You are on your way to experience the thrill of kiteboarding!
Here is what we will cover in the first lesson:
Level 1- Ground School: 3 hours of flying the kite, getting to know the gear, reviewing safety and then, when you are ready, we can get in the water. The goal of this level is to understand wind theory, the wind window, and how to launch and land the kite independently.
At Stoke Riders, we can assure you the most professional kiteboarding training with the local knowledge and top-of-the-line equipment to get you going!
This IKO standard checklist will show you the skill levels you will need to accomplish in Level 1
Identify safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
Determine the wind direction, up and downwind (windward, leeward).
Setting up a trainer kite
Knowing how to use the safety systems
Carry and handle the kite properly
Learning basic flying skills with trainer kite
Launching and landing the trainer kite with an assistant
Twisting and untwisting the lines while flying the kite
Walking and changing directions while flying the kite
Identifying and using the wind window
Setting-up a 4 or 5 line kite with a full de-power system
Pre-flight checking of equipment and settings
In-flight checking of equipment and settings
Pull quick release and activating the kite leash
Understanding and using the international communication signals
Launching and landing the kite to an assistant and as an assistant - 4 or 5-line de-power kite
Controlling the kite hooked into the harness (using two and one hand)
Understanding the de-power system and the use of the safety systems.
Learning advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
Showing full control of de-power systems in flight
Recovering the bar and kite
LEVEL 2 GIFT CARD also includes:
Level 2- Water Training: We spend the next 3 hours understanding the body dragging positions in the water. The goal of to be able to body drag upwind, self rescue and relaunch the kite on the water independently.
If you are in need of any wetsuit gear, please let me know ahead of time. We are stocked on cold water wetsuits, boots, gloves, hoods and other kiteboarding accessories. Water temps, even in the Summer, can be pretty cold at times even if the air temperature is warm. It’ll be best to get you suited up as soon as possible with kiteboarding specific wetsuits.
Level 2 - Intermediate
Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite
Water re-launch the kite
Body drag downwind
Maintain correct kite position in the wind window
Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
Self-rescue and full pack-down in deep water
Upwind body drag to recover board
Upwind body drag holding the board with one hand
Enter and exit at the same point while upwind body dragging
Know the power stroke for a water start
Know the safety rules and theory for water start
Can put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start
Water start in both directions and ride a short distance
Come to a controlled stop
Understand weather forecast, tidal and wind effects
Determine the wind strength, direction and quality
Know the right of way rules
Know equipment set up and choice according to the weather conditions
Level 3- Board Training: In the next 3 hours, you will body drag with the board, board start and then try to ride longer distances. The goal of Level 3 is to be able to ride upwind.
At this level you will be stoked and begin to think about buying gear and taking your skills to new heights! You will also be issued an IKO Certification so you can take your kiteboarding skills to other kitespots and be able to rent gear all over the world.
Level 3 - Independent
Controlling the riding speed by edging
Consistently riding in all directions including upwind
Riding amongst other riders and water users and respect the right of way rules
Changing of direction without stopping
Making a toe side turn
Making risk assessment and becoming aware of the riding area
Knowing the theory and the safety rules for jumping