LESSONS Summer 2013/14-One thing you'll find about Kiteboarding as soon as you pick up your first kite is that it's a huge amount of fun, right from the beginning. The most important thing you can do after any lesson is get yourself a kite to practise the techniques you've been taught. All kitesports require the development of good kite flying technique. Think as the kite-flying being one sport, & the board riding another, you would certainly have an advantage if your good at snowboarding, skateboarding or wakeboarding, just as a good kite flyer would show good management of the kite while launching/landing, getting in & out of the water, getting around- controlling the kite with one hand, the board in the other hand, all before getting up on the board & riding away. Kiteboarding brings two sports together!
The 'Intro to Kiteboarding' course we run to get you up and going is $325. All the latest 2013/14 equipment is supplied... which means you are using the best gear available to excelerate your progression, & be familiar with the equipment your going to purchase! This is *5 hours of pure adrenalin pumping action, and can be done over 2 days, 2hrs the first session on land & *3hrs the second in the water. This is the fastest way to get you up and riding. All instruction is carried out by a professionally trained instructor, certified in either IKO, BSKA or 'KITEs Method' International teaching systems. All our equipment is available for purchase in our kiteshop... new 2013/14 gear, or last seasons equipment new & used!
The 'Intro to Kiteboarding- *5hr' would suit students with good kite or board skills.
Lesson 1 - (Level 1). Safety First. Learn and Understand 'The Wind Window' (see below) Site & wind assessment. Rigging your own kite, understanding the centre of energy (the kite), control bar & types of input required, assisted launch & self launch, self landing, safety systems, deploying safety, flying the kite to develop power, learning about line lengths & how this affects the kites power, & the power stroke. Getting traction while staying in control, kiting across the wind. This first part of the course will be done on land 2hrs
Lesson 2 - (Level 2). Following on from the first day the student will need to show a good understanding of the above. Good management is the key to progression. Getting in & out of the water safely, deploying safety systems, technique for water re-launching the kite is then practised. Controlling the kite at the side of the wind window, moving across the wind, then upwind. Then move into controlled body drags, focusing on staying in control of the kite, develop technique for getting around in the water, then repeating all this while holding the board. The next stage before the waterstart is the UBD, (upwind board drag) mastering this technique shows the instructor that you are ready for the waterstart on a board. *3hrs
'Intro to Kiteboarding-*8hr'...$549 would suit students with no previous kite or board skills
Lesson 1 - (Level 1) as above....
Lesson 2 - (Level 2) as above....
Lesson 3 - (Level 3). The reality with learning to kiteboard is some students need more lessons, or more kite time. Everyone is different, as are learning curves. From here we carry on from Level 2 & develop sound kite & board skills to get the student more confident with all the skills required to become a good kiteboarder. From here you will have a good understanding of the techniques required that need to be practised to achieve your goal.
*NOTE: Any water lessons that are done 'one on one' with the instructor are 2 hours, not 3, as package prices refer to lessons done in groups usually 2 to 1 (land lessons can be larger groups).
Option 1. 'Sky Pilot' $99 land based, (2 hrs) kite rigging, safety, launching/landing, kite control, getting traction. All equipment supplied.
Option 2. 'Intro to Kiteboarding-*5hr' $325 land & water based, (*5hrs, over two days) Theory, kite rigging, safety, launching/landing, kite control, getting traction, body dragging through water, 'UBD' (Upwind Body/Board Drag), water start on board.
Option 3. 'Intro To Kiteboarding-*8hr' $549 land & water based, (*8hrs, over three days) Theory, kite rigging, safety, launching/landing, kite control, getting traction, body dragging through water, 'UBD' (Upwind Body/Board Drag), water start on board, develop better kite & board skills.
Option 4. 'On Board' $225 (*3hr water session 2 students one instructor, or 2hrs 'one on one') You already own a kite & are used to getting dragged around by it, or you've done a course previously with us... straight in the water, body dragging, UBD, then water starts on board, develop better kite & board skills... we'll have you carving it up!
Option 5. 'Buggy & Board' $225 land based, (*3hrs) enter into the world of kitesports with power kites, develop good control, get traction with the kite, then jump in a kite buggy or try kite landboarding. Easy to learn and loads of fun, you'll come away with good kite skills & an inclination of where you can take kitesports. Bring a friend for an extra $149
Option 6. 'Corporate team building' POA, any size group welcome, prices start from $39 per person per hr (based on group of 4).
Option 7. 'Junior School groups' POA (minimum 15 pupils) $20 per person (2hrs) based round 'Sky Pilot' & 'Buggy & Board'
Option 8. 'Senior School groups' comprehensive 6 week kiteboarding course (12 hrs total) $249 per person, minimum 6 students
There can never be enough emphasis on safety. Good technique involves thinking about where your using the kite, and your surroundings. eg whats downwind of you if something goes wrong. Rigging the kite correctly 100% of the time. Launching and Landing the kite safely. Staying in control at all times.
The Wind Window
Understanding the Wind. The diagrams above help describe 'The Wind Window', this is where the kite will fly.
When you stand with your back to the wind, hold your arms straight out to each side, left arm to the left, right arm to the right, the 180 degrees in front of you is 'The Wind Window'. 'The Wind Window' also extends to straight above your head. The kite will only fly to the edge of the window, if you try to fly the kite past the edge of the wind it will 'luff' or fall from the sky. The kite must always be launched from near the edge of the window (the Low Power zone) , either the left side or the right, and then brought to the position above your head. This is called the 'Zenith' or 'Neutral' position. The neutral position extends from the left hand side, up and over your head, to the right hand side (always with your back to the wind). Launching and landing your kite from these positions is most important, as this is the safe (neutral) part of 'The Wind Window'. Once you have brought the kite up to the 'Zenith' position you can practice moving the kite in a small figure eight above your head, this is how you generate power with the kite. When you are comfortable with the controls of your kite you can start to make the figure eights larger, moving the kite further into the wind, this is when you'll start to feel what kind of power your dealing with. Leaning back against the kite and doing controlled 'figure eights' you should be able slide downwind with the kite. Controlled body drags or slides are important for good kite flying technique. The sooner you understand 'The Wind Window', the quicker you'll be mobile with your kite.
Areas for Kite School & using your own equipment
Areas for Kiteboarding in Christchurch
On the Map below is marked the areas we use for our 'Kite School' and for ongoing land & waterbased kiting here in Christchurch. 'The Estuary' is best in light to strong SE, E & NE winds, or medium to high tides. Expect 4-5 knots more wind at the Estuary than the beach when the wind is prevailing easterly. South Brighton Beach, south of the Surf Club is a great place for Buggying or Landboarding, or Kitesurfing in more than 12 knots of wind. We need to make a point of staying away from 'Busy Areas' eg Surf Clubs and areas where people may be swimming, sunbathing, or using the beach for other sporting activities. Stay South of the marked post at South Brighton Surf Club, the further South the better while you are learning. No one should be launching or landing kites in front of any of the Surf Clubs or buildings, THIS IS SOMETHING WE WILL ACTIVELY INFORCE (better to self regulate than be regulated), as we want to prevent accidents before they happen. If you are Landboarding or Buggying past any Surf Club or between the Flags, do so slowly, with your Kite high and under control, making sure other beach users see you. NO KITESURFING between the flags, or where people are swimming (this is just common sense)
If we focus on safety now, we'll be able to come back and Kiteboard another day, if not we'll probably end up with less options to kite.
Have fun and Fly Safe!
MAP of The Christchurch Estuary Kitesurf Area, Kitesports Shop 14 New Brighton Mall & Brighton Beach...
NOTE: Snowkite lessons are available June to September only
SNOWKITE NZ 2011 - Over the NZ winter months of June to September Kitesports are running snowkite lessons in the Cardrona Valley, Wanaka. With KITESPORTS vast experience in teaching (over 10 years now) we can have any competant skier or snowboarder getting around on a hill under the power of a kite within the first day or two! The Cardrona Valley has New Zealands best terrain for learning & mastering the sport! Package that & the latest snowkite equipment from Ozone Kites & you'll be ripping up the vast powder terrain snowkiting has to offer in no time at all...it's all about the freshies with snowkiting:-)
Imagine..NO lifts, NO queues...carving UP a hill through vast amounts of untracked powder! Snowkiting is a safe snow sport & one of the most accessible kite sports on the planet...It's also getting labelled by those in the know, quote- "Better than Heli Sking!"
Snowkite Day 1- $235.(3hrs instruction) assess the wind & kite spot, rigging, setup, safety & kite control, getting traction, getting around on the hill on board or skis, affects of windward & leeward slopes on you & your kite.
Snowkite Day 2- $235.(3hrs instruction) site assessment, rigging & setup, getting around on board or skis on the hill & working towards tackling steeper slopes, picking good lines on windward slopes & avoiding dead wind on leeward slopes...
Snowkite 1 to 1- $235 (2hrs tuition) get 'one on one' attention from your instructor & master all the skills to get you ripping round the hills (3hrs tuition $335)
Transport & accomodation X Christchurch to Wanaka return- we will be driving between Christchurch & Wanaka.
If you need accomodation, staying at the the new YHA backpackers in Wanaka, or on the mountain at Snowfarm Lodge (POA). Pickup is available X Christchurch contact Tim, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ph.021-542-770 to get a lift in the courtesy van.. & book your lessons:-) Weekly trips to Wanaka are 2 day (one night) & 3 day (two nights) depending on weather & demand. Also, you can meet us in Wanaka for day lessons.