Frequently Asked Questions
Is Kitesurfing difficult?
Kitesurfing is actually a very easy sport. The average student is usually trying their first waterstart on the board after about 4-5 hours of instruction, if not sooner. Most students who take up the sport can ride comfortably both ways, and upwind, after a total of 10-15 hours of time on the water. If you have had experience windsurfing or sailing and an understanding of the wind this will help. If you have wakeboarded or snowboarded these also help.
How many lessons will I need?
We find that most students feel comfortable and independent after about 6-8 hours of lessons. Some people need less, some people need more, it’s entirely dependent upon each student and their abilities. We encourage students to get out on the water and practice with their own gear as soon as possible. Earth Kitesurfing school are down at Lennox Beach almost every windy afternoon, and we encourage our previous and current students to practice where we can keep a watchful eye on them.
What type of board could I ride?
There are two main styles of boards that we ride!
The twin tip, which allows the rider to stay on their heel edge going in both directions. This is very similar to snowboarding when learning to go down the mountain. Learning on the twin tip means the control bar is always in front of you.
The Surfboard with straps is a directional board, which most surfers feel more comfortable on, however in one direction you will be riding heel edge then you have to transfer to your toe edge and have the kite pulling across your body!
Do you have to be strong?
No, you don’t need to be strong at all. All of the power of the kite is taken through your harness, and you only use your arms to control the kite, much like a paraglider or skydiver controls a parachute.
What time are your lessons?
The winds are usually only suitable for kitesurfing in the afternoon. Most of the time our lessons start around 2pm or 4pm, depending on the weather. Sometimes it can be as early as 11am or 12pm. When you book your lesson in our staff will advise you on which times are available, and contact you if need be to change the lesson depending on what the weather forecast says.
Is the ocean a safe place to learn?
Yes, When you are learning how to kite, the most important thing is that you have consistent wind and lots of space and the launching/landing area is away from trees, houses and power lines. We start our lessons with flying on the beach and then aim go into the water close to shore not past the breaking waves, we also use a few spots in the Ballina river and have bluetooth helmet 2way radio to communicate with you.
What should I bring to the lesson?
Sunglasses preferably with a floating strap.
Wetsuit, rashvest, sun protection, board shorts or swimsuit.
Towel, change of clothes, water, sun block and snacks.
If you don't have a wetsuit or rashvest or wetsuit just let us know as we have extra no worries.
We will supply ALL KITESURFING EQUIPMENT, unless you are doing the advanced refresher lesson bring your own!
What information do we need off you?
When you sign up of the lesson we would like to get the following information.
Date of Birth ( DOB )
Any previous experience kiting or similar sports snowboarding, surfing, windsurfing or wake boarding. If you have none it is no worries at all.
If you have no experience what so ever with any of these sports and have never flown a kite it is advisable that you do the Trainer Kite Lesson first to get the hang of flying the kite. This is a wise investment.
If you can download the waiver form and fill it out and bring it to the lesson that will save time on the day, however if you forget no problem we will have one for you to fill out at the start of your lesson!
What is Hydro Foiling?
Hydro Foiling is a lifting surface. You can attach a foil to a Surf Board or a specific Kite Surf Board, either powered by the wave or wind to get the momentum to move forward and get up on the Foil.
Is Hydro Foiling Hard?
Yes is it hard to learn and it can be unsafe if you don’t know what you are doing. That is why we advise you should have a lesson.
How do we teach Hydro Foiling?
We start by taking you behind the boat to get the feel of the board under your feet, and then we coach you to rise up/ lift up above the water, which is a fantastic sensation. After you can choose whether you would like to Kite Surf with your Foil or take it to the ocean and catch waves, much like regular surfing. Safety is paramount to us and we help you gain confidence.