Entering the sport today is a lot different from the very early days of the sport. Gone are the days of having to teach yourself to kiteboard. There is a better, easier and safer way.
Professionally certified kiteboarding Instruction is available. Teaching yourself is not only unnecessary, but it puts yourself and everyone else at risk. Being out of control is no joke, and getting tossed around on a public beach could get you hurt or maybe even hurt a bystander. These days 99% of kiters will tell you to get some lessons before attempting the sport. Kiting is not like windsurfing where teaching yourself usually only negatively affects you. A sketchy, out of control kiter with no idea, can risk the safety of everyone, getting lofted, getting dragged going to off limits launch spots, crashing into the public, releasing a kite, or even getting seriously injured, can impact all kiters access at that spot. At most kite launch sites we are usually only one serious injury away from being banned.
So it is in every kiter’s best interest to direct would-be kiters to get lessons first.
A professional kite school will make sure that the person learns safely and will not become a liability to the kiteboarding community or to the public.
There is an expression that says, “Friends don’t teach friends how to kiteboard”
It should also follow that “Friends do let friends teach friends to kiteboard,”.
In many cases new kiters do not know that this sport needs to be respected, and that the kite can seriously kick their butts. So if you see a newbie struggling, or someone ask you how to get into the sport, tell them that the right way to try kiteboarding is to get a lesson from a proper school, and do not try to teach yourself. You will be doing them and your community a big favor.