Basic Kite Theory
Understanding how and why your kite behaves the way it does can give you an incredible advantage when you are learning to kite. Instead of getting stuck on a certain problem, you can logically work your way through it faster than otherwise.
This pages covers the basics of how kites produce their power. It is not critical to understand, but it sure will help you!
The Wind Window
The wind window is the reference point for everything in kiteboarding – every kiteboarder needs to understand it.
Not understanding the wind window can be extremely dangerous, so make sure that you do.
Attaching the Kite’s Lines
There are a couple of ways you can attach the lines to the kite .
Launching Your Kite
When first starting out, launching your kite with a partner is the best way to get it into the air. Make sure you keep safe with these steps.
Re- Launching a Bow or SLE Kite from the Water
At one point or another, every kiteboarder needs to re-launch their kite from the water. Thankfully, it’s an easy thing to do if you follow these steps.
The Upwind Body Drag
Body dragging is an easy way for you to get upwind when you can’t do it with a board.
You also need to know this skill whenever you need to retrieve your board (which happens a lot).
Getting out of the water and onto the board can be a challenge, a few tricks and a guide that will hopefully help.
Flying Your Kite andRiding Proper Posture
Flying the kite can be a challenge, especially when first starting out.
This pages shows you some secrets that help you get the most power out of your kite. It also shows you how you should be counterbalancing that power when you do get it.
The Self Rescue
How do you get home if a line breaks and you cannot fly your kite? What happens if the wind dies? The Self Rescue is a very useful way to get home in either of these cases, and is the most important kiteboarding practice topic in this pages.
If you have ever found yourself wondering what sort of kiteboarding practice you can do to sharpen your abilities, the exercises above are a great place to start.
Let’s Get You Geared Up for Kiteboarding!
Once you’ve become a confident, independent kiter, it’s time to buy some equipment.