Learn Kite Surfing

Learn Kite Surfing
Kite surfing hasn't been around too long, but its popularity has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. It also is a dangerous sport that requires a significant amount of skill and experience to master. Many beginning kite surfers are recommended to take lessons from a trained professional so they can learn about the potential hazards of skimming along the top of the ocean behind a kite, but it also is possible to teach yourself.


Difficulty: Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Kite surfing kite Kite board
  • Kite surfing kite
  • Kite board
Step 1
Find a training kite and board to use. Training kites are smaller than other kites used for surfing so that beginners can learn with greater ease. Since you will only use this for a short period of time, avoid purchasing one if you can. Many locations known for kite surfing have training kites available to rent. You can buy a kite board, since you can use that for a long period of time or rent one.
Step 2
Go down to the beach near the surf when there are steady winds. Launch the kite in the air by running with it until it catches and takes off. Practice guiding the kite on land like you will once you are on the board in the water.
Step 3
Wade into the water until it is 2 or 3 feet deep. Put the board into the water, and step onto it.
Step 4
Clip the board to the kite line, and let the kite drag the board out into the water. As you move and gain speed, the board will slowly rise to the surface of the water.
Step 5
Keep your balance as long as you can. Don't expect to last long your first few times.
Step 6
Stay close to the shore while you gain experience. The water will be more manageable, and you will have less distance to swim if and when you fall.

Tips & Warnings

Beginners should wear a helmet to prevent injury

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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