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    Shallow water lagoon perfect for the beginning

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  • Learn Kitesurfing on Kos

    Theory training relaxed on the beach

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  • Learn Kitesurfing in Egypt

    Learn Kitesurfing in one week

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  • Learn Kitesurfing on Zanzibar

    Learn Kitesurfing at a dreamlike lagoon

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  • Learn Kitesurfing in Dakhla

    In Dakhla the whole team is happy about your first meters!

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Learn Kitesurfing:
Everybody can learn kitesurfing 

Kitesurfing, a sport that every active person can learn nowadays. In general, nobody is too young or old to learn this action-packed sport, also called kiteboarding. The assumption that you need strength and well-trained muscles to learn kitesurfing is also a mistake. The trapeze distributes the power to the body and not only to the arms. A special harness is usually used to learn kitesurfing. Since the kites (the kites that serve as sails for kitesurfing) have become much safer in recent years, kitesurfing is accessible and easy to learn for everyone.

This feeling when the wind carries you over the water while kitesurfing is incredible. Good for all who want to learn kitesurfing: You don’t need any previous knowledge. However, one should attend a serious and licensed kitesurfing school to learn kitesurfing on the kiteboard. Ideal conditions for learning kitesurfing can be found in a special kitesurfing holiday.

What kitesurfing and the incredible feeling of being on the water feels like shows our favourite kitesurfing film “Chapter One”. Take a look inside!

Why it is best to learn kitesurfing on holiday:

But why do you find the best conditions to learn kitesurfing on a kitesurfing holiday? Licensed VDWS trainers offer you the best possible help to celebrate your first experiences of success on the kiteboard. During your holidays you will learn kitesurfing relaxed and without time pressure. A big advantage is learning kitesurfing in our selected kitespots, the wind is steady and therefore ideal for learning kitesurfing. Small training groups and individual help round off the kitesurfing lessons. If you learn kitesurfing on holiday, don’t be afraid to fall into the water. The warm water temperatures and shallow lagoons are not only a paradise for kitesurf beginners. You can find such a lagoon in Dakhla, Zanzibar, Egypt or Sicily.

Whether you travel alone or in a group, the unique community feeling is guaranteed. Here everyone comes together whose heart beats for kitesurfing and who wants to learn kitesurfing. You will also experience the unique culture and breathtaking landscape of a country – either while learning kitesurfing on the water or during one of the numerous activities. Whether exploring the beautiful old town of Essaouira, a tour from Tarifa to Gibraltar or a jungle safari in Kalpitiya. So if there is no wind to learn kitesurfing, there are many adventures to experience.

Learn Kitesurfing at Tatajuba/ Brazil

Learn how to kitesurf: An online beginners tutorial 

Even if it might look unbelievable at first sight, kitesurfing can be learned quite fast and easily. A few tough steps at first will be rewarded instantly, the second you glide over the water. Sun and the salty water on your skin, the wind blowing into your face and beautiful landscapes around you – you’ll be hooked within the first minute! Usually it takes around a week to learn the basics and to ride your first meters. The better you prepare, the easier it will be. So why not starting right now?

Learn how to kitesurf: Introduction

You don’t learn kitesurfing in two days, a kitesurfing course usually lasts three to five days and after that you should plan a few more days to practice the kitesurfing skills you have learned. But after a week – with good conditions and a certain sportiness presupposed – you glide with the kiteboard, pulled by your kite, over the water.

The following video gives you a very good overview to learn kitesurfing in a kitesurfing course, which you can do for example in Zanzibar, Sicily or even in Denmark.

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Kitesurf online video tutorial for beginners

Join Anne and Tabea from the KiteWorldWide office in Hamburg for a complete kitesurf beginners guide.

This kitesurf online tutorial should serve as a preparation for a kitesurf course or as a refresher.

ATTENTION: This course is not intended to replace a course provided by professional kitesurf school. Without professional instruction, kitesurfing can be a dangerous sport.  To learn kitesurfing in a safe environment, you should attend a course provided by a certified kite school.

Want to know where to go and learn? Have a look at our hand picked destinations for beginners, where we offer the perfect learner packages to suit you.  High wind likelihood combined with nice weather and good learning spots.  Though kitesurfing is easy to learn, generally a minimum of 3-4 days are required to complete a course and some more days to strengthen and practice what you have learned.

The complete online tutorial includes 15 short videos. Here are the first 12 episodes. Make sure to check out our homepage or sign in for the mailing list, to not miss a new episode.

A special thanks to our media partner Gleiten.TV for the production of this tutorial.


learn how to kite surf, part 1: The kiteboard

In this kitesurfing learn video Anne shows you how the kiteboard is built. Among other things, how to mount the fins, footstraps and the handle to learn kitesurfing safely.

Learn how to kitesurf, part 2: Kite Details

This video of the learn kitesurfing course will show you how the kite is constructed and the individual components of the kite are named, so that you can already impress with the right terms of kitesurfing during your first kitesurfing course.

Terminology of kitesurfing

After a short theoretical introduction, it’s time to get to know the equipment. The most frequent terms concerning the kite and the board, you’ll learn along the way. Like this you already have a basis which you can apply in practice.

Kitesurf Destinations for Beginners

The following destinations are suitable for beginners:

Kiteboarding Events Sicily

The Kite Learn Event in Sicily in cooperation with Kiteboarding Events - Exclusive at KiteWorldWide. You can expect the experienced Kiteboarding Events trainer team, a huge material pool with test kites and boards of different brands and of course support by the KiteWorldWide team on site.

Kitesurfing in Spain -Tarifa

Tarifa, for many it is the capital of wind, ocean, beach and the spanish surf- and kitesurf lifestyle. Aside of kitesurfing at the 14km long sandy beach Los Lances, the old town is packed with cosy little cafes and surf shops at daytime and a pumping at night with its bars and clubs!

Kitesurfing in Brazil - Tatajuba

Empty spots, wind and kiting, kiting, kiting! The little paradise, called Tatajuba, pleases everyone with one of the best shallow water spots and the most reliable and strongest wind of Brazil!

Kitesurfing in Sri Lanka - Kalpitiya

KiteWorldWide Lagoon Lodge Sri Lanka / Kalpitiya. Comfortable lodge located right at the huge flat water lagoon with extreme high wind guarantee and two seasons: from May until October and from December until March.

Kitesurfing at Zanzibar - Jambiani

Discover this awesome kite-island with KiteWorldWide! Crystal clear turquoise water, steady winds and huge flatwater areas await you from december to march and july to october.

Kitesurfing in Egypt - Seahorse Bay

Our Kitesurf Spot in Egypt - between Hurghada and El Gouna, Hotels directly at the Spot, brandnew Kite Center with F-One gear, Flatwater lagoon with shallow water - limited spaces for more space on the water! Great kitesurfing conditions in March, April, June, July, September, October and November!

Egypt: All you can learn

No matter if you are a total beginner or advanced with your own gear or rental. During the kite learn events our experienced and fully licensed Kite instructors will help you with everything that you want to learn. Schedules for spring, summer, autumn and winter you will find on our website!

Kitesurfing in Greece - Kos

Mastichari on Kos is the new spot for everybody that wants to get into the world of kitesurfing or to improve his or her skills. Nice kiteschool, beautiful accommodation and ideal also for families. Season is from April to October.

Kitesurfing in Italy - Sicily

A huge lagoon with throughout flat and shallow water throughout. The short distance to the African continent is responsible for the warm and pleasant temperatures from March until November. On top of that two different wind systems, which create constant wind.

The perfect spot to learn kitesurfing

Regarding the perfect spot for kitesurf of course, there are various statements and myths.

On the quest for a suitable spot to learn kitesurfing, you’ll constantly hear numerous people saying that this or that particular spot, is the perfect spot. Even though, all spots are usually quite different from one another.  Due to the fact, that we are offering a large number of different destinations and also running six kite schools, we have gained a lot of experience, which we would like to share with you. Here are some basics to keep in mind, when looking for the perfect spot.

Light wind vs. strong wind

The most important factor to learn kite surfing is a high wind likelihood. It doesn’t matter where you are, if you don’t have wind, you won’t be able to complete a course.  We have learned, that the power of wind is rather unimportant.  Everything in a range from 12 till 40 knots works, since nowadays small as well as big kites work very well and offer the needed control, safety and re-launch capabilities. Typical light wind areas preferred by our kitesurfing beginners are Zanzibar or Kos in Greece. Many say, that strong winds would always bring some problems.  We disagree, what usually causes trouble are the gusty winds. In Tatajuba (Brazil), one of our learning destinations, we made rather positive experiences with strong winds. Due to an almost 100% chance of strong winds, we mostly practice on 3-7m kites and see constantly good learning success by our students.

Shallow water vs. Deep water

A lot of people say, that you need shallow water to learn kitesurfing.  The truth is, that it gives beginners a certain secureness and that it does support progress during the first hours.  However, to avoid injuries, you should watch out not to land – out of reflex – with your feet first.  It is very important to practise in deep water, too.  So that later the transfer is not to difficult.  You can find flatwater spots, to learn kitesurfing, in Egypt, Dakhla in MoroccoKalpitiya in Sri Lanka and Zanzibar. But deep water is not a barrier for a professional kite schools.  In Tarifa or Kos (Greece), you will also find many schools, which teach in a professional manner in deep water. As a perfect compromise, we know some areas where the wind blows side-onshore and the water only becomes deep gradually.  In this way, you can stand the first 50-100m but at the same time you get a good feeling for deep water (e.g. for body dragging). Such areas are for example Essaouria or the lagoon Langebaan near Cape Town.

Learn how to kitesurf, part 3: Setting up the kite

Anne shows you in this video to learn kitesurfing, how the kite is built and what to consider when it comes to wind direction and ground. This is important so you don’t hurt yourself or damage the kite when you start learning kitesurfing.


Learn how to kitesurf, part 4: The Kite Bar and the Lines

This kitesurfing video is about the kite bar, Anne shows you how to lay out the kite bar correctly and how to attach the lines correctly. When you learn to kitesurf, this is the first step towards a safe kitesurfing session.

Learn how to kitesurf, part 5:  
The Trainer Kite

How the first flight attempts with a trainer kite look like, you can see in this video of the kitesurfing learning video series. Starting the first practical exercises with a trainer kite is a great start when you learn kitesurfing.

Learn how to kitesurf, part 6: The Safety

To learn kitesurfing safely, we show you in this video of the kitesurfing video series what to consider before you go kitesurfing on the water and how to release the kite on the water in case of an emergency.

The way rules

The right of way rules are a crucial part of learning how to kitesurf. If you learn kitesurfing, becoming familiar with the right of way rules should be one of the first points on the list. Don’t be afraid of the theoretical part of kitesurfing, it’s easier than it might look at the beginning!

Passing upwind

learn how to kite surf way rulesWhen passing upwind, you need to focus on the position of your Kite. The rider passing upwind has to pilot his kite overhead. Consequently, the rider passing downwind has to pilot his kite as low as possible.

Right hand on the bar has way

learn how to kite surf way rulesThe rider with the right hand forwards on the bar has priority over the oncoming rider (left hand forwards) and should keep the course. The rider with the left hand and shoulder forwards on the bar has to give way and adjust the course downwind.

Windward gives way to leeward

learn how to kite surf way rulesThe windward (the direction upwind from the point of reference) kitesurfer always gives way to the leeward (the direction downwind from the point of reference) kitesurfer.

Learn how to kitesurf, part 7: Launching and Landing

In this video of the learn kitesurfing video series we deal with launching and landing. Anne shows you what the kitesurfer and the starting helper have to consider before you go kitesurfing on the water.

Learn how to kitesurf, part 8:
Kite piloting exercises

Anne shows you in this video how the first flying exercises with the kite looks like and what to consider when it comes to steering and controlling the kite.

Learn how to kitesurf, part 9:
The body drag

In this video of the learn kitesurfing, video series we show you the technique for downwind and upwind body dragging. This is an important technique when kitesurfing and the first exercise you do while learning to kitesurf in the water.

learn how to kitesurf, part 10:
The re-launch

In this kitesurfing video you will learn how to launch your kite on the water. When learning to kitesurf it can happen that the kite falls down and you have to launch it out of the water again.

Learn how to kitesurf, part 11: Waterstart preliminary practice

Anne shows you in this kitesurfing video some preliminary exercises for the board start. It is all about orientation, posture and body tension. All important components for the successful learning of kitesurfing.

Learn how to kitesurf, part 12:
The water start

Last but not least: The board start. In this kitesurfing video we will show you the launch process to the ultimate feeling of happiness on the board, when the preparatory work pays off in the whole kitesurfing learning process and you ride the first meters.