I've been dying to try kitebaording for the past two years. But unlike snowboarding or even windsurfing it's ridiculously expensive. Just lessons alone will cost you hundreds of dollars.
I managed to save up to $200 on my Ground Course ( or Level 1, according to International Kiteboarding Organization ) by buying a used trainer kite for $50 from Craigslist, and learning how to use it by watching Youtube.
But learning to kite on your own can be a frustrating and dangerous experience. Taking a kiteboarding lesson with a qualified instructor ensures that not only you, but also those around you will be safe!
After logging in hours of practice with my trainer kite, I was ready and excited about Level 2 ( Kiting Course ) that I planned to take with Urban Surf at Jetty Island in Everett.
$320 for a 4 hours class...After spending $600 on my gear, I was broke. Lucky for me, a friend of mine agreed to give kiteboarding a try, thus reducing the price to $$210
As usual, I had higher expectations that I should have had...
The description on the site promises that you'll learn a lot...but... the catch is that those 4 hours you have to split with your buddy, giving you less time to learn and practice.
Not only did we not cover everything we were suppose to, after the class I didn't feel safe or confident to continue practicing on my own. I personally don't think that experience was worth the money I spent.
The final step to become an independent rider is Level 3 ( learning how to get up and ride ) and that's another $220. I think I will have to do it the old fashion way...watching Youtube...