If you’re a fan of water sports, then kitesurfing is a must-try activity, whether you just want to cruise along the waves or get as much air as possible. 

While getting involved may feel intimidating at first, we have a few tips for kitesurfing beginners should know as they start their journey. 

Here’s what you need to know.

Equipment You’ll Need

There are three must-have items for kitesurfing: a board, a kite, and a harness. The first two are obvious, but the harness is there to transfer the pull of the kite from your hands to your entire body. 

This makes it easier to maneuver and control your kite without it constantly being pulled from your grasp.

When shopping for a board, it’s best you start with the one that has a rectangular shape. This model displaces the most water and thus makes it much easier for you to get up on the board and maintain your balance.

As for kites, there are multiple kite types, but beginners should almost always start with a bow kite. Bow kites can be depowered completely and are much easier to relaunch with, which is an important aspect while you’re still learning and expecting to fall often.

Lastly, you’ll choose between a seat or a waist harness. A seat harness is the “classic” version that provides you with a bit more support and offers a lower center of gravity.  

Waist harnesses, however, are less intrusive and give you a greater range of freedom with your legs, making it favored for people who enjoy a looser, freer feeling as they surf.

Avoid Pulling the Bar

One of the most common tips for kitesurfing beginners should know is to avoid pulling on the bar while you surf. Pulling the bar will only make you speed up and lose control. 

Too often, beginners try to pull on the bar when they worry they’re about to crash, only to speed up and crash even harder. 

It will be difficult to maintain a relaxed grip while you’re still getting comfortable on the board, but by doing so, your kite will remain at a reasonable level, and you’ll have an easier time steering.

Practice on Land

Lastly, you should consider practicing on land during your off time. Learn how to fly your kite or even use a longboard in place of your usual board. 

This will help you learn to control and get a feel for your kite while remaining safe and comfortable on land. 

This method is simply helpful if you’re struggling to get accustomed to balancing on your board while also controlling your kite.


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