Not sure how you located this site…
but the important thing is… You’re here! Welcome!You will 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 steps to getting started are mostly same for all of the various Kite Sports
- Kite-boarding / Kite-surfing
Step #1 IKO Progression Get a “Trainer Kite” and master your basic kiting skills.
This step is very important and the reason why we listed it first!
Trainer kites are small (2.5m to 3.5m) and designed to be flown on the
Beach, in a field, or any a wide open area.
Your first goal is to master the kiting basics. (No board, only the trainer kite).
In the beginning… it’s ALL about the kite.
It’s easy to learn. Just read the included manual, watch a good instructional
dvd, and practice the exercises on our page.
Later, visit our Trainer kites page. Learn all about various models and choose
one which best fits YOUR needs and budget.
If you get confused about anything…
which one to get, how to use it,, what to practice, or just have some questions,
We’re here and always happy to help!
Step # 2 IKO Progression Learn “Board Skills” (or sharpen the skills you already have)
Wakeboarding, Surfing, Snowboarding, or Skateboarding, are all good for board skills. However, wakeboarding* skills cross over directly to KiteBoarding. If you can, 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 more time on a Snowboard rather than skis.
If its too cold or water isn’t your thing, hop on a skateboard or mountainboard
(ATB / All-terrain board) to learn or tune-up your board skills.
Practicing “Board Sports” of any kind is strongly recommended. Doing so allows you to focus only the board technique without having to think about the kite.
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.
Windsurfing does not teach you the same board skills (edge control) the you learn with Snow-, Wake-, or Skate- , Boarding.
Step # 3 IKO Progression Take a Lesson
Kiteboarding, just like Paragliding, Sky-diving
, and Scuba-diving
can all be reasonably safe sports and easy to learn, IF… you get proper instruction
and “think” before you go.On the other hand…
trying to “figure it out on your own”, using a large powerful kite, can be fatal
to you, your gear, and even to our beach access!Are Lessons really necessary
?Q: Any idea of what happens if you go Scuba Diving and don’t blow bubbles while you’re headed back up to the surface?
A: You lungs explode and exit through your ears.Q: What about the consequence of pointing a hang-gliders nose a 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 across the sky?
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 spanked 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 OK! it’s your business
Just Never put other people, or our beach access, at risk.Not yet convinced?
We have a complete page on lessons learned the hard way
Step # 4 IKO Progression 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 it’s 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 initially “thought was a good deal” and later learned that it was not an appropriate design, size, or price for their needs.KiteMare was created by kite instructors to educate visitors like yourself to help you get started right. It seems that the goal of most sites is only to zap your credit card.Our goal is to educate you first, and then assist you with buying only the gear you need. When you’re ready .. we have it: Kites, Bars, lines, boards, Harnesses,
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
Step 2. Learn or tune up your “Board skills”.
Step 3. Take a Lesson
Step 4. Buy the right gear for your needs. (Kite, Bar w/ lines, leash, Harness, Board)
Foil-Board FAQ’s Q:
Is Foilboarding harder than wakeboarding? A: No, in fact is even easier because it takes less pull and less speed to foilboard. Q: How do you start out? A: Just like a deepwater start on a wakeboard or waterski, you start with the foilboard on in the water. Q: How fast do you have to go? A: With an average sized person (175lbs) it will only take about 15mph before the foil begins to “fly”. More experienced riders of the same size may want to ride faster, up to 20mph. Q: Can you foilboard behind a PWC? A: Yes, absolutely! While the pull up on a Foilboard is about the same as a wakeboard, once you’re up there is significantly less resistance on a Foilboard because the foil flies the board & rider above the surface of the water. Q: Why do you use snowboarding boots & bindings? A: For safety reasons, it is very important that you not become disconnected from the board during a crash. As long as you are connected to the top side of the board, the bottom side (with the foil) can’t ever hit you! Q: What happens when you fall? A: The Foilboard has a neutral buoyancy, and it is self righting. When you fall the Foilboard will immediately return you to the normal starting position with head & shoulders above water lessons school iko