Kite Boston is a labor of love, founded out of a desire to improve many of the gaps that we see in the industry and help people overcome the obstacles/barriers to entry in the most cost effective manner. If you are simply looking for the cheapest lessons then we are probably not the company for you. What we are hoping to provide is a better overall experience and value based on years of experience teaching and kiting/kiteboarding in the greater boston/new england area and across the country. Boston has some of the best teaching conditions available anywhere if you go to the right place and rivals many caribbean locations in many ways (except for water temperatures, which can be rather cool, but that's what wetsuits are for).
Kiteboarding in Boston
There are plenty of spots to kiteboard in and around boston. Best places to kitesurf in new england can be found north of boston. At nahant, revere and winthrop. If you are looking to kiteboard south of boston best places are located on the cape and also road island. Best time to kite in boston is between April and November with best wind blowing in October. The best blog to get involved in this sport is MassKiting website, where you can find local posting for kitesurfing gear and general information related to kiting in new england. If you are looking for best place to repair kites we at kite boston recommend is located at Marstons Mills, MA.
Is kiteboarding difficult/is it an extreme sport?
Kiteboarding is not really all that difficult, but it's also not easy and it depends what you are looking to accomplish. When kiteboarding was still in it's infancy as a sport (late 90's) it was not as safe and probably qualified as an extreme sport. Today, with the right equipment and proper safety procedures kiteboarding is safe for everyone and not all that extreme if you just want to ride casually. I usually compare learning to kite to learning to snowboard or even learning to ride a bike. The first time you got on a bike it didn't feel very safe and it was difficult to balances and my guess is you probably fell down a few times and perhaps even hurt yourself while learning, but after a little practice it quickly became like a second nature and probably now feels very natural/easy. Snowboarding and kiteboarding are similar in that they feel rather awkward in the beginning, but once your body adjust balancing the components that make up riding comes naturally and you can ride back and forth without thinking about it much. The learning curve is rather slow in the beginning, but picks up quickly, sometimes even exponentially. How long it takes to get the initially feel is different for each person, but most people make good progress after a few solid days and often students can be up and riding on the first day of lessons.
How much does it cost to get into the sport?
The up front cost to kiteboarding can be substantial, but it becomes more reasonable over time. Once you have your equipment and no longer require lessons the recurring cost are limited to maintaining your equipment and the cost of visiting the beach/ocean. Unlikely other expensive sports like skiing/snowboarding, golf you don't have large recurring cost (lift tickets, entrance fees) and the equipment often last awhile with proper care. Brand new equipment is very expensive (thousands of dollars), but there are often much more reasonable deals on used equipment if you know what to look for. We advise caution when buying used equipment and recommend not purchase gear that is more than 3 years old because there have been substantial technological improvements in gear over the last 10 years and the gear wears out over time even if it it's not being used.