Frequently Asked Questions
Kiteboarding vs. Kitesurfing?
Both these words are synonyms of eachother and are moslty used as having the same meaning. If you really want to be technical then kiteboarding will mean that you are using a twintip board (similar to a wakeboard) and kitesurfing will mean that you are using a directional board (a surfboard made specifically for kitesurfing).
Simple answer. Safety! Sure you can try to figure it out on your own, but the amount of sprained wrists, bruised ribs and arms that you will have to endure will in any case change your mind about getting lessons. If you want to learn kiteboarding in a safe manner, go take lessons!
Why qualified instructors?
Your next door neighbor who has been kiting for 10 years might be shredding it on the water, but he might not be the best teacher or have the right equipment for a beginner. Qualified instructors have been trained to teach and adhere to certain standards in order to make the kiting world a better place right from the first time that you start flying a kite.
Do I need any previous experience in order to take a lesson?
Although it will help if you were an Olympic Gold Medalist in wakeboarding, NO previous experiences are required! All you need to be able to do is swim, be comfortable in water and have a basic fitness level.
How many lessons do I need?
There are a couple of variables that affect your progression during kite lessons and these will be a big factor in deciding how many lessons you will actually need. While having a group or private lesson will play a big role in your progress, the conditions on the day plays a very important role. The wind is not always perfect. Your lesson might happen on a day where the wind starts off perfectly, but during your lesson it shifts and becomes unstable. Other variables like the tide, wind strength, swell size and even air temperature can affect your progression. With all these variables taken into consideration, your instructor should be able to assess the conditions and advise you accordingly. One should also take into consideration that everyone learns at a different pace. Enough about the science behind it! If you take lessons in Blouberg, (or any place where there are waves) on average, a person will take between 6 and 9 hours of lessons before they can safely attempt to get onto their board. In places with flat water that time might even be shorter, but I would say that is a fair estimate. Keep in mind that you are still not riding independently at this stage and more lessons or practice will be necessary.
Private or Group Lessons?
Although being more expensive, private lessons will make you learn and progress considerably faster. It also depends on how you learn as an individual. Having a group lesson enables you to watch someone else and possibly learn from their mistakes as well as making it possible to learn with a friend or family member. If you want to progress as fast as possible then private lessons are the way to go!
Should I have lessons in Blouberg or Langebaan?
Both these spots have their pro’s and cons for students or people learning how to kite. With its flat and shallow waters, Langebaan is ideal for beginners trying to get onto their boards for the first time. Be careful not to get too used it though, because your first experience in the waters of Blouberg might be much more difficult than what you first thought. Blouberg is the ideal place for your first kiteboarding lesson as it provides perfect conditions (big beach space and soft sand) for flying a kite on the beach. With the right instructor, having lessons in Blouberg can be lots of fun and safe at the same time.