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Frequently Asked Questions

Commonly asked questions regarding kiteboarding and kitesurfing lessons, gear, and safety

 


1. Do you have to be strong to kiteboard?
2. How much does a complete package cost?
3. What happens when the kite hits the water?
4. How much do lessons cost?
5. How hard is it to learn?
6. How long does it take to learn how to ride?
7. How much is a kite?
8. Do you need to be a good athlete?
9. I'm 60 years old, can I still learn?
10. I weigh 230 pounds, can I do it?
11. Do you need to know how to swim?
12. What is the youngest a person can be to take lessons?
13. Why Should I take Kiteboarding Lessons or Kitesurfing Lessons?
14. Is South Padre Island a good place to kiteboard?
15. What makes South Padre Island a good place to learn?
16. Where are you located?
17. What are your hours?
18. Do I need a reservation?
19. How are the waves to surf on South Padre?
20. What is the difference between kiteboarding and kitesurfing?




 

Do you have to be strong to kiteboard?

You do not have to be as strong as most people think you need to be to kiteboard. Because you where a kiteboarding harness that you hook into the kite with, which takes most of the load. Your arms are only there to steer and control the kite surfing kite, not to hang on for the ride. ↑ Return to top


 

How much does a complete package cost?

Kiteboarding equipment is an investment. Kitesurfing kites generally cost the most out of everything that you need to kiteboard (Kite, board, harness, bar and lines, safeties). We have put together kiteboarding packages to help you figure out everything that you need to get started. We have beginner kiteboard packages through advanced packages already assembled to give you a better understanding. ↑ Return to top


 

What happens when the kite hits the water?

Kiteboarding kites are able to re launch from the water. They have inflated struts that give the kite structure as well as keeps them well afloat when they crash into the water. In the kiteboarding lessons the instructor will teach you the proper and quick way to re launch your kite when it goes down. It does not take a ton of strength, only finesse and knowledge. ↑ Return to top


 

How much are lessons?

Group kiteboarding lessons begin at $279 for three hours (all gear included). Private kiteboarding lessons cost $150 per hour, and they are a minimum of 2 hours. There is also kiteboarding camps which are a 35% discount on regular lessons. Surfing lessons, and SUP lessons are all less expensive. ↑ Return to top


 

How hard is it to learn?

Kitesurfing takes the desire to learn and time in the water flying the kites. The more time you spend flying the kites, the better your kite control will be which will ultimately allow you to progress your board skills. We have taught people of all ages and abilities over the years. ↑ Return to top


 

How long does it take to learn how to ride?

Most people attempt to stand up on the kite board on the second kiteboarding lesson. The success rate of standing up and riding the kite board depends on the kite control you developed on the intro lesson or previously on your own. The more time you spend on a trainer kite before your lessons, the more you will progress during the lesson. ↑ Return to top


 

How much is a kite?

Kites are an investment. If you purchase the right kite for you, it can be good for years. The average cost of a brand new kitesurfing kite is around $1000. Although you need a few other things including a harness, bar and lines, and a kiteboard. We have put together a kiteboard package to give you an idea of how much a whole set up costs. Although, if you are new to the sport and are looking to buy a trainer kite, they are much cheaper and will cost around $150. ↑ Return to top


 

Do you need to be a good athlete?

Being in shape helps, but you did not need to be a great athlete to kiteboard. The kites involve a lot more finesse than strength to control. You do not have to be a body builder to hold onto the kites because you have a harness that takes all of the pull. ↑ Return to top


 

I'm 60 years old, can I still learn?

Yes you can still learn. We have people of all ages learning how to kiteboard. Bill Gehring will attest to this. He is our IKO certified 72 year old kiteboarding instructor. ↑ Return to top


 

I weigh 230 pounds, can I do it?

If you weigh more, it just means that you need a slightly larger kite to get you moving. A person that weighs 180lbs may be using a 12 meter kite, while a 230lbs person would use a 15 meter kite in similar winds. We have the kite boarding equipment to get you up and riding no matter what your weight. ↑ Return to top


 

Do you need to know how to swim?

Yes. It is very important that you know how to swim. ↑ Return to top


 

What is the youngest a person can be to take lessons?

12 years old is the cut off age for kiteboarding lessons in the water. Although, younger kids can still fly the trainer kites on land with instruction, getting them ready for the following lessons and building base level kite flying skills. ↑ Return to top


 

Why Should I take Kiteboarding Lessons or Kitesurfing Lessons?

Kiteboarding and kitesurfing is a potentially dangerous sport. The kites are very powerful and it is a much better idea to have a qualified instructor at your side the first time you are attempting to fly them. A few lessons at the beginning are much cheaper than buying more equipment after you break your first set, as well much less expensive than hospital bills. ↑ Return to top


 

Is South Padre Island a good place to kiteboard?

South Padre Island has it all when it comes to kiteboarding. Warm temperatures, steady wind, easy learning conditions, plenty of beach access and space, limited crowds, surf side down winders, bay side flat water, kite board shops, surf shops and a huge amount of accommodations. ↑ Return to top


 

What makes South Padre Island a good place to learn?

South Padre Island, Texas is a fantastic place to learn how to kiteboard because of consistent steady winds, shallow water that you can stand up in at all times, warm air and water temperatures, the island is easy to get to, always sunny, and more! ↑ Return to top


 

Where are you located?

The Air Padre shop is located at: 5709A Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, Texas 78597 USA.
Please see our map on the contact page to get a visual. ↑ Return to top


 

What are your hours?

The shop is open 7 days a week from 9:00am - 5:00pm. ↑ Return to top


 

Do I need a reservation?

Reservations are taken for kite boarding, surfing, SUPs and wakeboarding lessons to ensure that no one takes your time slot. Call the shop at 956-299-9463 to make your reservation today. The sooner the better for lesson reservations. During the busy season, time slots fill up fast and several weeks in advance. ↑ Return to top


 

How are the waves to surf on South Padre?

The waves in South Padre are great for surfing. Because of all the constant breezes, wind swell, as well as ground swell (from far away wind), is generated and produces the best waves in the Gulf of Mexico. The jetties at the south end of the island is the cleanest break. ↑ Return to top


 

What is the difference between kiteboarding and kitesurfing?

"Kiteboarding" and "kitesurfing" are different terms for the same sport. "Kiteboarding" is more widely used in the States and "kitesurfing" is used more abroad. They both describe using a kite to pull you along on a board. Although, some may say "kitesurfing" is when you are riding an actual surfboard behind a kite. ↑ Return to top


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