared for the surge, you'd better hope there are no hard objects downwind of you as you get yanked and thrown by the full power of the kite.
IF you live on a COMPLETELY deserted beach and YOU choose to risk YOUR own LIFE, that's your business
But you can Never put other people, or our beach access, at risk.
*** If you want to ride on the water.. lessons ARE necessary ***
( Regardless of what some youtube former-frontal-lobotomy-patients tells you )
Step # 4
Get hooked-up with the best gear for your needs
During your lesson.. use the gear owned by the Instructor or School.
Doing so will greatly help your understanding of the various gear and make it much easier to select the correct type and size kite when its time to buy.
Find someone that specializes in Kiteboarding and buy gear that's right for YOU. We see too many beginners buying inappropriate gear that they "thought was a good deal" and later learn that it was the wrong design, wrong size, and, or over-priced.
Kitemare.com was created by kite instructors to educate visitors like yourself to help you get started right. It seems that the goal of many kiteboarding sites is only to zap your credit card.
Our goal is to educate you first, and then... to assist you with buying the gear you need.
That's right! ... once you're ready... we sell everything you'll need: Kites, Bars, lines, boards, Harnesses, Protective eyewear, etc. It's ALL here but first things first. "Learn safe"
One step at a time. If you're as smart as I think you are...
Obviously you are Very Very smart since you're still here and reading this page. : )
You'll probably want to do a bit of homework and learn as much as you can.
This site is loaded with valuable detailed kiteboarding information and we hope you'll take a bit of time and continue to explore and learn.
Step 1. Get a trainer kite and practice
Step 2. Learn or tune up your "Board skills".
Step 3. Take a Lesson
Step 4. Buy the right Gear Package for your needs. (Kite, Bar w/ lines, leash, Harness, Board)
How to get the most out of this site...
Follow the steps to get started.
Explore and Learn. Use the Navigation links on the Left, top, or anywhere else you find them.
Read everything : ) This page, Faq's, How-to, etc
Write down ALL of your questions.
ANYTIME. We're ALWAYS HAPPY to help when we can. Yes, Really! : )
Suggestions for Improvement?
This site was designed for you!
If you'd like to see anything added to this site to make it more helpful,
Your Suggestions are ALWAYS Welcome and ALWAYS Appreciated.
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