Kitesurfing - How to get started
WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN KITESURFING COMMUNITY!
Seabreeze.com.au has been fortunate to be part of kitesurfing since it all began, 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 kitesurfing, including contributions by pro riders. A massive photo gallery contains over 5 years worth of Australian kitesurfing photos.
The kitesurfing forums are famous within the Australian kiting community. If anything is happening in kiting, you'll find it here. There are so many helpful crew in the forums that just about any kiteboarding question
you have can be answered.
Working together, Seabreeze.com.au, AKSA (Australian Kitesurfing Association), and the state kiting organisations are all working together to promote a safe and responsible entry to the sport.
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, if you want to learn how to kite surfing.
- How to start 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.
The major brands available widely in Australia include:
- Flexifoil (Australian site)
- Liquid Force (Australian site)
- New Kiteboarding
- Slingshot (Australian site)
FIND A SHOP/SCHOOL NEAR YOU:
|Airborne Kitesurfing||Osbourne Park||(08) 9244 4474|
|Australian Kiteboarding School||Pinnaroo Point||0433 982 696|
|G Spot Extreme||Geraldton||(08) 9965 5577|
|Kite Addiction||Myaree||(08) 9329 9333|
|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|
|Elemental Kiteboarding (Lessons)
||Perth||0410 142 878
|Power Play Kiteboarding School (Lessons)
||Geraldton||0407 500 689
New South Wales
|BoardCrazy||Belmont||(02) 4947 7131|
|Kitepower||Sans Souci||(02) 9529 6894|
|Windsurfnsnow||Collaroy||(02) 9971 0999|
|X-Shore||Diamond Beach||(02) 6559 3000|
|Kitesessions (Lessons)||Sydney||0410 937 222|
|Kiteworks||Newcastle||0413 387 991|
|Adrenaline Rush Sports Australia||North Mackay||(07) 4953 3103|
|Kite Action||Caloundra||(07) 5491 3065|
|Kitepower Queensland||Clontarf||(07) 3284 1186|
|Kitesurf Australia||Noosaville||(07) 5455 6677|
|Sunshine Coast Kitesurfing Co||Maroochydore||(07) 5479 2131|
|SurfConnect||Brisbane||(07) 3137 0500|
|WindSwell||Port Douglas||(07) 4098 2167|
|Kitepower Victoria||Geelong||(03) 5229 5899|
|RPS The Boardstore||Elwood||(03) 9525 6475|
Zephyr Water Sports (Lessons)
||Inverloch||0403 780 035|
||Frankston||(03) 9781 3463
|Onboard Surf - Glenelg||Glenelg||(08) 8294 3866|
|Onboard Surf - Port Noarlunga||Port Noarlunga||(08) 8382 6729|
|Elements Kiteboarding||Henly Beach S||0449 255 483|
MOST IMPORTANTLY - ENJOY YOURSELF!
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