direct the kite in the opasit direction of traval
in the air, bring the kite forwerd
Let go of the control bar with your back hand
spot your landing
Keep your feet in front of you
OK . Jump the other direction
This is when we start to realize that kite surfing is just a series of crashes. The better you get the longer and more elaborate the crash is.
are you ready to jump
Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing Beginners… How-To Get Started Fast! 4 Steps
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The steps to getting started are mostly the same for all of the various Kite Sports
• Kite-boarding / Kite-surfing
Step #1: Get A “Trainer Kite” And Master Your Basic Kiting Skills.
Trainer kites are small (2.5m to 3.5m) and designed to be flown on the Beach, in a field, water or any a wide open area.
Your first goal is to master the kiting basics and learning about the wind window. No board, only the trainer kite.
In The Beginning… It’s All About The Kite.
Trainer kites are easy to learn. Just read the included manual, watch a good instructional dvd, and practice the exercises on our “How-To” page. Doing this will help you master the foundational skills to kite flying and excellerate your progression into the sport of kiteboarding and snowkiting.
Learning good kite flying skill with a trainer kite before taking lessons will save you money and a lot offrustration.
So Get A Trainer And Practice..Practice…And Practice Some More.
If you get confused about anything…
Which trainer kite to purchase, how to begin, what to practice, or any other questions, We’re here and always happy to help!
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Step # 2: Learn “Board Skills” (Or Sharpen The Skills You Already Have)
Wakeboarding Skills Directly Cross Over To Kiteboarding
However, Surfing, Snowboarding, Longboarding, Mountainboarding, Skateboarding, are all good ways to build board skills. The preferred method is to learn to ride a Wakeboard behind a Boat, WaveRunner, or at a Cable Park go for it.
If you live in snow country with a goal of learning kiteboarding (on the water) you’ll want to spend more time on a Snowboard rather than skis.
If its too cold or water isn’t your thing, hop on a skateboard or mountainboard ATB / All-terrain board) to learn or tune-up your board skills.
Practicing “Board Sports” of any kind is strongly recommended. Doing so allows you to focus only the board technique without having to think about the kite.
Windsurfing or sailing skills are helpful because Kite-Sports rely on the wind and require some basic sailing knowledge including: Sheeting/Trimming, wind-orientation, Lift, drag, apparent-wind, Points of sail, and angle of attack. Windsurfing, however, does not teach you the same board skills (edge control) that you learn with Snow-, Wake-, or Skate- , Boarding.
Step #3: Take A Lesson
Warning. Do Not Fly A Full Size Kite Without Proper Instruction And Lessons!!!
Kiteboarding, just like Paragliding, Sky-diving, and Scuba-diving can all be reasonably safe sports and easy to learn, IF… you get proper instruction and “think” before you go.
Q: Any idea of what happens if you go Scuba Diving and don’t blow bubbles while you’re headed back up to the surface?
A: You lungs explode and exit through your ears.
Q: What about the consequence of pointing a hang-gliders nose a too high?
A: The Glider stalls, and then you fall from the sky like a rock.
Q:What if you steer your kite too quickly across the sky?
A: In this case, if you’re not prepared for the surge, you’d better hope there are no hard objects downwind of you as you get yanked and spanked by the full power of the kite.
IF you live on a COMPLETELY deserted beach and YOU choose to risk YOUR own LIFE, that’s OK! it’s your business
Just NEVER put other people, or our beach access, at risk.
To learn more, check out our lessons learned the hard way.
Step #4: Get Hooked-Up With The Best Gear For Your Needs
During your lesson.. you can either use the gear owned by the Instructor or School or bring your own gear. Find someone that specializes in kiteboarding and buy gear that’s right for YOU.
We See Too Many Beginners Buying Inappropriate Gear That They Initially “Thought Was A Good Deal”
…and later learned that it was not an appropriate design, size, or price for their needs. If you have questions we would be happy to help.
KiteMare was created by kite instructors to educate visitors like yourself to help you get started right. It seems that the goal of most sites is only to zap your credit card.
Our goal is to educate you first, and then assist you with buying only the gear you need. When you’re ready .. we have it: Kites, Bars, lines, boards, harnesses, and more
It’s All Here But First Things First: “Learn Safe”
One step at a time. If you’re as smart as I think you are… Obviously you are Very Very Smart since you’re still here and reading this page.
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This site is loaded with valuable detailed kiteboarding information and we hope you’ll take a bit of time and continue to explore and learn.
the next step is foil boardingWhat is kite hydrofoiling?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:05
It seems that the whole kiting world suddenly got very interested in hydrofoils the past few years. Foilboards have actually been around for some years, first sit-down ones for skiing behind a boat, and then big wave surfers developed the stand up version from that. Commercially available foilboards for kiteboarding have been available since 2006. So what is all the hype about, and why now?
Imagine being able to kiteboard above the water. Gently floating over the chop in silence. Silence so unheard of that you can even hear the white water breaking next to you while you glide along at speed.
Now imagine being able to go upwind like a racing yacht. My average sessions at Kitebeach (in Cape Town) takes me from where Seli the wreck used to be upwind to Sunset beach, and then back again. If it was not fast and easy I would definitely not be doing it often.
Add to that the fact that when the wind is light, you are still powered up enough to go wherever you want to, as fast as you dare to go, and there will be no one else on the water (except maybe some SUPs and surfers). On light wind days, a gentle cruise on a yacht looks so inviting with flat calm seas, and only a gentle breeze. With a foilboard, you can now go kiting on these lovely days.
So what is a foilboard (or hydrofoil) some of you might ask. Well, it looks like this: