Frequently asked question about kite surfing in dubai 

Is kite surfing safe in Dubai?

Make sure you follow the safety guidelines delivered by your dukite dubai kite instructors and always be aware of your environment. 
Ride hard, Ride Safe, Ride again tomorrow !

How hard is it to learn how to kite surf?

It takes an average of 6 to 7 hours to start your first rides on the board in safe conditions.

What equipment do I need to kite surf?

To kite surf you need:

1. A kite 
2. A kitesurf board, 
3. A Harness, 
4. Accessories (wet suit, helmet, water shoe, etc.).

Kitefly Club Dubai will provide all the necessary equipment during your training sessions.

What types of kite can I use?

During your courses we will explain you the different type of kites, boards, harnesses and accessories available to kitesurfers.

Do I need an assistance to launch or land the kite?

Yes it is recommended and advisable to launch and land you kite with the assistance of another kitesurfer
Gold rule: Do not kite alone, always have someone watching you while kitesurfing.
At Dukite we will provide you with the appropriate instructions for a safe launching and landing.

Do I need to be fit to become a kitesurfer?

Minimum requirement to be able to take the lessons is to be able to swim in the sea. Do not hesitate to ask a check up to your doctor.

I have practiced other sport ssuch as wakeboarding, snowboarding or water-ski skills, will it help me?

Yes definitely.  Controlling a kite board is very much like controlling a wakeboard or a snowboard.

Can I do tricks in kite boarding as in wakeboarding?

Yes you can.  Furthermore, the tricks are normally more challenging as you have to do them at twice the altitude and controlling the kite at the same time.
Do I need to bring anything with me for the lesson?
Dubai Kitefly Club will provide all the gears and equipment you need for your lessons…drinking water, harness, appropriate sized kites, board…etc. You will want to bring sunscreen and sun glasses as you will be looking up in the sky a lot. 

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET SET UP?

A new kite costs from AED 3500 to AED 8000, a board can be bought now for around AED 2000 and a good harness for approximately AED 500. We offer excellent beginner packages to our students where you can get everything in one go with a discount. Once you have your equipment kitesurfing is a very inexpensive sport: the wind of course is free!

HOW MUCH WIND IS NEEDED?

Around 6 knots with specialized equipment and the right technique is the minimum. Many amateur riders keep going up to around 35knts. It is important to match the size of kite you use to the wind conditions and your body weight. If in doubt rig a smaller kite as gusts can take you by surprise and be very dangerous, especially while launching or landing.

DO YOU NEED REALLY STRONG ARMS?

The kite is attached to a harness which you wear around your waist and this takes the force. The only work your arms do is pulling gently on the control bar to steer the kite. Your legs and core take most of the strain as they transmit the force through your board to push against the water. With new more depowerable ‘bow’ kites less effort is needed though kitesurfing is still very good exercise and you can push it as far as you want.

WHAT AGE DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO KITESURF? CAN MY KIDS AND OR GRAN DO IT?

The main thing is you need to be quite fit and a confident swimmer. Young children can be started on small trainer kites to learn good control without a lot of pull and progress on to kitesurfing with a small kite under close supervision. The world tour is currently dominated by teenagers and new entrants are getting younger and younger. Strength is not nearly as important as good technique: it’s all about going with the flow, not fighting the kite.

Kitesurfing can be taken to whatever level you choose: be it savouring a calm sunset ’soul session’ or launching yourself high into the air. There is no age limit but strong swimming and fast thinking are a must in case something unexpected comes up.

DO YOU NEED WAVES TO KITESURF LIKE FOR SURFING?

The beauty of kitesurfing is that you can have fun in such varied conditions. The kite enables you to position yourself where you want on the waves and gives you the power to eject if need be: a lot of kitesurfers are addicted to waveriding as they get the benefits of having a kite to power them while still being able to kill its power while on the wave for a pure surfing experience.

However, yet more kitesurfers seek out flat water conditions. Flat water enables you to go fast and keep control, making it perfect for freestyle where you need to hold down a lot of power to jump high and fast, and to keep control in fast landings.

In reality the average kitesurfer rides on whatever is at their local spot: usually chop, small waves or swell. And they love it.

DO I NEED KITESURFING LESSONS TO KITE IN DUBAI?

Yes, you should always take lessons from a qualified instructor. This sport can be dangerous, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Check out our kitesurfing school to start learning with one of our IKO qualified instructors. 

Is kite surfing safe in Dubai?

Make sure you follow the safety guidelines delivered by your DUKITE instructors and always be aware of your environment. 

How hard is it to learn how to kite surf?

It takes an average of 6 to 8 hours to start your first rides on the board in safe conditions.

What equipment do I need to kite surf?

To kite surf you need:

1. A kite 
2. A kitesurf board, 
3. A Harness, 
4. Accessories (wet suit, helmet, water shoe, etc.).

Dukite kite surfing school will provide all the necessary equipment during your training sessions.

What types of kite can I use?

During your courses we will explain you the different type of kites, boards, harnesses and accessories available to kitesurfers.

Do I need an assistance to launch or land the kite?

Yes it is recommended and advisable to launch and land you kite with the assistance of another kitesurfer
Gold rule: Do not kite alone, always have someone watching you while kitesurfing.
At Dukite we will provide you with the appropriate instructions for a safe launching and landing.

Do I need to be fit to become a kitesurfer?

Minimum requirement to be able to take the lessons is to be able to swim in the sea. Do 

I have practiced other sport ssuch as wakeboarding, snowboarding or water-ski skills, will it help me?

Yes definitely.  Controlling a kite board is very much like controlling a wakeboard or a snowboard.

Can I do tricks in kite boarding as in wakeboarding?

Yes you can.  Furthermore, the tricks are normally more challenging as you have to do them at twice the altitude and controlling the kite at the same time.
Do I need to bring anything with me for the lesson?
Dukite kite school will provide all the gear and equipment you need for your lessons…drinking water, harness, appropriate sized kites, board…etc. You will want to bring sunscreen and sun glasses as you will be looking up in the sky a lot.