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How long does it take to learn to kiteboard. What is the progression?

Learning to kiteboard (or kitesurf) varies for each individual, depending on factors like previous experience, physical condition, the conditions in which you’re learning, and the quality of instruction you receive. On average, most people can start riding on the board after 6-12 hours of quality instruction spread over several days, but reaching full proficiency takes considerably longer. Here’s a general progression:

  1. Understanding the Wind and Setting Up: This includes learning about the wind direction, wind window, and how to set up a kiteboarding kite.
  2. Kite Flying: Starting with a trainer kite on the land, you’ll learn to control it, understanding power zones, and getting a feel for the kite’s movement. This is an essential step and provides the foundation for everything that comes next.
  3. Safety and Self-Rescue: Before heading into the water, you’ll need to understand essential safety procedures, how to use your safety systems, and perform self-rescues in the water.
  4. Body Dragging in Water: Without the board, you’ll enter the water to learn how to use the kite to drag your body in different directions. This skill is essential for board recovery and gaining confidence in the water.
  5. Water Relaunch: You’ll practice relaunching the kite from the water surface. It’s inevitable that the kite will crash, so this is a crucial skill.
  6. Board Skills: On land, you’ll learn about board stance, foot positioning, and how to balance on the board.
  7. Water Start: This is when you attempt to get on the board and start riding. It involves positioning the board on your feet while in the water, diving the kite for power, and standing up on the board.
  8. Basic Riding: Once you’re up, you’ll focus on riding in a straight line, controlling speed, and stopping safely.
  9. Upwind Riding: A crucial skill to avoid walking back to your starting point. You’ll learn to edge the board and position the kite to travel upwind.
  10. Transitions and Turns: As you gain confidence, you’ll learn to change direction without stopping.
  11. Jumping and Advanced Maneuvers: This comes with more experience and confidence. You’ll start with small hops and progress to bigger jumps and tricks.

Throughout your progression, it’s essential to respect the power of the wind and the sea. Always learn with a certified instructor, especially in the beginning, and never kite in conditions beyond your skill level. As you progress, you’ll likely want to explore different kinds of kites, boards, and conditions, further deepening your skill and experience. Remember, like any sport, continuous practice and learning are key to mastery.

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