FAQ

Kiteboarding or Kitesurfing, whichever way you’ve heard it or want to call it, is simply the fastest growing water and wind sport in the world. It can be done anywhere there is enough wind and an open space. The kite can take you where you want to go and it can be done on top of a board on the water, a snowboard or skis on the snow or a mountainboard on the ground. The possibilities are endless…

If you’ve seen kitesurfing, snowkiting or landboarding and know that you simply have to give it a try, then you probably have a lot of questions on how to get into the sport.

FAQ

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Learning Kiteboarding

+How do I get into kiteboarding?
…Take lessons with an experienced instructor from a reputable school. At 15 Knots kiteboarding school, we teach over 200 people every year. This allowed us to develop a program that is proven to be successful for most beginners. We use the right equipment for teaching, our proven process, and the best instructors, to get you in the water fast and safe….
+How long will it take me to learn
…Most people are ready after they complete the beginners course but as with anything else, some people learn faster than others. The average beginner takes between three to four lessons. One of the most important keys for success is to go practice what you learned with us soon after you complete the beginners course….
+Is kiteboarding easier to learn than other water sports?
…Although kiteboarding can seem intimidating at first, it is considered to be one of the easiest water sports to learn for various reasons:

The handling of the kite is in your hands which allows you to control where you want to go

-You can control the speed
- It can be done on calm and shallow water
- You can go out on less wind compared to other sail sports
- The boards are lighter…

+What are my options after I complete a beginners course?
…- Take more lessons to reinforce your knowledge of the concepts
- Rent equipment to sharpen up your skills
- Acquire your own equipment and practice

You can always do nothing and watch others having all the fun……

+What is the ideal gear set up for me?
…Basically for kiteboarding, you need a kite, harness and a board.

Over the years, we have found that the most successful students wait to take the beginners course before buying gear. This allows them to use our gear and concentrate on learning the skills rather than worrying what can happen to their kites during the learning process. Your instructor is your best partner when choosing gear. He/she understands your performance and style better than anyone and will be able to provide the best advice on your ideal setup….

+Why do I need instruction?
…Would you teach yourself to free fall parachute or scuba dive? A kite that is big enough to put you thirty foot into the air and propel you at speeds over 15 knots when it all goes right is big enough to put you into hospital when it all goes wrong. You owe it to yourself, to those kiters that you will be riding with and bystanders to seek out the best instruction possible….

Common Concerns

+How do I come back to the shore?
…During the lesson we’ll show you techniques to use the kite and the wind to propel yourself in the direction you want to go. This could be outwards into the ocean or back to the shore….
+I don't know how to swim..
…If you are going to kite on the water, you definitely need to know how to swim. Nevertheless, if you are going to kite on the ground or snow, you just need to make sure, your skills on those terrains are up to the level required to avoid injuries. If you still want to give Kiteboarding on the water a go, we can take you to a shallow water spot with a life jacket on where you will be able to stand up through the experience….
+I have a tight budget, how can I continue on progressing after the course?
…You can rent a full set of equipment from us starting at $50.00. After renting the equipment for a few times, most people commit to the sport and invest in new gear….
+Is kiteboarding safe?
…In 2006, manufacturers came out with new kite models that are easier to fly, to relaunch and can be de-powered almost completely. This makes the sport feasible for more people while minimizing risks….
+Why do I need instruction?
…Would you teach yourself to free fall parachute or scuba dive? A kite that is big enough to put you thirty foot into the air and propel you at speeds over 15 knots when it all goes right is big enough to put you into hospital when it all goes wrong. You owe it to yourself, to those kiters that you will be riding with and bystanders to seek out the best instruction possible….
+Will the power of the kite launch me into the air?
…No, after understanding proper launching and flying techniques, you will have full control of the power of the kite and be able to use that power to have fun kiteboarding….

Requirements to learn kiteboarding

+Do I need to be in shape?
…People from all fitness levels, backgrounds, ages and genders learn every day. Why can’t you?…
+Do I need to know how to swim?
…If you are going to kite on the water, you definitely need to know how to swim. Nevertheless, if you are going to kite on the ground or snow, you just need to make sure, your skills on those terrains are up to the level required to avoid injuries….
+Does it require a lot of arm strength?
…A harness worn around your waist enables you to “hook in” to the power of the kite, and transfer the load directly towards the center of gravity of your body. It is thus possible to kite for very long periods of time….
+Is the sport only for surfers, windsurfers, sailers or skiers?

As long as feel comfortable in the environment you will be practicing the sport, which could be water, snow or land, and you can stand up, and know your left from your right, you can learn kiteboarding….
+What is the age requirement & is Kiteboarding also for women?
…Considering that world champion, Gisela Pulido, was only 10 years old when she first won the title in 2004, it’s evident that kiteboarding is for everyone. The minimum age requirement for kids is when they are mature enough to understand that although a kite is super fun to fly, it also involves a high level of responsibility….

Price / Costs

+How much does a complete gear setup costs?
…A complete set consists of a kite, bar, lines, safety leash, pump, bag, harness and board. As you can see, you need more than one piece of equipment to go kiteboarding. As a general estimate, a complete set of new gear can range from $1,400 to $2,500….
+I have a tight budget, how can I continue on progressing after the course?
…You can rent a full set of equipment from us starting at $50.00. After renting the equipment for a few times, most people commit to the sport and invest in new gear….
+What is the cost of the lessons and courses?
Custom kiteboarding lessons are offered at $90/hr minimum of 2 hours.
The 1 day kiteboarding course is offered at $275.00 for a 3 hour session.
The 2 day kiteboarding course is offered at $550.00 for a 2 days of 3 hour sessions.
+What kind of deal do you offer for beginners when buying equipment after completing the course?
…After completing a 2 day course with us, you automatically get a $150.00 credit to your account in Velauno the purchase of a full setup of brand new gear; this is the kite, board and a harness of any brand the store carries. You choose….

Now the most important questions is…. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Contact 15 Knots coordinator today!