Frequently Asked Questions for Kiteboarding Malaysia
1. Do I need reservations?
We strongly suggest that you book your lesson as far in advance as possible. Our kiteboarding lesson fill up quickly, especially during the peak season like monsoon season, weekends and public holidays. All trips we offer are by advance reservation only, please check our description for more details.
2. Is Kitesurfing safe?
All kites nowadays come with safety systems as standard equipment. Kites safety systems that allow the rider to release the power, kite leashes and safety training have all contributed to make the sport as safe as possible. In particular the newest kites that have become available in the last few years have the ability to fully depower 100% at any time. This has made the sport much safer than at any other time in the sports history.
Always use the latest gear, that is in good condition, and make sure you get professional instruction, that includes the proper use of the safety systems. (Of course there will be some people who take unnecessary risks, by not getting lessons or generally not respecting the kite's power).
3. Do I need a lessons?
Absolutely, kiteboarding is a technical sport with a steep learning curve. Like scuba diving, skydiving, or flying a paraglider, you don’t want to take unnecessary risks while learning. Many of the techniques are counter-intuitive and are best learned in a lesson. Because of the huge forces involved, you do not want to make costly mistakes. Lessons shorten your learning time and keep you much safer in the process.
Kiteboarding kite can seriously hurt you if you don’t know what you’re doing. Worse still, if you lose control of your kite, it’s easy for you to hurt the general public at the beach. Although there is potential for kitesurfing to be dangerous, please don’t let that it put you off learning. Once you understand how a kite works, how to fly it properly, and the safety systems available, much of the danger goes away.
Think of it like driving lessons, without them, attempting to drive a car down a busy street would probably cause an accident, but with them, the potential danger is dramatically reduced. It’s the same for kitesurfing, have lessons, and be in control.
4. I’m a windsurfer, what’s the difference with kiteboarding ?
Kitesurfing is a similar discipline to windsurfing, but the key differences are: kites are more dynamic than a sail, gear is much lighter and easier to carry and rig, techniques for riding and changing direction are quite different.
For example, a rider can kitesurf in as little as 7-8 mph of wind with the proper skills and equipment. Once 10 mph is achieved, some kitesurfers can start jumping. In windsurfing, under 15 mph is usually not fun. Secondly, windsurfers need waves to help boost them into the air, kitesurfers can jump off flat water and still get good height off the water.
5. What is kiteboarding?
You experience the freedom of surfing without having to paddle out or wait for waves. You can fly like a glider without a hard landing, to get the speed of wakeboarding without needing a boat, travel long distances powered only by the wind. You can experience the thrill of carving and turning a board without travelling to the snow or risking gravel rash.
6. Is kiteboarding easy to learn?
Yes! For those with previous experience in surfing, kite-flying, snowboading, windsurfing or wakeboarding will have a quicker learning curve. But even without those things learnign should be quick with some understanding of the theory and practice. With proper instruction, the learning curve is much faster. It is recommended that all beginners receive some sort of training
The more time you spend flying the kites, the better your kite control will be which will ultimately allow you to progress your board skills. We have taught people of all ages and abilities over the years.
7. How long does it take for me to learn how to ride?
Most people attempt to stand up on the kite board on the second or third kiteboarding lesson. The success rate of standing up and riding the kite board depends on the kite control you developed on the intro lesson or previously on your own. The more time you spend on a trainer kite before your lessons, the more you will progress during the lesson.
8. What should I bring to my kiteboard lessons?
School will provide all the kite equipment required for your kite lessons.
We recommend the following thing to bring with you:
Waterwear clothing like lycra, boardshort and similar.
Take an eco-friendly, long-lasting sunscreen (SPF +50) for sun protection.
Head protection like a cap to protect you from the sun.
Take sunglasses for the kite lessons since you will be constantly looking at the kite, against the sun.
Water to stay hydrated, a few nuts and dry fruits or a banana to get some quick energy.
Right attitude! Smile, have fun while larning kiteboarding and be positive! You will learn super quickly!
9. What is the maximum age, can learn kiteboarding?
Yes! You can still learn. We have people of all ages learning how to kiteboard. However, your weight must be below 95kg. We will take into consideration that age and fitness level of a student and recommend a specific lesson program for the individual.
Older students will need to take some more time, and some extra lessons to learn. It is quite uncommon for anyone over 65 to take lessons. But most students are in the 35-55 year old category. We will train the body as well as the mind. Usually the more active seniors that are already doing other sports, are the ones that will be able to do kiteboarding. It really depends on the persons fitness and health being appropriate for the activity.
Many seniors today do regular exercise and even yoga. Age is just a number, but all students should be realistic about their expectations, and fully disclose any medical conditions or problems that could affect their ability to safely participate in kiteboarding activities.
10. What is the maximum weight limit to learn kiteboarding?
If you weight is more, it just means that you need a slightly larger kite to get you moving. A person that weighs 180lbs (82kg) may be using a 12 meter kite, while a 210lbs (95kg) person would use a 15 meter kite in similar winds.
We have the kite boarding equipment to get you up and riding, currently we only allow maximum weight up to 95kg only.
11. What is the youngest age can learn kiteboarding?
The minimum age has just been lowered to 10 years old! The minimum age we were allowed to teach was 12 years old previously. This was because of insurance and our instructor regulations. We have small gear just for kids and the program is designed to teach the youngest kids all the skills they will need to become independent kiteboarders. We also teach younger kids to fly the trainer kites. Call us to discuss for kids lesson.
12. If I only have 2 people, can I still book the package?
Yes! You can, we have sharing lesson for Beginners. You can learn it together with your friends, spouse, and family for the experience to feel what is kiteboarding all about.
13. Do I need to know how to swim?
Yes. It is very important that you know how to swim before sign up the kiteboarding lesson.
14. How do I book the Kiteboarding Lesson?
You can book the kiteboarding lesson by filling the Booking Form on our website. If you have any questions about the lesson before booking, please call or WhatsApp our General Line for assistant at +60196638336
15. How early should I arrive beforehand to meeting point?
Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your lesson. If you are not familiar with the area you may want to allow some extra time before your departure time. Make sure to get good directions before you leave home (we provide Google & Waze Map in your Confirmation Email).
FYI: Be sure to take your instructor or OXBOLD contact number info with you. All lesson start at the set scheduled and times, if you are late or you have missed the lesson. Make sure you are familiar with our booking policies.
16. What happens on a typical rafting trip?
Your trip begins when you meet us at the meeting point and time. Then convoy from the meeting point to put-in point with your car follow our guide 4WD. In put-in point, we will hand out and collect your indemnity/release forms and distribute rafting gear for everyone to get geared up. The Chief Guide will deliver a safety talk en route – a vital short discussion about how to be safe on the water, followed by assigning you a guide and group. We move quickly to get out on the river with our rafts are on the river. You’ll receive a paddle talk, learn to paddle as a team, and rafting safety training on the river before rafting starts.
Rafting begins to heading downstream, teamwork activities, shoot the breeze, learn to paddle, enjoy the scenery, see some wildlife and have the time of your life. End with great adventure and memory, heading to shower and enjoy your lunch from our chef.
17. What happens if there is bad weather?
Kiteboarding has always been a weather-dependent sport. If you have been scheduled, you must come to the lesson venue regardless of weather conditions. If we feel it is necessary to cancel, we will call you. If inclement weather occurs after you arrive, all lessons will either be postponed until later in the day, or reschedule.
Lesson will recommence when weather conditions do not compromise safety. Lightning: In the event of a severe lightning storm, activities may stop or wait for rain stop. Activities may be delayed if a storm is occuring at the activities area. If the rain keep continue and activities may be cancelled or postpone to a later date. In the case of the activities cancellation, participants are offered the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.
18. Do I need to get insurance coverage for my kiteboarding lesson?
Insurance is optional however, we highly recommended you get it. You can purchase insurance coverage for your Kitesurfing Lesson with us. Insurance is non-refundable once it's issued. Click here for Insurance Benefits.