Kitesurfing Lessons FAQ
Our school is now OPEN for the 2020-2021 season
All our lessons take place at Pinnaroo Point in Hillarys (Perth Northern Suburbs) Click the map below for directions on Google Maps. Once you arrive at Pinnaroo Point, park your vehicle in the main car park and walk passed the gate at the end of John Wilkie Tarn. Once on the beach, take a left and walk SOUTH for 130 Meters. There you will find the KiteBud Windsock. This is where all lessons will start and finish.
We are open 7 days a week from September 1st until April 30th. SCHOOL HOURS: 11AM to 7PM - 7 Days/Week from September 1st to April 30th OFFICE HOURS: 8AM to 8PM - 7 Days/Week from September 1st to April 30th
In order to progress safely into kitesurfing, you need safe and reliable winds. In Perth, the only safe wind to learn is the Sea Breeze (aka Fremantle Doctor) which only blows in the summer months from October to April. Winter winds are generated by storm fronts and therefore are unsuitable and unsafe for learning.
Step 1: Head to the bookings page and choose your lesson product. Add it to your cart and checkout, it’s that simple! KiteBud accepts PayPal, Credit Card and Direct Bank Transfers. All lessons must be prepaid and pre-booked, no exceptions. We do not accept cash. Step: 2: Fill the mandatory Online Medical/Waiver form This step must be completed before you can book your lessons on our calendar. Step 3: Follow the instructions that were emailed to you after you finished your online transaction to book your lessons on our Online Calendar and access the video tutorials. Please check your SPAM/JUNK folder in case you don’t see our emails in your Inbox.
No we don’t, we only offer private lessons. If you want to learn with a friend, partner or family member, you can choose to take your lessons at the same time, each with your own instructor. If you are serious about learning kitesurfing, you should know that group lessons are a waste of money. Group lessons only exists so schools can make more money and do not benefit the students in any way. Group lessons costs more than half the price of private lessons, but you only get to fly the kite half the time (or less if it is more than 2 students). Private lessons are actually cheaper as you will progress to the same level in less than half the time you would in group lessons. With one-on-one lesson, you get 100% of the instructor’s attention and you fly the kite 100% of the time. The course is dedicated to YOU and is adapted to your own learning speed, with equipment perfectly sized for you.
All KiteBud lessons are delivered in 2H sessions. Below is an example of our peak season schedule. If you would like to check for live availability on our Calendar, please contact us.
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KiteBud will contact you by SMS in the morning (in most cases between 8AM and 9AM) of the day of your lesson to confirm the wind conditions are appropriate. We only ask that you reply to this SMS so we know you got it. Cancellations sometimes occur due to unsuitable wind conditions (wind can sometimes be too light, too strong or blowing in the wrong direction).Please note that winds at the start of the season (September & October) and at the end of the season (March & April) are usually less reliable. If your lesson gets cancelled we will immediately contact you to re-book it ASAP. There are no fees for rescheduling lessons.
All lessons and gift vouchers must be used within 3 years (36 months) from the initial date of purchase. This means that if you are unable to finish your lessons before the end of the season (April) you can rebook them the following season starting from September. For more information, please read our Terms and Conditions
Unfortunately, with over 200 students per season, we are unable to contact each student one-by-one every time there is a cancellation. The best place to find out if there are any cancellations is to Like/Follow our Facebook Page Any spare lesson spots that become available are posted on this page right away. This is also to give everyone an equal chance.
They sure do! Each student will be provided with a harness, kite, life vest, Bluetooth radio helmet, board, etc.. We have wetsuits available although it’s preferable that you bring your own if you have one.
Simply arrive dressed ready to enter the water and KiteBud will take care of the rest. Bring water, sunscreen, a smile and a sense of adventure! Please note that KiteBud will NOT take the responsibility to look after your valuables or personal effects before, during or after your lesson.
We understand not everyone can commit for multiple lessons right away. In this case, simply book a 2H Lesson. We will adapt this lesson to ensure you have as much fun as possible and spend as much time as possible in the water!
If this is your first lesson, KiteBud recommends to show up 20 minutes before the start of the lesson. If this is your second lesson onward, it’s best you arrive 30 minutes in advance to setup the kite.Unlike in other schools, KiteBud doesn’t like to charge you to get your equipment ready. We like to take this extra time to have a chat and prepare your equipment without rushing. This means that when the lesson starts your kite is already flying! Our schedule is usually very busy, so most late arrivals result in a shorter lesson duration.
In compliance with the Australian Consumer Law (ACL), KiteBud is not required to offer you a refund if you change your mind. Unused lesson hours can be transferred to another person, used in the next season or be used as store credit. If you wish to reschedule your lesson, please contact us as soon as possible. To find out more, please read our Terms and Conditions.You may modify/reschedule your booking free of charge if you give us 48 hours or more of notice so we have enough time to find a replacement for you. You cannot make changes or cancel your lesson less than 48 hours before your lesson start. If you do not show up to your lesson (''no show'') or if you cancel it less than 48 hours before the start (last minute cancellation), you will forfeit your entire lesson and will not be able to re-book that lesson.
Once you complete your transaction, KiteBud will email you your own credentials to Login directly from our Website. Once you are logged in you will have immediate access to our Online Program and Videos. Watching those video tutorials will make a massive difference in the speed of your progression, especially during your first 4 hours of lessons, so we strongly recommend you spend all the time you need to cover this information BEFORE the lessons.
As a KiteBud customer, you can access our video tutorials anytime you want for as long as you want!
This problem is unrelated to our Website as the videos are hosted by an external video platform called VIMEO. This problem comes from the device you are using and/or the web browser you are using and/or your internet connection. The simplest solution is to try changing web browser or changing device or changing your internet connection. Here are some further quick fixes you can try to resolve the issue: 1) Clear your Web Browsers cache: Follow the steps in this guide after choosing your browser and device2) If this doesn't help then try changing to a different Web Browser3) If you are still having issues, try a different device (smart phone, tablet, computer) and make sure this device is up to date and using an up to date web browser. 4) Try changing your internet connection, make sure your internet connection is fast and stable.If you are still having issues after trying all these steps, Please Contact Us.
If this is the case, we strongly recommend you to book a 2 Hours One-On-One lesson . Your instructor will need some time to assess your skills and knowledge first. Before we teach you how to ride, you will be asked to demonstrate deep water skills such as a self-rescue, board recovery, water relaunch, etc.
It’s the same thing. Depending on where you are in the World, some prefer using one term more than another. In North America, the term ‘’kiteboarding’’ is the most commonly used whereas in Europe, the term ‘’kitesurfing’’ is more commonly used. In Australia, you will often find both terms being used interchangeably.
The initial investment to get into kitesurfing will be a combination of the cost of lessons + the cost of gear. To get good quality lessons and a basic set of equipment, you will need to spend a minimum of $2500 AUD (Approx. 1800$ to 2000$ USD or 1500 to 1600 Euros) To get into kitesurfing safely you need to consider getting yourself at least 6 hours of lessons which will cost you approximately $600 AUD (Approx. 450$ USD or 400 Euros). Keep in mind that this is a minimum. It’s not uncommon for students to need more than 12 hours of private lessons before they become confident and competent enough to go out on their own. Also keep in mind that prices can vary a lot depending where in the World you take your lessons. In most schools around the World, you will get the best savings (paying less per hour of lesson) by getting a Package of lessons If you are thinking of saving money by learning from a friend, learning by yourself or learning from an unlicensed operator, please read this blog post first. In all kitesurfing schools around the World, equipment is already provided free of charge during your lessons, so you don’t need to worry about buying any equipment at first. Once you reach a minimum level of independence you will need to get a kitesurfing package so you can continue to kitesurf on your own. This package will have the include at the very least the following items: - Kite - Control bar (sold separately from the kite) - Safety leash - Twin tip board (usually sold complete with fins, footstraps and handle) - Harness - Pump (necessary to inflate your kite) - Hook knife (usually an optional accessory but a critical item to have for your safety ) If you are thinking of saving money by getting some used kitesurfing gear to start with, read this blog post first. You may want or need to add the following items: - Floatation vest (life vest) - Helmet - Wetsuit (if you kite in colder weather) - Booties (useful in areas where your feet can get injured easily from rocks, reef or shells) - More kites or boards to cover various ranges of wind You can get the best savings by purchasing your equipment in a package deal or better yet, buying your lessons and your equipment in the same package!
KiteBud recommends to most students to book at least 6 Hours of lesson or 8 Hours of lesson to ensure you have enough time to practice getting up on the board. Please note that for some students 6 Hours might not be enough as each person learns at a difference pace. Your learning pace will depend mostly on your background in other sports, how comfortable and competent you are at controlling the kite and whether you watched the KiteBud videos tutorials or not. If you are starting from scratch, a 2 Hour or 4 hour lesson will most likely NOT be enough to get you up on the board. For more information about this topic, we recommend reading our blog post How many lessons do you need to learn kitesurfing? Learning to kitesurf is a medium to long term commitment. Lessons will only be useful if you eventually end up getting your own equipment and continue practicing on your own on a regular basis, especially at the earlier stages of your progression (learning to get up and ride). Feel free to contact us if you need help deciding how many lessons you need.
To ensure an optimal progression, we recommend that you book your lessons closer together. For example, it’s a much better idea to book 3x 2H Lessons during the same week rather than booking a single 2H lesson per week – or worse, booking a 2H Lesson every 2 or 3 weeks. The more time you spend without flying a kite, the more likely you are to lose ‘’muscle memory’’ and have to go backwards in your progression. Generally speaking, we do not recommend booking more than a single 2H Lesson per day. The exception to this might be if this is your very first lesson and you don’t have any prior experience. If this is the case, then having a 4H Lesson (2x 2H Lessons back-to-back) is manageable. This is because the very first 2H of lessons are NOT very demanding physically. Even our fittest students struggle handle more than a 2H Lesson on the same day. It’s important to factor in the mental fatigue as well as the physical fatigue. You are not likely to learn much if you are too physically and/or too mentally exhausted. It can also quickly become dangerous for yourself and others around you. With over more than 10 years of experience teaching thousands of students, we found that 2 Hours is the best duration for a lesson.
We recommend that you spend at least a few hours watching the KiteBud video tutorials, especially before the first lesson. Since there is a lot of material to watch, it’s best to spread it across multiple viewings. For example, you should only watch the ‘’first lesson videos’’ before the first lesson and watch the other videos after. After each lesson, spend some time reading your progression report available in your account page. Watch the photos and videos that we took of your progress during the lesson so you can visualize your strengths and weaknesses. It’s best to avoid doing any strenuous physical activity on the same day as any of your lessons. It’s also a good idea to avoid booking a lesson the day after a big night out or when you just landed from an overseas flight. Arriving to the lesson physically or mentally tired could drastically slow down your learning process and will also greatly increase the risk of an accident.
Kitesurfing is often considered as an extreme sport which would imply that the sport has inherent dangers. The truth is that kitesurfing isn’t more dangerous than other sports. A recent study demonstrated that the injury rate of kitesurfing is in the range of other popular contact sports. Most injuries are relatively mild, although, just like skydiving or paragliding, kitesurfing has the potential to cause serious injuries. Don’t get put off by videos on YouTube showing dramatic kitesurfing accidents. Poor judgement and/or poor training and/or outdated equipment are to blame in the vast majority of the kitesurfing crashes videos. In your very first kitesurfing lesson as well as in our video tutorials , you will learn how to choose safe locations, safe wind conditions and how to select the appropriate size of kite. With the latest safety enhancements in kitesurfing equipment manufacturing and the latest teaching techniques, there has never been a safer time to learn this amazing sport!
Compared to other sports, kitesurfing can be harder to learn at first. Contrary to popular belief, kitesurfing is a very technical sport that demands a high level of coordination. If you are the type of person that sees other people kitesurfing and thinks ‘’that looks so easy, I’d love to give that a go…how hard can it be?’’ be prepared to be disappointed. In order to get past the beginner stage, you must be willing to put in a lot of practice hours (50 to 100+ hours) on top of your lessons (minimum 6 hours). The good news is, once you get past the beginner stage (learning to get up and ride) you can expect to progress quickly. After only a few months of regular practice, most kitesurfers are ready to learn their first basic jumps and tricks. You will often hear that kitesurfing is 80% kite control and 20% board control, which is true. Depending on your level of coordination and your overall motor skills, learning to control a kite is something that can be learned easily and quickly or, for some, that can be hard to learn and take a long time to master. As we saw in the blog post: How many lessons do you need to learn kitesurfing?, there is no way to accurately predict how easily and how quickly one will learn to kitesurf. Your background in other sports (surfing, windsurfing, other boards sports) may help but remember that if you’ve never flown a kitesurfing kite before, you must be prepared to get challenged and learn some completely new skills. Whether you are 7 or 70 years old, you simply need to be reasonably fit and be able to swim to learn this amazing sport. Click on the video below to see the average progression of a KiteBud student after 6 hours of lessons (3x 2H Lessons)
Contrary to popular belief you do NOT need ”big arms” and a strong upper body to kitesurf. The power of the kite is held by your harness so you will be using your core and your leg muscles much more than your arms.
You do not need to have a high level of fitness to learn to kitesurf. For safety reasons, you should at least be able to swim a distance of 200 meters in case you get separated from your equipment and have to swim back to shore. Students with poor levels of fitness tend to get tired more quickly so being fit will often allow you to enjoy longer sessions, make the most out of your lessons and make the most of your time on the water. If you are heavily overweight you may have difficulty finding the right size of equipment for you. You may also have difficulty performing tasks that require a minimum level of flexibilty such as putting your feet in the board while flying the kite.
The World speed record for kitesurfing is currently held by Alex Caizergues with a speed of 107 Km/h (58 knots or 66 Mph)! That being said, the vast majority of kitesurfers cruise around at speeds between 25 and 40 Km/H (15 to 25 Mph). Kitesurfers who are consistently riding at speeds above 40km/h (25 Mph) are usually into racing and use equipment designed for this purpose.
The short answer is yes. Although kitesurfing is a solo sport, it is always highly recommended that you kitesurf along with others. For safety reasons, in case you ever got injured or in trouble, other kitesurfers can come to help and/or call emergency services to rescue you. As a beginner kitesurfer, we strongly advise that you do not kitesurf alone.
Unlike in paragliding or skydiving, you do not need a license to enjoy kitesurfing. It is however highly recommended that you get lessons from a licensed instructor. It is also highly recommended you get kitesurfing insurance in case, for example, you injure a member of the public.