HIGH WITH GRAHAM GOODWIN
Fort Lauderdale Kite Surfing School
Kite Surfing all year around - Get with the program!
is the most fun and exhilarating new sport that can be enjoyed by anyone
in reasonably good health. If the sport is approached with knowledgable
training, judgement and suitable gear it is safer than many other sports.
Kiteboarding can be done in flat waters similar to wakeboarding and water
skiing or in waves like surfing with the ability to jump and fly. Some
pros achieve heights of 60 feet and 100 yards in distance. Gear is light,
compact and easy to store or travel with. Wind is free.
Kitesurfing is a mixture of paragliding, wakeboarding, surfing and windsurfing, so it appeals to a really large target group. All you need is a board that is just two metres long and weighs between 3 and 5 kilos, a kite that folds up to rucksack size, and a control bar and kite lines.
Graham Goodwin started running kitesurf-instruction courses as early as 1999 and has really made a name for itself in the kitesurfing world. We employ special kitesurfing instructors at a number of destinations who guarantee you a safe start in this new sport and the feeling that you’re mastering it right from the word ‘go’.
Novices can learn the basics in courses of 4 to 10 lessons. You start with an introduction to powerkite flying to get used to the kite’s power and the technique of handling it, and at the end of the first course unit you should be able to control the kite and cope with its tremendous pull in every situation, and to manage a safe start and landing.
Next you go on to the real kite, which has even more pull. You do all sorts of exercises with it on the beach, and practise bodydrags on the water. And once you’ve completed this part of the course you’ve done the groundwork for becoming a successful kitesurfer.
From now on you’ll be in the water: you’ll learn to do a waterstart in case you fall in, and you’ll have your first go at standing upright on the board. Kitesurfing is a sport which you can learn really quickly, because all the maneuvers can be simulated on dry land. It may look like a sport for top athletes, but in fact it’s easy to learn for anyone with average ability.
Of course, if you’re already a windsurfer or wakeboarder or do any of the other board sports, then you’ll take to kitesurfing even more readily – but it’s not necessary to have any previous experience.
By the end of the course the new-born kitesurfer is in full control of the equipment, and you’ll have done some planing in the foot straps and maybe even tried your first gybes. Whatever you do, don’t try kitesurfing via the "do it yourself” approach. It’s absolutely essential to take part in a course in order to be aware of the potential dangers - and above all to know how to cope with them. Be smart and get taught properly! A kite that’s out of control is a danger to people on the beach as well as to the pilot.
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Prices:3-5 Hour Class ( $95 per hour)
Kite Training (on beach)
Body Dragging (on water)
Kite Surfing (on water)