Gift Voucher for a Fantastic Experience of Kitesurfing in Sardinia

Kitesurfing Gift Voucher Sardinia: Give A Kite Gift Voucher for a Fantastic Event and a Great Experience in Sardinia

Would you like to give an original and fantastic present for Christmas, a Birthday or any kind of Anniversary, Wedding or Event? The Kitesurfing Gift Voucher by KiteGeneration is the original, fantastic and ideal present you are looking for!

Give a unique emotion, with nature, made of adrenaline, happiness, freedom, accomplishment, challenge, fun, healthy.

This is what kitesurfing brings to the people: give the best mood ever.

Give a Kite Gift Voucher, one of the healthiest thing that can be done. Let felt your child, wife, brother or friend as happy and alive!

What is the Kitesurfing Gift Voucher?

Sardinia Kitesurfing Gift Voucher: Kite Gift Voucher for a Fantastic Event and a Great Experience in Sardinia
Kitesurfing Gift Voucher

The Kitesurf Gift Voucher by KiteGeneration is a card / coupon to give to someone in order to entitle him to get a Kitesurfing Lesson or Course in Sardinia. The person that will receive the Give Voucher could enjoy a fantastic experience of Kitesurfing in Sardinia!

The Kitesurfing Gift Vouchers, a great Christmas, birthday, wedding or anniversary present, can be the full price or a contribution on price of kitesurfing Lessons or Course.

The Kitesurf Gift Vouchers are perfect for all occasions and can be purchased for any of our kitesurfing courses and lessons.

How to buy and how to receive the Kitesurfing Gift Voucher?

Kitesurfing Gift Vouchers can be purchased by contacting us via contact form, email, whatsapp or phone.

To create the Kite Gift Voucher we need the following information:

  • Name of Buyer / Sender,
  • Name of the person to who the gift voucher is addressed,
  • The king of Kitesurfing Course / Lessons to be included in the gift voucher,
  • The message to insert in the voucher.

The Kitesurfing Gift Voucher will be sent by email or whatsapp to the buyer or directly to the person(s) tto whom the gift is intended.

The Kitesurf Gift Voucher can be exchanged? How long are they valid?

If the person(s) you have purchased the Kitesurfing Gift Voucher would prefer a different course or a SUP tour in Cagliari or Villasimius, we can exchange it for free. The Gift Voucher can be also transferable to other people.

Kitesurfing Gift Vouchers are valid one year after purchase date.

Kitesurfing Gift Voucher:for a Fantastic Event, Christmas, Birthday, Wedding and a Great Experience in Sardinia
Kite Gift Voucher in Sardinia
Gift Voucher for a Fantastic Experience of Kitesurfing in Sardinia
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Kitesurfing Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

KiteGeneration and Kiteboarding Sardinia have divided the kite learnig way in 3 levels in order to properly identify the abilities of kiters and students.

The 3 Kite Levels are:

  1. Kite Level 1 (Beginner) – Equivalent to IKO Level 1 Discovery
  2. Kite Level 2 (Intermediate) – Equivalent to IKO Level 2 Intermediate
  3. Kite Level 3 (Advanced) – Equivalent to IKO Level 3 Indipendent

 

1. Kite Level 1 (Beginner) – Equivalent to IKO Level 1 Discovery

Learn to kiteboard by taking the Level 1 Course.

This course is designed for the beginner and is the first step toward learning how to kiteboard.

Students discover the sport and safety rules while practicing various skills on land before performing on water. You will learn to assess the wind and physical location; use the safety systems; manage proper equipment; set-up; and to control the training kite. This program thoroughly introduces kiteboarding as a sport progressing and preparing you for the next level where you will transfer your skills from land to practice on water in the safest way possible. All graduates of this course become a certified Kiteboarder Level 1.

Prerequisites: good health

Time to complete Level 1: 3 hours

Skills
1.1 Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
1.2 Know hazards on a spot
1.3 Know the wind window
1.4 Set up a pump kite (4/5 lines)
1.5 Know the use of safety systems
1.6 Pull quick release and active kite-leash
1.7 Pre-flight check equipment and settings
1.8 Carry and handle the kite properly
1.9 Launch the kite with an assistant and as assistant
1.10 Have basic flying skills with kite
1.11 Walk and change directions while flying the kite
1.12 Understand and use the international communication signals
1.13 Land the kite with an assistant and as assistant
1.14 Recover the bar and kite
1.15 in-flight check equipment and setting
1.16 Understanding of the de-power system
1.17 Advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
1.18 Show full control of the de-power systems in flights

 

2. Kite Level 2 (Intermediate) – Equivalent to IKO Level 2 Intermediate

It is time to get wet and feel the power of the wind gliding on the water.

The Level 2  is designed to transfer the skills you practiced on land to the water.

Students learn to gain power and body drag with control both down and upwind, acquiring the skills that lay the foundation for a safe ride on the water.

Completing Level 2 students will be able to glide and to change directions and recover their boards. Graduates will be able to practice under supervision and be certified as a Kiteboarder Level 2.

Students can then progress on to the next course to learn to ride independently and do a few tricks like the first jumps!

Prerequisites : Kiteboarder Level 1 certificate or an equivalent; able to swim.

Time to complete Level 2: 5 / 9 hours

Skills
2.1 Enter and exit from the water independently and safely
2.2 Water re-launch the kite
2.3 Maintain correct kite position in the wind window
2.4 Downwind Body drag
2.5 Upwind Body drag
2.6 Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
2.7 Self-rescue and full pack-down in deep water
2.8 Know the power stroke for a water start
2.9 Know the safety rules and theory forr water start
2.10 Put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start
2.11 Water start in both directions and ride a short distance
2.12 Come to a controlled stop
2.13 Understand weather forecast
2.14 Determine the wind strength, direction and quality
2.15 Know the right of way rules
2.16 Know the equipment set up and choice according to the weather conditions

 

3. Kite Level 3 (Advanced) – Equivalent to IKO Level 3 Indipendent

The kitesurfer becomes Advanced with the Level 3.

Reaching the level 3 the students will feel natural riding upwind.

With the Level 3, students practice riding toe-side, attempting first jumps, and learning to focus on advanced skills like controlling speeds by edging the board, changing direction without stopping, self-rescuing, self-launching and landing safely. These skills are honed to make the kiter independent on the water. Independent kiters can explore the world’s different locations, water surfaces and wind strengths! Upon completion of the course, students are certified as KiteGeneration Kiteboarder Level 3.

Prerequisites: Kiteboarder Level 2 certificate or an equivalent.

Skills
3.1 Control the riding speed by edging the board
3.2 Toe side edging
3.3 Consistent riding in all directions including upwind
3.4 Ride amongst other riders respecting the right of way rules
3.5 Change direction without stopping
3.6 Make the toe side turn
3.7 Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
3.8 Self-launch
3.9 Know the theory and the safety rules for jumping
3.10 Basic Jumps

 

Kitesurfing Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kite Course for Beginners in Sardinia

Kitesurfing Lessons in Sardinia: Kite Course for Beginners

New! Our Kite course for beginner has got two very important additional improvements to be added to the normal Kite Course!

  • The First improvement: After 4 hours of lessons, our kiteschool will lend you a Kite Trainer (totaly safe to be used after 4 hours of lesson) in order you could improve the kite control! In this way, at the second lesson, you will have a plus for the remaing kite course hours!
  • The Second improvement: After each lessons, we will send you some documentation/tutorial where you could see what you have learned during the kite lesson with the instructor and learn additional notions that usually are not part of the lesson with the instructor!

The two above listed improvements, would be added for free to the normal kite course for beginners here below described.

Description of the Kite Course for Beginners

The Beginner Kite Course is addressed to people who like to learn to kitesurf, from the kite controlling untill the hang glinding on the sea.

By the end of the Beginner Kite Course, you will practice getting up on the board for your first ride. During the course, you will improve kite piloting with power, one hand kite piloting, body dragging.

We have different kinds of Beginner Kite Course:

  • Beginner Kite Course (8 hours of kite course, 2/3 days)
  • Super Beginner Kite Course (12 hours of kite course, 3/4 days)
  • Pro Beginner Kite Course (15 hours of kite course, 4/5 days)

A longer kite course means better kite skills and level (here all the kite levels of the kite learning program).

 

The Beginner Kite Course of 8 hours is usually scheduled as follows:

1° – 2° hours

  • theory (rules and security systems, winds, meteorology, kite flight theory)
  • setting and unsetting the kite
  • taking off (or launching) and land the kite
  • controlling the kite during the flight in the different areas of the flight window

3° – 4° hours

  • managing the kite during the flight
  • adjusting the kite during the flight
  • body-dragging
  • re-launching the kite from the water
  • making the kite fly with one hand walking upwind

5° – 6° hours

  • making practice on flight and control of the kite
  • making the kite fly with one hand walking upwind with the board on hand
  • body-dragging with the table

7° – 8° hours

  • inserting your feet in the foot-straps while keeping the kite with one hand
  • first starts with the board (water-start)
  • hang gliding on the sea
  • maintaining the correct position with the body during navigation

Notes

Entry Level: Students must be able to swim

 

Kite Course for Beginners in Sardinia
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Strapless Kitesurf Course in Sardinia

Strapless Kite Surf Course Sardinia
Kitesurfing in Sardinia with KiteGeneration, Lucas Rey Capu Mannu, Sardinia
Kitesurfing in Sardinia

Are you coming to Sardinia and would you like one of the ultimate way to have fun while kitesurfing? so, Learn Strapless KiteSurf in Sardinia with our Strapless Kite Course!

Strapless Kitesurf Course: description and tips

Thinking about to start with riding strapless kite Surf board? We can teach you how to strapless Surf riding with our Strapless Kite Surf Course!

With our strapless kite course you will learn all you need to know to go riding safely on a surf board and having fun from the beginning.

Strapless Kite Surf Course in Sardinia
Strapless Kite Surf Course in Sardinia

You would learn to water-start, riding and turning with a surf-board.  As you progress, or if you are not beginner, we can add some more elaborated turns, little jumps, wave riding.

We will fit the Strapless Kite Course to your level, so don’t worry!

Strapless Kite Surf Course: Details

Who can attend the Strapless Kite Course?

Strapless Kite Course is designed to people who already know how to kitesurf up-wind and confidently with a twin-tip (a standard kite board). Strapless Kite Surf Course is best suited to those who can already kitesurf confidently with a normal board, because in strapless kitesurfing you won’t be attached to the board, being harder to stay on, keep balanced and control the kite at the same time.

Instead, if you are a surfer who wants to enjoy more days in the waves, you should start with a regular kite course to learn how to maneuver the kite.

What you will learn in the Strapless Kite Surf Course?

Strapless KiteSurf Course in Sardinia
Strapless KiteSurf Course in Sardinia

We will fit the Strapless Kite Course to your level, so don’t worry!

Depending on your level and your goals, you would learn:

  • strapless water-start,
  • strapless kite surf riding ;
  • turning with a strapless surf-board.
  • little jumps,
  • wave riding.

What is included in the Strapless Kite Surf Course?

Everything you need for the strapless kite course:

  • Qualified instructors,
  • RC / accidents insurance,
  • Kite Surf Equipment (Kite, Bar, Surf Board, Wetsuit, Helmet),
  • fun,
  • Transportation (If necessary)

How Long Takes to Learn Strapless Kite Surf Course?

It will depend on your previous kite skills and what your strapless goals are. An intermediate kiteboarder can learn to ride a strapless surf board with just 1 or 2 lessons. But if you are looking to turns, to master the wave riding or some strapless tricks, more lessons and a lot of practice on your own would be needed.

Are Strapless Kite Surf Lessons Private Or Group?

Our Kite School does not offer Group lessons.We Just offer:

  • Private Kite Lessons (1 instructor/1 kite dedicated to the student )
  • Semi-private courses/lessons (1 instructor/1 kite dedicated every 2 or maximum 3 students). Semi-Private Courses can be offered just to 2 or 3 friends that come togheter and do the course/lessons in the same days.

How the Strapless Kite Surf Lessons can be booked?

Would like to enjoy the Strapless Kite Course in Sardinia with us?

Well! 🙂

So now you should follow the instructions at the kite Courses/Camps registration page, by clicking here..

In case you have some doubts or you need more information, you can read the notes at our services/prices page and our FAQs. Then, if you still need further clarifications, please contact us by using our contact form.

Thanks and …. anyway, have a good stay and a good wind in Sardinia 🙂

Strapless Kitesurf Course in Sardinia
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Kitesurfing Manual

  1. What is Kitesurfing
  2. Kite Theory and Wind: Upwind and Downwind, Wind Directions, Port and Starboard
  3. The Wind Window where the Kite fly
  4. Kite History and Development: C, Bow, Delta, Foil Kites
  5. Aerodynamics of Kites: How does a kite fly?
  6. Kite Bar: Purpose and function of the bar components
  7. Kite Lines: type and features of the kite lines
  8. The Kite Boards: Parts and characteristics of a Twin Tip
  9. Technical Wear for Kitesurfing
  10. Setting Up a Kite
  11. Packing a Kite
  12. Safety on Kiteboarding
  13. Kitesurfing Self Rescue and Techniques to solve critical situations
  14. How to rescue a Board and a Kiteboard, What to do in case of Lines Tangled
  15. How to Launch a Kite
Kitesurfing Manual
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How to Launch a Kite

Note: Many kite schools offer special services (e.g. launching and landing kites, observation, tips on the spot)for a small fee.

By using these services, you ensure they can still be provided in the future.

In this post, we will explain you the:

  1. Preparation for a safe Kite Launch
  2. Lauching the kite with Helper
  3. Lauching the kite without Helper
  4. Launching a Kite from the Boat

Preparation for a safe Kite Launch

Launching and landing a kite are the situations in kitesurfing where happen the most of accidents. Therefore it is mandatory to do a pre-launch check after you have set up your gear. This is a must!

Pre-Launch checks

  • Personal condition: All fit and ready?
  • Wind and weather checks.
  • Kite Spot check:
    • Visualise the launching and landing area.
    • Check if there a possible emergency exit downwind.
    • The availability of rescue systems (boat, helper).
    • Getting info from other riders.

Kite Equipment checks

  • Bar check: Check your bar system thoroughly (quick release
    adjuster, depower/power, leash, harness).
  • Line check:
    • Lines are well lay out and separate?
    • Lines are attached correctly?
  • Kite check
    • The kite have the correct size in respect to the wind conditions?
    • There are any visible damages to kite or bridles?
  • Board check
    • Strap and fin screws tightened?
    • Any visible damages on the board?
    • Straps are properly adjusted?
  • Rules’ check: The International and local Kiteboarding rules are clear?
  • Emergency plan check: Helper/friend/partner/kiter knows about my kite session and can support me in case of need.

Lauching the kite with Helper

Launching and landing is especially easy and safe if you have a helper who
mot only knows how to launch and land properly.

Getting Attached to the kite

After you have done your safety checks it is time to get attached to the safety
system and your kite.

Here under the steps to be followed for getting attached to the kite:

  1. Attach safety leash.
  2. Hook into the chicken loop.
  3. Secure the loop using the Finger /  chicken dick.

Moving in the correct position of the wind window.

You are now completely connected to your kite and the lines are laying on the ground without tension.

Now we should move in a position where the kite will be in the corner of the wind window. In this position the kite have no power and, after the helper has turned the kite in a vertical position, we can check again if the lines are not intertwined / mxed.

Now, after moving a little bit up the get the necessary power, we can give the correct signal o the helper and let the kite fly.

Here below, all the steps to be followed for properly and safely launchng a kite:

  1. It is better to launch the to the water, where the wind is free from obstacles and therefore less gusty and where, in case of falls the impact will be less dangerous
  2. Before to launch the kite re-verify that no obstacles (objects and people) are present downwind to us and to the kite
  3. Connect to the kite through the chicken loop. Don’t forget to lock the chicken loop to the hook of your harness through the finger and to attach the safety leash
  4. Get the bar and move in that position that make the kite is in the edge of the wind window
  5. The person that is helping us (the helper) should pick up the kite in the centre of the leading edge and flip it on its back and take it to the position for launching (the helper should stay always back to the kite and upwind in respect to it) and the leading edge upwind in respect to the trailing edge
  6. After slightly pulling the lines, do a final check on your lines and ensure they are not tangled in any way. If they are tangled, signal to the launcher to place your kite back down. There is no easy way to untangle the lines safely, it is best to disconnect your lines and start again (disconnect, walk through from the bar to the kite, reconnect).
  7. If the lines are well connected, move slightly against the wind in order to gradually send the kite in a power zone
  8. Once you reach the area of needed power needed for launching the kite, give the signal to launch (thumbs up) to the helper that will release the kite gently (he should NOT throw it up). At the same moment the helper will leave the kite, we must direct it slowly to the zenith.

Important:

  • In the launching operations, the helper is helping us to put the kite vertically in order to facilitate our launching. He should not move the kite in that we consider the correct position for launching but we should move in the correct position!
  • In some rare cases you might need to use the help of a non-kiter to help you launch or land In these cases
  • It is important to be sure of the person’s ability to help and give him/her a short crash course of the most important points for the launching or landing process, while taking special care of the safety aspects.

For a successful and safe launching and landing process, you and your helper/friend/partner must have clarified the following points:

  • Carrying, holding, launching, landing, securing a kite.
  • Launching and landing signs need to be clear (international landing
    sign, same language).
  • Proper positioning in the wind window.
  • Plan of your session (time, where, etc.).
  • What to do in case of Emergency

Lauching the kite without Helper

Necessary conditions for Launching the Kite without Helper

  • Kite is at the edge of the wind window.
  • Lines are attached correctly.
  • No obstacles/peopie downwind!
  • Soft surface (sand, grass).
  • Always be prepared to quick-release!

Kite Slide Start

Turn the Kite:
  • Pull the lines.
  • Pull the line of the tip further
    away from you.
  • Kite starts to turn.
Launchin Position
  • Kite will come up onto its tip.
  • Check the iines, depower
Launch the Kite
  • Pull the top line to steer the kite
  • Fly the kite into the zenith.
  • TIP: Check your gear and surroun

Kite Sand Start

Preparation
  • Lay the kite onto its lower tip and optionally
    fold it inwards.
  • Put sand onto the tip.
  • Watch the kite and check if the sand is heavy enough
Hock in
  • Move quickly to the bar
  • Attach the safety system.
  • Tension the lines
Launch
  • Optimise your position at the wind window’s edge.
  • Pull the upper back line.
  • Steer the Kite off the ground.
  • Sand falls off the kite.

Kite Launching with a fixed Start

 

For Launching a Kite with a Fixed Start, you should attach the chicken loop directly to a fixed object.

Attach
  • Attach the chicken loop
  • Position the kite at the edge of the wind window onto its lower tip
Check
  • Watch the kite and check the lines.
  • Move quickiy to the bar on the windward
    side ofthe limes.
  • Execute a pre-launch check.
Launch
  • Release the chicken toop from the fixed object
  • Connect to the safety system and to the chicken loop
  • Launch the kite

Launching a Kite from the Boat

Launching the Kite from the Boat with a helper
  • Roll up the bar (be careful not to put the bar through
    of the bridlesl).
  • Roll up the kite (or keep it pumped).
  • Pump up the kite on the boat if it was deflated.
  • Kite is being held by the helper on the boat while the rider jumps into the water, unrolls the bar and swims the launching position.
  • Launch the kite.
LAUNCHING THE KITE FROM THE BOAT WITHout A HELPER
  • Roll up the bar, shortening one back line so the kite cannot turn into the wind and create power.
  • Roll up the kite or keep it pumped.
  • Pump up the kite on the boat if it was deflated.
  • Put the kite in the water, undo the lines and have the kite drift downwind (be careful the lines don’t tangle).
  • Launch the kite.
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How to rescue a Board and a Kiteboard, What to do in case of Lines Tangled

Board rescue

Bringing to someone the board his has lost, is a true courtesy. Before trying to rescue a board and bringing it back to its owner, make sure your kite is powered up, as you will only have one hand for steering and therefore it will be
less efficient and simple than normal.

Approach the board from downwind. lt’s important to know where you want to grab the board and hold it; you can either grab a handle or a strap. Put the
board either on your lap, hold it at the handle or drag it behind you. You will most likely only have one hand free to move the kite actively.

Approaching the kitesurfer that has lost the board, make sure your kites do not tangle, and drop the board downwind of kitesurfer. Drop the board downwind!

Grab/hold a board:

  • At the grab handle
  • At the front strap
  • At the rail near the front fins (like in a Board Off)

Kite Rescue

A free and unsecured kite that is dragging and flying  over the water is a serious security threat. The rescuer needs to grab the kite correctly in order to transport it back to the beach safely.

Approach: go riding from upwind and approach the kite slowly. Check the situation of the lines and bar first.

After grabbing the kite firmly and securely at the front tube, you should move in the closest safety beach / place.

IMPORTANT: Stay free of lines dangling or hanging around!

Note: You can even connect / grab the kite, with the kite leash, to the kite pump leash.

Lines tangled

The lines are tangled when Two kites fly into each other and the lines tangle.

In this situation, often:

  • Steering, powering/depowering and quick releasing are limited or sometimes even impossible – high danger potential!
  • The complete separation from the kite gear needs to
    be an option at all times!

Kite Stay controllable in the Sky

  • Follow the instructions of the more experienced
    kiteboarder!
  • Steer/fly kites apart or untangle by changing position
  • In case one kite went through the lines of the other, get
    the bar through the lines by walking or swimming.

Quick release and back to the beach

  • Both kiters quick release.
  • Kites fall onto the water without power.
  • In case one or both kites still have power, pilots should
    separate themselves from their gear completely.

Important noteabout Line Tangled

After a line tangle, it is necessary to check your lines carefully (they can be damaged) and replace them if necessary.

 

 

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Kitesurfing Self Rescue and Techniques to solve critical situations

Here below the Techniques for Self Rescue and Techniques to solve critical situations.

Safe and easy manoeuvring with the kite down

In certain situations, it might be helpful to find unconventional solutions to continue riding or moving safely.

TIP: Try different solutions, approach step by step, be creative and move active towards the desired direction. Recognise limitations in your usuall routines early.

Swim Upwind with the Kite Parked

Park the kite on its tip on the water surface, let go of the bar and swim actively, directly upwind. The kite will swim with you, standing at its tip.

Swim with the kite released

After pulling the quick release, the kite will lay on its front tube, downwind of you. You are still connected with it through the kite leash and the safety system. Swim upwind and pull the kite behind you.

Walk with the kite released

In hip deep water, connected to the kite’s safety system, keeping an eye on it at all times and walk into the desired direction.

Swimming with the board fixed to the kite leash

Make sure, the board is connected securely to the safety leash. This way, you don’t need to worry about the board and therefore you can swim relaxed towards the beach.

Safely rolling your lines onto the bar after safety release

After using the quick release you are connected to the kite by just one safety line. Wrap up this line until you reach the bar. lf possible, roll up the lines normally and make sure the safety line does not slide through. At the kite, grab it and secure the lines so they cannot slip off again

TIP:

  • ln critical situations roll up the lines like In the image to the right This way
    there is enough space for knots in case there are some
  • Line spaghetti: When securing a kite leave the lines connected to reduce the risk of tangles and knots Back at the beach pump the kite leave the lines connected, sort them roll them up and at the end separate them from the kite

Kite as rescue device / floating device

Roll up your lines (see above), turn the kite around, make sure the front
tube always faces the wind, and roll into the kite over its front tube.

TIP: Safety always comes first. However, still remain careful on your kite, especially with the hook of the harness and the edges of the board.

Advantages of using the kite as a rescue island:

  • Emergency situation: well visible from far.
  • Floating device to help with swimming.
  • Keeps you out of the water, protection against cooling off.
  • The possibility to also rescue your gear.

Using the kite as a sail

  • Roll up the lines (see above), secure the board, for example at the leash
  • Grab the front tube, turn the kite around.
  • Slightly deflate the kite so it can be bent (pic 1-2).
  • Grab both tips
  • The wind fills the kite. Let it drag you in your target direction (beach, boat, etc.).

TIP: Another possibility is to sit or lay yourself onto the bottom tip and use the bridles on the other tip to hold it.

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Safety on Kiteboarding

The combination of different factors (for example knowledge, common sense and physical fitness) are the base for safe and fun times with kiting.

Kiteboarding is mostly done with a partner or in bigger groups, which creates the need to respect and watch out for each other. Mother Nature is also to be treated with respect as well as protected with the highest priority.

Standard routine check / quick check

The following safety checks should be performed before but also during every kite session, to protect yourself and your surroundings.

For kitesurfing in safety, following main points should be verify / checked / respected:

  1. Personal fitness level
  2. Wind and Weather
  3. Kite Spot
  4. Kite Equipment
  5. Kite Rules

1. Personal Fitness Level

Before every kite session be sure you are ready both mentally and physically to go onto to the water to have fun and to learn efficiently. If in doubt, don’t go out!

Physical safety aspects

A fit body wull help you to master challenging situations.

To protect against sun burn
  • Apply sun cream
  • Stay in the shade during breaks
  • Use clothing for protection (wetsuit, Lycra, Cap, etc.)
  • Use Sunglasses
Eat and Drink sufficiently

Kiting will challenge yo uboth mentally and physically. Eat and drink sufficiently.

Mental safety aspects

Before to kitesurf, ask yourself following questions and check if you could replay in an affirmative way.

  • Do I feel fit, active, ready?
  • Can I master the conditions?
  • Am I well prepared?
  • Do I have doubts?
  • Am I taking a safe decision about when, how long, where and how I go kiting?

NOTE: Low temperature aspects

Reasons for getting cold

  • Transmission: Contact between your body and cold water and air will make it cool down.
  • Wind chill: The air and waters movement will also
    cool your body down (see wind chill).
  • Evaporation: Wind and the sun will make water or
    sweat on your body evaporate, which will also cool
    your body down.

In order to stay warm, use equipment adapted to the
temperature, such as a wetsuit, drysuit, hood, shoes
or gloves.

IMPORTANT:

The windchill, the cooling down due to moving air, will let us feel a always a colder temperature than the real one. The use of a wetsuit will reduce loss of body heat, in particular in emergency situations.

2. Wind and weather

Wind and weather conditions are almost never constant, therefore it is necessary to adapt and react to changes early and correctly. This could also mean aborting your session.

Inform yourself about the conditions and have ethe following information:

  • Watch wind and weather for IO-15 minutes.
  • Are there local weather phenomena (thermal winds, currents…)?
  • Air and water temperatures.
  • Forecasts: weather, storms, wind (strength and direction).

Acquire such information through other kiters or by researching online.

Special Wind Conditions

Offshore wind

Don’t Kite unless you have emergency exit(s) like boat or downwind island.

Gustywind

Gusty wind can make your kite stall or produce unpredictable power bursts

3. Kite Spot

Besides beach and water, the air space (concerning kiteboarding) plays an important role when talking about spots.

Before to kitesurf in a kite Spot

  • Inform yourself about Currents, tides, obstacles, waves, wind direction.
  • Constantly check the air space in front and behind you (check the wind window around you)
  • Common sense Ride safely in demanding spots, ride progressively and try new tricks at safe spots.

4. Kite Equipment

Safe kiting requires your gear to be complete and fully working.

Part of the Kite Equipment to be checked continuosly:

  • Quick release OK? (Sandi)
  • Lines (Depower lines, back lines, etc.).
  • Safety leash.
  • All screws tightened (straps, fins).

Choice of correct kite size

Especially as a beginner, it helps to rely on the experience of kite teachers, friends or experienced kite buddies.

As a more experienced kitesurfer, local clues such as flags, trees, water, wind sounds etc. can be used to make a decision about kite size.

NOTE: Experienced Kiters use their equipment in a very broad wind range, be careful to base your choice on their kite size!

5. Kite Rules

Internationally recognised water sports rules help to reduce accidents and unnecessary irritations and have thereby made kitesurfing safer and more accessible for the broad masses.

Aside from the global water sports rules which are valid for anybody operating on the water, there are some rules that are especially imponant for kitesurfers.

Water sports rules are not the same around the world and participants are not always treated the same way at different spots in regards to their rights on the water.

Therefore it is especially important to get familiar with local, national and international regulations, not only for yourself but moreover the kite community as a whole.

International regulations are guidelines that are complemented by local rules. Common sense should always be favoured over written rules.

Internationally recognised water sports rules

Are standardised rules which were set up by worldwide water sports associations. These regulations mainly deal with the avoidance of collisions and the improvement of communication between the interacting water sports parties.

These international rules define that whenever two parties meet, one has to stay on course while the other has to give way. Both kitesurfers have an obligation:

  • Obligation to give way: The kitesurfer has to give way clearly and on time.
  • Obligation to stay on course: The kitesurfer has to stay on course, clearly and calculable for the other person.
  • Last minute manoeuvre: Should prevent collisions due to misunderstandings or wrong behaviour of one party at any cost.

To see and understand the Right of Way on Kitesurfing, read this post.

Standard Signals on Kitesurfing
  • Start ok: everything is OK. – Movement/Sign: Extended arm to one side
    with thumb up.
  • Wait: Rider or helper signals to wait – Movement/Sign: Extended arm to the front with flat hand facing the other person.
  • Abort: Rider or helper signals to abort launching process – Movement/Sign: Wave forearm horizontally in front of you from one side to the other
  • Land: Rider signals to land the kite, while helper copies to confirm the sign – Movement/Sign: Lift and lower flat hand on top of your head.
  • International help Signal: Used to signal an emergency situation. NEVER abuse this sign! – Movement/Sign:: Keep crossing your arms above your head and then move them far apart
  • Kite nto the Zenith: Signal to move your kite into zenith – Movement/Sign: Tip yourfingers together 30 cm above your head.
  • Change Direction: Signal for other kiters that you want to change your riding direction – Movement/Sign: Lift your arm and circle your fingers.
  • Equipment Lost: Signal for other riders / Helpers that you have lost your equipment. – Movement/Sign: Flat Hand in Front of forehead looking to where you expect it.
  • Navigate To the Left / To the Right: The helper can assist the rider to navigate safely through a reef, stones, etc. – Movement/Sign:  Extend one arm to the side, while bending the other arm inwards.

National/local regulations

Depending on the local conditions some regulations might be adapted to a certain spot. These are mostly well presented on signs on site, on the internet or at any local kite station. It is important to actively inform yourself about local regulations.

Common sense

Principles which make interaction between water sports participants but also persons outside of water sports safer and easier. Mother Nature should also
always be protected through these principles.

6. Kite Safety

Through carelessness or inability, it can happen that you get into a
critical situation, or that you need to help someone out of an emergency
situation.

To resolve such situations efficiently and consciously, it is important to
prepare, by doing some mental and physical training up front.

Always be alert and ready and be sure to constantly update your emergency plan, even in perfect sessions. Keep an eye out for boats, currents, reefs, rescue systems, coastal lines, potential helpers etc.

Definition and occurrences of emergency situations

A kitesurfer is in an emergency situation when he or she is not able to act freely anymore due to mental or physical challenges.

Depending on experience, riding levels but also mental and physical preparedness every person has his or her own tolerance of stress and will therefore experience emergency situations differently. As you will want others
to respect your stress level, you should also respect theirs.

So, similar situations can be perceived very differently in their stress level.

Reacting in Emergency Situations

In emergency situations, tn/ to keep an overview of the situation, and of yourself. Recognise the full scene, then take proper and necessary actions.

Safety First

The more you know about wind and weather but also kite and human physics, the more amazing and safe kite sessions you will experience.

Stay focussed and understand the consequences of your actions at all times.

Being a beginner does not release you from any duties of acting responsibly and according to the local and international rules.

As an experienced kitesurfer you are expected to meet other kiters with respect and give them a warm welcome into our kite community.

Helping Others

Kitesurfers help each other. Kitesurfing safely also means being there for each other.

Judging your own Performance

  • The longer your session the less your concentration and physical performance will be
  • Do not overestimate your power rather underestimate itl
  • Choose to kite in conditions where you are sure that even in exceptional situations you dont get yourself into trouble
  • ln an emergency situation if in doubt always get extra help and do not get yourself into danger too!

Safety vs Equipment loss

A kite or board can be used as a clearly visible safety device on water, however if it hinders you getting out of a dangerous situation, decide early enough to get rid of lt. Remember equipment is replaceable your health or the one of others is not! Do not endanger yourself to rescue gear.

Properly secured

  • Always wear a harness designed for kiteboarding with
    a handle at the back.
  • Check your harness before every session to make
    sure eveiything is functioning properly.
  • Whenever holding your buddy at his or her harness,
    use the handles that are made for it.

Picking up and putting down a kite

  • Hold the kite firmly in the middle of the front tube.
  • Use the wind to help you carry the kite. Be sure not to get tangled in the lines.
  • Secure the kite with proper weight, e.g. sand, board, board bag or sand bags. This does not only protect the kite from scratches, but also keeps it from flying away. lf possible put the kite in the wind shadow.

Emergency situation: Kite out of control

A kite that is out of control is a potential danger for anybody close by, so it is necessary to act quickly:

  • Signal vocally and with signs that a kite is out of control
  • Try to grab the front tube f
  • Deflate or secure the kite.

NOTE: Always be ready to quick release to remove any tension from the lines.

 

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Packing a Kite

Packing a Kite means means deflating the kite and separating it into parts for transport and / or storage.

There is no specific order necessary when packing a kite.

Wrapping up the lines on the bar

Wrap up the lines on the bars ends. Afterwards use the rubber bands at the bar’s ends to secure them.

Disconnect the kite

Opposite way of the attachment process (see the post Setting Up the Kite).

Deflating and Rolling-up the kite

Pick up the kite, turn it and find a good place for deflatlng and rolling it up (dry, no sand, soft). Open the deflate valve, the one-pump-clips and the struts’ valves. Grab one tip and let the kite lay leeward, away from you. Roll up the kite towards it’s center, keep it as clean as possible and press the air out of the struts while rolling. Move over to the second side, roll it to the middle, fold it and put lt into its bag together with the bar.

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