Is Kitesurfing hard to learn?
Not with a good instructor!
We have several courses on offer for you – which would you like to take? How long do you have?
|Full Beginners Course
4000baht per session
3000baht per session
- The 1 day Discovery Kiteboarding course is if you don’t have enough time for the full course. But you won’t get much time on the board – it’s not as easy as it looks! If you want time on the board, go for the Full Beginners course
- The Full Beginners course private is 2 days, 3hrs per day. The semi-private course is 3 days, 3hrs per day. Private lessons get are more intense, semi-private lessons more fun. But with any lessons, take your time, and learn safely! You will learn more quickly in the long run
- A Refresher Course is usually 1 or 2 sessions
- What to do when there’s not enough wind for Kitesurfing? Go Sailing! Pranburi is an amazingly beautiful place to learn to sail.
Why does it take so long? What do I have to learn?
Well we could put a board on your feet and a kite in your hands and let you go straight out there! But most likely the kite would be in the water in about 10 seconds. Then what? You may never come back!
A Full Beginners Course teaches you how to learn safely. You will get riding, and you will be able to asses the dangers on your own. That’s not as easy as it sounds! But we have steps and techniques that will get you up and riding safely and quickly. Be careful of inexperienced instructors! They will take longer to teach you (therefore more expensive) and could put you in danger.
When is the best time to visit Thailand?
There are 3 distinct seasons in Pranburi:
1> November to mid January we get the North-Easterly Monsoon winds, cold powerful winds that start early.
2> Then February to June we get thermal winds building up as the land gets hotter. Like any true sea breeze it comes in around lunchtime and finishes after dusk.
3> And in rainy season – July to September we get good offshore winds, ok for learning sailing, but not very safe or easy for learning Kitesurfing. But stay tuned if you’re planning a trip for this time – Kombi Kite Tours will be up and running soon!! Fancy travelling thailand in a bright blue Kombi bus looking for the best wind in Thailand?
The wind is always light in Thailand – I thought strong winds were necessary for kitesurfing?
Strong winds are great if you are experienced and have good safety equipment. If you’re learning then light winds are much better – you take a bigger kite so you have as much power but bigger kites turn slower and that gives you more time to react. When you get it wrong in strong winds you get dragged a long way – with light winds the kite just falls in the water and stops. Strong winds usually mean big waves and that’s just not very pleasant to learn in!
Can’t I just buy some equipment and try on my own?
You can – that’s the way most people learnt 5 years ago – but it’s not the best way. When you’re learning you’ll crash kites. That’s a fact. If you crash your brand new 1000pound kite the wrong way you’ll break it pretty quickly. A good repair costs between 50 and 200 pounds depending on how big it is. You’ll wreck your kite pretty quickly! It also will take you much longer to learn. How much time do you have? If you don’t work then that’s fine, but if you do then you’ll want to get up and riding and having fun as quickly as possible. We can teach you in a few days what it took me 6 months to learn. And you’ll learn all the safety which you won’t learn if you don’t do a course.
IKO/BKSA structured courses – do I need an IKO/BKSA instructor?
If your IKO/BKSA instructor is experienced, yes! But an inexperienced IKO/BKSA instructor won’t be able to help you. It takes time to get good at anything, and it’s not an easy job to do if you want to do it properly. It’s easy to stand on the beach and shout at a student, but that’s not what being a good instructor is about! In kitesurfing, the worst thing your teacher can do is shout orders when you’re panicing. It just doesn’t work! A more experienced instructor will be able to deal with this stress calmly so learning is all fun! And beware also of the ‘coolest cat’ on the beach! You may find the best kitesurfer is the best instructor – but not always. Good instructors are usually teachers or watersports teachers before they become instructors. Unfortunately the most boring teacher makes a very good kitesurfing instructor! Why? Safety! You’ll be excited enough when you get kitesurfing…