Are you keen to learn to kiteboard? We don’t blame you. One of the most satisfying wind sports around, kiteboarding has fast attracted a passionate core of devotees- and we’re proud to be in their number here at the Big Blue Collective. So if you’re wondering where to learn to kiteboard during your time on the islands, you’ve come to the right place- we are here to help!
Why should I learn to kiteboard?
Kiteboarding, also called kitesurfing, is an exciting way to amp your adrenaline and see the world. It’s the ultimate blend of wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding, sailing and skateboarding-on-water… and it’s great fun too! Imagine yourself, balanced effortlessly on a smaller surfboard, flying across the waves under the wind-power of a small kite. What better way to have a fabulous time, see the gorgeous scenery, and keep fit all in one?
Now add the spectacular surroundings of the Turks and Caicos- soft beaches free of the Caribbean crowds, warm waters in a blinding blue hue, and a pristine natural environment encompassing everything from playful marine wildlife to achingly beautiful untouched islands? And it’s all only 90 minutes flight away from the US mainland.
Where can I learn to kiteboard in the Turks and Caicos?
If you want to know where to learn to kiteboard in Provo, look no further than the Big Blue Collective! With over 3 decades experience in the kitesurfing sport and many instructors who call the islands home all year round rather than just during peak seasons, there’s no better way to learn.
Every Big Blue Collective instructor are PASA and IKO certified, so you know you are in safe hands. Individuality has always been a key part of the learning experience here at the Collective, so we pride ourselves on tailoring offered instruction to meet your needs- whether you’re a genuine first-timer or someone with experience looking to hone their skills.
What is kiteboarding instruction like with the Big Blue Collective?
Don’t worry if you’re new to the sport and don’t have the gear- we offer equipment rentals from the world-class Cabrinha line, so can provide all the gear you need. We use all the latest switchblades, boards and Neil Pryde harnesses, and your gear will be included as part of your lesson.
If you’re keen to use your own equipment, however, we recommend your board, a larger twin tip, and 12M kites for men (ladies, aim for a 9m or 10m kite). You can size these up or down depending on the wind predictions for your time here. Wind conditions in the TCI are generally excellent, averaging out at 12-25 knots (15-17 knots being typical), and we’re always happy to talk shop so don’t hesitate to ask us what’s going on on the islands currently.
You’ll want to aim for water sport-friendly clothing you’re happy wearing in and out of the water- and your spirit of adventure is mandatory, of course! Don’t forget your sense of humour, either! We can organise pick-up at your hotel, or feel free to meet us at our beach headquarters on Leeward Provo.
We understand that everyone learns to kiteboard differently so the exact lesson flow will depend on your existing skills, learning style and confidence. Our primary focus is shaping you into a safe, savvy kiteboarder. You’ll leave the lesson able to asses the weather, make sound decisions about wind and your skills, and knowing how to gauge your launch and landing areas whether alone or surrounded by other water users. A typical beginners lesson will take around 6 hours, and many feel able to ride afterwards. Even if you need a little extra help to get your confidence up, you’ll know exactly how to head out into the water safely.
We also offer an extended course that takes you beyond simply learning to kiteboard, and focuses on safety systems, troubleshooting your way out of snags, and self-rescue. This additional focus is perfect for those who find that the sport has bitten them, who will want to take their kiteboarding skills into a new hobby.
Can I learn to kiteboard by myself?
It’s highly recommended to take instruction rather than trying to learn the sport yourself. There’ are a few good reasons for this:
- Safety: Under the eagle-eyes of a trained and certified instructor, you can learn in full confidence, without worrying about your personal safety or that of fellow water users. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the process, instead, confident that years of knowledge are guiding you- and that a backup team is in place if you do need help.
- You’ll learn faster (and without mistakes): Safety aside, you’ll be able to grasp the basics with expert tutelage, rather than fumbling your way through by trial and error. This means you won’t learn bad habits, and you’ll be able to grasp the basics quicker- and get to exploring the world from your board confident in your skills
- You can experience world-class equipment: With our school’s equipment at your disposal, you’ll have access to the very best without having to lay out money on your own equipment.
If you’re keen to get started and simply wondering where to learn to kiteboard in the TCI, then look no further than the Big Blue Collective. With our expert instructors on your team, you’ll soon be enjoying the very best the Caribbean has to offer with confidence, the wind strong in your sails and your adrenaline pumping. Keen to know more about learning to kiteboard? The team is waiting to hear from you, so feel free to get in touch today.