Kiteboarder Progression


How long does it take to learn to Kiteboard?

Kiteboarding is a Technical sport: Kiteboarding is a technical sport, you need to master the kite before you can get onto the board. “KITE-BOARDING” as the name suggests is actually 2 sports combined; Kite-Flying and Board-riding. 

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Never hitch your kite to launch

Caution: Do not hitch your kite to launch.

Kite hitching is a dangerous technique and should not be attempted.
These types of techniques are dangerous for the general public.
Accidents have happened and these methods could easily result in serious injuries.Continue reading

5 signs of a good Kiteboarding Instructor

5 signs of a good Kiteboarding Instructor

When you decide to learn an extreme sport like kiteboarding, you have decided to take on a certain amount of risk. Extreme power from the kite combined with the high speeds over water makes it exciting but potentially harmful as well. So if you want to learn the right way it is vital that you find a professional instructor who will show you how to manage the equipment and conditions with maximum safety.Continue reading

5 warning signs of a bad Kiteboarding instructor

What are the 5 warning signs that you are not being taught by a Certified Kiteboarding instructor?

Some days it is hard to tell who is who at your kite spot. There are friends teaching friends, husbands teaching wives, girlfriends teaching boyfriends,. There are professional kiteboarding instructors, and then there are the unprofessional kiteboarding instructors. If you are going to pay for a lesson how do you know what you are getting for your money? What is the difference between a self appointed expert, and a instructor who has a recognized teaching qualification? And what are the warning signs you should look for?Continue reading

ICG Maui Report

This year’s Instructor Training courses were a great success. We just finished the second and final event for this year. We were favored by the winds on the live training days and had ideal conditions to complete each part of the training.Continue reading

IKO Hosts European Examiners Gathering



IKO is pleased to announce that during the week of June 10-14, 2013 in Tarifa, Spain, IKO Examiners located throughout Europe convened together for the first time to participate in an unprecedented “Think Tank”. Extraordinary ideas were born, including many that will advance IKO services and already excellent training programs.Continue reading

The Buddy System by David Dorn

The Buddy System by David Dorn
Buddy up
Kiting is better with a buddy, when you share the experience it is more rewarding, and it is also safer. Your buddy can be a lifesaver, because he is watching out for you, knows when you are in trouble, and waits till you get back to shore safely.
On the water your buddy can get your board back to you or give you feedback about conditions and more. Off the water you can share stories and keep each other motivated.

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IKO – Kiteboarding in the USA

IKO USA Press release,
The International Kiteboarding Organization is best known as the world’s largest professional kiteboarding community.
IKO is also the biggest kiteboarding organization in the United States with 12 pro- centers (on water and snow), plus 3 US Examiners provide ITC Instructor training Courses, and hundreds of active American instructors are working here and traveling abroad.

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Protecting Plants and Trees at Kanaha Beach

As watermen and waterwomen in Hawaii we get the privilege to access the ocean through county and state beach parks and across coastal beaches and dune areas. Our coastal areas and especially dunes are fragile and must be protected from harm. There are many plant species that have a beneficial effect in stabilizing the dunes, and retaining sands so that they can resist ocean action and help prevent erosion. Healthy dune systems help slow the rate of shoreline retreat. On average the shoreline on Maui retreats shoreward at the rate of one foot per year. Human activity can damage shoreline plants and dunes and increase erosion rates. This can lead to accelerated shoreline retreat. In short this means that if we don’t protect the shoreline plants we will lose our beaches.Continue reading