You cannot learn everything about kitesurfing only from being in class. Most of the learning happens as you get hands-on experiences. For a beginner, you might take some time before you get everything right, especially before getting into the water. Here’s where to start.
Have a Gear Checklist
The number one thing before leaving your house to go kite-surfing is to ensure that you are well equipped. The easiest way is by having a checklist to tick items off once you confirm they are well-packed.
Wind Meter Plus Body Sensors
Remember to carry your wind meter. Besides using the wind meter, there are other ways you could tell the intensity of the wind and its direction. Try using your natural senses and feel where the breeze is coming from. Compare this over time with the readings of your wind meter, and soon you will know how to do it correctly.
Suit Up and Set the Lines
Next thing is making sure that your suit is in place and fits comfortably. Your wetsuit should also have enough insulation to keep you warm even when heading downwind for a long time. After the suit is well in place set up the lines. You can either roll the lines upwind or downwind.
Watch Your Spine When Pumping the Kite
Your body position while pumping your kite can strain your back. To avoid this, try pushing your hips backwards and bend towards the hip and not your back. Bend your knee slightly and brace the lumbar muscles.
Strap Up, pull out the Bridles and Get Fit
Towards the end, make sure that your straps are well in place. This way, in case your bladder breaks, the straps will hold you. Make sure the bridles are pulled out before connecting to avoid getting stuck.
Finally, do not forget to do a few squats and stretches before you surf off.