Kitesurfing and Kiteboarding

Here is Kiteboarding review, kitesurfing structure and total information.
Structure of post

  1. Kitesurfing, what is the wind, what equipment, cost of equipment
  2. How to choose a kite school?
  3. ICO system
  4. Where better to study at home or abroad
  5. Top 20 best places for kitesurfing
  6. Basic terms, the names of the simplest tricks


Kiteboarding (Kiteboard – kite and board – board, boarding – riding on the board). Kitesurfing is necessarily the same; only we are talking about a surfboard.

Kite has a vast number of areas, ranging from kiteboarding or kitesurfing, here is an infographic explaining it) (Explanation of infographics with text words)

1 Kitesurfing

1.1 Wave riding is the conquest of the waves. Here you can ride, as in excellent surfing – without fastenings (stripes), or you can conquer waves of a much larger size than the best surfers of our world who do not use the kite for moving and acceleration succeed. Many surfers make a joke that surfing on a kite is a scam, that real surfing lies in the skill full passing of the surf line, has correctly estimated (Within the ocean, sea or swell lakes it is a sequence of surface gravity waves that are not caused by local winds.

Swell waves are often significant in length, but at the same time have a wide variation in water volume. For example, in the Mediterranean Sea swell rarely exceeds a distance of 150 m. If a strong storm happens, then the swell length can be 700 m. Because Aditya from its occurrence area and disperses its frequency range and areas narrower than wind waves.) etc.
If you interested in extreme sports you will interested in kite posts from our wind lovers writers.

The main advantage of surfing with a kite is to conquer a much larger number of waves in a shorter period, with less physical losses. When you are invited to surf, they do not tell you that at best you will spend one or two times in an hour and get tired completely, while on a kiteboard you can take 20-25 times more waves.

1.2 Freestyle

Freestyle kitesurfing is a fascinating sight; here you can watch the hefty surfboards spinning under the rider, in the hands of the raider, above the rider.

An interesting fact is that the boards not fixed on the legs with anything. I.e., control during a jump, about the same as on a skateboard, and jumping ten times longer. It is better to see once (Vidos)

  1. Kiteboarding

2.1 Racing kiting

2.1.1 Marathon – a race in the process of which it is necessary to go long distances, with different courses. The range is set taking into account the relief.

2.1.2 Racecourse flight – reveals the ability to walk all the classes (mainly on the sidelines and backstay). The classic distance is a triangle.

2.1.3 Long-distance gulf wind race with one pivotal sign

2.1.4 The speed track goal is to show the highest average speed on a 500-meter segment. At the moment, the rate of more than 100 km / h in water is recorded.

2.1.5 Kitecross during the race must demonstrate the ability to jump and overcome obstacles.

2.2 Freestyle

2.2.1 old school – Old school (old school) – this is all sorts of jumping on a hook, with rotations and without. Adepts of this school like to do high (big air) and long (hangtime) jumps. Especially distinguished with this aggressive kite loop. Also technically complex elements, such as board off and one foot, belong to this kind of freestyle.

2.2.2 new school – New School (new school) – it is wakestyle, it is unhooked (unhook – without a hook). More precisely, it is all jumping on the hands, as in wakeboarding. This type of freestyle is technically the most difficult. The central element is to intercept the strap behind his back.

  1. Hydrofoil – (hydrofoil) – board with a seat (pad), leg brackets and underwater “wing.”
  2. Snowkite

4.1 Freestyle

4.2 new school / old school, how to conduct mixes correctly, also kickers, for amplitude and entertainment.

4.3 race

4.3.1 Marathon

4.3.2 Race

4.3.3 Long-distance

4.3.4 Speed ​​Race

4.3.5 Kaytokross

How to choose a kiteboarding school?

There are a lot of kitesurfing schools; the best schools are those about which you have heard positive feedback and have seen the result of training, that is, the riders themselves. We brought the best kiteboarding schools, wake parks, paragliding schools into our database. The main criteria are the comfort and safety of fans of extreme sports, as well as the price of education, the amount of accommodation and additional options such as shower, toilet, kitchen, shop, restaurant, hotel.

Kitesurfing is a dangerous sport, sometimes even deadly. But it all depends on how far you go, or how far your instructor goes. Therefore, one should be very careful when choosing a school. So I will tell you what schools are and how they differ.

It is better to choose a school that is an IKO school or at least maintains certified IKO instructors.

IKO – the primary task of the organization is the development and implementation of new safe methods of learning to kitesurf from year to year and taking into account all the new emerging equipment. Those. We do not focus on the certificate; we want to correctly and safely teach you kiting, without excess water and time-consuming. And the presence of an IKO certificate at the instructor confirms that this person knows how to do it, and this approved by the number of qualified and registered kiters in the system. If the instructor has no practice and does not extend the certification, he loses the license.

For the post-Soviet space, the first is somewhat a myth. (I talked a lot, the guys are against it, because they are against it. They argue differently, but by and large, they don’t want to pay to an outside organization, they want to raise money themselves)

But certified instructors are very realistic. “Why do I need this certificate?” You ask.

To rent equipment and ride wherever you want. To get the equipment for rent, you need an IKO certificate. Just now on many spots without such a license, you can’t ride – they won’t let you go. I did not allow people when working at Miami Crandon park, such safety rules. At the end of the course, you will be given an ICP card of a certain level, depending on your level. And they will make a base in IKO, in which they can then find you without a card.

Where do you study kiteboard at home or abroad?

Of course, there are kiters in the post-Soviet space, and you can quickly learn to ride, but two conditions must coincide:

  1. must be warm if it is not a snook. And we have this at best half a year a year.
  2. Must blow wind.

Sometimes people come for two weeks to the Crimea /, the Good / Skadovsk, in the windiest days of August, and there is no wind at all for 8-9 days. Here you can miscalculate … To do this, use the weather forecasts. For each location differently, I use mainly winguru_cz / windy / windfinder /

Abroad, a lot of our children, they have already settled in windy places, the only thing left for you is to find an IKO school in Google with Ukrainian / Russian instructors – and move towards them.

So what is up to you? If you have only one week of vacation, I would advise you to go to Egypt for a forecast, or to Spain. If you have from 15 days of leave – you can safely go to the nearest spot, and be sure that there is enough wind for everyone.

Top 20 Best Kites on the Planet (Updated)

I call the best places selected by me according to specific criteria:

  1. The presence of wind
  2. The number of windy days in the season
  3. Duration of the season
  4. The presence of even water – flat
  5. The presence of shallow water
  6. Presence of rescuers
  7. Infrastructure
  8. Security in the country
  1. Isla Blanca Mexico
  2. Fuerteventura Spain
  3. Tenerife Spain
  4. Huahin Thailand
  5. Hurghada Egypt
  6. Alvor Portugal
  7. Boracay Philippines
  8. Mar Menor Spain
  9. Leucate France
  10. Ukraine Mezhvodnoe
  11. Benefits Russia
  12. Ukraine Skadovsk