Frequently Asked Questions
+ What Is Kiteboarding?
Kiteboarding (Also referred as kitesurfing) is one of the fastest growing sport in the world today. Kiteboarding combines elments from Windsurfing, (using wind as power) wakeboarding, paragliding and surf. There are many different styles of kiteboarding which include freestyle, freeride, racing, jumping (big air) and riding waves.
+ Do I Need To Be Very Strong To Be A Kiteboarder?
This is one of the biggest “kitesurfing myths.” as opposed to wakeboarding where your arms and back are taking most of the force of the pull, Kitesurfing uses a harness that wraps around your back and is attached to the kite, so your entire body is helping resist the pull. It is actually possible to steer the kite with two fingers!.
+ Is Kiteboarding Safe?
Although kiteboarding is an extreme sport, advances in technology keep making the sport safer each year. Despite the fact that the sport is much safer today than in years past, it is extremely important to learn with a certified instructor/school about the safety procedures and the proper skills to avoid injuries to oneself or others around.
+ How Much Equipment Do I Need To Buy To Get Into Kiteboarding?
One of the many advantages of learning with a certified school is that you won’t need to purchase any equipment at all until you are completely sure this is the sport you want to devote time and money. We provide all the proper equipment for all conditions which means you can wait until your skill and comfort level is good enough to purchase your own gear. With time, you will need a harness, a pump, a kite, control bar and board.
+ How Would I Know Which Gear To Get?
In addition to our instructional programs HCK’s offers consulting services at no additional charge. We want to make sure you get the proper equipment based on your weight, riding style and local conditions.
+ What Is The Age Limit To Take A Lesson?
Although we know of 6 and 7 year old kiters we think these cases are more the exception that the rule. We typically start teaching at age 10 and go as far as the person is able to swim and is in good physical shape.
+ Can I Take A Lesson With My Child Or Spouse?
Absolutely! Kitesurfing is a beautiful sport and in many ways it is design to be practice in a “buddy system” . We offer group lessons for our introductory lesson (level one) and semi private lessons for levels 2, 3 and 4.
+ Can I Trust My Instructor?
All of HCK’s instructors have received a minimum of level one certification through PASA (Professional Air Sports Association) or IKO (International Kitesurfing Organization)
+ Will I Be Able To Ride In My First Lesson?
On average, it takes the average person around 6-8 hours to get to the point where they can start having their first ride. That being said, there are people that do it in less, there are people that do it in more. It is important to know that HCK’s mission is to develop safe and self-sufficient kiters, so we will not take any shortcuts in the learning process.
+ What Should I Bring To My Lesson?
Sunblock, Sunglasses (floating croakies are a plus), water socks or water shoes to protect the feet against any sharp objects. October through May a full wetsuit is recommended for our water lessons (levels 2, 3 and 4). Impact vest, Helmets, leashes and kite equipment will be provided by our school. Lastly, a great attitude, Kiteboarding is a lot of fun. we certainly hope that you enjoy the process!
+ Can family or friends Come With Me To My Lesson to watch?
Absolutely! In many cases your non-kiter friend will be the person helping you launch and land your kite. We are happy to show them how to assist you.