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  • What physical condition do I need to be in to take lessons?

  • You should be in good overall physical condition. You should be able to swim and fly the trainer kite prior to your first lesson. Most people think you need a lot of upper body strength and that is NOT true, your harness carries most of the kite's load. We've had students both men and women ranging from ages 14 to 70 years old! If you have any physical disabilities/ conditions please contact us.

Island Rides

General Kiteboarding Gear Questions

  • Can I use a Wakeboard or Surfboard to kite with?

    You can use these to kite, but they will be very difficult and potentially impossible to stay upwind with. Wakeboards have a much bigger rocker, making them not go upwind very well. They are also much stiffer and will make for a rough ride. Standard surf boards are also not designed as well to go upwind as well as a kitesurf board, but you they can be used to kitesurf.

  • How Many Kites/kiteboards Do I need?

    You only need 1 kite and 1 board, but that will restrict the amount of days you can get out. If the wind goes up or down a little, you'll be sitting on the beach for a while. Typically most people have 2 or 3 kites and some people will even have a 2nd larger kiteboard for light wind days.

    This is the average amount of days you can get out with specified # of kites:
    1 Kite 60% of kiteable days
    2 Kites 80% of kiteable days
    3 Kites 90% of kiteable days

  • Should I buy Kiteboarding Gear before my lessons?

    No, we recomend waiting until after your 2nd water lesson before buying gear. Your instructor will be able to better asses what gear is best for you depending on: your weight, the style/skill you want, the location you will be kiting and your budget. Also, you will get to try out different brands of gear during your lesson which can help you get an idea of what you like. We do however recomend getting gear before your supervised riding lesson (step #4), this way we can go over rigging and safety for your particular gear before you go to the beach on your own. Each brand of gear is a little bit different.

  • Should I use a kiteboard leash?

    NO! We highly advise against using a kiteboard leash because they can be extremely dangerous. There is a potential when you fall that the leash will unreel until the end, then your kite lines will load with a lot of tension. Eventually something has to give and the board will usually come out of the water flying towards your head. With a bit of practice you can easily recover your board by learning to body drag upwind.

  • Should I wear a Helmet?

    Wearing a helmet is always a good idea. Some location will even require helmets to be worn. We have kiteboard specific helmets.

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About Green Hat Kiteboarding

  • Are Green Hat Kiteboarding Instructors IKO Certified?

    Yes, all of our instructors are IKO certiied and also have CPR and first aid training. Some of our instrcutors are EMT certified.

  • Can I get my IKO certification card?

    Yes, our instructors are all IKO certified and we can issue you an IKO card. After your last lesson with us ask for your IKO certification card. The cards have check marks for all of the skills you completed, so we give them to you after your last lesson.

  • What is IKO?

    IKO is the International Kiteboarding Organisation. IKO is an organization which introduced worldwide standards for safe kiteboarding teaching. It allows instructors to know what to teach and how to teach it, schools to have a safe teaching ethic as well as medical and liability insurance coverage for customers and instructors.