How are you on the basics?? Are you aware of Safe Practice??

Why is body-dragging so important??

This is an important technique where the rider flies the kite while being dragged behind - without the board. During lessons the rider will launch the kite then walk to the water and basically drag in the water while practicing flying, re-launching and self-rescue techniques.

The key is to be able to drag "across the wind" without being blown downwind - this is what the rider will need to do in the event of losing the board while riding: on falling off the board the kiter will be downwind of the board. The board will slowly drift downwind so the kiter has to be able to wait (actually drag back and forward across the wind to prevent from being blown further downwind) until the board is blown towards the kiter.

Avoiding collisions while kiting - two simple rules:

Kite High Rule - A kiter who is upwind (closest to the wind) must keep their kite high in the wind window so as to avoid their lines crossing those of a kiter who is downwind of them. Similarly, the downwind kiter must keep their kite low in the wind window so as to avoid their lines crossing the upwind kite. This applies regardless of whether the kiters are on the same, or opposing courses.

Clearance Rule - A kiter must have a clear safety zone of at least 50m downwind because he moves downwind when he jumps; a rider must also have a clear safety zone of 30m upwind to jump as his lines could touch the kite or the lines of another rider kiteboarding close by (see Kite High rule).

Did you know kiters are considered as sailing vessels? Don’t forget that all the boating rules (no-go zones, distance from shore/swimmers/obstacles etc) also apply.

Protect your access - practice your sport safely and with consideration for others.