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Kitesurfing in general

Kitesurfing was created in 1999 due to a combination of de power of a kite and the sensation of wakeboarding. In the early 80’s windsurfing was very popular, yet now in 2016 kitesurfing is the fastest growing sports in the world. Kitesurfing has a lot of comparisons with other boardsports like waterskying, wakeboarding, windsurfing and sailing. This group of sporters are bound to get it a lot quicker than the rest.

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History kitesurfing

Kitesurf equipment

For an extensive discription on the basic equipment of kitesurfing please visit the page below this article:

What do you need when you want to go kitesurfing?

  • A board, depending on your weight and the force of the wind between 1m30 and 1m60.
  • A kite, depending on ypur weight and the force of the wind between a 7m2 and 14m2.
  • A bar with lines, this is for the steering of the kite.
  • A safety leash, this makes sure your kite fully depowers and doesn’t fly away when pulling the safety release system.
  • An harnas, this is a belt around your torso where your bar is atteched to the hook of the harnas.
  • Wetsuit (when nessecary), keeps you nice and warm.

 

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Dangers whilst kitesurfing

Most accidents mainly happen with the starting kitesurfer (beginner) who never had any lessons. Imagine driving at 30mph and throwing a parachute out of the car, that’s how much power a kite has in the powerzone. So it’s of great importance you take kitesurflessons so you know:

  • How to correctly set-up a kite
  • Where to look out for and how to safely launch your kite
  • How to steer a kite without power
  • The influence of the wind and weather on a kite
  • How to safely land your kite
  • How to safely maneuver between other kitesurfers and watersporters

After you’ve taken lessons, you can make kitesurfing as extreem as you’d like. Compare it to biking through the city which is a lot easier than doing backflips on a BMX bike. There’s a lot of experience and practice nessecary for this.

Records Kitesurfing

For the integrality, these records stand on this date 06-12-2015

Speedrecord kitesurfing

Men – Alex Caizergues 56,62 kts (105 kmph)

Women – Charlotte Consorti – 50,43 kts (93,4 kmph)

Hightrecords kitesurfing

Men – Phil Morstad 21,4m high

Women – Karen Hou 15,6m high

Source: WOO sports

Last world champions

2015 – Liam Whaley / Mario Carlos

2014 – Christiphe Tack

2013 – Alex Pastor

Megaloop king

Ruben Lenten – Circumscribed as the most radical kitesurfer in the world

Video snelheidsrecord kitesurfen:

Megaloop koning Ruben Lenten:

Types of kites

Foilkites – Kites for light wind and light wind races

Inflateble kites – Kites with an inflatable tube on the inside. With these kites, you can inflate the tubes inside of the kite which are called “leading edge” and “struts”.

Freeride – The most common kite on the market. These kites are easy to relaunch, ride very comfortable, get big air and are also great for wave kitesurfing.

Freestyle – These kites are designed to make tricks, hence the reason these kites are a little bit trickier. They’re less stable and turn quicker.

Big air / race – These kites are designed to get inmense speed and be able to jump really high.

Wakestyle – Kites made to “unhook”. These kites are less responsive to turning during unhooked tricks, they have an aggressive ‘pop’ (a way to jump where only your board goes up and the kite doesn’t move). This is the most common kite at the world championships.

Wave – Kites made for wave riding. The kites are very responsive, easy to relaunch and ‘drift’ with you when there’s no tension on the lines. Besides that, the kites have a lot of power for their size, meaning you can kite with a relitively small kite.

Types of kitesurfboards

Race – These are the so-called directional boards, able to only go 1 direction. You need to tack or be able to gibe with these boards in order to turn. These boards are purely made for speed.

Foil – These boards are with the so-called ‘hydrofoil’. Once at the right speed the board will start getting out of the water (hydrofoiling), giving you the feeling that your flying over the water. These boards came to the market around 2014 and started gaining a lot of popularity.

Wave – As well a directional board but looking more like a wavesurfboard. They are perfect for carving into the waves.

Freeride – A twintip board made for comfort and the most allround board you can get. Perfect for beginners!

Freestyle – A twintip board made for tricks and really comfortable for sailing. A little less comfortable in the waves.

Wakestyle – A true jumping machine (the best POP) and made for kickers & sliders. A strong and technical board.

Kitesurflessons

You especially need to be cautious at the start of your kitesurfing career. You’ll be steering a powerfull kite without knowing how to do this. One small error and the kite will pull you by the forces of the wind. Kitesurfing isn’t like your common boardsports like skateboarding or snowboarding which you basically can learn with falling down and getting back up. Besides that, you need to be able to read the weather and the wind, for they are very unpredictable at times.

Thijs, Roel and the IKO instrucors of Kiteboardschool.nl are known for their safe, fun and comprehensive lessons. Even internationally is this seen, for kiteboardschool.nl is “1” of the 6 Iko (international Kiteboarding Organization) accredited kitesurfschools in the Netherlands.

Our mission at Kiteboardschool.nl is to get everybody for 8 to 88 years safely, fun and fast on a board. Thijs, Roel and their Iko instructors’ team have thought over more than 2000 students the great sport of kiteboarding the safest way possible.

This has been mainly done with the selling of our 3-day course. After succesfully finishing this course you’re able to control the kite so you can pracitice this great sport independently. We are so sure that you’ll be able to ride a bit in these 3 days that we have a “no sailing = free lesson” warrantee.

>> Introduction course

This course is all about getting to know the sport. You’ll learn the basics and how the safety system works. At the end of the lesson you’ll try your first waterstart.

>> 2-Day kitesurf course

In this course you’ll learn the solid base of kiteboarding. You’ll be able to bodydrag back to you’ve lost it, independently put your board back on and start practicing controlled waterstarts.

>> 3-Day kitesurf course

No sailing = Free lesson. You’ll be able to control the basics of kitesurfing and make the first meters on your board independently.

>> 4-day kitesurf course

In this course the focus is more on the waterstart and stop. As well bodypositioning and kite techniques will be addressed here.

>> Private/advanced kitesurf course

Want to be in charge of your own learning pace? Take a private course.


Costs kitesurfing course

1. Kosten kitesurfles

At kiteboardschool.nl the following prices for lessons are:

Grouplessons Prive voor 2 Wetsuit
1 day €99,- €129,- €5,-
2 days €190,- €250,- €10,-
3 days €260,- €350,- €15,-
4 days €325,- €445,- €20,-

Our advice is to take a 3-day course. Off course the 4- day or even a 5-day course is always better to perfect your skills.

  1. Costs of kitesurfgear

2.1 New

Here we will take in mind new gear and we’ll start with the cheapst going to the most expensive.

Wetsuit:          Between a €100,- and €450,- (average of €200,-)

Harnas:           Between a €100,- and €300,- (average of €180,-)

Kite:                Between a €600,- and €1500,- (average of €800,-)

Kitebar:          Between a €150,- and €650,- (average of €250,-)

Board:             Between a €200,- and €1100,- (average of €600,-)

Costs of secondhand gear (PLEASE NOTE: only buy secondhand gear if you have an understanding of kitesurfing!).

 

2.2 Costs secondhand kitesurfgear

Wetsuit:          Between a €40,- and €150,- (average of €70,-)

Harnas:           Between a €40,- and €120,- (average of €80,-)

Kite:                Buy this new!

Kitebar:          Buy this new!

Board:             Between a €100,- and €450,- (average of €300,-)

  1. Costs of wind and water

FREE! After you’ve bought your gear go out and enjoy as much as possible!

Nederlandse kitesurf vereniging

Are you on you way to be a fanatic kitesurfer, make sure you join the NKV (Nederlandse Kitesurf Vereniging). Not only will you support your kitesurf spot in Holland, your kitesurfgear and yourself will be well insured. The NKV concerns itself with the following issues here in Holland:

  • Advocate for kite surfing in Netherlands
  • The interests of the Dutch race kite surfers
  • Better safety on kitesurfing
  • Contact at events
  • Giving advice on the weather for kitesurfers in Holland