You can operate most any power tool, scuba dive, ride a horse, drive most anything, and maybe even fly without lessons but, please don’t try kite boarding without lessons!
First, there is your wakeboard (getting dragged behind a boat) or your snow board, or your wind board, or your stand up paddle board but, the ultimate has got to be the kite board; both in DANGER and how long it takes to solo ride it.
Our instructor(s) Norm and his son told us that about nine (9) hours average is what it takes to solo. Four of us signed up for lessons. Once the gear was sorted out we moved on to the beach and played around with a baby kite. This little guy was not strong enough to pull you but takes a little while to learn how to control.
I stopped writing long enough to look for Norm’s business card when I noted that I am missing my wedding ring. Fortunately, one of the two is now found so, here is Norm’s info: Baja Kite boarding; (and FYI the ring is also found and back on my finger.
The fact that if I handed you the kite, and if you didn’t know how to fly it; you could literally get launched up immediately about say one or two stories before beginning your beach descent.
Or, the kite or strings on it could literally slice another beach goer or your fingers or other persons body parts. This is why I say there is some element of danger; not any danger once one knows what one is doing or out on the water kite boarding. Day one of day one’s lessons we got dragged. The instructor takes the big kite into the water with you holding on to his harness. Once in the water, we switch. You now control the kite and drag the instructor. Hopefully, you are able to control the kite and move down the beach or in any direction, while mastering the techniques.
At some point in the water another kite boarder avoided a mid air collision with me, he ducking his kite under mine and me, lifting mine over his. Needless to say, my instructor was impressed. Yes, there are rules, similar to sailing as to who has the right of way.
Lessons two on another day we practice what we learned; get dragged some more and eventually solo drag our selves while wearing a walkie-talkie helmet. The instructor from shore gives you corrective lessons.
Final lesson – this is where the board finally gets introduced.