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Learn to Kitesurf this Summer

Published by in 10. Winter/summer sports · 11/7/2016 10:36:00
Tags: kitesurfingkiteboardingsummeractivepowerfun


It’s new, it looks cool, and it defies the imagination - these are a few of the reasons that have so many people wanting to know how to kiteboard.

Kiteboarding is so fascinating in part by its simplicity. It doesn’t take much equipment to enjoy it, and all you need is wind. It is very diverse, with styles similar to wakeboarding and surfing.


Take a kiteboarding lesson

Take lessons from a professional instructor. With the proper instruction and equipment you can expect to see great results after just a few days under a kite. First up is a trainer kite, a smaller kite used only on the beach, to get a feel for how you'll be pulled in the harness. The size you need is determined by your weight, the wind speed (the faster the wind, the smaller the kite) and your experience, so expect to start with something right in the middle. And don't forget your life vest.


Control

Straight up above you and out to your sides is the neutral zone, where your kite will stay aloft but not pull you. Directly out in front of you is the power zone, where your kite will pull the hardest. In between the two is the aptly named intermediate zone, where you will be pulled hard, but not too hard.
If you feel like you're going too fast and need to slow down, push the bar up and away from you. The kite will rise straight up out of the power zone and into the neutral zone where it won't pick up as much wind. This is known as depowering. When you're ready, pull the bar back toward you.
If you start to lose control and feel like you're in danger, harnesses have a quick release called a chicken loop located right in front of you between the harness and the bar. Pull the tab on the release to disengage the lines, and the kite will fall harmlessly into the water.


Riding Upwind

To ride upwind, the rider must lean hard enough to bury one edge of his board in the water. This edge, combined with proper kite technique and positioning, is enough to drive the rider upwind.


Jumping

A kiteboarder can jump by quickly flying his kite directly above his head. The kite, which acts like a wing, produces enough lift to pull the rider into the air. Ironically, smaller kites can jump higher than larger kites. This is because smaller kites fly faster than bigger ones (every time wind speed doubles, the kites power increases fourfold). So, because a smaller kite can be flown overhead faster, it creates more lift and the rider can jump higher.


Since you will need an energy boost, Honeystick is an excellent quick “pick me up”.
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How to stay safe on the slopes

Published by Macedonian Honey in 10. Winter/summer sports · 21/12/2015 11:09:00
Tags: safefunfitnessslopesholidaywinterwarmuprespectcontrol
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