Our guide to kite surfing lessons


Did you ever own a kite as a child? The excitement of flying that kite in the sky was second to none, but now imagining flying that kite in the sea, while standing on a surfboard. Yes, you heard right, it’s called kite surfing and it’s an exhilarating sport. The sport became popular in the 1990s and there are plenty of competitive and friendly events around the world. Enrolling on a kite surfing course offers a great day out and can kick start a brand new thrilling hobby.


What is kite surfing?

Kite surfing is an extreme sport which uses a specially designed board and a kite to harness the power of the wind so that you are propelled across the surface of the water. While it may have surfing in its name, kite surfing relies solely on the power of the wind and can be practiced in places without waves. There are plenty of different styles of kite surfing ranging from freestyle tricks to speed races. Kite surfing is a sport that can be done both, recreationally, and competitively so there is no excuse not to join in on the fun.


A fun day out

If you’re looking for a great day or weekend out, these kite surfing courses will prove to be an exhilarating experience, and will be great fun whether you go on your own or with a friend. Not only will you have a great time but you will learn lots about kite surfing and have plenty of opportunities to try your hand at the sport. You will learn plenty of theory about safety, kit and affects of wind conditions, while doing lots of hand on practice with training equipments.        

You’ll be spending a lot of time practising on the water, so you might want to take a swimming course before you go, it will make you feel more at ease.  There is no need to have too much concern though; instructors know where the shallow waters and safe seas will be, so you will be completely safe.


A competitive sport

If competition is more your thing, it may surprise you but kite surfing has a lot of organised competitive events around the world. These initial beginner kite surfing courses can give you a great look at the fundamental techniques of kitesurfing while showing how exciting the sport is to learn. Once you have learnt the basic skills you can buy your own gear and practise on your own, or if you live by the sea you can join a local club, which is highly recommended. After the course you should hopefully be able to stand successfully on your board, so, a bit more practise and you will be doing tricks in no time.


Can I become a kite surfing coach?

Becoming a kite surfing coach requires a lot of experience and know-how, but if you think you have what it takes then becoming a kite surfing coach can make for a great career change or side job.  There are some pre requisites before you can apply to a training course with the British Kitesports Association (BKSA):

  • Valid BKSA membership.
  • Minimum of 12 hours shadow teaching.
  • Riding competency verified by a BKSA instructor.
  • RYA Powerboat L2.
  • Valid first aid certificate.

Once you have got these pre requisites you will be able to apply for the five day training course. Once you complete this course you will be given a certificate that allows you to; teach in a BKSA recognised school, teach up to four students with a maximum of two kites on the water, teach intermediate levels, carry out equipment tuning, teach technique training, teach transitions and jumping, and show people how to master riding upwind. You will also be able to take more senior instructor level courses once you have proved yourself at this level.


Different styles of kite surfing

You might be surprised but there are actually a lot of different styles to kite surfing. Here we list the top five kite surfing styles and what they involve:

  • Freeride: This is the most popular kite surfing style and most boards sold are designed for freeride. There are no rules; it involves having fun and learning new things.
  • Freestyle: This is a style used in competitive events. There is no format to the style but competitors must use their board and kite to jump, and perform various tricks while in the air.
  • Speed racing: There are plenty of official speed racing events. The competitor will use special raceboards that are built especially for speed. The aim is to travel at a maximum possible speed over 500 metres.
  • Course racing: This is a competitive event where kitesurfers will have to follow a course and use speed and tactics in order to beat their competitors.
  • Wave riding: This combines kite surfing with normal surfing. The power of the kite can be used by kite surfers to position themselves on the wave and help to control the board.

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