What is Kiteboarding?

Kiteboarding is an exciting watersport where the rider flies the kite and is propelled across the water on a kiteboard by the power of the wind.

Do I have to be strong to kiteboard?

Not at all.  There is very little upper body strength needed to kiteboard because the rider is attached to the kite by a harness.

Where are the lessons held?

We teach all our lessons at Heritage Park.  Heritage Park is also where the Historic Whalehead Club is located.  The park is public with two parking lots, bathrooms, and a boat ramp.  We teach the ground part of our lesson on the grass area of the park, then we head to a shallow sandy area of the Currituck Sound.

What does a lesson consist of?

All our lessons are three hours long.  One hour of on-land training.  The on-land training familiarizes the student with the equipment, safety procedures, and flying a trainer kite.  After the on-land section of the lesson is completed, the instructor and students head out to our lesson area in the water for the remainder of the lesson.

If I want to choose the less expensive Group lesson rate, do I have to bring my own group?

You can do either.  If you have your own group, you can bring them.  If you don’t, you can be put into a group with other students.

Will I be able to kiteboard after one lesson?

It all depends on the way the student can process the instructions and apply them to the kite.  Some students get up right away, some take more than one lesson to be able to get up and ride.

Can I take a lesson and then rent the equipment?

No, kiteboarding is a very intricate sport when you are first learning.  You will need to have extensive knowledge of the wind, wind direction, wind quality, and wind speed.

Do we rent equipment?

Yes, we are able to rent equipment to experienced kiteboarders that are able to ride upwind.

What type of kiteboarding gear do we use?

All of our kiteboarding gear is Slingshot.

Do we do tours and/or take experienced kiteboarders out to ride?

Yes, we do tours and we can also do a safety follow for riders who just need a ride back.

Where are the water lessons given?

We teach all students in a shallow sandy part of the Currituck Sound.  It’s a large area that is only about waist deep in most areas.

What wind speed and direction can we teach?

Since the Outer Banks is so narrow it allows us to teach in any direction.  The best wind direction and most consistent is SW, W, and S.  The wind can also sweep over the land while blowing in a NE, E, or SE direction with a strong enough speed.  The minimum wind speed is about 12mph and the maximum is 25mph.  The optimum wind speed for lessons is 18-22mph.

Where can I view the current wind speed, direction, and forecast?

The closest accurate wind meter is at the Duck Research pier website.

Can my friends or family come watch the lesson?

Not really.  Our lesson area is a good distance away from any real vantage point.

How do I book a lesson?

The best way to book a lesson is to just give us a call.  We will discuss everything you need to know and schedule to best day for the lesson.

What happens if I book and the wind doesn’t allow kiteboarding?

We only charge you after the lesson is over so if you book it and have to cancel or there is no wind, you are not charged.

What if I have to cancel my lesson?

If you need to cancel, just call us as soon as you know and we can reschedule if possible.

Is there an age requirement?

No, but the student should be at least 100 lbs.

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