Kiteboarding is something my boyfriend and I have wanted to try for a while, but have been putting off because it seemed pretty complicated, and I didn't know if I had the physical strength required. When he realized there was Kiteboarding in Provo, his eyes lit up, and we decided to give it a try.
We went to Kite Provo's website, which was very informational and gave a good breakdown on what to expect. At first we planned on doing the beach instruction one day and the water instruction another, due to the tides, but that changed and we were able to do both in one day.
Mike picked us up at our condo and drove us to the Northwest Point for our beach training. He kept things simple, starting first with a small kite with short lines and gradually progressing to larger kites with larger lines. Throughout the progression I felt very safe and confident I was receiving excellent instruction. I was surprised how much fun it was just flying the kites from the land!
Once we were comfortable with everything we had learned, we headed to Long Bay to get in the water. Mike showed us how to set up the kite, launch it, and we got in the water to get use to controlling the kite from waist-deep water. Unfortunately, the tide was a bit high, so Mike decided it would be more safe and better if we came back in a couple hours after it dropped some. He was right! Just 2 hours later, the water was now waist-deep as far out as you could walk... amazing!! We practiced everything again and continued on with more progressions until we were dragging our bodies across the water, and then learning to get up on the board. Every part of the learning experience was so much fun, we enjoyed every minute of it! Getting up with the board was exhilarating, and we found ourselves wishing the day would last longer.
I was most happy to realize that kiteboarding is nowhere near the amount of work that it looks like. Flying the kite didn't take any "muscle," as you're hooked into the harness and find out that it's more about steering and controlling the kite - not muscling and holding on for dear life as I had imagined it to be. In fact, by the end of the day, the only thing tired was my brain. It was also nice to learn how easy it is to get the kite to stop flying if you need it to, and the quick-release systems that are in place.
We were glad we planned our lesson for the first half of our trip, so we still had a few days left for more practice. The way it turned out, however, is the wind died completely, and we didn't get another opportunity. Since getting back home, we've already bought a trainer kite and plan to get out practicing as soon as possible.
Thanks to Mike and Terri for introducing us to our new favorite water sport! We couldn't have asked for anyone more friendly, calm, capable or knowledgable to show us the way, and Long Bay is the most optimal location I could imagine -- when there's wind.
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