Kitesurfing: what you need to know before you start

31 January 2023 | Good plans

Are you ready to start kitesurfing practice ? If so, there are a few things you should know before you start. Kitesurfing is a exciting and exhilarating sportbut it must be practised in a safe and responsible manner. In this blog post, we will give you the basics so that you can take to the water with confidence.


  1. Learn from the experts
    If possible, it is best tolearn from a kitesurfing school who knows how to stay safe and have fun on the water. Instructors can teach you the right techniques and help you make sure everything goes smoothly when you first go sailing. In addition, they can give you useful advice on everything from choosing the right equipment to navigating in the right weather conditions. It's a real source of knowledge and experience. Take advantage of this opportunity to familiarise yourself with this world and ask all the possible and unimaginable questions, they are there for that!
  2. Choosing the right equipment
    The first step in getting into kitesurfing is to choosing the right equipment. Once you are comfortable, you would like to buy your equipment and be able to kite surf freely. But choosing the right equipment is not easy. There are different wing sizes for different wind speeds, so make sure you choose one that is suitable for your experience level and the conditions you will be riding in. It is also important to choose a comfortable and safe safety harness, and a board that offers enough stability but is light enough to be easily manoeuvrable. So you see, choosing the right equipment is no accident. So if you want to know more about choosing the perfect equipmentwe have put together a dedicated 100% blog post on this subject !
  3. Safety first
    Kitesurfing can be dangerous if not practised correctly, so safety is the watchword for this sport, especially when you are going free. It is therefore important to take certain safety precautions before getting into the water.
    Firstly, always ensure that you wear an impact waistcoat when you are on the water. This is what will keep you from drowning if you get stuck offshore, exhausted after the 2 hour sessions in your arms. Even experienced kiteboarders should never be without it!
    Being a water sportsOnce you are free-kiting, you should be able to control your kite and respect the rules on the water as a free-kiteboarder. However, don't hesitate to jump on the FFVL website to keep up to date with the latest news or simply to refresh your memory.
  4. Local rules
    Remember to familiarise yourself with the rules of your local beach before you take your kite out. This way you can avoid any accidents or legal problems during your trip. your session. I can tell you, that I have already seen more than once gendarmes waiting for kitesurfers to get out of the water because they were not allowed to ride where they were...
  5. Small tips
    Take out third party insurance, in case of accidents with other riders or vehicles in the car park. The ARC will be very useful!
    Avoid going to practice alone, it is always better to be at least two people in case of problems. Moreover, you will enjoy your session even more!
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Kitesurfing is a great way to spend time on the water and experience some truly unique sensations! That said, it is important that all new kiteboarders include the safety and technical basics before they hit the waves for their first free session. That's why we offer kitesurfing holidays for beginnersin the destination of your choice. A perfect mix between kitesurfing and holidays. What could be better than learning to kitesurf on other lands or even on a cruise?



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