Once you have chosen your kite school (or during the process of selecting a school) you’ll want to a few details about their equipment.
Firstly, What Type of Equipment Are They Using?
The kite industry is fast-paced and each year the top kite brands are bringing out newer and improved kitesurfing equipment. It certainly isn’t necessary to have the latest models, but it does help to make sure the kites your centre is using are fit for purpose.
There are several established brands to choose from including Duotone, Core, Cabrinha & F-one for example! At Nomad Kite Events our favourite brand is Duotone (the old North Kiteboarding), due to their high reputation in comfort, safety and performance.
Just think, some kite schools have hundreds of students coming through the doors every month. As you can imagine the equipment is getting used a lot! Regular maintenance and replacement of equipment are essential to making sure that it is safe to use – both for students and independent riders who are renting kitesurfing equipment from the school.
Be sure to ask any perspective kite school how they ensure the safety of their equipment and make sure it is maintained in good condition. You may also ask how often they purchase new equipment for the school?
It is also your responsibility to check the condition of the equipment before you use it!
Make sure your kite, lines and safety system are all in working condition before going to the water. A leaking kite will usually be easy to spot. Check the firmness of the kite when you’ve finished pumping it and again before you get ready to launch the kite. A leaking kite will lose air when left on the beach so you’ll be looking to make sure the kite is as firm as it was when it was first pumped.
If you choose to kite with us, you will learn how to access all of this in your first few lessons.
At the end of each session, leave the equipment how you’d like to find it next time!
To keep equipment in good condition it’s important that as a student you rinse and pack down the rental equipment correctly. It can be hard for a school with a lot of students to make sure that equipment gets treated as it should. Help your kite school keep the equipment in top condition for all of their students by doing your bit too!
You may find that some kite centres have a very limited amount of school kites. We’ve heard of occasions when a student has paid for a lesson, turned up ready to learn with enthusiasm only to be provided with inappropriate equipment. A harness that is too tight or too big and a kite that is the wrong size for their weight or the wind conditions.
Of course, when you are starting out you won’t necessarily know which size kite you’ll need; since it can also vary with the wind conditions on any given day. Confirming your centre has multiple amounts of each item will help you to ensure that the right equipment will always be available when you need it. After all, you want to make sure you are comfortable and set up for learning success!
When using the equipment from a kite centre it is possible that you may not be met with a wide range of choice over the board you receive. If you are however given a choice, as we mentioned above, a good rule of thumb for the beginner rider, the bigger the board the better!
(If you have some previous water sports experience, then you may get away with a smaller board but it’s all in the skill level!)