How long does it take to learn to Kitesurf?

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How long does it take to learn to Kitesurf?

Is roughly takes 8 till 21 hours of kitesurfing lessons to learn the theory and the technique. It takes on other 35+ hours to really get a hang of it and feel comfortably able to start, ride and land your kite on your own. 

This is an average and depends on a couple of factors. 

  • Experience 
  • Weather conditions
  • Consecutive training hours
Important: We do not recommend trying to learn kite surfing on your own. Always book a kite surf lesson with a good kiteschool 
Kids kitesurfing
Woman Kitesurfing

Kitesurf Experience

Some experiences help with learning how to kitesurf, but not all.

Some people focus a lot on the board of kitesurfing and think that snowboarding, skateboarding, and wake boarding helps you with kite surfing. This is not completely wrong, but the control of the board is only a small part of kitesurfing itself. The control in the kitebar and understanding the wind is the most important part of kite surfing. 

Wind experience

The experience in controlling the wind will help a bit more. So do you have sailing, flying a kite or understand how the wind an aerodynamics of the wind works this will helps you in your kite surf lessons.

Weather and wind conditions

The weather conditions are very important for kitesurfing. Without wind, no kiting, wrong direction, no kiting, to strong winds again no kiting. The wind conditions matter also in the learning process. With low wind, you can learn the technical part of kitesurfing the best. In the stronger wind you can learn to harness to power of the kite better. Both are important but as you already thing of, the best learning is in the middle to learn both. This is around 20 knots. The kitesurf school where you learn to kitesurf will check regularly if the weather conditions are good for the lessons, so listen to the kite school and kite instructors. you can check out the actual wind and forcast on: www.windy.com

Besides from wind there is also the water conditions. Learning to kitesurf  in a rough sea is very tricky in the beginning. The first lessons on the calm flat water will be a bit easier. 

So, the Fastest way to learn to kite surf is take lessons with a wind around the 20 knots on the flat water. The fastest way is not always the Best way to learn kitesurfing. The light wind experience will help you a lot to really control the kite. Also, the lessons in rough sea will be helpful to go kiting in rough terrain. 

Kites in the air
Kitesurfing over waves

Consecutive kitesurf training hours

Kite surfing takes times and practice. On average 8 till 15 hours to control the kite and learn the basics. Around 35+ hours to ride a kite convertible. Like every sport and activity, the consecutive training hours add up. If you try kite surfing once 1 year for 2 hours, it will take a lot of years to get a hang of it. There for the advice we are giving, try to pan the kite surf lessons as close as possible after each other. If the time between lessons is the big you will forget a part of the lesson and most of all the feeling for the kite.

Is kite surfing easy to learn?

Yes, kite surfing is relatively easy to learn for everyone. With 8-12 hours of lessons you can probably kite surf yourself. The learning process is equal for men, women and kids. and kitesurfing is a sport for everyone of age 10+ 

Kite surf kites

Can i learn kitesurfing on my own? 

NO! Maybe you can, but you should not! Kite surfing can be dangerous if you do not understand the wind and the materials. So, you should never try to learn kite surfing yourself. 
You can book kite surf lessons at various kitesurfschools

Are kite surf lessons safe?

Yes, there are relatively safe. Kite surfing is considers an extreme sport and think could go wrong. But the kite surf lessons are a safe environment as long as you lessen to your kitesurf instructor 

Conclusion: How long does it take to learn to Kitesurf?

It depends a lot on your learning curve and other factors. But after a lesson or three you can have the basics of kite surfing. For really controlling the kite and ride with ease, you are 32+ hours in the sport. As long as you are having fun trying to kite surf is should not matter how long it takes to learn how to kite surf.