Category Archives: Advance Technique 進階技巧

Pay attention to the correct method of board Stance.

Failing to learn proper safety procedures can result in injury and could cost you your equipment! Get professional instruction. It will be better for you, your gear, others, and the sport in general.

Proper posture is about effectively leveraging your body’s weight against the kite. With proper form you control the kite and not vice versa. You will be able to kite longer, handle more power, and convert that power into motion more effectively when you have good posture.    With posture it’s all about leverage.  To have the best leverage over your kite:

1.Keep your body straight.  Your knees, torso, and head should form a fairly straight line.

2.Balance the kite by leaning back.  Focus on keeping your body straight and apply heel pressure to steer.  If the kite has little power, don’t lean back too far.  If it has a lot of power, lean back more.

3.Press the bar down towards your toes.  If the bar is up around your chest or head, you have less leverage over the kite.

What if I Fall Over Backwards?

If you start to go over backwards:

  1. Bend at the knees and bring your butt close to your heels.
  2. Use the kite’s power to pull you back into balance, like you would when water starting.
  3. Stand up and lean back again (this time a little less).

What Not to Do

I usually prefer to not focus on what not to do, but in this case it helps to know what bad posture looks like.  Poor posture dramatically reduces the leverage you have on your kite and increases your chance of wiping out.

What you don’t want to do is crouch.  Crouching reduces the leverage you have over the kite.  Instead of using your body weight to counterbalance the kite, you have to use your muscles, which is extremely tiring!         If you notice yourself doing this, consciously straighten out and focus on maintaining better form.
——————————————————————————————————————–Please Note – You cannot learn to kiteboard exclusively from this website. This site is not intended to replace the personalized teachings (and corrections) that a professional instructor provides during lessons.

General Kiteboarding Safety

General Kiteboarding Safety
If you are new to Kiteboarding, here are a few tips on how to learn to Kiteboard efficiently, and safely.

Although this list is not exhaustive, here are some safety points to keep in mind when kiteboarding.

Before You Go Out.

■ Check your equipment for wear and tear. Worn equipment can fail and cause a difficult situation.
■ Attach your lines correctly and make sure they aren’t worn or have any knots.
■ If leaving your kite on the ground, disconnect the lines and place weight on the front of the kite to secure it.
■ Always choose a kite that is the right size.
■ Know the weather forecast and assess the conditions as you arrive at your site.
While Riding

■Keep a continual eye on the weather. Be aware of any changes that may be occurring.
■ Know your limits. Don’t ever push yourself beyond your capabilities unless it is safe to do so! (Eg. If you can’t sail upwind, you shouldn’t ride in offshore winds unless you have a rescue boat or a guaranteed way to get home)
■ Never sail further away from shore than you can swim with your gear.
■ Do not jump close to obstacles.
■ Know how to complete a self rescue.
■ Don’t get overtired. Kiteboarding can be exhausting so come home before you wear yourself out – it’s much more fun that way.

Self Launching Gone Bad…

What Can We Learn?

Education! That’s where it all begins. If you are not sure how to do something, and really want to learn, then you should research it for hours until you find a proper way to do it. And then try it in a safe and controlled environment (this is above and beyond your lessons – always take lessons!).

There are two safer methods to self launch a kite: the sandbagging method and the bow kite self launch method. If you don’t know how to do either, look them up on the internet – there are several great guides out there.

Just by looking at the method in this video, you can tell its wrong by noticing that:

  1. He is not attached to his chicken loop or safety leash before the kite starts to catch the wind. Never launch until you are fully hooked in and can depower the kite in emergency.
  2. The kite is left in ‘limbo’ for 5 or 10 seconds as he is moving back to the bar. Any kite that is unsecured and uncontrolled in the wind is dangerous – the slightest gust can blow it away so don’t do it!

In the end, the scariest part of this video is that it looks like a joke, but you never know. I have come across equally scary situations on kite beaches. Some of the things I have seen are much more subtle than the video above, and real bystanders were at risk.

I’ve seen people try to launch kites with crossed lines – one guy even tried to self launch with three 20 m lines and one 24 m line! The worst is, any stupid accident by an uneducated kiter could cause us all to lose access to the beach, and that’s not right. Take your lessons!

This is correct to self launch pls noted.