How to start Kiteboarding
WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN KITESURFING COMMUNITY!
Seabreeze.com.au has been fortunate to be part of kiteboarding since it's inception, with a large & thriving forum (including categories for all the state kiting associations), gear reviews, a massive buy & sell for pre-loved gear, events listings, news and articles for all things kiteboarding, including contributions by pro riders. A massive photo gallery contains over 5 years worth of Australian kiteboarding photos.
The kiteboarding forums are famous within the Australian kiteboarding
community. If anything is happening in kiteboarding, you'll find it here. Parties, downwinders, events, beach access,
injuries, travel, gear selection, how to - you name it - there are so many helpful crew in the forums that just about any kiteboarding question
you have can be answered.
The Seabreeze forums are about having a good time - share the knowledge, share the stoke and help each other out. Just be wary that it's full of Australian humour, so don't get too serious!
Safe kiting doesn't mean its any less exciting - it means understanding the weather, understanding your gear, and having respect for others around you - both on the water & the beach.
If you're interested in starting Kitesurfing, it's easier if you try the sport with help. The kites can be extremely powerful and without gradually progressing your skill, you can injure yourself and/or others. If you rig a kite too big for the conditions, or you can't drive the thing, you can quickly find yourself in a speeding vehicle with no brake.
By going to a kitesurfing school that has a full range of gear you get started quickly and safely. In a handful of sessions, you'll rapidly progress from trainer kite to boosting big airs!
GETTING STARTEDSome handy articles we've prepared for you:
- Getting started in kitesurfing
- Safe Kiting Guidelines
- Kitesurfing beginner questions
- Kitesurfing Lingo & Terminology
UNDERSTAND THE WEATHER
Summer kiting is fantastic as Australia is home to some of the most stable winds in the world. On most days
you can have an awesome day out with just a single kite & board. But, there will be days where the weather patterns
will cause gusty and unstable winds and this is when the unwary may have accidents.
Caution is required in Winter as the winds can change direction 180' in the space of 10 minutes. Wind strength can double instantly. By reading the forecasts, synoptic charts and watching the clouds you can make an informed judgement of whether it's safe to go out, and what kind of gear you'll need for the day.
Seabreeze.com.au helps you out by providing 7 day wind & wave forecasts, as well as live wind reports for your local area. Seabreeze invented the "Green Arrows" concept for representing strong wind, so if you hear someone on the beach talking about it being "it was all green arrows", you'll know what they mean!
Handy weather articles:
- A beginners guide to wind
- A history of weather forecasting
- The Beaufort Scale - use the trees and water surface to figure the wind speed.
JOIN AN ASSOCIATION
Volunteers from around Australia have pooled together to create fantastic organisations aimed at helping keep the sport safe and to bring people together. Their websites have a wealth of information about safe kiting in your area.
- Western Australia Kiteboarding Association (WAKSA)
- New South Wales Kiteboarding Association (NSWKBA)
- Kiteboarding Victoria (KBV)
- South East Queensland Kiteboarding Association (SEQKA)
- South Australian Kitesurfing Association (SAKSA)
and check the parent organisation:
CHECKOUT THE GEAR AVAILABLE
In the early days, the kites were pretty wild bits of gear, hugely powerful and no way of releasing the power. The sport has now matured and there have been huge technological advances in kite design. The latest designs have excellent de-powering (safer), larger wind ranges (less gear required), easy relaunch from the water, and of course vastly improved useability and many safety innovations.
FIND A SHOP/SCHOOL NEAR YOU:
|Airborne Kitesurfing||Osbourne Park||(08) 9244 4474|
|Australian Kiteboarding School & Shop||Scarborough||(08) 9245 3884|
|Geraldton Surf and Sail||Geraldton||(08) 9923 1000|
|G Spot Extreme||Geraldton||(08) 9965 5577|
|Kite Addiction||Myaree||(08) 9329 9333|
|Kitesurf Warehouse||Fremantle||0411 540 415|
|Sail Repair WA
||Kardinya||0439 978 708|
|SOS Sail and Surf||Fremantle||(08) 9430 7050|
|WA Surf||Safety Bay||0420 746 897|
|West Oz Kiteboarding||Safety Bay||0438 591 755|
|Windforce||Nedlands||(08) 9386 1830|
|Woodys Kite, Surf & SUP
||Hamilton Hill||(08) 9336 7884|
||Perth||0410 142 878
|Margaret River Kitesurfing & Windsurfing
||0419 959 053
|Power Play Kiteboarding School
||Geraldton||0407 500 689
New South Wales
||Kurnell||0405 149 182|
|BoardCrazy||Belmont||(02) 4947 7131|
||0400 408 040
|Kitepower||Sans Souci||(02) 9529 6894|
|Kite and SUP
||0414 568 545
|Windsurfnsnow||Collaroy||(02) 9971 0999|
|X-Shore||Diamond Beach||(02) 6559 3000|
||Sydney||0410 937 222|
|Wind n Water
||Byron Bay||0419 686 188|
|Adrenaline Rush Sports Australia||Mackay,Town Bch
||0448 736 551
||07 3391 8588|
|In The Loop - Townsville||Townsville||0415 837 484|
|In The Loop - Tannum Sands
||0407 161 666
|Kite Action||Caloundra||(07) 5491 3065|
||Cairns||0466 914 200
|Kitepower Queensland||Clontarf||(07) 3284 1186|
|Kitesurf Australia||Noosaville||(07) 5455 6677|
||(07) 4055 7918
||(07) 5438 8118
|Ocean Addicts||Maroochydore||(07) 5309 6624|
|Sunshine Coast Kitesurfing Co||Maroochydore||(07) 5479 2131|
|SurfConnect||Brisbane||(07) 3137 0500|
||Southport||(07) 5531 3199
|Wind n Water
||Cairns||0419 686 188|
|WindSwell||Port Douglas||0427 498 042|
|| 0419 232 373
|GoKite||Inverloch|| 0428 465 483
|Kite Republic||St Kilda||03 9537 0644
||Frankston||(03) 9781 3463
|SHQ Mornington Peninsula||Rosebud||(03) 5982 1007|
|RPS The Boardstore||Elwood||(03) 9525 6475|
|Sandy Beach HQ Kiteboarding School||Sandringham||0451 125 483|
|SHQ Boardsports||Sandringham||(03) 9595 2867
||(03) 9525 5655
|Onboard Surf - Glenelg||Glenelg||(08) 8294 3866|
|Onboard Surf - Port Noarlunga||Port Noarlunga||(08) 8382 6729|
|Elements Kiteboarding||Henly Beach S||0449 255 483|
|Xtreme Kites & Paddle
||Eye Peninsula||0402 842 944|
MOST IMPORTANTLY - ENJOY YOURSELF!
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