Congratulations John Lucio on being this weeks featured instructor! Nikiforos had an amazing experience with you and left quite the review! Qualification: Instructor Level 2 IKO Center: Surf Club Keros From: Nikiforos Pri "An excellent instructor; an amazing experience! John was the best instructor I could have asked for. His experience and knowledge for the sport is vast and outstanding. His advice was on point and helped me progress really fast and easy with no difficulties at all. Also, I have to mention that he made me feel super safe and comfortable from the very first moment and he was very serious when it came to safety issues. I will definitely keep on kiting and I hope to meet John someday and go kiting together. I highly recommend him!" ***If you are an IKO Instructor and would like to get featured; keep up the good work and remind all your students to leave you a review to one day get selected!
Should you get coached when you are an intermediate kitesurfer? No matter how fast or slow we progressed in our kitesurfing, at some point we will eventually slow down. We get to a point where we are not progressing as fast as we used to and this is exactly the moment where we plateau. Most people when they learn to kiteboard, use an Instructor up until they become independent. They take the initial course package and once they can ride upwind and/or manage themselves they go off all on their own. At this point, those that are ambitious start testing and pushing their limits to begin developing their skills whilst some others take their time and just enjoy the beauty in the basics. It was rare before though now it is becoming more common for an intermediate kiter to get 1 on 1 coaching or join a clinic to improve their level. As kiters we often forget the power of getting coached. All the greats of any sport has a coach by their side and mentor to help. A coach will be especially useful for when you have slowed down or plateaued as they will help invigorate and guide you once again to improve in any direction you wish. To answer the question of if one should seek out coaching even if they are at an intermediate kitesurfing level? The answer is a definite yes! We all have room for improvement and/or plateau at some point which is why it is good to get some coaching to challenge and push ourselves to stay excited about the sport we love. What is your level and have you ever considered getting coached? Would you prefer getting coached one on one or within a group clinic environment?
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5 things to avoid when purchasing used kiteboarding equipment! Last year we wrote about how to buy used kite gear and many people have messaged us about how that article benefited them. Due to the positive results, we wanted to add to this mystery of buying used gear. Here are some quick tips of what to avoid when buying a used kite. 5 Things to avoid when buying a second hand kite: -Kites with major rips and repairs. -Kites older than 3 years. -Kites previously owned by someone learning unhooked freestyle. -Kites with signs of heavy wear on the material. -Kites used by uncertified instructors or schools. It is always best if possible to try it before you buy it though it is not always possible. Examining who the owner was and the material itself will generally give you a good idea if the kite will last you many sessions or break on the first hard crash. Buying used equipment is a good way to enter the sport on a budget though it can have its repercussions. If you don’t find a good deal then we recommend you consider spending the extra money on new equipment from an official dealer. This will help avoid many issues and allow you to focus on you and your riding, instead of you worrying about your equipment breaking! If you have ever purchased used kites, what has been your experience? Any other tips that were not mentioned that you find to be useful? IKO International Kiteboarding Organization