Questions? we've got the answers!
1. What is kiteboarding?
Kiteboarding is the fastest growing watersport on the planet at the moment! It involves flying a 4 line power kite of variable size that is attached to your body by a harness at your waist. Then you can use the power of the kite in the wind to pull you across the water while riding on a surf/wakeboard. Kiteboards are bidirectional (can be ridden in both directions) twin tip boards. They resemble wake boards. Some more advanced riders can ride surfboards in the waves, but you will be starting your lessons in flat water with a twin tip bidirectional board.
2. Is Kiteboarding dangerous?
Although kiteboarding is an extreme sport, with today's technology in kite design and safety systems, kiteboarding can be one of the safest sports with proper professional instruction and training. All of our lessons are heavily focused on creating safe and independent students.
3. How long will it take me to get up and riding on the board?
Everyone learns at a different pace. On average, most students require 6-8 hours of lessons before they are comfortably up and riding on the board, but in some rare cases people get up after their first water lesson!
4. Do I need to be strong? Have lots of upper body strength?
No! Kiteboarding is all about using your core and your body weight with the aid of your harness! Controlling the kite movement is all about finesse and requires much less brute strength! It is a great core workout but people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels can learn to kiteboard!
5. Who shouldn't kiteboard?
You probably shouldn't kiteboard if you: are pregnant, have serious neck/back problems, have chronic pain, have medical problems that prevent you from doing physical activities. If you have any questions about whether or not you can participate - ask us!
6. Do I need to be a good swimmer?
Of course being able to swim is always an advantage for any water sport, but because we do most of our lessons in low tide, the water is often at your waist/knee level therefore your ability to swim is not an issue.
7. What equipment do I need? What do I need to bring?
All you need to bring is you! We provide all equipment necessary for your lesson. Bring sunscreen, shorts and a T shirt and if you have a rash guard bring it with you.
8. I don't have a car - how will I get to and from my lesson?
We provide complimentary pickup and drop off service for all lessons from the Grace Bay area.
9. Where are lessons?
The location of your lesson depends on the wind direction and the tide. Most of our lessons are on the south side of the island on beautiful Long Bay Beach next to the Shore Club.
10. How long are lessons?
Depending on which lesson you choose, your lesson ranges in duration from approximately 2 hours to 4 hours. Check our website for more details on each lesson or request one of our brochures.
11. How windy does it need to be to learn to kiteboard?
Typically, it needs to be above 10-12 knots to have fun in the water. We can do our land lesson in less windy conditions.
12. What certifications does my instructor have?
All of our instructors are certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization which upholds the highest and most rigorous standards of safety and professional instruction in the industry. In order to acquire this certification, our instructors have to log hundreds of hours of training and teaching students which takes years to achieve. IKO certification also requires up to date first aid and CPR training.
13. How much are lessons?
Check our website or our brochure for prices. Prices depend on the lesson you choose. We have a price match guarantee and will beat our competitors prices!
14. Do we get into the water right away?
For students who have never flown a power kite, we start our lesson on the land learning about the wind and the kite, and flying a smaller training kite. We then progress into safety and setup and make our way into the water.
15. Where can I get more information?
Take a look around our website, send us an e mail or call us at 1-649-442-2423.
16. How old do you need to be to learn to kiteboard? Can kids learn?
Depending on your weight, we have had students as young as 6-7 years. Typically the minimum weight for our students is about 60 lbs.
17. How young is too young? How old is too old?
Never say never! Our youngest student is 7 and our oldest student started kiteboarding at the age of 82 and is continues to be an avid rider!