Nothing beats having a fresh water rinse after a salt water session. I recently added a new shower to my van, and it is great, It is also cheap and easy to set up. We looked at the different systems available, and have been experimenting with heavy duty water pumps for years in our school vans, and this is the best solution we have found for personal use. All you need is a 12 volt shower/pump, that plugs into a standard cigarette lighter. The water container we recommend is a 7 gallon, which is good for several days of normal use. You can have this shower up and running in a few minutes. Continue reading
Dave talks about Kitefoilboarding
Hello my name is David Dorn and I’ve been asked to say a few words about foil kiteboarding.
So what is foil kiteboarding? Well, foilkiteboarding is one form of kiteboarding where you are using a hydrofoil on the bottom of your kiteboard. Now, I’ve got one beside me here. So, basically your hydrofoil looks like a little airplane. This is the surface that is cutting thru the water and giving you your lift. So at low speeds you are actually riding the board in the traditional way and once you get a little bit of speed you are flying on this wing. And why is that good? Well, flying on the wing is good for a couple of reasons. One, it is a lot smaller than the rest of the board so there is a lot less friction so it goes faster. It lifts the rest of the board out of the water and gives you a lot of leverage so it actually goes upwind really well and it is a lot of fun to ride. Your not riding the surface of the water anymore so that is the fundamental difference you are riding thru the medium of water and your not interacting with the surface which is very rough. The traditional twin tip boards or directionals, they slap along the chop on the surface of the water. The foil board is gonna cut thru the water underneath that. It’s a lot smoother ride, its faster, it goes up wind better. So the advantages are people who wanna go in light wind. Foilboards are really great in light wind. And, they can go in much lighter wind than traditional equipment and have less friction. They are also really good for racing because they go upwind so well. They’re actually starting to replace traditional kiteboarding course boards in a lot of places. And, your looking at more and more people getting into foilboarding it extends their range. It makes light wind kiteboarding more fun. it’s a nice fun way to compete against other foilboarders so it is definitely something worth checking out and it’s a lot of fun.
Report Lost Equipment to Coastguard:
When you abandon a kite or board at sea, the authorities might think you are in trouble and start an expensive search and rescue operation, to look for you. If you have to abandon any water craft or equipment in the ocean, report it to the authorities.
Also it is always a good policy to write your name and phone number on all equipment. So that people can call you to confirm they found the gear, and that you are at home safe.
Writing your name on your gear can save your life, because when you are really in trouble, the search can be more successful if they know who they are looking for.
- Vessel identification stickers are used to locate the owners of small crafts, such as kayaks, canoes and rowboats, when the vessels get lost or loose from their moorings. An owner should use a water-resistant grease pen to write his or her contact information on the sticker and adhere it to the side of the vessel. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Masaschi.
Wasted unnecessary searches cost taxpayers 10’s of thousands of dollars.
And while rescuers are following false leads, they might be diverted from looking for someone who is in real trouble.
Please report lost equipment, and
write your name and number on all your gear.
P.S. The Coast Guard Office has Stickers that can stick to any smooth surface.
Use a waterproof marker and rewrite the number when it starts to fade.
Learn to ride a Directional kiteboard
Directional Boards are surfboard style boards made for kiteboarding. Directional boards are hugely popular in Hawaii, Australia, Europe and the rest of the world. Directionals are not just for the waves, they are also being used on lakes and rivers too. The Surfing Style adds a new dimension to the sport, and they create unlimited opportunities and possibilities. Directional boards are fun in light winds, and open the doors to waves with a real surfing feel. Directional Boards aka Surfboards, can either be ridden with footstraps, or “strapless”.
Most board companies make a range of directional boards, these vary by size, larger for beginners and bigger riders, and smaller for the advanced and lighter riders. Boards are also tuned to speed, or turning too. A board built for kiteboarding will be much stronger than a regular surfboard. A directional kiteboard is reinforced under the foot-straps, to protect it from hard landings and heel dents, But you should never land a board flat or you may break it. Good technique will ensure a longer board life. Some people do use regular (polyester/urethane) surfboards, but they have to take care not to break them.
Learning to ride a Directional: it is best to learn in flat water to get starting, and turning down, it is better to acquire these skills before venturing into the waves. Once you have a solid basic technique you can start to learn, flat-water tricks, jumps etc, or do some wave riding, also go out with and experienced instructor you first time out in the waves and chose your conditions wisely. On rivers you may be able to ride endless swells and standing waves, on the ocean you should try unbroken swell and green waves first, before taking on the whitewater. Never use a board leash when you are learning, they are extremely dangerous.
There are unique skills for riding the directional, boards that can be learned in our specialty training sessions. Directional Riding Lessons: We offer lessons in: “Directional board riding 101, Riding Strapless, Turning and jibing the directional, and Riding waves with the directional, as well as jumping and freestyle. Our lessons provide the best and fastest way to learn, including, theory, tips, and safety steps. We show you the correct methods that will prevent many avoidable accidents, and make your Directional board riding experience more enjoyable.
Learn to ride a Kite Foilboard
Foilboarding, kitefoiling, foiling, hydrofoiling, are different names for one of the fastest growing segments of the sport of kiteboarding.
Why are they so popular?, kite foilboards, are super efficient and can go in much lighter winds than conventional equipment. This means that kiteboarding is more accessible for people living in light wind areas. It also means that people can kite more often, and when their schedule allows.
The kiteboard foil, is a hydrofoil system attached to the bottom of a directional the board. The foil system lifts the board out of the water at speed, and then provides enough lift for the rider and board to be out of the water, riding. Without the board dragging along the foil can accelerate swiftly and provide a smother ride. Foilboarding feels like flying. Foilboards are becoming popular for racing, foils can sail much closer to the wind than regular equipment. A kite foilboard points much higher, like a raceboard, and is great for people racing around an upwind-downwind course. Foils are being raced on local and national levels, and even a world racing series. Foils may even be the next kiteboard to be selected for Olympic competition. Foils are not just for going fast. Foilboards are also being used for freeriding, freestyle and waves. Each foilboarder, will express their personal style and ride their own unique way. There as many individual ride styles as there are riders.
So what does it take to become a kite foilboarder?
Forget everything you think you know about kiteboarding. A kitefoilboard is very demanding to ride. It requires constant focus and concentration. Any kitefoilboarder will tell you that learning to foil is far from easy. Many compare it to starting to kiteboard all over again, The best way to learn to foil is with some lessons lesson from an experienced kitefoil instructor, this can really shorten the learning curve.
You could go and buy yourself a foilboard and try to teach yourself, but in that case you must be prepared to invest a lot of time and bumps and bruises until you get it down. There is no magic bullet, foilboarding is a totally new experience, and it takes a lots of “T.O.W. Time On Water” until you get it down. Getting a few lessons from a Kitefoilboarding Instructor is usually the best use of your time.
Prerequisites to become a Kitefoilboarder: Ideally you should already have completely mastered kite flying. That means that you can fly most kites instinctively, and you can react quickly to kites back-stalling, and do quick redirects. You should also be able to powerstroke the kite efficiently. You must be able to fly fully in control “one-handed” (including power-stroking the kite one-handed). You should be able to relaunch the kite from any position, and relaunch in light wind. You can fly in under-powered and overpowered conditions. And it is really helpful if you can also power-loop the kite, downloop when needed to get extra power. As with any kiteboarding, you should be able to deal with problems, like tangled lines, and stuck bridles, and be able to do complete self-rescues, and have a full mastery of all of the safety systems in all kinds of situations. Foilboards tend to get stuck in the kite lines more than other types of boards, so you should be comfortable dealing with depowing a kite in a tangled scenario. As for board riding experience, you should already be able to ride a directional board. Because Foilboards have a direction, so you must also be able to jibe a directional, and switch your feet without crashing, as well as ride for extended periods in the toe-side position. You should also be prepared for the physical exertion of multiple wipeouts and some hard swimming.
TIPS for Foilboarding:
• Of course you should wear as much protective clothing as possible to prevent injuries.
• A helmet should be considered mandatory.
• Start out in steady winds.
• Gusty conditions are way more difficult to handle on a foilboard.
• Try to find calm, flat water. Waves and chop make it harder.
• Go out with an underpowered kite at first.
• And keep your sessions short because you will be exhausted quickly.
• Stay in deep water, you must have enough water under your foil at all times.
• And avoid foils with sharp edges, some are razor sharp.
• Kite with other foilboarders, and share your experiences.
Click here for more information on Private Kitefoilboarding Lessons
What do Kiteboarders Wear?
Kiteboarding is an outdoor sport that requires protection from the elements.
Knowing what to wear will help you to enjoy the sport more, and in some cases be safer.
There are differences in what to wear depending on where you are going and what type of kiteboarding you are planning to do. Keep in mind that not all of your time will be spend on the water kiting. You will need to have appropriate clothing to wear before and after your water time. You will also need a way/place to change into your water wear, and you may need some dry clothes for wearing afterward.
Clothing is for protection:
Clothing will protect you from the cold, the sun, the impact of boards, water injuries, and the kite lines. Kiteboarders are exposed to cold water as well as a high degree of wind chill. So although the ambient air temperature may seem relatively high, the kiter can still lose body heat faster in strong wind. Colorful clothing will help you be seen, this is especially important when kiting in remote areas, where rescue may be required.
Do not go underequipped or underdressed:
Make sure that you have enough kite wear for the environment you are in.
Cold water will require a wetsuit, very cold water will require a thick wetsuit, or even a drysuit, and maybe booties, gloves, a hood.
What to wear in warm water:
In warm water like Hawaii, you should wear sturdy swimwear like a bathing suit, covered with boardshorts, and a rashguard. Kids and small people or people with low body fat will need some sort of thermal protection. A thin shorty wetsuit, hot skin, or vest will be needed if you want to enjoy extended kiteboarding sessions.
Proper board shorts:
These should be the type of shorts that tie up on the front. This is to keep them on in a high speed crash. The snap type fly on shorts will not hold them on in a crash. Also the try to avoid the type with a velcro fly as they can open, or cause abrasion. Most modern shorts have a false fly that has no velcro. Stretchy shorts with flex fabric are best as they allow better range of movement. Do not have shorts that are too tight as they restrict movement and could rip if stretched too far.
Long Boardshorts called kite pants were very popular in the early days of the sport. These often had shin-high cuffs to allow for wake style bindings. These kite pants offered more protection from bumps and scrapes of kiteboarding. Kite pants are also starting to make making a comeback.
Avoid loose clothing:
Avoid clothing that is too loose as it will be pushed around and be displaced in a wipeout and not offer much protection. Loose shirts can get stuck over your head and cause problems.
It is a good idea to dress in layers especially your pants. If wearing board shorts it is s good idea to also wear a bathing suit underneath to reduce friction, but also to prevent unwanted water penetration in case of a severe wipeout. Kiteboarders often have high speed wipeouts and skip along the water on their butts, or have butt-first landings from high jumps. So layers of added protection like neoprene pants will help prevent unwanted water penetration problems or injuries in your body cavities. This is why water-skiers and jetskiers wear wetsuit shorts.
Another layer is also a good way to reduce discomfort of seat harness leg straps. Leg straps from seat harnesses can cause chafing and irritation to sensitive areas. So a pair of lycra shorts worn under board shorts will reduce problems there. Boardshort rash happens when a lot of walking and other movement rubs on unprotected skin. Any skin that gets repeatedly rubbed by the fabric will tend to chafe, so think about at least wearing Speedos (or bikini) under your board shorts or get some safety shorts.
Not just for warmth, but also for protection. Neoprene shorts are great for protection from chafing, cold, harness straps, and impact, and water penetration. Wetsuit shorts are comfortable to wear and can be worn discreetly under boardshorts if desired.
Wearing a waist harness without a shirt can cause friction against the skin that can lead to harness rash. In some cases open sores can develop on the skin especially near protruding hip bones or ribs. Wearing a rashguard shirt under a waist harness will help stop this from happening. The shirt needs to be long enough to cover the exposed areas of skin. Waist harnesses slide on the skin so the fabric of the shirt worn under a waist harness should be soft and untextured. A shorty wetsuit will also eliminate harness rash.
Boardshorts over wetsuits?
Some kiteboarders will wear boardshorts over their wetsuits. This is a matter of personal preference. Some wear board-short-harnesses, so they are integrated harnesses. Some kiters wear boardshorts so that they can have pockets to carry their car keys, or kite-knives or whatever. And some people will simply prefer the aesthetic of wearing boardshorts.
A rashguard shirt is designed to also offer some sun protection. Some shirts offer the same protection as wearing a 50 spf sunscreen. These are rated as such on the label. Wearing a white tee shirt does not offer sun protection because UV rays can easily penetrate most fabrics.
Wearing a swim shirt or rashguard is better than wearing sunscreen because it does not wash off. This is better for the environment because most Sunscreen can be harmful to marine life. Sunscreen is also not good for kiting equipment. Wearing a rashie or sunshirt means that you can use less sunscreen and have more sun protection. Wear a long sleeve rashguard for maximum coverage. Some people like to wear full length lycra pants and shorts for sun protection. This has added benefits for protection from jellyfish and other irritants.
In many kiteboarding locations jellyfish are a real problem, Northern australia and Thailand are a couple or locations that come to mind but jellyfish stings can happen almost anywhere. So think about wearing jellyfish pants. Jellyfish pants are simply tight fitting lycra pants that help stop the stinging tentacles of a jellyfish from directly contacting the skin. In areas with known jellyfish problems it is also necessary to wear a tight fitting lycra shirt tucked into the pants. You should wear booties too, preferably ones covering the ankles as well for maximum protection. But remember that your hands and face are still exposed too. There is special sunscreen that helps protect against jellyfish stings that can be used on the remaining areas of skin that are exposed. Full length wetsuits can offers even better protection from jellyfish sting than lycra clothing, but it is not always practical to wear wetsuits in hot climates. Many people wear the jellyfish pants under their boardshorts.
A stinger Suit is a full body suit of lycra/spandex that covers ankles to wrists, some may have feet or “sox” sewn in. These suits usually with a zipper down the front. These stinger suits are usually worn in high risk areas.
How to Wear Sunscreen:
You will still need to apply sunscreen to exposed skin areas. A good waterproof sunscreen for watersports should be used. Use a reef-safe brand, that is not animal tested. The face will need protection especially the nose and cheeks, but all areas will need some protection. Make sure you cover your forehead sparingly as excess sunscreen can get into your eyes. Many sunscreens will be painful if it gets into your eyes. But there are some that are non stinging. Use these for the face. Generally a gel or clear type stick sunscreen is best for faces and foreheads. Don’t forget to apply to your ears, and back of your neck, legs, back of calves, and tops of feet. Use sunscreen sparingly on lower legs and feet as it can adversely affect the footstraps or bindings. Apply sunscreen to the back of your hands, but try to avoid getting sunscreen on the palms of your hands, and wash it off your palms before kiting so you do not get it onto your control bar.
Wear a hat:
A hat with a stiff brim will offer some protection from sun on the face. The brim must be stiff or the wind will fold it down over your eyes. Many people wear a baseball cap, and it can be worn under the helmet as well. There are many other surfer style hats that are also suitable for kiting as well. A leash is a good idea to stop it floating away after a wipeout or a gust blowing it off your head.
Wear eye protection:
Wear eye protection, in the form of “Sea-specks”. These are waterproof sunglasses designed for waterports. These stop your eyelids getting burned, and protect eyes from sun, If you expose eyes to wind, and sun over the long term a medical condition called “Pterygium” can develop where tissue starts to grow over the eye that may need to be surgically removed.
Some people will want to wear face protection. This is fairly new but makes sense,. Anything that reduces long term sun exposure can help prevent sun damage, and possible skin cancer later on. Some countries wear face lycra coverings, and some people wear paintball type masks for protection. There are even full face helmet visors that block the sun and also some impacts from boards etc.
Of course we all know that helmets can offer a lot of protection for your head. They prevent many small injuries and they also help reduce severe injuries from the board impacting you, or your hear hitting hard objects like the seafloor etc. Helmets can also protect you from the sun, and prevent cuts from kite lines as well. Some helmets can protect the ears from direct impact, and may even protect your eardrums from bursting on a hard impact with the water. Only a proper water sports helmet should be used. Kiteboard specific helmets are best, Wakeboard helmets, and surfing helmets work too. Helmets also help you to keep warm in cold conditions, and are a great place to mount your go-pro camera.
An impact jacket is a thick neoprene vest that is padded. It protects your torso from impacts and can help prevent broken ribs and some chest injuries. Some impact jackets also offer added floatation which is always good to have. Especially when you have just cracked some ribs, and you can barely breathe, and can’t swim back to shore easily.
There are Life jackets, buoyancy vests, and floatation aids. The classification depends on the amount of floatation. Whether they are coast guard approved or not, most jackets designed to be worn while kiteboarding will not save your life all by itself. You still need to be a competent swimmer for kiteboarding. But buoyancy aid jackets can help you to increase your chances of survival until rescue arrives. Sports type life jackets called “Type III”, are comfortable and the most common type used in kiteboarding. A jacket must be tight fitting so that it stays on after impact, and so it does not slip up over your head or mouth. Short-bodied kayaker’s jackets are also used for kiting and work very well. Test your life jacket by swimming in it and see if it stays in the correct position when swimming. Some jackets have a strap that threads through your harness or spreader bar to keep it from riding too far up on your body. The general rule is the further you ride away from shore or from rescue, the more flotation you will need. Some US states and certain countries have specific laws requiring the use of a specific type of jacket. Like a coast guard approved Type II for example. Long distance kiteboarders and kite adventurers may consider using a type I (type one) “offshore jacket” or even an inflatable rig.
Booties (foot wear):
Water shoes, like neoprene booties can keep your feet warm, and protect them from cuts on shore and whilst riding. Booties offer better grip on the board, especially for skim board, or strapless surfing. Style riding. Booties come in different styles and thicknesses. Check to make sure that your booties fit unto your footstraps.
Gloves like leather sailing gloves for protection from blisters are good for people with sensitive skin. Neoprene gloves are good for cold water kiting. If you cannot feel you hands from cold that is a sign you need gloves.
A neoprene hood is necessary for cold water kiting. They increase your safety by slowing the onset of cold water exposure and hypothermia. The head is especially vulnerable to wind chill, ears will get super cold without a hood in cold water and strong wind.
Lycra hoods are built into some heavy duty rashguards, these are great for super hot sunny locations to reduce sun exposure. Separate lycra hoods are also available too.
Turtle neck style lycra tubes, can be worn around the neck and pulled over the face as needed for sun protection.
Neoprene Over jackets are made that can be work after you stop kiting to help you stay warm between sessions while your are still wearing your wet wetsuit. These might also good for instructors or support boat crews driving jetskis or dinghy’s in rain and spray conditions.
Getting in and out of a wetsuit is difficult, there are changing mats that help stop you getting sandy feet into a wetsuit, and there are terry toweling ponchos that you can wear to cover yourself while changing into/out of a wetsuit. These not only keep you warmer, but they also offer some degree of privacy as well.
Caring for your Kitewear:
Always have your kitewear ready to go. Take it out each night and wash it in soapy warm water. If you do not wash your rashguards and boardshorts you will get bacteria buildup and strong ammonia stink, and you can even get a skin fungus. Keep a spare set of your kitewear handy and rotate it as needed. Never put lycra or neoprene in the clothes dryer. Instead allow it time to drip dry. Do not use chemicals of strong soaps on lycra or neoprene. Follow the garment care instructions on wetsuits, lycra, bathing suits, or any specialized clothing.
Know before you go:
When traveling to a new location contact the local kite school or shop to ask about the best kitewear and protective gear to wear when you get there.
|For the fun and easy way to get kiteflying skills, we recommend that you purchase a trainer kite before your kiteboarding lessons. We have Ram-air design trainer kites in sizes ranging from 1m2 to 3m2. When using any kite you should take extreme care. Our trainer kites from Naish, Slingshot, Airush and Best, are fun performance trainer kites that can produce a lot of power, and younger fliers should always be supervised by adults. These kites are extremely fun, but they are not toys. The larger trainers can be used as traction kites on land or snow.|
If you have ever wondered if you should wear a helmet when kiteboarding read this. Wearing a helmet when kiteboarding could save your life. Dozens of people have related their stories to us over the years, and they have been certain but for the helmet they would have been seriously injured or even died.Continue reading
|For the fun and easy way to get kiteflying skills, we recommend that you purchase a trainer kite before your kiteboarding lessons. We have Ram-air design kites in sizes ranging from 1m2 to 3.5m2. When using any kite you should take extreme care. Our trainer kites from Naish, Slingshot, Airush and Best, are fun performance kites that can produce a lot of power, and younger fliers should always be supervised by adults. These kites are extremely fun, but they are not toys. The larger trainers can be used as traction kites on land or snow.|