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Kitesurfing - How to get started


STARTING KITESURFING


WELCOME TO THE AUSTRALIAN KITESURFING COMMUNITY!

Seabreeze.com.au has been fortunate to be part of kitesurfing since it all began, with a large & thriving forum (including categories for all the state kiting associations), gear reviews, a massive buy & sell for pre-loved gear, events listings, news and articles for all things kitesurfing, including contributions by pro riders.    A massive photo gallery contains over 5 years worth of Australian kitesurfing photos.

The kitesurfing forums are famous within the Australian kiting community.  If anything is happening in kiting, you'll find it here. There are so many helpful crew in the forums that just about any kiteboarding question you have can be answered.

Working together, Seabreeze.com.au, AKSA (Australian Kitesurfing Association), and the state kiting organisations are all working together to promote a safe and responsible entry to the sport.

Safe kiting doesn't mean its any less exciting - it means understanding the weather, understanding your gear, and having respect for others around you - both on the water & the beach.

GET LESSONS

If you're interested in starting Kitesurfing, it's easier if you try the sport with help.  

The kites can be extremely powerful and without gradually progressing your skill, you can injure yourself and/or others.  If you rig a kite too big for the conditions, or you can't drive the thing, you can quickly find yourself in a speeding vehicle with no brake.

By going to a kitesurfing school that has a full range of gear you get started quickly and safely.  In a handful of sessions, you'll rapidly progress from trainer kite to boosting big airs!

GETTING STARTED

Some handy articles we've prepared for you, if you want to learn how to kite surfing.

UNDERSTAND THE WEATHER

Summer kiting is fantastic as Australia is home to some of the most stable winds in the world.   On most days you can have an awesome day out with just a single kite & board.    But, there will be days where the weather patterns will cause gusty and unstable winds and this is when the unwary may have accidents.

Caution is required in Winter as the winds can change direction 180' in the space of 10 minutes.  Wind strength can double instantly.  By reading the forecasts, synoptic charts and watching the clouds you can make an informed judgement of whether it's safe to go out, and what kind of gear you'll need for the day.

Seabreeze.com.au helps you out by providing 7 day wind & wave forecasts, as well as live wind reports for your local area.   Seabreeze invented the "Green Arrows" concept for representing strong wind, so if you hear someone on the beach talking about it being "it was all green arrows", you'll know what they mean!

Handy weather articles:

JOIN AN ASSOCIATION

Volunteers from around Australia have pooled together to create fantastic organisations aimed at helping keep the sport safe and to bring people together.    Their websites have a wealth of information about safe kiting in your area.

and check the parent organisation:

CHECKOUT THE GEAR AVAILABLE

In the early days, the kites were pretty wild bits of gear, hugely powerful and no way of releasing the power.   The sport has now matured and there have been huge technological advances in kite design.   The latest designs have excellent de-powering (safer), larger wind ranges (less gear required), easy relaunch from the water, and of course vastly improved useability and many safety innovations.

The major brands available widely in Australia include:

FIND A SHOP/SCHOOL NEAR YOU:

Airborne Kitesurfing Osbourne Park (08) 9244 4474
Australian Kiteboarding School Pinnaroo Point 0433 982 696
G Spot Extreme Geraldton (08) 9965 5577
Kite Addiction Myaree (08) 9329 9333
SailWest Geraldton (08) 99231000
SOS Sail and Surf Fremantle (08) 9430 7050
WA Surf Safety Bay 0420 746 897
West Oz Kiteboarding Safety Bay 0438 591 755
Windforce Nedlands (08) 9386 1830
Elemental Kiteboarding (Lessons)
Perth 0410 142 878
Power Play Kiteboarding School (Lessons)
Geraldton 0407 500 689

New South Wales

BoardCrazy Belmont (02) 4947 7131
Kitepower Sans Souci (02) 9529 6894
Windsurfnsnow Collaroy (02) 9971 0999
X-Shore Diamond Beach (02) 6559 3000
Kitesessions (Lessons) Sydney 0410 937 222
Kiteworks Newcastle 0413 387 991

Queensland

Adrenaline Rush Sports Australia North Mackay (07) 4953 3103
Kite Action Caloundra (07) 5491 3065
Kitepower Queensland Clontarf (07) 3284 1186
Kitesurf Australia Noosaville (07) 5455 6677
Sunshine Coast Kitesurfing Co Maroochydore (07) 5479 2131
SurfConnect Brisbane (07) 3137 0500
WindSwell Port Douglas (07) 4098 2167

Victoria

Kitepower Victoria Geelong (03) 5229 5899
RPS The Boardstore Elwood (03) 9525 6475
Zephyr Water Sports (Lessons)
Inverloch 0403 780 035
Find Boardsports
Frankston (03) 9781 3463

South Australia

Onboard Surf - Glenelg Glenelg (08) 8294 3866
Onboard Surf - Port Noarlunga Port Noarlunga (08) 8382 6729
Elements Kiteboarding Henly Beach S 0449 255 483

MOST IMPORTANTLY - ENJOY YOURSELF!



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