Kitesurfing, like most other adventure sports, look very exciting, but there is always a doubt in our minds if we can learn it or not. Kitesurf training schools make learning Kitesurfing like a walk in the park, claiming to train you in less than a week. Some people say that Kitesurfing is quite tough to learn, and it can take months to learn the basics only. These contrasting opinions can make it confusing for anyone who wants to learn Kitesurfing. As someone who is aspiring to get into Kitesurfing, you should know the reality about the difficulty level of Kitesurfing. The period for learning Kitesurfing skills varies from person to person, depending upon the physical and mental fitness. It can take anywhere between a week to a month, to learn this sport. The toughest thing about learning Kitesurfing is that you have to master two very different and complicated skills simultaneously, board riding and kite flying. Both these skills require good coordination and balance to learn them.
Factors involved in Kitesurfing
Wind – The wind is the most significant factor in Kitesurfing. The extreme speed of the wind can raise the difficulty level of Kitesurfing. There is a misconception among people who don’t know much about Kitesurfing that high-speed winds make it difficult for the kitesurfers. But the fact is precisely the opposite; it’s the light winds that are tough to tackle. Kitesurfing in light winds requires experience and technique of the highest level.
Water – The Second important factor involved in Kitesurfing is water. This factor comes in the later stage of the learning. Initially, the beach would be that center of your training. Once you get through the Beach part, training goes on to the water. There are several things to pay attention to in water like waves, current, and chops.
Equipment – After wind and water, equipment plays a crucial role in your learning process. The size of your kite has to be different according to the wind conditions. If you get the size wrong, it can turn out to be a not so comfortable experience.
Comparison with different board sports
One thing that is common in Kitesurfing and other games which include boards is the balancing on the board. But, other factors like the surface underneath the board, and speed with which the board moves varies a lot. So, your mastery at other board activities might help you in learning Kitesurfing, whereas sometimes it can turn up against you. Snowboarding skills can help you immensely with your Kitesurfing learning. In both the board sports, strapping to the board is common, which can be uncomfortable for someone who has no experience with strapping to the board. All other similar skills, like keeping your balance and digging in, on steep terrain also assist you while learning Kitesurfing. Your mastery at windsurfing can hinder your learning curve of Kitesurfing. Some of the moves you’ll make in windsurfing to get a particular result can give you the total opposite effect in Kitesurfing. For instance, bar pulling in windsurfing gives you extra speed, but the same move can slow you down in Kitesurfing depending on the position.