How Much Does Kitesurfing Cost?
Kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, is a sport that is relatively new and is becoming increasingly popular. Founded in the late 1990s, kitesurfing has grown a fairly large interest. The process of kitesurfing is rather simple. The surfer will stand on a board that has foot straps, and while strapped into the board, the surfer will use the power of the kite to propel across the water. The sport can be rather challenging, and the costs to participate can vary depending on what you want to do.
How much is it?
- If you want to get started with the sport, the two most common pieces of equipment that you are going to need is the board and a kitesurfing kite. The board on average is going to cost anywhere from $450 to $800, while the kite with the bar can cost $500 to as much as $1,500 depending on the size of the kite. Training kites tend to be in the low $100 to $300 range.
- The total cost to get all of the gear to get started can range anywhere from $800 to as much as $3,000. These prices will greatly depend upon the brand.
- For example, the training kite such as the 2011 Liquid Force Kiteskate Kiteboard retails for $150 to $200. For a lower-end kite, the Prism Snapshot 1.2 Speed can retail for $50 to $100.
- According to the website KsMaui.com, a kiteboarding school based in Maui, the cost of equipment can range anywhere between $500 and $2,000 for everything that is needed.
What are the extra costs?
- For those who want to learn the sport, lessons can range in price from $200 to as much as $1,500. The cost of the courses will depend upon how long you are going to take the class. Most lessons are going to span over two to five days. The cost can also go up depending upon how quickly the rider catches on to the sport. It can take anywhere from five days to two weeks to really grasp the concept.
- Other equipment that will have to be purchased on top of the kiteboard and kite will include the harness and jacket. The jacket and harness will typically range anywhere from $75 to $200.
What is going to be included?
- If you opt to take kitesurfing lessons, you will learn everything from controlling a kite to learning how to drag your body. Each lesson will cater to your particular skill level.
- Kitesurfing is recommended for conditions when the wind is anywhere from 10 to 20 mph.
Tips to know:
- Consider going to a class and using their equipment before you set out and purchase gear. Many classes will be more than happy to include the equipment while training. This way you will not waste money by purchasing the equipment and then not learning or enjoying the sport.
- Since kitesurfing is a rather technical sport, it is highly advisable that you learn through lessons. Many of the techniques just cannot be learned on their own.
- When taking lessons, make sure that you take a class that is taught by a certified instructor.
How can I save money?
- Consider purchasing the equipment used. Like any other sport, purchasing used equipment can save you upwards of 30 percent. Use sites such as Craigslist and eBay to find great equipment nearby.
- If you have an older surfboard, these can often be converted into a kiteboard. On top of the surfboard, you can also make your own kite. A great tutorial can be found here: http://www.kitesurfingschool.org/kite.htm