QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

LESSONS

Why should I learn kitesurfing on Neusiedler See?

We have already been to many different spots ourselves and, of course, our clients have traveled extensively around the world. Consistently, we receive feedback that Neusiedler See is one of the best places for practicing.

This has several reasons:

  • The lake is a shallow water area completely free of: corals, mussels, seaweed, stonefish, sharks, or even jellyfish. ;-)
  • No waves break close to the shore, and even the waves out on the lake never reach a threatening height.
  • The water reaches a pleasant 25°C in summer.
  • We have an average of 3 - 4 windy days per week. However, the wind during the summer months is almost never too strong for practicing.
  • Boat service is available.
  • Our equipment is renewed annually and is tailored to your needs and skill level.
How are lessons conducted?

Kitesurfing is taught exclusively one-on-one (one teacher, one student). Full boat service, meaning everything that a boat can offer, is included. We provide all the equipment, including sunscreen.

Wing surfing is taught in groups. Maximum 4 people for wing surfing. Maximum 2 people for wing foiling.

Courses start every day at any time. Very individual, depending on your preference.

Up to what wind strength is training provided?

Training is provided up to 30 knots. Independent practice is recommended up to 25 knots.

How quickly will I make progress?

With 1:1 supervision, the rate of learning in kitesurfing is significantly higher than in group courses. On average, between 3 - 7 units/hours are needed to practice independently. Independently? Safe body dragging, water starts, and riding downwind. Riding upwind is still practiced. Support by boat. Upwind service in onshore wind or rescue service in offshore wind.

Wingsurfing: Usually, after 2 hours one can manage alone. Wingfoiling... it’s very hard to say... After 4 hours on the foil board, most get 80% of the time into flying... Maneuvers are a different matter...

What is the 3 Units Package Plus?

The 3 Units Package Plus includes 3 hours with an instructor and 6 hours of renting kite gear. If the person practicing cannot practice alone after 3 hours with the instructor, the amount will be credited or converted into hours.

How much wind strength is needed for practice?

Kites fly stable from 8 knots. For water launching and riding, 10-12 knots are sufficient. If a kite is easily relaunched, a lesson is possible.

Can I obtain a kite license from you?

We are a VDWS licensed center, which means you can obtain a VDWS license from us. From Level 5, you are considered independent and can also rent equipment. More information is available atwww.vdws.de.

How long does your season go?

The center is open daily from April to early October, from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM.

Upon request, it is also open out of season under good conditions. Essentially, there is water sports activity at the lake 365 days a year, unless the lake is frozen. :-D

The spot

Is the lake actually a standing area?

Yes, it's hard to believe, but an average-sized person can almost stand everywhere. In the training area, everyone can always stand.

What is the current water level?

The lake is quite full for its conditions. Foiling with a 75cm - 90cm mast is no problem.

What's the deal with the Lycra?

Detailed information is available on the website of the Strandbad. Basically, wearing a Lycra is mandatory during the season. Students and renters at our DPC are provided one by us.

What is the wind yield in a year?

Looking at the whole year, we have 3 - 4 windy days per week. In the summer months of July/August, there can be a week with no wind at all.

What wind directions are suitable for the spot in Podersdorf?

The good wind direction is anything from the north, including NW and NE. With this wind direction, the wind is onshore in PoDo. With winds from the south, the wind is offshore and very gusty near land. Further out on the lake, however, it is very good and it is usually nice and warm. With winds from the south, Breitenbrunn is recommended because the wind there is onshore.

Are there chop, flat water, and waves?

Generally, the lake is choppy. In the off-season (see beach regulations), one can ride in the bay in front of the DPC, butter flat. Shallow water, pros only. In the high season, kiting can be done in the so-called "Lab" (northern bay) in butter flat water.

There are small waves for practicing turns or riding downwind with the wingfoil.

EQUIPMENT

How is the gear selected?

The kite and board are adjusted according to the wind, body weight, and skill level. Initially, a small kite is chosen; from the time of riding, the kite is optimally adapted to the student. In the beginning, "good-natured" kites are chosen with predictable flying behavior.

Winging: initially on the SUP with a rather smaller wing, when foiling, a slightly larger wing is preferred. With more power, you will get up on the foil more easily.

What kind of wetsuit do I need?

The clothing should be adapted to the climate. At our DPC, a wetsuit (5/4) is always recommended for training. Because those who are in the water a lot cool down quickly. Even in the South Seas, a Lycra should always be worn for sun protection.

Why do I have to use a seat harness at the beginning?

The kite's attachment point is exactly at the body's center of gravity, specifically at the hips. Due to the leg loops, the harness doesn't slide up to the neck when the kite is a lot at 12 o'clock. Our students use a seat harness until they can safely ride half-wind. It is always advisable to wear a wetsuit with a seat harness, otherwise the thighs may chafe.

When am I ready for a hip harness?

A hip harness makes sense when you can safely ride at height.