Learn kitesurfing in our VDWS accredited kitesurfing school
Kite surfing is one of the coolest sports you can practice on the water, but how do you get started? In the first place where can you learn and how long does it take? To find out everything about how to become a kick-ass kite surfer, we spoke with our own Jeroen and Vincent. Both kite surfers who regularly sit on the water and know what kiting in the next level means. Follow the tips below and before you know it you literally fly over the water:
What is kite surfing?
Kitesurfing is a wind-driven water sport that uses a kite and a board to push you across the water. Despite the name, it doesn't have to be wave surfing. Kitesurfing is possible both on very smooth water, but also in turbulent seas or large waves. The only thing you need is wind, water and sense of the elements.
There is a lot of fun with kite surfing. Once you get the basics of kiting
got to know you, you can go faster, jump, freestyle tricks, ride waves or make long 'downwinders' along the coast.
What skills do you need to get started?
Most beginners are completely new to kiting, so the lessons start at zero. "Many have never had a kite in the air or practiced any other water sport in their lives. Some have never even put on a wet suit," says Vincent. For safety reasons you must be able to swim comfortably in open water.
How fit do you need to be for kite surfing?
You don't have to be super fit for kite surfing. And the kite is light in weight, and depends entirely on the body through your trapeze, so you don't need much muscle power either. However, a good basic condition will help you to move forward faster. This also ensures more fun on the water and helps prevent injuries.
Do you need kite surfing lessons?
Yes. Every kite surfer who respects the sport will agree that beginner lessons are essential. In addition to getting up and driving as quickly as possible, a good instructor will provide you with the necessary knowledge and procedures in the field of safety. Without this knowledge you are a danger to yourself and everyone else on the water and the beach.
Where can I get kiteles?
At Eurofuncenter the option consists of two options. We have a kite surfing school on the Brouwersdam and on the Oostvoornse lake. Here you can book and schedule the courses online. Our VDWS trained instructors are ready to help you through the first few meters and make you a good kiter / kitester. There is a choice of introduction courses and multi-day courses. So you can taste it or go full monty with the lessons right away.
Why take lessons at Eurofun Academy?
All our instructors must have undergone training at an accredited institution [such as IKO, BKSA or VDWS ] ", says Jeroen." But, in my opinion, it is not good enough to just go through the course book. An instructor with a lot of experience is better able to coach you safely and successfully. They must also have a real passion for people - without this experience it is unlikely that they will give you the care, attention and trust you need as a new kiter.
Which kite do you need for the lessons?
No. With us the material is included in the course fee. Your own wetsuit is handy, but that is not even necessary in principle. Sun protection is important, also in the Netherlands. Sun and sparkle in the water makes for a nice red face when you do not rub yourself. A rashguard or surf lycra can help prevent skin rashes. Certainly when you put on a wetsuit for the first time.
What am I going to learn?
Our beginners course is divided into three core elements:
- The beginner's course starts ashore with lessons in controlling a practice kite
- Kiting on land: launch, landing and kite control
- Kiting in the water: drag the body, check it and get it going again
- Get up and ride on a board
Within our course you will also learn more about the following points:
- Assessment of an area for safe kite conditions
- Insight into wind direction, power and gusts
- Insight into tides, currents and hazards
- Choosing the right equipment for the circumstances
- Set up, tune and pack your kitegear
- Safety procedures and what to do in an emergency
- Board starts (standing up on the board)
- Continuous driving and speed control
- How do you keep going for the wind and wind?
- Rules and rights of way on the water
How many lessons do you need before you go kitesurfing independently?
- “Most people need around 10 - 12 hours. This often translates into a three-day course. Some need more. Or if a student has previously had board experience (such as wakeboarding, snowboarding or windsurfing), plus the right one-on-one coaching, they can basically kit independently in one day, "says Vincent.
- At the end of a course you must have the knowledge and the complete skills to make independent decisions and practice safely. This means that you must be able to assess each location and have a full understanding of the weather, the wind, the tides and their impact, and you must know how to stay safe in all circumstances.
How do you know when you are ready to stop kiting?
- "First of all it is essential that you are recognized by a qualified instructor," says Jeroen. "They can give you a letter stating that you have reached the appropriate level (Level 5 for VDWS) to be independent and able to rent a kit. Second, even if you are signed by an instructor, you must feeling ready for it yourself.
- You only have to go kitesurfing independently if you feel 100% ready. If not, book some more lessons, guidance or a refresher course.
What are the most important challenges you will encounter as a novice kiter?
For many, building up your trust and confidence in your equipment is the first hurdle. Being tied to a kite can be scary at first, but a good instructor will help you relax and show you how safe the modern kite gear is, if you use it properly. It takes a long time for some people to build up confidence to get started: "The biggest challenge for some is actually to take the leap to register for their first lesson," says Vincent.
Trust in your kite gear!
Beginners often have to deal quickly with keeping the kite in the air and body-dragging through the water, but the complete control of the kite in all circumstances, getting up on the board and staying upwind usually takes more time, patience and practice. Jeroen points to another stumbling block: "Accepting that the wind force and wind directions can change compared to the predictions is a challenge for some. Some people struggle with this degree of uncertainty, so we pay extra attention to this in our lessons".
Which kite should you buy as a beginner?
It is not necessary to buy something immediately, because we provide the equipment. "You have a better idea about what you can buy after completing the course - for example, the location where you plan to kit will make a difference to the kite size you need," Vincent advises. "And you may have outgrown part of your boarding equipment if you buy too early. Beginners often learn with a sitting trapeze, a larger board and a buoyancy aid. Later on you will probably want to switch to a hip trapeze, a smaller board and an impact vest with less buoyancy. "But there is always the option to partially exchange or sell the equipment once you've outgrown it. If in doubt, ask the Eurofuncenter men for more information. They are happy to help you find the best gear that suits you.
Many kites on the other hand are suitable for all levels. The most common designs have an inflatable leading-edge (convex front) to attach the lines. At the beginner level you don't have to worry too much about specialist designs. This is because modern kites are usually available in the standard 'bow' or 'delta' form (both are good for beginners). Other types of kites are C-kites (a lot of power and lift), hybrids (a cross between a C-kite and a bow-kite), and foil kites (used for hydrofoil kite surfing).
When you are ready to buy, use the instructor to help you choose the kite and kiteboard that suits you best. If you cannot afford a range of different kite sizes, you should occasionally rent if the wind is too strong or too light for your own kite (s).
Beginners kit set list:
- Kite - the size you need depends on the wind strength. We always recommend 7 - 9 - 12 meters
- Bar and lines - the right size / length to match the kite
- Board - beginners often start on the larger dimensions
- A seat or hip trapeze - the trapezes are easier to learn.
- Safety knife
- Impact vest with buoyancy - kite surf jackets have an opening for the kitebar
- Helmet - one specially designed for kite surfing. Only necessary for lessons and is included in the tuition fee. After that it is a voluntary choice.
- Wetsuit - unfortunately much needed in the Netherlands
Is it good to buy second-hand kite gear?
Buying an older board is possible, but new is better. After all, you do not know what kind of misery you are taking over from someone else. We always recommend new for the kites, bars and lines. Jeroen explains: "New kitegear is always evolving, especially the kites. The equipment gets better every year. If possible, go for the latest gear that you can afford on a budget. At Eurofuncenter we are happy to advise you on the options that suit your budget.
Invest in a good kite
When the silver fleet has arrived, the majority of it must go to the best possible kite and bar. Vincent: "There are often excellent deals on a kite from the previous season - still new and with a full guarantee, this is a wise way to go," adds Jeroen. Possibly a test kit with warranty is also an option.
Do you need a license to independently kite surf?
In general you do not need a license, but liability insurance is advisable, in case you injure someone else or hit their boat, car or expensive kite surfing set!
Finally, tips for the first kiteles?
"Try to relax and feel the wind and the kite with feeling, not with brute force," says Jeroen. "Tension, stress and being in a hurry will block that intuitive feeling and any progress. Patience is also important:" Learning to surf kitesurfing is subdivided into steps - every step is an important part of the progress process and must be practiced.
So patience is a good thing ... once you get the hang of it, you'll soon forget that period and the step into the beautiful world of kite surfing will begin.
Learn kite surfing at the Eurofuncenter Academy! Everyone can do it, young and old, male and female! Success is guaranteed with the right guidance. Eurofuncenter Academy is affiliated with and gives kite surfing lessons according to the German VDWS system, which guarantees safety and success. Oostvoorne and Brouwersdam are also the perfect spots to learn how to kitesurf.
Costs for kite surfing lessons:
Introduction course 99 euros (incl. Material)
2 day course 190 euros (incl. Material)
3 day course 260 euros (incl. Material)
4 day course 325 euros (incl. Material)
Private course 129 euros (2 hours incl. Materials))
Hydrofoiling 129 euros (2 hours incl. Material)
Why kite surfing lessons at our kite surfing schools?
If you want to go kite surfing, you must have had kite surfing lessons at a kite surfing school. Never go to work yourself and never buy kite surfing equipment before you have taken kite surfing lessons! This could lead to dangerous situations, for yourself and for the environment. There is a huge proliferation in pop-up / part-time kite surfing schools. But if you want to learn to kit in a thoughtful, safe and fast way, you've come to the right place. We are professionals with two fixed locations at the best learning spots. With us lessons in your small groups of max. 3 people and you also get the unique sailing guarantee. The lessons are given with the latest materials from North and GA Kiteboarding.
The Eurofuncenter Academy has well-trained instructors who all have a VDWS certificate . All instructors have extensive experience in kite surfing and enjoy sharing those experiences with you. Step by step you learn how to get control of the kite. Before you know it you are kitesurfing your first few meters and you have a cheering instructor! Our instructors do it with passion.