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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IKO Kiteboarding Organization

IKO Kiteboarding Organization

IKO Kiteboarding Organization

The International Kiteboarding Organization (I.K.O.) is the world’s largest kiteboarding community, with a worldwide organization of kiteboarding schools, instructors, and kiteboarders.  The IKO provides support for Instructors, Students and kiteboarding communities. The IKO Kiteboarding programs are designed to help you learn in a safe way while your IKO Instructor respects your rhythm and takes you through all the steps so you can reach your goals. The IKO Certification standards and training are recognized in over 40 countries worldwide. There is a worldwide network of affiliated schools and instructors. Each one has made a commitment to quality and safety. Every IKO School and Instructor became certified through hard work, dedication, training courses, qualification criteria and safety standards. You can recognize IKO Schools and instructors and products from their distinctive logos and trademarks. IKO schools, only use Current IKO Certified Instructors, and teach according to the safety standards. IKO Schools display certificates, flags, and issue IKO Kiteboarder Cards to every student. Only schools that meet the high standards can become IKO Affiliated Kiteboarding Schools.

SCHOOLS: Learning how to kiteboard in an IKO Affiliated Center assures safe and fast learning using quality tested methods that maneuver you safely off the beach and into the water! IKO affiliated centers have specific liability insurance coverage and you also can subscribe to the Kiteboarder’s insurance in your center of choice, or click here for more information.
INSTRUCTORS: Instructors are competent kiteboarders who have undergone Instructor Training Courses and learned the IKO teaching methodology. Kiteboard instructor training is intense, and includes communication, safety, lesson planning, rescues, and people skills. An IKO Instructor also commits to undergo ongoing training to stay current. There are different  levels of instructor from Assistant, Level 1, Level, 2, Level 2 Senior, etc.
STUDENTS: Students learn using the latest proven teaching techniques. the Student progresses through the IKO learning levels from Discovery, Intermediate until they “graduate” as Independent level kiteboarders. Students receive a structured lesson plan, that is easy to follow and can be tailored to the individual. Students can switch between instructors and schools with the standardized teaching system.
MEMBERS: Students can become an IKO member and get access to the IKO community website, news, maybe win a kite, get discounts on gear, and automatically receive one year’s kite rider liability/injury insurance for all your kiting activities. Membership is open to all kiteboarding students with their IKO kiteboarder Cert Card.
LEVELS: Listed below are the IKO Kiteboarder levels. These are a series of skills and tasks in the ideal sequence. The Skills chart allows students to gauge their progress and plan their training. They also help identify a student’s skill level, when transferring between schools, or when proving their level of competency. Every IKO Instructor gives the student a level at the end of every session. Every Student should receive their level listed on their Kiteboarder Card at the end of their training. The Skill Chart is also available on the IKO’s website, and in the IKO kiteboarder handbook, and Workbooks.
EDUCATION: IKO has an online education system that offers many courses to improve your knowledge in kiteboarding. Some courses are free to IKO members, and some courses can be taken for a fee. There are two Online education areas, one for the kiteboarding members, and one for the Pro-members (instructors). All levels of kiteboarder are encouraged to improve their knowledge, and continue their learning with the IKO’s Kiteboarder Online Education system.

PRODUCTS: IKO has a range of products to help kiteboarders, Instructional DVD’s and Kiteboarder Handbooks, and Manuals. The Progressions DVD Series is highly recommended. there are four levels; Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional.

 

Early Bird Kiteboarding Specials 2 hrs(Day 1)

Early Bird Kiteboarding   Specials  2 hrs (Day 1) $99.00

Unbeatable Lowest Prices on Kite Beach Maui

Take advantage of this special offer and exceptional discount.
You save up to 50% off regular priced lessons.

Recommended for:  Beginners, or as a refresher course if it’s been awhile between lessons, available only from 9am to 11am Monday to Friday.

Are you a little nervous about kiteboarding ? Not sure?

Then this is the class for you!

We start early, 9 am., so we can have the whole beach practically to ourselves.

This is a beach only class; we will not even be going into the water on this first, explore kiting & first piloting course.

You will learn to fly our 2 meter trainer kite; you will learn the proper techniques to keep the kite under YOUR CONTROL (instead of the other way around). When you feel thoroughly comfortable with the trainer kite we will move on to flying the larger inflatable kite on the beach. Your instructor will be with you at all times. This class is all about fun and safety. You will learn how to pilot the kite, the right techniques to keep yourself safe at all times and will gain the confidence required to move on to the next level! After this class you can decide if you want to continue with more lessons and the price of this lesson can be applied to one of our great packages!

First piloting on the trainer kite - Kitebeach Maui
First piloting on the trainer kite – Kitebeach Maui

Kiteboarding 10-day Course

Kiteboarding 10-day Course

Kiteboarding 10-day CourseThis 10-lesson course includes 30 hours of kiteboarding instruction spread over ten days. This is a discounted package. This comprehensive course gives the student a solid foundation in the sport of kiteboarding. This course is the fast track into kiteboarding covering all the basic skills covered in the “Classic” course including equipment handling, kite-control skills, launching and landing techniques, safety systems and Ride-safe protocols. Students then progress to planing, riding and jibing, upwind riding skills. The increased ride-time enables the student to hone their skills with constant feedback from the instructors, creating the most rapid progression possible. We can ride with you or caddy your equipment. In this course we can do a range of techniques, and utilize alternate launch sites and beach locations. This course is great for someone who wants to take the sport of kiteboarding home with them, to a location without kiteboarding schools, or other assistance. We also recommend this course for Maui residents who are committed to enter the sport safely and competently. The hours in this course can be spread out to suit the work or vacation schedule.

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

Kiteboarding Short Course

Kiteboarding Short Course

Kiteboarding Short CourseThis 3-lesson course includes 9 hours of private kiteboarding instruction spread over three days. This is a discounted package. This course is the fast track into the Sport for people with a limited amount of time of challenging schedule. This course is designed for people with some prior watersports experience. The days need not be consecutive. The lesson covers all the techniques in the Kite Intro Class, Covering the core skills. Wind direction and site selection, Essential kite flying skills are taught on land and in the water, including harness technique and board handling skills. This lesson covers all the basic safety protocols, safety systems and self rescue procedures, launching, landing and waterstart technique. With our progression method, you can advance at your own pace. We supply all the equipment necessary, and will change gear when needed to keep you challenged as you progress. This course is a suggested minimum for confident water persons who want to become independent and intend to buy their own gear.

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

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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Kiteboarding 4 Kids

The kids program is designed to be fun and teach the kids the basic kite flying skills. sharing these skills with young kids helps prepare them of wind powered sports as they grow, and master the necessary skills. Kids aged from 5-9years: Kids are special, and they are fast learners. We have lots of experience teaching kite flying to young children. We have special Clinics, and activities, and mixed family sessions. Our instructors have specialty training to prepare them for our kids program.Continue reading