Am I too old? Too weak? Do I even have what it takes to fly a kite? Let’s cut the chase right now!
Contrary to what people might think, kiteboarding is for EVERYONE (yes, even for you!).
There is no prior experience required to learn kiteboarding. In terms of skills, the bare minimum is to be able to swim. Every other skill you need you will learn with a qualified instructor.
If you have experience with any other wind sports (such as windsurfing or sailing), it might help you understand more quickly the theory behind flying a kite and using the wind to pull you.
If you have experience in other board sports such as surfing, skateboarding, wakeboarding or snowboarding, it might help you with your balance when getting onto the board, but it is by no means a guarantee that you will nail it on your first try.
With all of that being said, some prior skills and abilities can make a difference when you’re learning kiteboarding:
* Good eye-hand coordination can generally speed up the learning of flying a kite.
* Having a good balance helps to stand up on the board and get on riding.
* Being able to keep your cool under pressure can help you relax and feel the input of the kite on the control bar when piloting the kite.
* Being patient and optimistic will ease your progression.
But if you were not born with these abilities, don’t worry! You will practice them all with your instructor when learning how to kite.