Kitesurfing is one of the newest exciting sports and is expanding to a wider audience every single day. The appeal of kite surfing starts with the power of the wind and the ease of riding on a board, but without the proper training and experience even the most confident kitesurfers can endanger the safety of others as well as themselves. It is very important for newbies to learn the basics of controlling a kite before attempting a full sized kite.
Even if you are advanced at other extreme sports and boarding of all types learning how to kite surf is still a dangerous endeavor. The biggest risk is the incredible power that a typical kitesurfing kite can harness. Even a small trainer kite can produce enough force to lift a grown adult off the ground, but it is often not the lifting off of the ground that is a problem, but the landing. Landing from heights over 10 feet, heights easily attained by kitesurfers, can quickly and painfully damage knees, legs and feet as well as other parts of the body. The impact can knock riders unconscious simply from slapping the water wrong. If there is an obstacle such as a rock, sandbar, or another rider the injuries can be compounded and in the worse cases result in death.
Because of the dangers and force involved with kitesurfing kites it is incredibly important to learn with a small trainer kite. These kites are often less than 3 meters square in area which is still much larger than most people realize, but a full size kite is easily larger than a car when inflated. The smaller area on a trainer does not exhibit as much force as the full sized kites so a beginner can experiment with different techniques and learn how to control the kite effectively and safely before moving on to the larger kites. Starting with a regular sized kite can turn a simple misstep into a painful situation even if the rider is nowhere near the water. Being on the water only adds another set of dangers.
It’s important to spend some time learning on a trainer because a small mistake can be fixed with minimal harm and strain and its also fun. These kites can be flown just for fun and even be controlled by children. Throw in a mountain board and they can be used to propel a rider through the countryside or up a mountain. This is all useful training. When you learned how to drive you first had to learn what all the controls in the car did, then practiced on abandoned roads and parking lots before learning enough about the operations of the car and rules of the road to attempt a drive on city streets. Even when you became comfortable on city streets you still weren’t using all the power the car could produce. This is much the same way one should approach learning how to operate kitesurfing kites, one step at a time.