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Kitesurfing advice/consejo
Posted April 26th, 2011 - 1:39 pm by from Saint Petersburg, United States (Permalink)
Hola kitesurfers,
I am planning to learn your great sport in 2 or 3 weeks and I was wondering what the good companies or places are to do this would be. I was thinking about doing a beginner 2.5 hour lesson with the company mojokite here in Barcelona. I would be willing to travel outside the city if this is better. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Planeo aprender tu gran deporte en 2 o 3 semanas y yo se preguntaban lo que es las compañías o los lugares buenos de hacer esto sería. Pensaba de hacer a un principiante 2,5 clase de hora con la compañía "mojokite" aquí en Barcelona. Estaría dispuesto a viajar fuera de la ciudad si esto es mejor. Cualquier consejo sería mucho apreciado.

-Matt

Posted April 26th, 2011 - 3:24 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
Hey Matt,

I'm a beginner too.
I was planning to go with Mojokite. I think they are good. Monique seems pro and dedicated to kite.
At the end I took a few days off and went to Delta del Ebro (2h drive from BCN).
In Playa Trabucador there is a bay with shallow water and is probably the best place to learn in Catalunya as you dont have to bother about waves to start. Its also pretty safe but book a few hours with local instructors. They know the winds.

I contacted these guys
www.habilonboard.com
Juanjo and Llorencs
I'm not sure their english is very good though.

Sancho
Ps- If I organise another weekend in delta I'll let you know.

Posted April 26th, 2011 - 5:31 pm by from Chiang Mai, Thailand (Permalink)
Hi Matt and Sancho,

nice to see two new members joining the kitesurf group.
Matt, concerning your questions:

1) I don't know Mojokite so no comment on them. What I can recommend you for sure, is to avoid the global kite school in barcelona, I had a very bad experience with them

2) if you want to take a course, I would go for a certified IKO school. This is because the IKO certificate that will be given at the end of the course can be requested in places with very strict safety rules (e.g. Garda Lake in Italy). You'll find the list here:
http://www.ikointl.com/iko.php?page=iko-kiteboarding-centers.php

3) Schools usually make you think that just a few hours of course will make you good enough to perform a water start and ride the kite. My experience is that you need to practice much more, and even after a 10hrs course you could still have problems in water starting.

4) As Sancho said, Delto del Ebro is a perfect place to learn, so consider it once finished with the course

Hope this helps!
Giulio








Posted April 28th, 2011 - 1:09 pm by from Saint Petersburg, United States (Permalink)
Vale thanks for the advice guys, I can barely wait another day I want to go so bad! I think i'm going to learn here in Barce and then hopefully make it down to the delta. So after I learn the basics and want to ride more and practice are my best options to get private hour lessons with instructors, take the next level of classes, or rent gear and go on my own? I know it would be difficult to launch a kite by myself and I could also have problems, but I have been obsessively watching instructional videos and everything else I can find on the sport, so I think I will get the hang of things pretty fast. Let me know what are the best/cheapest options for practicing. And Sancho definitely let me know if your trying to go down to the delta it sounds like a perfect spot.

Posted April 30th, 2011 - 5:35 pm by from Chiang Mai, Thailand (Permalink)
Matt,

the best and cheapest option is having a friend who can lend you the equipment and teach you, all other options require a lot of money.

Renting equipment is very expensive too, not less than 70-80 euros/day on average...if you think kitesurf is your sport, I would consider buying the equipment immediately, and try to find somebody to practice with (I'm not in Spain in this period otherwise we could go together).

I don't think watching lots of videos will save your time in learning, as it takes time and lot of practice to get confidence with water starting and riding...but I wish you will prove I'm wrong! :-)

I hope somebody in this community can help you in learning and saving money...I have enough of schools and kite centers asking crazy prices...

Giulio



Posted April 30th, 2011 - 7:06 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
@Giulio: When will you be back in Barcelona? I've been riding the last 10 days in Sant Pere and it was pretty awesome :-)

Regarding the high prices, they are somewhat justified that kites are not cheap devices and schools either have to pay insurance or destroyed kites. For larger schools that's not that big of a deal, but for independent kite instructors it's quite hard. Also obtaining an IKO (or compatible) teaching license is quite cost expensive.

I agree, watching videos doesn't help. In the beginning it's really about learning the important theory (especially self rescue and emergency situations) and then it's all about practice and getting a feeling for kite & board.

Getting trained by a friend is cheaper, however, I doubt that they will teach you the really important things like self rescue. Usually they're more focused on getting you on the water and all the cool stuff ;-)

Posted May 28th, 2011 - 8:21 am by from Vsevolozhsk, Russia (Permalink)
I'm seeking for such freinds.. I dont need lessons. :) I can teach also :-)))
But is possible to travel with wetsuit only renting equipments free or very cheap way?
I plan to get trip through Spain this september.

Posted May 30th, 2011 - 11:59 am by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
Hi!
I want to start learning to kitesurf! I just had like 2 lessons some years ago...
Can you recommend me a cheap good way or school? I'm living in Barcelona, if it's better I could move to Sant Pere Pescador next we cause in friday I'll be close (l'Estartit)...
Anyway I have a kite (I just don't have the table). I can't wait any longer!