Since kiteboarding is a wind-powered sport, the wind and weather conditions are the most important factor when going out to kiteboard. In other words, just because the wind is blowing, doesn't mean that it's automatically OK to go kiteboarding.There are many factors to consider when choosing whether to go kiting or not. That first consideration is, and always should be, the weather and what is causing the wind. Watching the local weather channel isn't enough to know when the conditions will be good for kiteboarding, but this is a skill you'll develop over time by learning (a lot of) weather basics.
Here's what you'll be learning in the KTB Weather Education Courses-
- Reading Wind Direction
- Wind Speed/ Gusts
- What Is the Quality of Wind
- Weather Conditions For Kiteboarding
- Frontal Activity/ When Not to Kite!
As the speed of the wind increases, the power in the kites increases exponentially, meaning it can double or triple the power very quickly. That can be extremely dangerous or even deadly, hence the importance of weather education in the sport of Kiteboarding.
Ideal Conditions For A Beginner Kiteboarder
When learning to kite surf, a beginner is generally going to learn and practice their first few sessions in 10-15 knots of clean wind with minimal gusts. As you progress to an intermediate level kiter, you will be able to control manage the power of the kite in winds of up to around 20-25 knots.
Winds of over 30 knots are considered higher winds for kiteboarding and definitely not for beginners. Pro kiteboarders can go out in winds of over 40 knots, but also know the risks associated with high-wind kiting.
Even though weather reports give you predictions and current wind conditions, observing the conditions firsthand and comparing them to what was forecasted is tremendously useful in learning local weather patterns.