After learning all about what kiteboarding is, hopefully you have decided you want to join in the fun! Learning to kiteboard can be confusing, but we are here to help you. Read on to find out our tips for learning kiteboarding safely in Minnesota and beyond.

If you don’t read any further, just get a lesson. Trust us, you need it.

Who Can Learn?

Surprising to many newcomers, kiteboarding does not require large amounts of strength. The majority of the kite’s power is transferred to the rider through a harness worn around the rider’s midsection. This means as long as you are in decent physical shape, you can learn to kiteboard.

A kiteboarder is rigging a kite up on the shore of White Bear Lake
Kiteboarders rigging up at White Bear Lake in Minnesota

Do I Really Need a Lesson?

Short answer:
YES.

Long answer:
Kiteboarding can be one of the most challenging things you will ever learn. It combines aspects of several different sports and adds in the unpredictability of the weather. Even if you have board skills from other sports such as snowboarding or wakeboarding, learning to fly the kite properly will take time and the proper environment. Kiteboarding kites are extremely powerful and can be dangerous to not only you but also anybody else in the area.

Where Can I Get Lessons?

There are several different kite schools in Minnesota to help you learn kiteboarding. These are simply listed in alphabetical order. Please contact them for more information about scheduling lessons.

Chad the owner of Dynamik Kiteboarding holding a kiteboarding kite on a beach

Dynamik Kiteboarding

A Minnesota kiteboarding school aiming to teach you to kiteboard through effective instruction focused on rapid rider progression and safety.

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Student taking a kiteboard lesson

LAKAWA

Whether your goal is to kitesurf, kiteski, or kitesnowboard, Lakawa can help you get into the sport in a confident, safe manner.

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Stoked Kiteboarding instructor Scott with a smiling student

Stoked Kiteboarding

We are committed to getting our clients where they want to be as efficiently and safely as possible. Our goal is to create smart, safe, and independent riders.

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Where Should a Newly Independent Kiter Ride?

If you have just recently graduated from a local kite school and you are ready to practice your newly found skills, there are some locations that are better than others for you. Your kite instructor most likely went over this with you, but if not you can refer to our Where to Kite page. While using it, look for locations that are marked for the “Beginner” minimum skill level. These locations will be more forgiving for new riders and will almost always have other riders around to help you. If in doubt, please ask for help, we love to help.