FAQ

Want to start kitesurfing? Heres a quick getting started guide from the IKSA and a few FAQ’s we hear a lot from people interested in learning how to kitesurf.

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Irish Kitesurfing Association

The IKSA is the national governing body for kitesurfing in Ireland. It represents Irish Kitesurfers on many issues including beach access for kitesurfers and organises a great calender of events and gatherings throughout the year. They need your support as an organisation to help the sport grow safely in Ireland. Check out www.iksa.ie for more details.

Insurance

It is essential to get insurance for kitesurfing. You might injure someone else while you are in the water or launching and landing a kite on the beach. You may also cause yourself an injury.
Co. Councils expect all kitesurfers to have insurance and you may be asked to provide proof.

Ask your health insurance for their coverage on sports activities or buy a separate kitesurf insurance.

Weather

It is essential to check the weather forecast and tides before you go kitesurfing.

Where can I get a forecast?

Websites and Forums

There is a lot of information about kitesurfing on the Internet. A great place to start is www.iksa.ie There are links to many Irish websites from here. This site is regularly updated with whats going on in the community with events and a chat forum
There are lots of regional Facebook groups setup by IKSA that are very active so no one goes kitesurfing alone once finished lessons.

Safe wind directions

If the wind direction is not right for your beach, DON’T GO OUT. Offshore wind will blow you out to sea, so unless there is a boat pick-up service, don’t kitesurf in this wind condition.

Try a different beach or try a different day.
Ask local kitesurfers for advise on the best beaches for the conditions.
Tides need to be checked on some beaches as you might have nowhere to launch or land your kite.

Please put your name and phone number on all your gear so it can be
identified if found. If you do loose a kite or board out to sea please
notify the coastguard by dailling 999 or 112 and explaining the
situation.

Conditions:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age or 12 years or older if accompanied by a parent
  • Be able to swim
  • Be willing to accept the risks involved in this extreme sport
  • SUP is weather dependent and courses will be rescheduled if the prevailing weather conditions are not favorable.
  • Start times will be notified nearer to the course date as it is dependent on times of tide / wind direction etc.
  • Course lengths are based on average student timings. Not all students will successfully achieve all the course aims within the allotted time as it is dependent on the individual’s own ability.
  • Each training task must be perfected before moving onto the more complex items.
  • After each session our instructor will give you a personal debriefing, letting you know how you got on, where you could improve and what you need to do next.
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