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:
- Bend at the knees and bring your butt close to your heels.
- Use the kite’s power to pull you back into balance, like you would when water starting.
- 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.
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