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Kitesurfing

Q: What is kitesurfing?


Kitesurfing is similar to wakeboarding or surfing, but with more freedom. You can use a surfboard to go in the waves, or a twin tip similar to a wakeboard to ride in the open water, without any power generating devices. You use a "traction" kite to generate the pull needed to pull you over land, snow, or water and hold your edge.  Kitesufing allows you to surf  waves, to boost huge air (20-30 meters or more) off the water pulling tricks, much like windsurfing, all while using a kite.


Q: How much does the equipment cost?

You can get started by investing anywhere from $1000 to $3500, depending on the quality and newness of gear you choose.  We recommend buying new gear, given the fact that this is a quite a new sport, so the technology is still improving.  A kite, board, harness, bar and lines are your basic set up (and wind), but you may require a life-vest, wetsuit, booties, gloves, helmet and a couple kites for varying conditions.


Q: Is kitesurfing hard to learn?

Not at all! If you have prior experience in surfing, kite-flying, windsurfing or wakeboarding, or any other sport that involves a board the learning curve will be shorter.  This is a sport that anyone can learn, little fitness level is required.
Being comfortable in the water will help. With good instruction the learning curve is accelerated. Without good instruction, or no instruction, kitesurfing can be quite dangerous and time-consuming. It is recommended that all beginners receive some sort of instruction.


Q: Why should I take lessons?

First off, you will cut your learning curve down considerably. I´m sure you would rather be kiting, than being dragged around in the water without much of a clue and an instructor will help get your there faster. Secondly, you can learn about gear before buying anything.  You´ll save the wear-and-tear on your gear by using the instructor´s gear for learning, or you can use your own gear and have the instructor help optimize the setup for conditions.  The last but not least reason, so you have a great time and not get frustrated or injured by trying to teach yourself.

Q: Do I have to be physically fit to learn?

Products are improving every year and its becoming easier and easier to learn this sport. However a moderate level of fitness is required. If you don’t know how to swim, then you should learn.....


Q:Are kite skills that important?

Kite skills are the most important aspect of learning to kitesurf. It is important to learn about the kite´s behaviour and being comfortable with all the aspects of kite flying.  Once you can master the kite, your progression on the board will be a lot faster.... after all if you can't power up the kite how are you going to get on the board, just like a boat has an engine so is the kite an integral part of kitesurfing.


Q: Do I need more than one kite?

Unless you plan to kitesurf in similar conditions, you will probably require two or even three kites. Each kite will provide a wind-range, the size of kite you will use depend on your weight and the conditions of the place you will be riding.


Q: What type of board should I buy?

There are three main types of boards in the market, twin tips are the most common for freeriding and freestyle (like wakeboards) surf boards are for wave riding and are designed especially for kitesurfing as they are a heavier construction to take hard knocks and mutants for both styles of riding. Each offers a different riding benefit.

Q: Will I need more than one board?

Generally speaking no, but you may want a couple to satisfy different conditions.  Typically, if you are flying in higher winds or riding powered-up, you want a smaller board.  In lighter winds, where you need the board volume to help keep you afloat on the water, you will want a bigger board.  In any case, riding a bigger board when you are learning makes it much easier.


Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP


Q - What parts of my body does stand up paddling work out?

Stand up Paddle boarding is not only an excellent cardiovascular exercise for the heart and lungs but a great low impact exercise for the whole body.  Standing up on the board requires balance which works your stabilising muscles in your legs and core which is good for mobility and developing a better sense of balance and co-ordination and working your core strength and abs also. You'll also get a great work out as your stroke improves across your back chest and oblique’s the more you put in the more you'll get out, you can generally paddle a good distance without getting too tired and will feel the burn later.  What’s more... it works on those gluts too!


Q - Can I rent or Demo a board?

Yes, we provide lessons Rental and Demo's and our prices are as stipulated on our paddling page


Q - Which board is right for me?

There are different types of boards like with any sport it depends on what you will want to be doing with it.  Crossover boards are generally longer (longboard) style Sups which allow you to have the best of both worlds a good work out stability and flotation (buoyancy) in flat water and the ability to surf small to medium sized waves. For this reason, this is primarily a popular first choice for first time riders and families.

Sup Surf boards - 8'6 - 9ft boards are generally for larger surf or smaller people and more driven towards performance surfing.

Race shapes or Touring - these boards vary in widths and lengths but your standard boards will be 12'6/14" and are more canoe like in shape, if you want more long distance and fitness or want to race this is going to be your best option.

Inflatables -  are great boards for families with small kids and those with little space and or delicate boats, they again range and you have crossover board options and also race + options capable of taking windsurfing masts also.


Q - What cost am I looking at for a SUP?

The cost is highly based around the construction of a board, but you'll be looking at around $1500-$2000 for a new Epoxy Sup and about$2000-$4000 for a full carbon race or touring board with inflatables being around $1200 -$1900.


Q - How does the paddle size affect me?

Paddle size in terms of height the general rule of thumb is flat water paddling the paddle should be sized at 8-10 inches (more paddle in and more drive) above your head and for surf 6-10 (less paddle in and higher cadence/Speed) as a general rule for a crossover paddle 8" is a good choice if you are going to have a fixed handle paddle rather than adjustable.  Blade size also makes a difference, you will notice that surf specific paddles will have smaller blades around 8" and racing flat water or all round will be above 8" it also depends on the rider as to what we would recommend but blades also come in smaller sizes around 7 for smaller riders.  In flat water again you want each stroke to mean more and give you more power having to do fewer strokes; in surf you will want quick strokes to get you on the waves.

 

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