Frequently asked questions
Can I rent my equipment and learn to kite on my own?Despite the fact that kitesurfing is not a difficult sport, it is necessary to learn certain technical skills from a certified professional by forehand. This is for your own safety and those around you.
I’m already an experienced windsurfer/snowboarder or/and wakeboarder, is it easier for me to learn how to kitesurf?You most definitely have a big advantage if you already practice one of these sports, considering you know exactly how it feels to be standing on a board and keep your balance. Especially if you’re a wakeboarder or/and windsurfer, then you got some of the steering sensation. But still with kitesurfing it’s a complete different concept to control a kite while riding on your board. It’s more that you control all your movements by steering your kite, also your board. Therefore we strongly advice you even with these backgrounds to take lessons for your own safety and that of others.
How long will it take before I can really kitesurf?That’s a frequently asked question. This varies per person of course. In general we advice for a complete beginner, that it will take at least 20 hours to get a bit the hang it. Also this of course varies, one needs some more lessons and the other one some less. It depends on many different factors, such as; motivation, right wind condition and it’s necessary to keep practicing on a regular base. We maintain at all times the IKO learning method. We take you through the process step by step and put safety first. That way on the long term you will enjoy kitesurfing a lot better!
What is the minimum age to learn kitesurfing?Some children start kitesurfing at the age of 8 years, but they stay under strict permanent supervision. In general the average age to start lies between 12-14 year, depending on physical conditions. IKO advices the minimum age of 12 years, because then children start to realize how powerful a kite can be.
How big is the size of the kite I’ll be starting with?This mostly depends on your level, weight, height and the wind conditions. Depending on that one of the experienced instructors carefully picks your size. In general kites vary between 1meter and 22 meter.
Do I get some kind of certificate after my courses?Al our instructors are IKO licensed, therefore all our students receive an official IKO kitesurfing card afterwards. On that card shall be noted your accomplished level. Make sure you take that card always with when you intend to take kitesurfing lessons or want to play. The card is valid all over the world where the schools are IKO certified or affiliated.
Do I need to be physically very strong and fit to practice kitesurfing?Most of the strength work is done by your kite, bar and harness, they generate the power to move forward. The kite is able to drag your bodyweight and board, so you do not have to very strong. However you do have to have a good average health and an average condition to practice kitesurfing.
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