Do you need to take lessons?

Kiteboarding requires professional instruction, so don't be under the impression that you can read the manual, check out some You Tube videos and off you go. Kiteboarding in the hands of someone untrained can be no only dangerous to you, but dangerous to those around you, therefore it is highly recommended, not only to ensure you learn how to fly safely, but also to speed up the learning curve. Practicing with a trainer kite can really help.