Kite surfing is not something you
just try for half an hour. You need to want to do it and
you need to dedicate some time and effort, but the
rewards are indescribable. The minimum course is 4
hours. 8 hours will give you not only an IKO certification card
enabling you to you rent equipment in other kite surfing
spots all over the world, but will provide you with a solid grounding in all the following;.
The Level 1 -
Kite boarder Level 1 on land (4 hours)
Identifying safe wind directions and conditions for
Discerning the hazards of a surfing spot.
Knowing how to use the safety systems.
Twisting and untwisting the lines while flying the kite.
Walking & changing directions while flying the kite.
Identifying and using the wind windows.
Setting-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system.
Pre-flight checking of equipment and settings.
In flight checking of equipment and settings.
Pulling the quick release and activating the kite leash
Launching and landing the kite to an assistant and as an
assistant (4/5-line de-power kite)
Controlling the kite hooked into the harness (using both
hands and one hand)
Understanding the de-power system and the use of the
Learning advanced flying skills with the de-power kite.
Showing full control of de-power systems in flight.
Recovering the bar and kite.
All of these are essential in order to continue to level
Kite boarder Level 2 in the
water (4 hours)
After taking this course, you
should be proficient in all of the following:
Enter and exit the water independently and safely while
controlling the kite.
Water re-launch the kite.
Body drag downwind.
Maintain correct kite position in the wind window.
Change direction to the left and right while body
Self-rescue and full pack-down in deep water.
Upwind body drag to recover board.
Upwind body drag holding the board with one hand.
Enter and exit at the same point while upwind body
Know the power stroke for a water start.
Can put the board on the feet and maintain the correct
position for water start.
Water starts in both directions and ride a short
Come to a controlled stop.
Know the right of way rules.
Know equipment set up and choice according to the
By the end of this level 4 days have passed, by now you
should be ready to launch a kite , get in the water and
Most students attend IKO level
1+2 and after some training
they can also attain level 3.
Level 3 is for those who want to
take kite boarding to a professional level
the riding speed by edging.
Toe side edging.
Consistently riding in all directions including
Riding with other riders and respecting “Right of
Way” rules for all.
Changing of direction without stopping.
Making a toe side turn.
Making risk assessment and becoming aware of the
Knowing the theory and the safety rules for jumping.
Landing a basic jump.
From then on in it is practice to perfection.
Limassol and Paphos
All Kite surfing
instructors are IKO certified and they love their
job. Lessons can be one on one or on high season
one on two or three per instructor. All levels of
freestyle and wave riding are taught.
The kites are the latest Airush DNA & Lithium which are
designed especially for schools with auto relaunch
features which also make them very stable.
Your instructor will take you through the complexities
of kite surfing in the safest and fastest way possible.
The usual kite surfing spot is between Paphos and
Limassol but of course it is all wind dependent. There
are 4 main preferred beaches in the area. You
cannot just kite surf from any beach in Cyprus.
The wind usually is west or
southwest varying for 17 knots up to 23 knots
and a few days with stronger winds.
Lessons can be in
Russian, English, Greek and Bulgarian.