Kitesurfing is an amazing spectacle and more incredible to do. But it can be a dangerous sport to do so it is very important to get a lesson from a qualified instructor.
Such instructors can be found on the IKSA website and www.kitesurf.ie
NI Kitesurfing is currently the only officially recognised Kitesurfing School offering lessons in Northern Ireland.
There are no age or fitness limitations on entering the sport and you don’t have to be strong to hold the kite as all the power is transferred through a harness into you body.
A two day lesson with a qualified instructor should have most people up and riding, enjoying all the thrills the sport has to offer.
Like starting any new sport for the first time there is an initial outlay. The first and most important investment is a lesson or two. This will in the long run save you a lot of money and you will get valuable information on the size of board and kite you will require.
To get started you will need a wetsuit, harness, kite and kiteboard. There is a bewildering range of equipment available both new and secondhand. It is therefore important to seek professional advice to avoid spending a lot on unsuitable gear. Most dealers offer a starter package for around £700.
Most riders when they reach a certain level of competence will require two or three kites but there are no costs beyond the initial outlay.