Kiteboarding Riding Conditions

How much wind do I need to go kiteboarding?

Generally speaking, the average kiteboarder needs about 12mph of wind to get up and ride. Lighter riders can stay upwind and ride in less wind, while heavier riders (over 200lbs) may need 15mph. Modern race boards and race kites can get a skilled rider ripping in under 10mph, but this is the exception, not the rule.

When is it too windy to head out kiteboarding?

Upwind body dragging

Upwind body dragging should be regarded as an essential skill. Many beginners are worried about losing their board while learning. Some use a board leash to connect it to them - this is very dangerous and should be avoided. You can retrieve your board when you lose it by body dragging back upwind.

Once you have learnt upwind body dragging you don't need to worry about losing your board. You can recover it even if you have a big crash and get hoiked downwind it. The technique is similar to kitesurfing wind, expect you use your body and one arm as the keel.