Kitesurfing Dubai

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First things first – Site assesment

Site Assessment is the key to your kitesurfing success


Ok, so first things first, here is your crash course. After you have had your first lessons before we even get a kite out of a bag or put on a wet suit we purchase kitesurfing insurance,

If you are in the UK go to www.britishkitesports.org  if you are elsewhere in the world then visit www.ikointl.com/

We are then ready to look cool in our kitesurfing hoodies and do a site assessment to check out our location. We do this if its our first visit or our home beach and any kitesurfer who is any good will do this as through many years of experience you will save time, effort and most importantly injury to yourself and others.

So what is the most important aspect of kitesurfing?

The wind. With out it, Kitesurfing simply wouldn’t exist. What do we want to know about the wind? Its speed, direction and the forecast for what its going to do. Why do we need to know this?  Kitesurfiung today is no longer an extreme sport, it is now been downgraded to an adventure sport so if you follow a few basic rules its as safe as houses. However in strong winds for experienced kitesurfers it becomes a different sport again and is super extreme. The flip side is not enough wind and you wont be able to kitesurf, too much wind and you could easily injure yourself and others as a learner and could be put off easily. The wrong direction and you will be blown out to sea, the wrong forecast and you could be stuck out to sea.

Its better to be on the beach wishing you were out to sea than out to sea wishing you were on the beach.

Trust me on that one.

Imagine the scene, you are super excited, you have bought crispy new kites, you rock up at a beach and you rush to pump up your gear with out doing a five minute site assessment, the results can be anything from expensive, unbelievably frustrating and ultimately horrific.

Lets keep this simple, here’s what you do.

  1. Get a forecast. check http://www.xcweather.comor http://www.windfinder.com you need to know if a storm is coming or the wind is dropping or lightning is coming. If in doubt don’t go out.
  2. Always kitesurf in ONSHORE winds, that means the wind is coming from the sea to the land. If you turn your back to the wind, you should be looking at land. Cross shore is best. Directly onshore and cross shore have risks like pulling you straight to land or not blowing you back to shore if you are in trouble. Cross shore is ideal. If in doubt don’t go out.
  3.  Wind strength. 10 – 20 MPH for learning. its highly important you learn how to judge the wind speed. If you don’t feel confident with this, buy a wind meter, your iPhone has a basic app that will help but there are many tell tale signs to look out for. White horses or white caps on the sea are good news, large waves breaking out to sea are not, sand being picked up and blown generally means its too windy. The easiest option here is to keep the spirit of kitesurfing alive, speak to someone who is already kitesurfing or setting up as 99.99% of kitesurfers are awesome and will be more than happy to advise you on what kite to put up, if there is no one on the beach look to the skies and see the size of their kites printed on the kite. these days anything around a 12 meter is light wind, anything under a 9 meter is too windy for learners (this is a very general rule and will be covered later). If in doubt don’t go out.
  4.  The beach. Have you got enough space? 3 kite line lengths downwind of obstacles minimum.  What is down wind of you? Meaning what obsticles are infront of you if your back is to the wind? Is there groins, sea defenses, rocks, fences, cars, people etc etc etc I could go on. When you are learning you will be doing the “walk of shame”a lot, get used to it, enjoy it. You will not be coming back to the same place you started from as this is the holy grail in learning to kitesurf and will take months to master so if you have rocks a few hundred meters down wind move to another beach which is clear unless you want to do a rocky kind of snake dance or get dragged across them, its so dangerous. Not to mention getting your crispy new kite ripped up and your little toes cut open. Stick to wide open sandy beaches. If in doubt don’t go out.
  5. The public and other kitesurfers. This is a biggie. before you attempt your first session with out the aid of an instructor, be brave go and speak to other kitesurfers, team up with other learners, we were all learners. Keep well away from the public, always be polite and courteous as we need the public on our side and it is so much cooler that way. Give them the most space, talk to them, communicate, explain that it can be dangerous, move out of their way, wait for them to pass, be patient. Other kitesurfers are relatively easy to deal with, there are rules of the road which will be covered later as well as lots of kite launching etiquette and safety but for today’s tip just go down wind of everyone. Simple. Your going to have to do the walk of shame, so you don’t want to get in everyone’s way and you don’t want people busting out their new wake-style tricks in front of you while you master your first board starts. It all come down to making sure you pick the right beach. If in doubt don’t go out.

Remember this……..

When you are learning you want light, consistent winds and big slow kites in shallow water. Anything other and your enjoyment will be lessened and your progression will be painfully slow.

Get it right though and you will experience a deep sense of euphoria 🙂

Read: Kitesurfing Fitness

Kite Surfing In Dubai

Hello! I’m Tom


So you want to kitesurf?

You have come to the right place.

My quest is to get you up and kitesurfing. This site will help you prepare for your first kitesurfing lessons and help you to teach yourself to kitesurf after you have completed your lessons from a qualified instructor enhancing your experience in the water.

Don’t give up.

I will be sharing every bit of my 13 years of teaching/riding experience and endless passion for free!

A brief description about me, the author.

I am about to embark on my life long dream to kitesurf at all the best locations in the world and find new mind blowing spots, this is mainly being funded by my kitesurfing lessons and I want to document everything so I can help as many people with accurate and up to date information as well as record my experiences so I can remember this epic journey.

I am currently teaching in the UK and winter is fast approaching. The adventure begins in Langebaan, near Cape Town in South Africa where I plan to move on to (in no particular order and I am open to suggestions:) New Zealand, South America, Hawaii, SE Asia, The Caribbean, Polynesia, California, Canada and also the Alps and similar for obligatory snowkiting.

I have been kite surfing since almost the beginning, 1999 I was living in the endlessly windy Canary islands and I stumbled across power kites that could pick you up, a cult was formed of kite jumping and this inspired me to purchase a Flexifoil Super 10 Stacker in the hope of bounding across rivers and huge sand dunes in a single leap, ok so this wasnt the case, one large leap too many ending up to a trip to casualty and a broken leg. This was no good, there must be a better way to feed my new addiction – cue the dude I watched fly past my window while living in my seafront flat in Sandgate, Kent UK. My jaw dropped. Intermediately  thinking why  f*** didn’t I think of that? I was utterly inspired. It was a miserable rainy day, the sea looked awful and here was a guy having the time of his life, flying 40ft through the air and carving mushy waves into beautiful rooster tails. I decided there and then I was going to learn to kitesurf.

13 years on and my addiction is more uncontrollable than ever, you would of thought the novelty would of worn off wouldnt you? No chance, kitesurfing is the fastest growing sport in the world, its pace is gathering momentum as more people discover its freedom and it is moving in so many different directions. If you get bored of cruising, try some freestyle tricks, wave riding, old school big air, speed racing, wakestyle, downwind adventures, really I could go on and on. This sport is phenomenal. It is as exhilarating as you want to make it or as relaxed as a comfy chair with the best view in the world. It is all things to all men and women, which is pretty awesome in my humble opinion.

I started teaching back in 2007 and became a senior instructor for the British Kitesurfing Association (BKSA) in 2009, I have recently qualified as an instructor for the International Kitesurfing Organisation (IKO) and get as much pleasure from helping newbies up on their boards as I do from boosting my own 40ft airs off the back of moving masses of water.

I will update regularly as I love what I do and want to share with you all the mistakes that I have made and all the tips and tricks I have learned from some amazing instructors to get you up and running as well as to try and inspire you and myself to mix it up and try new stuff, push out of our comfort zones continue progressing to stop us going stale and giving up.  As…..

Kitesurfing is life changing.

So sit back and relax.  I got your kitesurfing back covered. I really want you to get the most out of my site and experience the same joy, me and a few hundred thousand other people who call themselves kitesurfers get every time we have a “expression session”.

Please share all the cool stuff I post from other sites that are awesome, comment and ask me questions, I want to be of value to you, that is my goal.

See you on the water 🙂



KiteLab, Langebaan SA. The Best kiteschool in the southern hemisphere?

So having arrived in Cape town and taken the short but beautiful trip along the stunning wind and wave soaked road to Langebaan, I have finally made it to my chosen kite school, Kitelab and wow, am I happy to be here!

As you can see the location is breathtaking, easily the best place I have ever kited and I have been around! Greeted with great big smiles from business owner Alan,  Shaun who runs the shop and Lean one of Kitelabs instructor crew. the location of the shop and kitesurf center couldn’t be better located less than 50 meters from the main beach. The whole setup is super professional and 100% focused on providing customers with first class instruction that’s safe, fun and super informative. This is refreshing as many kite schools simply dont understand the importance of customer satisfaction or even customer service, making sure every student is 100% happy is Kitelabs priority.

The bay in Langebaan has something for everyone. Its a dream come true for learners and pros. This idyllic and somewhat sleepy village by the sea in West Coast national park comes alive from November through to April are all packed with wind addicts of all ages and nationalities and can you blame them with conditions like these?! Warm waters, super consistent winds, stunning surroundings and a fabulously cheap cost of living, this is kitesurfing paradise, for the record the last shark attack in these waters was in prehistoric times, no joke, you do not have anything to fear in Langebaan.

If you are interested in learning to kitesurf or you just want to come out and stay then you can contact me , let me know when you are planning to come and I can arrange accomadation, transfers as well as take your kitesurfing lessons in this awesome place.

I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

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