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Learn to ride a Kite Foilboard

Learn to ride a Kite Foilboard

Foilboarding, kitefoiling, foiling, hydrofoiling, are different names for one of the fastest growing segments of the sport of kiteboarding.

Foilboarding, kitefoiling, foiling, hydrofoiling, are different names for one of the fastest growing segments of the sport of kiteboarding. www.actionkiteboarding.net

Why are they so popular?, kite foilboards, are super efficient and can go in much lighter winds than conventional equipment. This means that kiteboarding is more accessible for people living in light wind areas. It also means that people can kite more often, and when their schedule allows.
The kiteboard foil, is a hydrofoil system attached to the bottom of a directional the board. The foil system lifts the board out of the water at speed, and then provides enough lift for the rider and board to be out of the water, riding. Without the board dragging along the foil can accelerate swiftly and provide a smother ride. Foilboarding feels like flying. Foilboards are becoming popular for racing, foils can sail much closer to the wind than regular equipment. A kite foilboard points much higher, like a raceboard, and is great for people racing around an upwind-downwind course. Foils are being raced on local and national levels, and even a world racing series. Foils may even be the next kiteboard to be selected for Olympic competition. Foils are not just for going fast. Foilboards are also being used for freeriding, freestyle and waves. Each foilboarder, will express their personal style and ride their own unique way. There as many individual ride styles as there are riders.

So what does it take to become a kite foilboarder?
Forget everything you think you know about kiteboarding. A kitefoilboard is very demanding to ride. It requires constant focus and concentration. Any kitefoilboarder will tell you that learning to foil is far from easy. Many compare it to starting to kiteboard all over again, The best way to learn to foil is with some lessons lesson from an experienced kitefoil instructor, this can really shorten the learning curve.

You could go and buy yourself a foilboard and try to teach yourself, but in that case you must be prepared to invest a lot of time and bumps and bruises until you get it down. There is no magic bullet, foilboarding is a totally new experience, and it takes a lots of “T.O.W. Time On Water” until you get it down. Getting a few lessons from a Kitefoilboarding Instructor is usually the best use of your time.

Prerequisites to become a Kitefoilboarder: Ideally you should already have completely mastered kite flying. That means that you can fly most kites instinctively, and you can react quickly to kites back-stalling, and do quick redirects. You should also be able to powerstroke the kite efficiently. You must be able to fly fully in control “one-handed” (including power-stroking the kite one-handed). You should be able to  relaunch the kite from any position, and relaunch in light wind. You can fly in under-powered and overpowered conditions. And it is really helpful if you can also power-loop the kite, downloop when needed to get extra power. As with any kiteboarding, you should be able to deal with problems, like tangled lines, and stuck bridles, and be able to do complete self-rescues, and have a full mastery of all of the safety systems in all kinds of situations. Foilboards tend to get stuck in the kite lines more than other types of boards, so you should be comfortable dealing with depowing a kite in a tangled scenario. As for board riding experience, you should already be able to ride a directional board. Because Foilboards have a direction, so you must also be able to jibe a directional, and switch your feet without crashing, as well as ride for extended periods in the toe-side position. You should also be prepared for the physical exertion of multiple wipeouts and some hard swimming.

TIPS for Foilboarding:
• Of course you should wear as much protective clothing as possible to prevent injuries.
• A helmet should be considered mandatory.
• Start out in steady winds.
• Gusty conditions are way more difficult to handle on a foilboard.
• Try to find calm, flat water. Waves and chop make it harder.
• Go out with an underpowered kite at first.
• And keep your sessions short because you will be exhausted quickly.
• Stay in deep water, you must have enough water under your foil at all times.
• And avoid foils with sharp edges, some are razor sharp.
• Kite with other foilboarders, and share your experiences.

 

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Instructor Course Booking Procedure

 Instructor Course Booking Procedure

ITC Booking Procedures: Each ITC course is a special event. To see when courses are available you can check the IKO training calendar, or check the schedule of the individual IKO training center. Each ITC Course requires extensive preparation and organization. ITC courses are scheduled months in advance. The lead in time is used to prepare the course and the candidates. Many candidates will travel internationally or long distances to attend our courses, so their travel arrangements and schedules need to be set in advance.
Enrollment: To enroll in the course you should fill out the Application Form, and/or contact the organizer with your details email, phone number and dates. The organizer will send you the course requirements and information via email, or send you the links to the website info. The candidates should read the information thoroughly, and familiarize themselves with the details. Each candidate must meet the course’s *prerequisites before the commencement of the course.
Deposit: Candidates must pay their deposit before the course to make a reservation. Then pay the balance of the pre-course payment to make their confirmation into the course. Deposits are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by the organizer.
Maximum number: There are a maximum number of candidates allowed for each course. If the course is overbooked, the organizer may create a standby list in case of any cancellations. If you are on the standby list for the course you should also have the pre-requisites, and the deposit paid.
Cancellation: ITC Courses need a minimum of 4-6 candidates to be run. If there are not enough candidates to run the course before the cut off date, the course will be cancelled.
Cut-off date: The cut off date for enrollment is usually 30 days before the course. Do not expect that last minute enrollments will be accepted. However this is up to the organizer.
Confirmation: Confirmation in the course is usually 30 days prior to the course. Then the organizer has the minimum number of paid qualified candidates. The second payment is required at the time of confirmation (usually 50% the course fee).
Travel to the Course: When booking travel arrangements you should be sure that your course has been confirmed at the cut-off date. If you need to make travel arrangements more than 30 days in advance of the course you should be sure that your tickets are refundable of transferable. Please note that many cheap tickets are not transferable and you could lose you money if you do not travel on your exact dates. Travel insurance may help in the event of cancellations or medical problems.
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Maui Wind Report

Maui winds are a combination of prevailing winds, trades, konas and storms, combined with local wind effects caused by Maui’s geography. The wind on Maui will be very specific to different areas. The wind on one side of the island can be blowing in the opposite direction from the wind on the other side. Depending on the activity you have planned, you may be seeking out the windiest spot, or trying to shelter from the wind for a surf session or picnic. For safety reasons you should always be aware of: extreme weather, severe weather, and any marine warnings. Check the weather reports before going to the beach, so you will have a good idea what to expect when you get there.  On this page we have brought together most of the information that is useful to check the weather everyday.

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Tips for Kiting at Kitebeach Maui

Tips for Kiting at Kitebeach Maui
By David Dorn, 12/24/2013

Welcome to Kitebeach.
Here are some guidelines to help you kite safe and fit into the local community.

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Kiteboarding Advanced 10-day Course

Kiteboarding Advanced 10-day Course

The advanced 10-day (30hr) course is the ultimate kiteboarding training program. The pre-requisite riding level for entry to the Advanced course is planing both directions, staying upwind and basic jibing (IKO level 3). The riding skills course builds on the basic skills of the intermediate student reinforcing a solid foundation and introducing many next level techniques. Jumping, Jibing, waveriding and looping are covered. In this course your instructor rides with you and give constant on water support, feedback and coaching. We can cover any specialties including, down-winders, and crossings. Best® and Naish® SLE (bow) performance kites will be used along with; directional, twin-tip, or wakeboard style boards. This is the most advanced kiteboarding course available on Maui. This course is a suitable preparation course for kitesurfers preparing for the IKO* instructor training courses (ITC’s). Kiteboarding Manual, and DVD Available.

To make your reservation Book Online or Call: +1 (808) 283-7913

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Private Kiteboarding Instruction

Private Kiteboarding Instruction

Our professional Certified kiteboarding Instructors can help you unleash your full Kiteboarding potential with customized personal training. The program is tailored to your individual needs and desires. All levels of kiteboarding are available. If you have never ridden on Maui before we strongly recommend taking an Orientation class, Our instructors can ride with you, giving you on-water instruction, advice and assistance. We teach a variety of styles and techniques in Private Lessons:

  • Orientation Class
  • Intro to Waves
  • Ocean Riding 101
  • Directional Board riding
  • Advanced Twin-tip
  • Freestyle Techniques
  • Wakeboard Styles
  • Specialty Kite Skills
  • Four-line, Five-line, Bow-Kite, Foil-Kite
  • Kite-Foilboard Techniques
  • *2way Radio Coaching Available

You have access to our complete range of the latest equipment or you can bring your newly purchased equipment along for assembly, customizing and tune-up. For the schedule, lesson prices and availability click on the “Book Online” button below.

KITEFOILBOARDING LESSONS & COURSES

Individual lessons and Courses for Kitefoilboarding are available Click on the Kitefoilboard Lessons Page link. for more info, or Call to make a reservation.

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