CAUTION: You should not kitesurf in winds above 25 knots until you have one years experience or have logged at least 30 sessions.
Good wind is a prerequisite for kitesurfing. Checking wind and weather forecasts in advance, and assessing them on arrival at your location, will increase both your enjoyment and your safety.
Strong gusts can overpower you and send you airborne with very serious consequences. You can wreck your gear, get seriously injured, or even lose your life. If in doubt, don't go out.
Assess the wind direction carefully. Cross-onshore is best for kitesurfing. You can kitesurf in other wind directions but they pose different challenges. For more information see WInd directions.
The following steps provide a guide for assessing wind conditions.
You may also be able to set email alerts for good wind conditions.
Example sites (Melbourne, Australia): Baywinds
There is a reasonable expectation that conditions upwind will reach your location. This can give you an indication of how consistent the wind is, and weather it may increase or decrease during your session.
If storms are forecast or coming, exercise great caution. If in doubt, don't go out.
Example site (Melbourne, Australia): 128 km Melbourne Radar Loop
Aim for sideshore or cross-onshore wind. Avoid offshore winds.
Select the right kite size for the wind and your body weight. Go smaller rather than larger if there are strong gusts.
Come in and land your kite as soon as possible if you see storms coming, or the wind speed increases significantly when you are on the water.
There have been occasions when kiters have ignored obvious weather and wind changes and suffered serious consequences. Note that a squall can miss you but the gust front can still blast you from the side of the storm cell.