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British Kitesurfing Association
frequently asked questions


Do I need to be physically strong?

No, kite surfing is all about technique; hence a lot of women are taking the sport up. A harness is worn so your body weight does all the hard work.

Do I have to be able to surf before I can learn?

No, kite surfing is very similar to wake boarding in many countries it is known as kite boarding. Any experience of other board sports will aid your progress.

Do I need to be able to fly a kite?

No, kite surfing kites are relatively easy to fly, due to their size, which makes them stable and easy to control.

How soon will I become proficient?

In a perfect world if you could get out twice a day for a week most people would feel and look competent. In the UK varying weather conditions and time between sessions control your progression.

How much does the equipment cost?

Start up packages range from £600-£800. Buying the latest equipment is without doubt the best way to improve your skills, as each year the equipment gets easier to use, aiding progression. Not everyone can commit to spending this amount of money on a sport they are just beginning, so buying second hand is your next option, you could set yourself up for as little as £300.

What can I practise to speed progression prior to a lesson?

Experience with any other board sport will help, especially wake boarding, but experience with power kites is invaluable. If you can beg, borrow or steal some time with a power kite you will benefit greatly. If you are thinking of purchasing a kite prior to the course to practise with we recommend a 2.5-3.5 metre kite on a bar

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