LEARN TO KITESURF WITH KITE SURF NELSON – NZ

Our kitesurfing school offers high quality lessons from IKO instructors to get you riding as safely and quickly as possible.

Kitesurfing is about the best fun we know how to have on the water, and getting you up and riding and finding the fun yourself is the goal of our lessons. All our lessons are half day and are designed to progressively give you all the knowledge and skills you need to become a safe, independent kitesurfer, able to practice safely on your own.

We teach on the latest equipment, using International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) qualified instructors, with a student to kite ratio of no more than 4:1, to ensure that you get the most out of your lessons.

LESSON PROGRAM

Our program of half-day lessons will teach you all the skills you require to become a safe and competent rider.

Lessons run 7-days a week. Lessons available in English & German!

LESSON 1

Learn safety, develop solid flying skills and body drag through the water. Feel the power and control of a kite!
$175 – half day

LESSON 2

Fine tune your body dragging skills going both upwind & downwind. Begin with standing up on the kiteboard!
$175 – half day

LESSON 3

Combine all your kiting and boarding skills for a fun filled riding session! Become a safe and independent kiteboarder.
$175 – half day

TASTER LESSON

A fun introduction! Learn basic flying skills and feel the enjoyment and excitement of flying a power kite!
$90

SUPERVISED LESSON

For advanced riders. Use our high quality equipment with an instructor supervising you for safety and progression.
$160 – half day

PRIVATE LESSON

Progress even faster with private one-on-one instruction!
$90 – per hour

PACKAGE DEAL – 3X HALF DAY LESSONS – $450

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE LEARNING TO KITESURF

DO I NEED TO BE STRONG TO KITESURF?

No, the ability to perform one-arm chin-ups is not a pre-requisite for learning to kite. You will require a general level of fitness and flexibility but that is all. When you are riding, your harness will take the strain, so you can lean into your harness, letting it do the work, leaving your arms free to simply steer the kite.

DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWIM?

Yes – kitesurfing is a water sport and once you are up and riding, you may find yourself in the water, out of your depth. If you are not yet confident in the water, we suggest you start with just land-based kite flying until you are able to improve your water confidence.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

Kitesurfing doesn’t need much in the way of equipment: kite (complete with bar and lines), board, harness is the minimum. We also recommend a helmet and impact vest for safety reasons, and a wetsuit appropriate to the conditions you will be riding in. It will all fit easily in the your car, so there’s no need for roof racks to get your gear to the beach.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO A LESSON?

We provide all the equipment you require for a lesson, so all you need to bring is your togs to wear under the wetsuit, a towel, plenty of water, a good waterproof sunscreen and sunglasses and a hat for the land-based lessons. Bring your own wetsuit if you have one.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS HAVE TO SAY

“Excellent coaching and advice. Latest high quality equipment. Awesome location. Friendly atmosphere.“ – Ryan, UK

“Even though I only had the one lesson I found that it was very helpful.  From a safety aspect I think it was a must do before getting into the sport. The lesson itself was really good…. You guys were always really positive and helpful, giving me advice when ever I needed some guidence throughout the summer.” – Brendon, Nelson

BECOME AN IKO CERTIFIED KITEBOARDER

The IKO Kiteboarding programs are designed to help you learn in a safe way. IKO instructors will respect your rhythm and take you through all the steps to reach your goals. If you choose to have your skill level certified, your IKO Kiteboarder Card will be signed off at the end of your lesson, or you can move on to the next level of riding!

KITEBOARDER LEVEL 1

This covers all the basic land-based kite skills you require

Level 1A
Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
Know hazards on a spot
Set up a trainer kite
Know the use of safety systems

Level 1B
Have basic flying skills with trainer kite
Launch and land the trainer kite with an assistant.
Twist and untwist the lines while flying the kite.
Walk and change directions while flying the kite
Know the wind window

Level 1C
Set-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
Pre- flight check equipment and settings
In flight check equipment and settings
Understand and use the international communication signals
Launch and land the kite to an assistant and as an assistant (4/5-line de-power kite)

Level 1D
Control the kite hooked into the harness
Understand the de-power system and can use the safety systems
Advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
Show full control of de-power systems in flight

Level 1E
Pull quick release and activate leash
Recover the bar and kite
Self land

KITEBOARDER LEVEL 2

This covers all the water-based skills you will require to safely get up and riding in both directions.

Level 2F
Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite.
Water re-launch the kite.
First body drag downwind.
Maintain correct kite position in the wind window.
Change direction to the left and right while body dragging.
Recover the kite and bar in the water.
Level 2G
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.
Level 2H
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.
Level 2I
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.

IKO KITEBOARDER LEVEL 3

Level 3J
Control the riding speed by edging.
Consistent riding in both directions.

Level 3K
Consistent riding in all directions including upwind.
Ride amongst other riders and water users and respect right of way rules.

Level 3L
Change of direction without stopping.
Self- rescue and full pack-down in the water.

Level 3M
Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area.
Self launch.

Level 3N
Make a toe side turn.
Knows the theory and the safety rules for jumping.
Land a basic jump.

Once you achieve IKO Level 3, you will be a safe and independant kitesurfer, ready to start jumping.