My lessons started on the land with a smaller training kite to learn basic kite safety and flying techniques, after this we progressed into the sea with a full size power kite to apply and build on the techniques I had learnt on the land. It was very exhilarating to feel the power of the full size kite! Once I was comfortable with controlling the kite I started body dragging; using the kite to pull me through the water without a board while controlling the kite at the same time - a lot to concentrate on.
The next lesson started with practicing the kite control and body dragging from the previous day and then body dragging while holding a board. Then it was time to get serious! My instructor made sure I was able to put the board on while controlling the kite and then using the techniques he had taught me I started using a powerful stroke of the kite to get up onto the board. Although I only managed to ride the board for a short distance I was hooked!
I am so happy that I finally tried this exhilarating sport and I will be keeping it up back home in the UK. I feel more kitesurfing holidays coming up in the future!!!