Kitessurfing is Corona Virus – Covid-19 Free: info & safety and hygiene measures for Kitesurfing in Sardinia

Kitesurfing in Safety with no Corona Virus - Kitesurf is sardinia Covd Free

With the italian government decree of 26 April 2020, from 4 May 2020 it will be possible to carry out outdoor sports activities. Kitesurfing is therefore allowed, by respecting the measures to contain the covid-19 – Corona Virus, and in compliance with local ordinances. In this page are explained:

  • the decrees and the legislative ordinances that allow to kitesurf in Sardinia;
  • the safety and hygiene measures taken by KiteGeneration to learn to kitesurf and to access to its facilities in Safety.

Kitesurfing is allowed in Sardinia

As per the italian government decree of 26 April 2020 , all individial sporting activities are allowed. To do Kitesurf is therefore allowed in Italy if done individually.

Regarding the Kite school, we are waiting for the government’s green light for teaching Kitesurf. We are ready, we have implemented a series of “covid free measures” to guarantee the safety and that are explained below.
Currently (May 2020), flights to the sa

In addition, the Government of Sardinia has clarified, with ordinance n.20 of 02.05.2020 and with the clarifications of 09.02.2020,  that sea sporting activities are allowed. In those official documents it has been clarified also that to carry out all sporting activities people can move throughout all Sardinia.

As you can see in the below local newspaper of Sardinia, people is allowe to kitesurf in Sardinia:

Stay tuned on this page! It will be updated whenever there are news.

Why Kitesurfing in Sardinia is Coravirus free – Covid Free?

Since March 2020 and till now (May 2020), in order to avoid the spread of the corona virus / covid-19, people not resident in Sardinia can enter in Sardinia only in the case of a really valid reason and only after the approval of the Sardinia goverment. People who have been/are allowed to enter in Sardinia for a really valid reason had to remain in isolation / quarantine for a period of two weeks. Flights and ships to Sardinia should be available again for everybody starting from  15 June 2020, as you can read in this post of L’Unione Sarda, the most important newspaper of Sardinia.

Currently, in Sardinia, serological tests are being started (e.g in Villasimius, see this post of La Nuova Sardegna) in order to isolate positive people and make the region free from corona virus / covid-19 free.

For the next period, flights and ships to and from Sardinia would be reallowed to People / Tourists that undergo a serological test in order to keep Sardinia a corona virus / covid free island.

In this context, shops, markets, pharmacies, etc and people are respecting the rules imposed by government decrees and local ordinances.

Finally, individual sports such as kitesurfing are allowed being corona virus / covid free (kitesurfing and other nautical sports even more sure, given that the spread of the corona corona in the open water is practically zero).

Stay tuned on this page! It will be updated whenever there are news.

How KiteGeneration operates during Covid-19 – Corona Virus period

The operation of KiteGeneration during the Corona Virus / covid-19 pandemic is carried in compliance with safety and hygiene measures required by authorities and necessary to ensure high safety standards for customers and guests as well as employees and collaborators.

As water sports center, all actictivities of kitesurfing, windsurfing and SUP, rental, etc take place outdoors on an open water and are likely safer than others due to the absence of spread of the virus in water environment. Anyway, those activities have to be carefully managed due to the inter-personal contacts and air transpiration. For this reason,  a series of measures have been implemented to mitigate the potential Corona Virus – Covid 19 risk for customers, employees and collaborators.

Measures applied during kitesurfing, Windsurfing, SUP and other activities

Specifically, the following general measures are applied at KiteGeneration during the teaching of Kisturfing / Windsurfing / SUP / etc to contain the potential spread of Corona Virus – Covid-19:

  1. Personal hygiene and safety
  2. Workplace hygiene and safety
  3. Customers and guests hygiene and safety
  4. Employees and collaborators hygiene and safety

1. Personal hygiene and safety

  • hands: hand washing (at least 30 seconds) with soap products and not shaking hands in greeting;
  • sneezing and coughing “indoor”: sneezing and coughing in indoor places only in disposable paper handkerchiefs and immediate disposal in a waste basket with cover;
  • avoid touching mouth, nose, eyes with your hands;
  • masks: wear (fancy) respiratory masks and gloves when inter-personal distances are lower than 2 meters.

2. Workplace hygiene and safety

  • interpersonal contacts. avoid close contact among people, both employees and customers, respecting the minimum safety distance of 2 meters, wearing masks and gloves when distances are lower than 2 meters;
  • floor markings that provide the necessary safety distance in the indoor places
  • signs and walking routes: sign and walking routes are showed in order that people have as little contact as possible with each other when boarding the boats, when handing out material, etc;
  • use of common facilities only individually;
  • availability of disinfectant dispensers where needed;
  • workplaces regularly cleaned and ventilated;
  • packed food and drinks are available in order to avoid food contamination;
  • pictograms for hand washing, spacing and other hygiene in the toilet and changing room;
  • large and organized parking spaces for customers.

3. Customers and guests hygiene and safety

Additionally to the personal and general workplace hygiene and safety rules and measures described above, some other measures, related to guest and customers, to contain the spead of Covid-19 – Corona Virus are:

  • customers who have to fill out the documents should disinfect their hands on the dispenser beforehand pens or tablets
  • when registering, customers should confirm in writing that they have had no contact with infected persons up to this point and do not suffer from typical corona symptoms;
  • each customer receives a small gift in the form of a disinfectant bottle and respiratory mask, which he/she should always have with him/her.

4. Employees and collaborators hygiene and safety

Other additional measures for the working team of KiteGeneration are:

  • respiratory masks: training on correct wearing, replace masks after prolonged use, use only when necessary
  • daily health check of employees and collaborators (COVID 19 symptoms)
  • use of private trasportation by employees/collaborators to avoid the use of public transport;
  • limited number of employees/collaborators (key personnel).

VDWS, IKO, FIV Kitesurf Association

VDWS IKO FIV

Would you like to learn kitesurfing and you would like to know which is the right kiteschool / kitecenter? We suggest you to choose a school that is affiliated with one of the kitesurf Associations / organizations / federations and that has certified instructors.

Or would you like to become a kite instructor and you would like to know the right federation to become instructor with?

Here below we will explain the difference between the two most known International Kite organization / association, VDWS and IKO, and the FIV, the Italian Sail Federation.

VDWS, IKO or FIV?

Here below you could understand the differences between  FIV, IKO and VDWS and make your choice.

 

IKO and VDWS

The VDWS (Verband Deutscher Wassersport Schulen) and IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) are international groups that have developped their own teaching methodology for all wind and water sports including kitesurfing (VDWS), and for kiteboarding (IKO). Their purpose is to teach spread kitesurfing safely.

While VDWS is recognized by national sail federation (e.g. Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and is getting stronger internationally, IKO is actually not recognized by national sail federations or by the World Sailing, the international sailing federation and and in recent times it has lost visibility internationally (that is also the reason why they are currently making incredible offers to become their partners, offers that they did not once offer).

IKO and VDWS teaching methologies

IKO and VDWS have created their own didactic methodology generally divided into skill levels.

The seven teaching levels of VDWS are:

  1. Kite Level 1: Safety Basics, Getting Ready, Start Kite Flying, Take Off
  2. Kite Level 2: Kite Flying, Kite Relaunch, Bodydrag
  3. Kite Level 3: Waterstart, Going Downwind for a short distance
  4. Kite Level 4: Going Downwind, Changing direction, Keep Position to Wind, Basic Jibe
  5. Kite Level 5: Going Upwind
  6. Kite Level 6: Basic Jumps and Carved Jibes, or Transition Jumps
  7. Kite Level 7: Rotation or Kiteloop, Grabs, One Foot, Board Off or Railey.

The three teaching levels of IKO are:

  1. IKO Level 1, Discovery: The basic principles of kitesurfing are taught at the Discovery level. In addition to kitesurfing theory, kite assembly procedures and some kite control exercises are taught.
  2. IKO Level 2, Intermediate: At the intermediate level, kite control is practiced and body-drag and water starts are learned.
  3. IKO Level 3, Independent: At the independent level you learn the maneuvers for proper navigation as well as the direction change maneuvers.

Become VDWS and IKO instructor

To become a first level IKO or VDWS instructor you must enroll in a course organized by them. To participate to the course to become instructor, you must have an appropriate kite level. By paying a registration fee (price of the course can go from approximately 600 to around 1300 euros), you can join to the kite instructor course and, after a course of some days that include a practical phase, a theoretical phase, by passing an internship, you will be IKO / VDWS Kitesurf Instructor.

FIV

The FIV (Italian Sailing Federation) is a  non-profit sailing federation, recognized by the World Sailing (International Sailing Federation). Born in 1927 in Italy, the FIV has the purpose of spreading sailing (including kitesurfing). FIV has its own teaching methodology aimed mainly at competitive activity.

Become FIV instructor

To become a first level FIV instructor you have to first pass an admission test which consists of:

  • A test on theory on sea, wind and kitesurf knowledge;
  • A practical test with a boat;
  • A practical test with Kitesurf.

Once you have passed the admission test, you could join to the kite course for instructors that consist in:

  • 50-hour theory course
  • 120-hour internship
  • final 60-hour theory course
  • final exam before a commission of federal technicians.

FIV, IKO or VDWS: conclusions

  • FIV is recognized by World Sailing.
  • The FIV instructors follow a longer kite course for instructors than the VDWS and IKO instructors.
  • The diffusion in the world of VDWS and IKO kite schools is higher than FIV kiteschoolss, based only in Italy.

KiteGeneration uses both the VDWS and FIV teaching methodologies.

 

How to get to Sardinia and Cagliari

Would you like to know how to get to Sardinia and Cagliari?

Here below a list of the best search engines for low cost flights, a list of the airline companies providing direct flights to Cagliari (Sardinia) from many Italian and European cities and a list with the shipping companies to Sardinia.

Have a nice trip!

Search engines for low-cost flights

Airlines Companies to/from Cagliari

  • RYANAIR – Flights from/to: Charleroi (FR) – Marseille (FR) – Baden-Baden (GER) – Dusseldorf (GER) – Frankfurt (GER) – Karlsruhe (GER) – Nuremberg (GER) – Cracow (POL) – Barcellona (SPA) – Girona (SPA) – Ibiza (SPA) – Madrid (SPA) – Seville (SPA) – Valencia (SPA) – Bari (IT) – Cuneo (IT) – Bergamo (IT) – Genova (IT) – Parma (IT) – Perugia (IT) – Perscara (IT) – Pisa (IT) – Roma (IT) – Trapani (IT) – Trieste (IT) – Verona (IT)
  • TUI Airways – Flights from London (UK) to Olbia and Alghero
  • EASYJET – Flights from/to: London (UK) – Mulhouse (GER) – Berlin (GER) – Paris (FR) – Friburgo (GER) – Basilea (CH) – Milano (IT)
  • MERIDIANA FLY – Flights from/to: Chisinau (MOL) – Moscow (RU) – Bologna (IT) – Milano (IT) – Firenze (IT) – Napoli (IT) – Olbia (IT) – Palermo (IT) – Roma (IT) – Torino (IT)
  • AIRBERLIN – Flights from/to: Munich (GER) – Cologne – Bonn (GER) – Dusseldorf (GER)
  • AIR ONE – Flights from/to: Milano (IT)  – Roma (IT) – Venezia (IT)
  • ALITALIA – Flights from/to: Milano (IT) – Venezia (IT) – Roma (IT)
  • AIR DOLOMITI – Flights from/to: Munich (GER)
  • BRITISH AIRWAYS – Fligths from/to: London (UK)
  • DARWIN AIRLINES – Flights from/to: Geneve (CH)
  • GERMAN WINGS – Flights from/to: Cologne – Bonn (GER) – Hannover (GER) – Stuggart (GER)
  • LUFTHANSA – Flights from: Munich (GER)
  • NIKI LAUDA Airlines – Flights from/to: Vienna (AUT)
  • SMART WINGS – Flights from/to: Praga (CZ)
  • SWISS Airlines – Flights from/to: Zurich (CH)
  • VOLOTEA – Fly from/to: Venezia (IT) – Ancona (IT)
Shipping Companies from/to Sardinia

Looking for a Job as Kiteboarding instructor or Kitesurf assistant?

Job Applicant for Kiteboarding instructor Kitesurf assistant

Season 2016 – KiteGeneration, kiteschool in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy), is looking for kite instructors and kite assistants (both male and female), fitting the description below, to start working for the 2016 season.

We are looking for serious applicants, motivated, outgoing, extremely patient with students, with skills and experience in teaching and with good adaptation skills.

 

Job position as Kite Instructor / Kitesurf Assistant

What we offer

  • Fix Salary per month – fix salary (different for kite intructor or kite assistant) will be get by the kitesurf instructor / kite assistant at the end of the working month.
  • Fix bonus per month in case of good performances – fix bonus (different for kite intructor or kite assistant) will be get by the kite instructor at the end of the working period.
  • Fix Fee for accomodation / room in the historic center of Cagliari  – fix fee for accomodation will be get by the kitesurf instructor / kite assistant at the end of the working month.
  • Car to bring the students to the kite spots.
  • Perfect conditions for teaching.
  • A friendly working environment with like-minded people.
  • An amazing working place: Sardinia.

 

Required skills to the kite instructor / kite assistant

  • Previous experience in teaching kitesurfing. VDWS or any other national certification are welcome.
  • Fluent in English. Other languages (French, German, Russian, Italian) are a plus.
  • Good adaptation qualities: kite instructors / Kite assistants should be ready to answer to the phone, get the payments from clients, store/clean the equipment.
  • Outgoing personality, social, respectful, polite, open-mind …
  • Pro-active.
  • Patient.
  • Ready to teach according to KiteGeneration best practices and Sardinia rules.
  • Car driving License
  • Other skills that can be a plus:
    • Can drive a boat, or willing to learn.
    • SUP and Surf skills is a plus.

 

Kite Instructor Assignments

  • ​​Student Management: the instructor is in charge of greeting students, explaining course conditions, communicate lessons planning during the course, get payment from them if necessary and advising for equipment and additional services.
  • Spot: the collaborator is in charge of reach selected spot for the class,  driving the car with equipment and students.
  • Teaching: the collaborator is in charge of teaching in all offered kite courses (Beginner, Advanced/Intermediate, and Renting) following National Certification/KiteGeneration standards and to teach SUP basics.
  • Equipment: the collaborator is responsible for the selection of the equipment to be used during the lessons, maintenance (cleaning, checking for any damage…) and store to the school after use.

Note: When wind is not blowing or when the clients ask for a different services, we offer different activities like SUP, Snorkeling, Boat tours (see: www.visitoursardinia.com). 

 

Work Conditions: in which conditions would work a kite instructor in Southern Sardinia

In Sardinia the prevalent winds are Mistral (North-West) and Sirocco (South-East).

In general the wind conditions are variable and wind could change direction everyday: one day the wind can blow from North-West, the day after from South-East, the next day could be Thermic wind. For this reason, spots for kitesurfing / kite lessons can change everyday. Usually the wind is blowing from 12:00 / 13:00 till 17:00 / 18:00.

Founded in 2009, our kiteschool is located in Cagliari, in the middle between the west and the east coast of Sardinia island in Italy. From Cagliari can easily reach all the most famous kite spots in southern Sardinia:

More info on kite spots on Southern Sardinia can be found here: Kite Spots Sardinia.

 

Living in Cagliari

Cagliari is really a beautiful city.

There are all the services of a big city (shops, supermarkets, pubs, post, train station, airport, harbor, etc) but in the meantime is comfortable and livable (expecially the historical center of Cagliari that is like a village).

The easiest and cheapest way to reach Cagliari is a low cost flight. Cagliari has is own airport, Cagliari-Elmas airport, but in Sardinia there are also 2 more airports, Olbia and Alghero, To find a low cost flight with RyanAir, Easyjet, Volotea or Alitalia, from the most important cities of Europe, is not so complicated.

 

How to apply

All applicants should sent an email to job@kitegeneration.com as follow:

  • Objet of the email: Applicant for Kite Instructor / Kite Assistant
  • Body of the email:
    • Name and surname:  ……..
    • Date of birth:  ……..
    • Nationality:  ……..
    • Portrait photo:  ……..
    • CV with past experience / certifications.
    • Presentation about you.  ……..
    • Why are you applicant for this job and what make you the ideal candidate for this job?  ……..
    • What makes you a good instructor?  ……..
  • Attachement: CV with previous experiences / certifications.

Become Kitesurf and Windsurf Instructor in Punta Trettu, Sardinia

Punta Trettu in Sardinia

Our Kite Centre in Punta Trettu is looking for Kite and Windsurf Instructors, possibly with long term commitment. The environment is dynamic, fun and friendly!

Required skills to the Kite and Windsurf instructor

We are looking for serious applicants, motivated, outgoing, extremely patient with students, with skills and experience in teaching and with good adaptation skills. Here under the list of the main required skills:

  • Previous experience in teaching kitesurfing. VDWS or any other national certification are welcome.
  • Fluent in English. German and/or French are appreciated.
  • Good adaptation qualities: instructors should be client-friendly, should be ready  to get payments, store/clean the equipment, etc.
  • Outgoing personality, social, respectful, polite, open-mind …
  • Pro-active.
  • Patient.
  • Ready to teach according to KiteGeneration best practices and Sardinia rules.
  • Car driving License
  • Other skills that can be a plus:
    • Can drive a boat, or willing to learn.

Instructor Assignments

  • ​​Student Management: the instructor is in charge of greeting students, explaining course conditions, communicate lessons planning during the course, get payment from clients if necessary and advising them for equipment and additional services.
  • Teaching: the collaborator is in charge of teaching in all offered kite courses (Beginner, Advanced/Intermediate, and Renting) following National Certification/KiteGeneration standards and to teach SUP basics.
  • Equipment: the collaborator is responsible for the selection of the equipment to be used during the lessons, maintenance (cleaning, checking for any damage…) and store to the school after use.

Where

We are looking for instructors for our Centre in Punta Trettu in the south West of Sardinia, Italy. Punta Trettu has became famous because is great wind conditions and because shallow and flat water.

Instrructor have to perform its activities here. In case of no wind, he could be asked to reach othe spots (driving the car with equipment and students) or perform different activities

How to Apply

People that like to apply as instructor have to send an email to job@kitegeneration.com with the following information:

  • Objet of the email: Applicant for Kite and/or Windsurf Instructor
  • Body of the email:
    • Name and surname:  ……..
    • Date of birth:  ……..
    • Nationality:  ……..
    • Spoken Languages:   ……..
    • Short presentation about you, indicating:
    • Why are you applicant for this job and what make you the ideal candidate for this job?
    • What makes you a good instructor?
  • Attachments to the email:
    • CV with previous experiences / certifications
    • Portrait Photo.

What is the Kitesurfing? What does mean Kiteboarding?

Kiteboarding is a sailing sport and consists in harnessing the power of the wind with a controllable kite while propelling across the water on a board, usually simmetric and similar to a wakeboard and called twin-tip board. Depending on used board, kiteboarding is called in different ways:

  • if the board is a surf board, kiteboarding becomes Kitesurfing;
  • if the board is a Hydro Foil board, kiteboarding becomes Kite Foil;

Anyway, it is common to call kitesurf or simply kite all kind of Kiteboarding.

On snow or ice, using a Kite a kite plus a snowboard or ski, this sport is called Snowkiting or Kite skiing or simply Snowkite.

Different styles on Kiteboarding

There are different kiteboarding styles that can be summarized as follow:

  • Freestyle: a “free-format” that consists in using the board and the kite to get height enabling the kiter to do big jumps, rotations, board offs and other tricks;
  • Surf Freestyle: a discipline which consists in realizing tricks with a kite and a surf-board without straps. Tricks include rotations, big airs and 360;
  • Freeride: it is about having fun and learning new techniques;
  • Speed: speed events and records using a special directional board longer and with bigger fins than a normal board;
  • Formula Kite (Course racing): races along a course involving both speed and tactics;
  • Kite Foil: doing kite with a hydro foil board;
  • Slalom: it includes reaching starts, reaching courses, and obstacles to jump.
  • Kite waves: surfing the waves with a directional board;
  • Jumping / Big Air: it consists in boosting as high as possibile in the air;
  • Wake-Style: it consist in doing tricks and aerials using a twin-tip board with bindings;
  • Park riding: Park riding is very similar to wakestyle. Riders use wakeboarding obstacles to perform tricks on them.

Kiteboarding Classes (disciplines)

The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) is the Kite Class Association of the World Sailing , recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the governing body of windsurfing, kiteboarding up to the America’s Cup.

IKA responsibility is to manage the global administration of kiteboarding and combining world events into one united ranking.

Kite Classes recognized by IKA are:

Kite equipment

The basic equipment for kitesurfing consists of:

  • Kite;
  • Lines and Bar;
  • Harness;
  • Board.
Kites

Kites can be of different sizes (common sizes go from 5 to 18 m2). Size to be used depends on the wind strength and on rider size of the rider. Anyway, the principle is: if the wind intensity increases, the size of the kite to be used should decrease.

Kites are available in two major forms: inflatable kites and foil kites.

The inflatable parts of inflatable kites , that need to be inflated with a pump, help to hold the shape and also allow the kite to float on the water and therefore be re-launched. For this reason they are usually used on the water. The inflable kites can have different: from C kites, named C kites due to their very curved shape forming a letter C, to bow kites, named box due to their flatter shape similar to an archers bow. Most of the kite manufacturers produce different kite shapes: bow kites are usually for freeride / all round, C kites are for freestyle / wakestyle (C kites have quick reactive turning and powerful turns however they have harder water re-launch and less depower than Bow).

Foil kites, similar to the paraglides , have air cells that inflate with the wind (they don’t need to be inflates with a pump). Foil kites are usually used on the land (for kite buggy)  and on Snow (for Snow Kiting) and on the water by rders participating on races due to their hight performances.

Boards

The boards used are predominately symmetrical being the same whichever direction you are travelling in, similar to a wake board: these are called twin tips.

Even directional boards are used for kitesurfing:

  • boards similar to surf are used, usually, when riding waves;
  • Kite Foil board (or Hydrofoil Kiteboard or simply Foil ), a surfboard with a hydrofoil that lifts the board above the water surface. The Hydrofoil is something like a mini aeroplane, which is connected to a very long fin (called mast) under your kiteboard that once you get up to speed, lift you off the water and keep riding only on the submerged foil.

A large surface area of a board means less power needed to get it up and planning on the water. Usually, big boards are used in light winds or by beginners so they do not need so much power in the kite keeping it safer.

Bar and lines, Harness and other equipment

Lines , usually 4 or 5 and with a length between 15 and 30 m, are made of a very strong material. They connect the rider’s control bar to the kite.

The control bar is a solid metal or composite bar which attaches to the kite via the lines. The rider holds on to this bar and controls the kite by pulling at its ends, causing the kite to rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise like a bicycle.

The harness attaches the rider to the kite through the lines.

Other accessories that are or can be required for kitesurfing are the pump (for inflatable kites), helmet, impact vest and wetsuit.

Learn to kitesurf

Kitesurfing takes its ideas from a whole range of other sports e.g wakeboarding and power kiting that give the main influences, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing and paragliding.

People that pratice one of the before mentioned sports can pick up kitesurfing quickly improving, in the meantime, in the their other sport(s). Even people that never done any of the above mentioned sports can learn to kitesurf quickly: kitesurfing may look hard and complicated but is instead one of the easiest water sport to learn and has a very quick progression curve with many people being up and riding after just few hours of kite lessons.

Kitesurfing  is an adrenaline sport, fun and not too hard to learn, and has a lot of health benefits health as we use our whole body: our legs are used to control the board and push against the power of the kite whereas our torso and arms are used to hold onto the kite and keep the balance.

If you like to learn to kitesurf, the best advice that KiteGeneration Kiteschool would like to give you is to attend a kitesurf course and to avoid the “do it yourself”. The reasons are:

  • Kiteboarding can be a dangerous sport: Even that modern kites are equipped with many safety systems and are much more manageable than their ancestors, just an wrong weather evaluation or a wrong setting on kite can cause serious accidents to yourself and to the other people around you.
  • Learn kiteboarding with the right gear is easier than to learn with a wrong one: In order to learn kiteboarding quickly is better to start to practice with a small kite and, only after becoming familiar with it, start with bigger kites. With the “do it yourself” is unthinkable to have kites of all sizes (they are very expensive), so you are forced to try immediately with a big kite without having a good understaing of it (dangerous!). Moreover, when you are learning, the kite often goes down and may break easily. Attending a kite course with a kiteschool you could discover, without buying all the necessary gear, if you really want to invest the time and the money that kiteboarding requires.

Kite Course for Beginners in Sardinia

Kitesurfing Lessons in Sardinia: Kite Course for Beginners

New! Our Kite course for beginner has got two very important additional improvements to be added to the normal Kite Course!

  • The First improvement: After 4 hours of lessons, our kiteschool will lend you a Kite Trainer (totaly safe to be used after 4 hours of lesson) in order you could improve the kite control! In this way, at the second lesson, you will have a plus for the remaing kite course hours!
  • The Second improvement: After each lessons, we will send you some documentation/tutorial where you could see what you have learned during the kite lesson with the instructor and learn additional notions that usually are not part of the lesson with the instructor!

The two above listed improvements, would be added for free to the normal kite course for beginners here below described.

Description of the Kite Course for Beginners

The Beginner Kite Course is addressed to people who like to learn to kitesurf, from the kite controlling untill the hang glinding on the sea.

By the end of the Beginner Kite Course, you will practice getting up on the board for your first ride. During the course, you will improve kite piloting with power, one hand kite piloting, body dragging.

We have different kinds of Beginner Kite Course:

  • Beginner Kite Course (8 hours of kite course, 2/3 days)
  • Super Beginner Kite Course (12 hours of kite course, 3/4 days)
  • Pro Beginner Kite Course (15 hours of kite course, 4/5 days)

A longer kite course means better kite skills and level (here all the kite levels of the kite learning program).

 

The Beginner Kite Course of 8 hours is usually scheduled as follows:

1° – 2° hours

  • theory (rules and security systems, winds, meteorology, kite flight theory)
  • setting and unsetting the kite
  • taking off (or launching) and land the kite
  • controlling the kite during the flight in the different areas of the flight window

3° – 4° hours

  • managing the kite during the flight
  • adjusting the kite during the flight
  • body-dragging
  • re-launching the kite from the water
  • making the kite fly with one hand walking upwind

5° – 6° hours

  • making practice on flight and control of the kite
  • making the kite fly with one hand walking upwind with the board on hand
  • body-dragging with the table

7° – 8° hours

  • inserting your feet in the foot-straps while keeping the kite with one hand
  • first starts with the board (water-start)
  • hang gliding on the sea
  • maintaining the correct position with the body during navigation

Notes

Entry Level: Students must be able to swim

 

North Kiteboarding, Duotone, Cabrinha: the kitesurf revolution in 2020!

North Kiteboarding and Duotone

North Kiteboarding or Duotone?! What’s going on in the market with these kite brands? And why also Cabrinha is involved? Are you a bit confused? Yes for sure, that has been a bit confusing. Communication and information at times do not circulate in a clear way. Let’s try to simplify it a little for understanding what is happened between North Kiteboarding, Duotone and Cabrinha.

North Technology Group and Boards & More

North Kiteboarding in the Story with Duotone
NorthKB in the story with Duotone

Basically, there are two names involved in this story:

  1. the North Sails / North Technology Group (NTG),
  2. Boards & More.

The North Sails / NTG is an American company owned by Oakley Capital and founded in 1957, San Diego, California. They are high-tech holders for sailor navigation equipment.

Duotone old North Kiteboarding
Duotone Logo

The Boards & More is a company with its headquarter in Austria founded in 2000, and owns Fanatic, ION, F2, Maui Project boards, A.R.T. and Arrows windsurf sails.

Licensing arrangement between North Sails and Boards & More for using the brand North Kiteboarding

The North Sails and Board & More had a trade agreement in which Boards & More could manufacture kites, name the models of the equipment, contract the brand-sponsored riders and perform all other processes, by paying Royalties to North Sails / North Technology Group for using the name “North” , already known and consolidated into the world of the sail.

In other words, around the 2000s, when kiteboarding has started to grow, Boards & More decided to launch a new kitesurfing product line. Due to the strong brand recognition of North, the North Kiteboarding was born. The North Kiteboarding name was licensed out from the North Sails / North Technology Group to Boards & More.

The licensing arrangement seemed to go well until recently. Around 2014 the North Technology Group came under new ownership. Now it is not clear if the new owners of North Sails had other ideas for the licensed brands or if there were some problems for unpaid Royalties from Boards & More to North Technology Group. The “real why” only knows who’s inside and is part of the process, but the fact is that, on late 2017, the licensing agreement between North Technology Group and Boards & More, for using the brand North Kiteboarding,  came to an end.

After the ending of the licensing agreement between Bords & More and North Technology Group, Boards & More has decided to continue producing the kiteboarding products with the brand Duotone, recycling a brand that they already owned. The North Technology Group on 2018 has announced that they would be developing and launching a new line of kiteboarding products for the 2020 season with their famous brand North Kiteboarding.

And Cabrinha?

Cabrinha involvement in on NorthKB and Duotone Story

And why also Cabrinha is often mentioned in the Duotone – North Kiteboarding “story”?

On 2018, the North Technology Group, anxious to get into the kiteboarding market, after announcing that they would be developing and launching a new line of North Kiteboarding products for 2020 season, started recruiting a number of kiteboarding leading people. Several of these kiteboarding leading people came from / was woking for Cabrinha, owned by Neil Pride Group (NP Group): people like Klaus Warkentin (actually NorthKB Sale Director), David Mead (actually NorthKB Director Operations and Manufacturing), Mike Raper (actually NorthKB Director of Brand & Product), Hugh Pinfold (actulally NorthKB Director of Design and Engineering), that in the past were working for NP Group / Cabrinha, became part of North Kiteboarding Team.

This is the reason why Cabrinha is often mentioned in this story between North Kiteboarding and Duotone.

North Kiteboarding and Mystic

On January 9, 2019, North Sails / NTG announced that they have absorbed Mystic and other brands of MBrands and that they have created a new group called North Actionsports Group, which groups together North Kiteboarding, Mystic and Magic Marine.

The headquarters of the North Actionsports Group will be in Netherland, where MBrands had its headquarters.

North Kiteboarding, Duotone, Cabrinha in 2020

In summary, in the 2020 season:

  • North Kiteboarding will launch a new line of kite equipment,
  • the old Rebel, Dice, Neo, Vegas, etc will be branded Duotone,
  • Cabrinha, probably, will have something in less than the previous years.

A new Duotone Kite has been found in Cagliari, Sardinia

Duotone Kite Lost in Cagliari, Sardinia
Duotone Kite Lost or Stolen in Cagliari
Duotone Kite Lost in Cagliari

A New Duotone Kite has been found in Cagliari, Sardinia.

Do you live in Sardinia or were / are you on holiday in Sardinia for kitesurfing and did you loose a kite?

We have found a new Duotone Kite!

This kite has been found in a street in the center of Cagliari. We don’t know if it was forgotten or it was stolen and abandoned by thieves who didn’t know what to do with it.

The fact is that the kite is not ours and we are trying to find the owner, that probably is very saddened by having lost it.

If it’s your kite or if you know the owner, you can contact us 🙂

Ciao!!