How difficult is it to learn how to kitesurf?

Learning how to kitesurf is actually easier and takes less time than learning how to windsurf, but the learning curve is much steeper. For example, one of the first kitesurfing moves you need to learn is water starting, which is a rather advanced technique in windsurfing. However, learning yourself the “hard way” has resulted in accidents and deaths so it is strongly recommended to take lessons in order to understand the physics of the sport and in particular how the safety release mechanisms work. Kiteboarding in the hands of someone untrained can be no only dangerous to you, but dangerous to those around you.