How much wind is needed to have kitesurfing lessons?

If you’ve ever thought about kitesurfing, it’s not a bad idea to keep yourself well informed
of all the important details to make your decision the right one.
Therefore, one of the first questions should be: How much wind is needed to have kitesurfing lessons?

We can have different answers to this question.
Are they all correct?  What is the correct answer?

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Choose the right kite size for the wind
Choose the right kite size for the wind

Honesty lasts longest says an old saying … and in this case more than ever. Why? Because an interested answer, a biased answer only will lead to frustration and misperception. Maybe kitesurfing is not a sport for me?


How much wind is needed
to have kitesurfing lessons?

If you’ve ask yourself this question, it should not be when you are standing on the beach when 20 or 25 knots blow
This question absolutely lacks the right basis for an accurate answer.

strong wind is not good for learning

Will you try to learn to have your first driving lesson in a winding road under a blizzard and at 9 pm. on a winter day?

Which are the best wind conditions?
to learn kitesurfing?

Which are the best wind conditions for learning kitesurfing?

The best wind conditions? the ideal conditions? I would say, at the beginning of your kites lesson, in your first approach to the kite tuition, best wind force should be between 6 and 12 knots.

beginner kite course in mallorca

Your first contact with the kite and the kite bar, the information process, how to handle a kite. How to transmit our orders to the kite, all of it, should take place in light winds.

This will give you a progressive feeling and without feeling that you’re putting yourself in danger.

grosse schirm und wenig wind immer besser
Better to have your training in light winds with a bigger kite

Is it advisable to start your kite course in stronger winds?    No!
Can it be good if you start your exercises in winds over 12 knots?   Not exactly!
The stronger the wind, the bigger the difficulty to control your kite.
A good start in your kite tuition will create the basis for a successful development on your  learning progression.

wind meter kitesurfing lessons mallorca in April

Your kite course will take you step by step to using larger kites and longer lines, while in the beginning shorter lines and medium sized kites facilitate your training.

learn kitesurfing at 12 knots kitesurfing mallorca

During the last steps of your kite lessons and if you are about to start practicing your waterstarts, a breeze up to 15 knots may also be welcome, although 12 knots, if using the right size of kite for your weight will do the job without any hassle and make you feel more secure.


Other opinions

Some people would say 10 knots of wind are not enough for having a good kite lesson and it’s always more fun to start with more wind.  I remember hearing sometimes: Yes … it is possible to kite in 8-9 knots or so, but it requires more skills and can be frustrating.

avoid accidents don't kitesurf on a storm

Do not believe it!   The quieter the wind, the better for a first kite lesson start.

Winds over 15 knots will give you a feeling of incertitude and will be no forgiveness to any handling mistake, therefore your kite will crash or you may even lose your balance, fall to the ground -or water- and get dragged, perhaps damaging the kite equipment or even hurting you or others nearby.

Dangerous wind do not kitesurf

Remember the poor driving lesson of the example, the winding road, the snowstorm, and all of it happening at 9 pm
Better be it on a straight road, not any trace of a storm and better if that happens at 2 pm.