The International Kiteboarding Organization has released the “Top Ten Safety Directives for Public Kiters”.
This useful document includes knowing safety systems, using a kite leash, flyovers, position on board leashes, right of way rules and more.
“No kiter should take a kite without knowing how to ride safely. Every kiter from beginner to advanced should at least know these ten safety directives brought to you through the IKO”, explains David Dorn, IKO’s training director.Continue reading
Kiteboarding is essentially a solo sport. When you are kiting you are alone on your board and are in sole control of your craft. It is always better to have friend to help you launch and a buddy to ride with, but at the end of the day you are alone. To be alone means that you will ultimately need to be self-reliant. In your learning phase you will usually have the instructor to watch over you, make choices, give advice, and come to your rescue, Then later on when you are practicing on your own hopefully you have a loyal friend or partner that launches your kite, and then runs down the beach to catch you at the end of your run. You may even have boat support, or a dedicated board caddy. But sooner or later you will be in a situation where no one can help you but yourself. It is just you and your level of training.Continue reading