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Kitesurfing for beginners

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Kitesurfing for beginners

Flying over water is still a dream for so many people, while some of them are out there learning to do kitesurfing. Kitesurfing is a well-known sport that is also addressed as kiteboarding that is practiced by young, old, beginners as well as experienced riders. The main joy of doing Kitesurfing is that it brings you close to nature, including both wind and water. Therefore, beginners need to understand the wind and the repercussions you have to face while flying. There are certainly more factors that have to be kept in mind while kitesurfing , like the usage of the right equipment.

What kitesurfing is!

Now, this is a kind of sport that has gained huge popularity over the years. But some people still may grow anxious about what it is, so actually, it’s quite a simple activity: where a kite is attached to your body and a board on your feet. And in this, you are using the wind just to glide on the surface of the water. Although, it is an accessible sport that you can learn anytime regardless of your age.

What's it like to learn your first kite lesson?

Firstly, your instructor will let you understand the wind and how to use it for kitesurfing. Several wind factors are involved in this like where the wind is coming from, what a good wind looks like for kiting, what wind window is, where can you make the kite fly, and many more like that. Other than the wind, some other factors are also there to keep in my mind that are as follows;

» How does kite work
» Your safety system
» The danger spots
» Meaning of upwind and downwind

After getting introduced to these basic points now it’s time for you to take a hands-on kite. With some little exercise practice, you get to have good control of your kite. After this, the instructor will teach you some exercises with a kite in the water which involves body dragging, control, and re-launching. When you get done with all these practices and your instructor sees a potential kite surfer in you then you will learn how to do a water start.

 Learn kiteboarding step by step

 Step1. Kite lessons in a shallow water

It is not wrong to say that 80% of kite surfing is about kite control. So the first is to start with managing and controlling your kite. The first step has furthermore steps that are discussed below.

» Theory:- It involves the evaluation of the wind direction, good choice of the location, understanding the flow of wind, clear about your thoughts.

» Set your kite equipment accurately: - Start with learning the difference between pump kites and foil kites. In this, you will learn about how to manage your kite.

» Pre-flight checks: - The most important point is to check everything before the launch of your kite to avoid any miss happenings.

» Kite control: - Learn to use the proper control bar methods and steer the kite that includes power and de-power of the kite.

» Dry water starts: - Keep on performing the simulated water starts over land that will help to build your muscle strength and memory.

Step 2:

Once you are done with all the aspects of step 1 the next step is all about learning the body drag, re-launch of the kite from the water, self-rescue system, and water start with the help of board. Overall this step focuses more on improving your piloting skills which involves further steps.

» Learn to pilot the kind by using a single hand.
» Re-launching of the kite from the water.
» Upwind and downwind body dragging.
» Rescue yourself on your own.
» First water starts along with the board.

Step3: Kitesurfing in the water

» Here you will learn to improve your relaunching skills of a kite from the water.
» Continue with the water starting along with the boards.
» Start learning to glide over the water.
» Always try to use the right way rules.

The best places to learn kitesurfing in Kalpitiya

» Vella Island (aka. ‘Magic spot ') Now this is one of the best kite spots of Kalpitiya that people usually talk about. In summers when the wind blows off-shore. It creates a perfect starting point for huge downwinders (for up to 25k).

» Kalpitiya Lagoon Kalpitiya is a little town on the Puttalam Lagoon peninsula on Sri Lanka's northwestern coast. It is well renowned for its high seasonal winds and numerous lagoons, which produce buttery smooth water ideal for novices and freestyle riders.
Kiteboarders can visit our kite school in the Kalpitiya lagoon. If you're looking for kitesurfing training, the environment at our kite school is worth visiting.

» Donkey pointThis place is named after donkeys because wild donkeys have been seen roaming around there. This works out great for those people who are looking for a kitesurfing spot that is a mix of ocean waves and flat water in a safe and open environment. There the find is consistent.

» Kappalady LagoonThis a place that has the capacity of holding up to 50 kiters, that’s the reason people usually prefer this place. It is a quiet and most beautiful spot that makes you just hop, skip and jump away from the sea. The plus point is that here you can kitesurf off the beach.

Why is it important to learn from IKO schools and instructors?

Talking about IKO, it is an international organization that has gained popularity to ensure your safe growth in this spectacular sport with some sort of rules to understand this sport. That’s the main aim of creating IKO, it promotes the safe learning, teaching, and practice of kiteboarding. The IKO schools will give noticeable results to the students who want to become independent kiteboarders. There are unique quality criteria of the training instruction that ensures the student’s safe and efficient learning. IKO provides the standard teaching to their students as it has experienced instructors to do this job.

It is most important to take lessons from well-certified and experienced IKO instructors. An IKO instructor has his responsibilities towards the students and that’s the reason they teach students according to the IKO community standards. They teach you about your safety and safe use of your equipment too. It is also their responsibility to check the kite before you fly.

In the summary- Suitable season of kitesurfing for beginners

Sri Lanka's kitesurfing season runs from mid-May to the end of September. Although this is the main season, there is also a windy season. From December through early March, the weather is great for kitesurfing beginners. If you travel during the winter, the wind will be less steady. You may experience both good and bad days! That is why adventurers flock to the island nation between May and September. December to early March is also known for the festive season in Kalpitiya. Within these months the wind won’t let you down. So these are the kind of celebration months for the kiters when they can learn and do the kitesurfing more efficiently. But for beginners, it is important to learn this from IKO schools and instructors. Because trying it on your own can cause harm.