Originally Posted by burgler09
Is it something you can just pick up and do or do you need practice and people helping you out generally?
Of course there is a sizable initial cost. But how "easy" it is to pick up will depend largely on (pardon the pun) how large YOU are, and how athletically fit you are. I have been an avid sailboarder (not kite surfer) for many years, and had no basic knowledge of sailing when I began, which was the first thing I needed to learn - right after figuring out how to keep from falling in the water every time I tried!