Yes and no, learning to kitesurf and practicing kitesurfing has a cost, it’s clear, much higher than running for example. The cost of buying the first kite and other equipment can represent a big investment that is not necessarily within the reach of everyone.
However, put into perspective over the time of use and with other sports of sliding, sailing, or diving,… not so much.
Step 1 Kitesurfing Courses :
The first step in learning to kitesurf is of course to go to a kite school (well before considering buying equipment). For your safety and later, for a serene progression, learning in a school with certified professional instructors is a necessary step, skipping it could cost you much more.
It takes an average of 15 to 20 hours of lessons to become an autonomous kitesurfer, a step-by-step learning process divided into different course modules
. Once you are certified as an autonomous kitesurfer, it still doesn’t mean that you have reached an incredible level, it just means that you will no longer be a danger to others or to yourself when kitesurfing independently.
The prices of the courses vary significantly depending on where you learn, and whether you choose to learn close to home or on holiday abroad.
In Tarifa for example, the average is around 60€/hr for private lessons and 35€/hr for semi-private lessons.
Remember: “He who believes that a professional is expensive, has no idea what an incompetent can cost him!”
Buying your first kitesurfing equipment
The dilemma of new versus second hand.
Kitesurfing requires a minimum of equipment, between wetsuit, harness, bar, board, and kite(s) of various sizes. The whole package can quickly add up.
The first advice we give you is to test different brands and models before buying your first quiver, it is strongly recommended to avoid mixing between different brands of bars and kites.
If now almost all brands offer different kite programs, the important thing is to know what you are looking for in terms of feeling and style (freeride, freestyle, waves,…). If this is your first kite set-up, we advise you to go for a polyvalent kite that will allow you to try different styles of riding.
So don’t rush into your first purchase, if you have the opportunity to try out or borrow equipment or even rent some, it’s a useful first step that will allow you to save money and refine your choice for your future purchases.
Buying a second-hand kite
Buying a second hand kite can be tempting as prices are very low, however if this is your first purchase and you are not accompanied to check both the condition of the kite and the bar and to be sure that the program is adapted to your level, we recommend that you buy your first kite (major size) new. This will allow you to get to know it, and to know how it should behave before you buy, for example, the other sizes second hand.
Buying a second hand board is much less of a problem, it is often a question of comfort and performance as your level progresses.
In any case, remember that good quality equipment bought wisely can last you for many years if it is respected and well maintained.