Kitesurfing is a sport where you ride a modified surfboard while being attached to a specifically designed kite that is used to propel you forward using the wind. Kitesurfing is viewed as an extreme sport that is extremely fun, exciting and combines elements from surfing, snowboarding, wake boarding and windsurfing. If you are interested in this sport then you should definitely enroll in a kitesurf school Phuket that will teach you all the basics you need to get kitesurfing in no time at all.
However, there are many factors that need to be considered when choosing a kitesurfing school in phuket. If you are not from Thailand, but are interested in learning there, you will have to do some extra research. The first thing that you have to do is research the various kitesurfing schools in Phuket. This can be done by asking local kitesurfers for their recommendations. Reviews from real people are usually better for finding a school that may not have an online presence and might have excellent instructors you would have never found on your own. However, if this is not possible, then you should do some online research and find the best schools in Phuket via blogs, forums, review sites etc.
Next, since Phuket is a tourist destination area, the cost of kitesurfing lessons will greatly vary from one school to the next. As a foreigner you might be charged more, so one useful tip is to ask a local to make the booking for you. This is a great method that many travelers use to get great deals and save a lot of money. You need to remember that you will need more than one kitesurfing lesson, so be sure to factor that into your expenses.
One downside is that you may choose a school but realize that you’re not happy with the instructors, service or teaching style. In order to prevent being “locked” onto a school, you should try getting one lesson from a handful of schools. By doing this, you will be able to find a school and instructor that you are completely satisfied with so that you get the learning experience you paid for.
This leads to my next point which is a word of caution. There are many local kiteboarders that may offer you lessons that are not affiliated with a school. You may think this is a good opportunity to learn from an experienced kitesurfer, however, if you are a beginner, this can hurt your technique more than anything else. You should only take lessons from instructors that are IKO certified so that you don’t learn poor form or techniques that will need to be corrected later on. Learning with a local kiteboarder may save you some money, but will hurt your kiteboarding ability in the long run.
In conclusion, finding a phuket kitesurfing school may take awhile, but well worth the trouble. This sport is highly rewarding and the feeling is indescribable. It will take many weeks and even months of practice to learn, but once you do, it will become addictive!