Welcome to Kitesurfing School (or Kiteboarding School). It was conceived in 1998 and quickly grew into being one of the world’s most famous and popular kitesurfing/kiteboarding information websites.
Now, years later, the website has been reviewed by a new dedicated team of kitesurf lovers who, just like before, will offer you a tremendous amount of information about kitesurfing, kiteboarding, kite snowboarding, kite skiing, kite landboarding, kite skating, kiteboarding, kite energy (electricity generation), and other related water sport activities.
Kiting toward the sunset. Photo by Jennifer Madore. The photo was taken two decades ago when this website was new.
Kiting still is a growing family of water sports. Just like before, this site will be updated frequently to keep up with the new equipment improvements, new techniques, and experiences.
Background of Kitesurfingschool
The Kitesurfing School website was originally conceived by Hung Vu (Saigon, Vietnam & Ottawa, Canada) and Jan Pina (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, DR) during Christmas 1998 at Cabarete and Salina, Dominican Republic.
Both Hung and Jan were pioneer kitesurfers who started learning kitesurfing in Summer, Fall of 1998. Originally, Hung and Jan wanted to create the first kitesurfing center in the Dominican Republic at Salina.
After some good kiting times at Salina and Cabarete, the original idea became more ambitious and grew into KitesurfingsSchool.org, the world’s first and most popular kitesurfing school website providing a free and great amount of information and online instructions to all kiteboarders worldwide.
The original site was created in Spring 1999 and released on June 7, 1999. It was blooming for many years but went down in 2016. Then, 5 years later, it was revived by a new team of kitesurf lovers. Most of the old material has been kept, and on top of that, we regularly add new and updated info.
Jump! The photo was taken by Steve Slaby when this sport was still young.
The information herein was originally written and updated based on:
- The learning experiences of Hung Vu and Jan Pina.
- Discussion with and/or observation of other world-wide pioneer kitesurfers in action: Jan Pina (the second kitesurfer of Cabarete, DR), Terry (the first kitesurfer of Cabarete, DR), Antonio Esteban (the third kitesurfer of DR), Cory Roeseler (the kitewaterskiing inventor, US), Teresa Roeseler (Cory’s better half, US), Mathew (Cory’s friend, US), Andre (Cory’s student, Germany), Royce (a pioneer Maui, Hawaii kitesurfer, US), Mauricio (a pioneer Maui, Hawaii kitesurfer, US), Ian Young (the first Australian kitesurfer), Alex Gillian (owner of Stonker, Australia), Ben Merkenhof (Kitesurfing pioneer in New Castle, Australia), Mat Colefax (the first Australian kite distributor), Kane Hartil (New Zealand, the first sponsored rider for Peter Lynn Kites, 1999 Australian Kite Surf Challenge Champion), Stephanie (Kane’s girl friend, New Zealand), Dave (Kiteboard Headquarter, Australia), Josh Young (the first kitesurfer of Tampa Bay probably of Florida, USA), Michel Montmigny (owner of ConceptAir, Quebec, Canada) and many other pioneer kitesurfers. Private e-mails with a number of kitesurfers world-wide.
- Contributions from many kitesurfers world wide especially from Jan Pina, Stefano Rosso (the first kitesurfer of Brazil, the legendary creator of the world famous Kitesurf group), Mark Frasier (Kitesurfing FAQ contributor, USA), Chris Glazier (Kitesurfingschool.org contributor, associated moderator of the legendary Kitesurf, Ksurfschool and CanKitesurf groups, Vancouver, Canada), Rick Iossi (the kitesurfing safety guru, founder of FKA Inc., Florida, USA) and many others.
- Direct links to how-to and tricks videos (originally from the video “The Complete Kiteboarding Guide – Mark Shinn”) provided by Ronny Basso (Norway).
- Discussions on the legendary Kitesurf, KsurfSchool mailing lists, and the various KiteSurf forums.
- The wonderful kite and kitesurfing websites, blogs in the world.
- Comments, suggestions, and corrections from many kitesurfers worldwide.
Kitesurfer Population World Wide
The very rough estimated number of kitesurfers at any given time was 30% to 40% of the total number of visitors to Kitesurfingschool.org during the first years that followed the 2nd millennia. That meant roughly 150,000 to 200,000 kitesurfers worldwide.
Today, in 2021, the number of kitesurfers worldwide is estimated to roughly 2 million. The number is based on an ISAF Report and on statistics telling that nearly 200.000 kites are sold globally each year.
What Type Of People Kitesurf?
Almost every type! Even “Charlie” now kitesurfs. Most of them surf in Europe and North America, and along the shores in Easy Asia.
- To provide quality information to help to learn kitesurfing, kite skiing, kite snowboarding, and kite landboarding easier and safer.
- To help to improve kiting equipment and techniques.
- To help to identify kite sports as a family of environment-friendly and healthy sports.
What Can You Do To Help The Kitesurfing Community?
Thumb Up! Way-back photo by Steve Slaby.
- Feel free to share our material. Do so by adding a backlink to kitesurfingschool.org.
- Send us your photos or videos to be posted on our website.
- Leave us a comment or send an email.
What About Kiteboarding Safety?
There have been known fatal accidents while kitesurfing. So for kitesurfing or any other disciplines of power kiting, safety has to be taken seriously. It is recommended that you take lessons from a reputable local kitesurfing school.
Open Source Content
KitesurfingSchool.org is an “open source” website and the information on this site can be copied and used for a variety of purposes including commercial, as long as the following conditions are met:
- For each page, there must be clear indications that the information originates from www.kitesurfingschool.org.
- The information from this website and any derivative of it must be freely accessible to everyone at no charge.
- All derivative works (and any subsequent derivatives thereof) based on the original information on this website are also deemed to be “open source” and can be copied, used by everyone in the same manner as the original works.
- Some information on this website (only a small part) belongs to and/or copyrighted by others (normally indicated explicitly). This information is private copyrighted property unless explicitly specified as “open source”. Please contact us for clarification whenever in doubt.
So, the general rule is that you can freely use this website as open-source, as long as you link to our website.