Kitesurfing Lessons in Cyprus by Eightsmileys Kitesurf School

Learn kitesurfing in Cyprus with an experienced IKO kiteboarding instructor and learn to kitesurf in Cyprus


General Info

Kitesurfing is an extreme sport, it is therefore necessary to take some lessons with an experienced instructor-rider before you give it a go. Lessons are important primarily to ensure your own safety, as well as for you to progress faster through the various techniques and make it to that first joyride! ☺

Being in good physical condition is important for people who want to learn how to kitesurf, although no great physical strength is required to learn the sport. Even a five-year-old kid can kitesurf with ease, even though the best age would be 10 years old.


Besides being an exciting sport, kitesurfing is a great exercise and could help you burn plenty of calories! ☺

During the lessons we provide you with all the necessary equipment: kite, board, harness, floatation vest and a helmet complete with waterproof walkie-talkie so your instructor can guide you while you are practicing in the water. Through the lessons you progress step by step and only move to the next level when you have mastered the previous one. To be able to start practicing safely without supervision, you will need to have completed a total of 9 hours of lessons approximately.

All you have to do is choose one of the courses ‘Eightsmileys’ offers, depending on your level and experience, and we will take care of the rest. We will advise you on weather conditions and availability for your requested period and answer all other possible questions you may have.

What you need to bring along with you to the lessons is some sunscreen, a cool drink, a small snack and plenty of enthusiasm and determination!

Lessons are conducted at either Paramali or Avdimou Beach, where the winds are side-on shore with no risk of getting drifted out to sea.  Both locations are frequented by local riders and rarely attract any swimmers or tourists.


IKO (International Kitesurfing Organization) Kitesurfing Courses Information 

Beginners Course 1


Requirement: basic swimming skills

Duration: Approx. 3 hrs

By the end of this course you will know how to launch-land a kite, know the basics about the wind. You will also fly the kite on land and be taught about safety.



  • Carry/set up the lines and kite
  • Determine the wind direction, upwind and downwind
  • Fly a small kite in the wind window edge and maintain it close to the ground
  • Know how to stop the kite power in case of a problem by releasing the bar
  • Be aware that the kite leash must be worn at all times, before kite launching and until landing
  • Be aware of the area where the kite can crash downwind to the pilot
  • Recover the kite and secure it on land


  • Launch the kite with an assistant and choose the right angle to the wind
  • Position the kite on request from 9 to 3 o’clock on the wind window edge
  • Fly the kite in the power area without crashing it
  • Twist and untwist the lines while the kite flies
  • Land the kite with the help of an assistant



  • Fly a kite hooked to the harness
  • Pilot hooked into the harness with one hand
  • Activate the harness quick release


  • Perform a downwind course by body dragging and using the power of the kite
  • Have control in the water and enter and exit the water alone

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  • Relaunch the kite from the water
  • Wind the lines in the water and recover the kite
  • Perform a self-rescue in deep water
  • Identify potential wind obstacles creating lift or down draft and be able to define the wind direction, understand the dangers of practicing with on-shore and off-shore wind

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Beginners Course 2


Requirement: Course 1

Duration: Approx. 4 hrs

By the end of this course you will know how to body drag upwind, control the kite with one hand, improve your kite handling and do your FIRST RIDE ON THE BOARD.

You will be ready to buy your own equipment and start practicing kitesurfing independently, inventing your own moves and enjoying yourself.

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  • Define if the practice area is safe for practice
  • Set up and check the equipment alone (kite, lines, bar, leash, etc.)


  • In the water, body drag while creating constant power with the kite on one side of the wind window and then on the other side. Go away from the shore (cross on shore wind) while body dragging, go downwind and come back to the shore
  • In the water, body drag while practicing the power stroke on one side of the wind window and then on the other side
  • In the water, control the kite with one hand while hooked in the harness line, to keep it stable


  • Know the water start theory: board and body positioning, kite flying
  • Recover the board in deep water, position the feet in the footstraps and keep the position while flying the kite


  • Adjust the trim system of a 4 line kite to avoid it flying backward or to adjust the power
  • Know the right of way rules
  • Stand up on the board and ride while moving the kite up and down (a small percentage of people are able to get on the board and ride within the 10 hours of lessons….kitesurfing needs practice to get going, but it is surely worth it…magic)


Get your card certifying the level reached and you will be ready for action …☺