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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?

 

Discover Kiteboarding – 1 day

An introduction to Kitesurfing. If you don’t have enough time for the full course, or just want to try it out for a day. But you won’t get to go on the board – it’s not as easy as it looks! If you want time on the board, go for the Full Beginners course

Full Beginners course – 2/3 days

Our Full Beginners Course teaches you to Kitesurf 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 aim to make learning easier for you – the best quality equipment, lots of size choices, experienced teachers and radio helmets for every student. We want you to love Kitesurfing as much as we do!

Refresher Course – 1/2 days

Have you tried kitesurfing before? Not enough wind on the last day to get on the board? It’s very common! As you have some previous knowledge you will learn quicker, but most people take at least 2 sessions to get riding safely

 

 

 

FAQ

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 for kitesurfing in Pranburi?

weather chart

There are 3 seasons for wind in Pranburi:

1 » November to mid January we get the North-Easterly Monsoon winds, cold powerful winds that start early. Great for wave riding, good for learning kitesurfing too. The water gets a bit cold – sometimes below 25deg. Brrr!!!

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. Beautiful kitesurfing winds!! Great for riding or for learning kitesurfing. It’s the picutre perfect time of year.

3 » And in July to September – rainy season - we get offshore winds, good for sailing our Dart 18 Catamaran, but not for learning kitesurfing.

 

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! 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…