Third day learning kitesurfing at El Medano Tenerife (really 2.5 days considering the first day was in a group which doesn’t work well). Learning with the excellent Sognicanarias kite school at El Médano, Tenerife.
Lessons learned on day 2.5:
How to set up and launch the kite
Basic body drag without the board
Body drag with the board
Controlling the kite with two hands
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Next lesson, I should be getting out properly on the water – actually riding the board. That’s the plan anyway but I guess it depends how quickly I progress. Note to the wise – unlike snowboarding, it’s not worth taking group lessons with kitesurfing. At least in the early stages, schools only take one kite per instructor – and you need his attention anyway when you’re learning to make sure you don’t take off. Consequently, if you’re in a group, you’ll get very little time actually learning how to control the kite.
With hindsight, the first lesson was a bit a of a waste of time as we were in a group of three and ended up with hardly any time actually using the kite. You’re definitely better off paying the extra money to go single (there’s actually not that much difference in price anyway).
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