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1215RE: [ksurfschool] Kitesurfing learning process

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  • David Stanek
    Mar 2, 2001
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      kiteskiing is great ... as long as you live outside west coast... no show
      bellow 3000'ASL..

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      list.com]On Behalf Of Hung Vu
      Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 5:59 PM
      To: ksurfschool@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [ksurfschool] Kitesurfing learning process

      This is a very interesting; however, after I have helped a number of
      people kiteskiing, I believe that kiteskiing is the best way to
      introduce people into kite traction sport. It's easy, can be learned in
      1-2 days and also a very good excuse to get outside in minus 20 c
      (roughly minus 20 f) temperature. After that, the progression to
      kitesurfing the subsequent summer is almost automatic.


      cglazier@... wrote:
      > Here is a good description of the kitesurfing learning process. This
      > was found at a kitesurfing school site in the Gorge.
      > http://www.windguide.com/kiteinstr.htm
      > *********************************************************************
      > Land Training
      > To start off a first time flier we will go over the terms we use to
      > describe the kite and it's relationship to the wind. We will cover
      > all the safety rules and discuss potential dangers. I will fly a
      > small kite to show you how the kite moves through and reacts to the
      > wind. As you learn to fly the small kite in control we will start
      > working on maneuvers and then on landing and launching the kite.
      > After you master the small kite we will move up to a medium sized
      > kite learning the feel of the power and a strong body position. You
      > will need to be so comfortable with the kite and harness that you can
      > fly it one handed while concentrating on other things. Your instincts
      > must be trained to react without thinking to keep the kite in the
      > correct location. Time spent here greatly reduces the chance of
      > damage or injury as well as reducing the "terror factor" of the next
      > few days.
      > The Body Drag
      > We will start with a discussion about the water and wind and how to
      > have fun and stay away from trouble. I will help you learn to
      > evaluate the wind conditions and recognize potential dangers. we will
      > talk through the planned body drag discussing body position and
      > anticipated down wind course as well as the landing procedure. We
      > will launch a kite on land or in shallow water and practice
      > controlling the kite. Once things are well under control you will
      > move into deep water and body drag behind the kite. Body dragging
      > allows you to experience the full power of the kite and see how it
      > reacts to your movement.
      > Waterstarting
      > We will start with a discussion / demonstration of body position and
      > various moves you can make with the kite which will allow you to keep
      > it in the desired portion of the sky efficiently. Next we will cover
      > the relation ship between the board, the kite and the water. This
      > leads naturally to showing you how to get on the board. We will
      > practice on land, both the beach start and the deep-water start.
      > After a few hints on controlling your speed and limiting the your air
      > time we will move to the water and start practicing the control and
      > balance needed to hold the board in position as you increase the
      > power. Next you will learn to balance over the board as you come out
      > of the water and accelerate. We will practice water starting in both
      > directions until you are proficient
      > Basic Kite Surfing
      > We will start with a review of how to waterstart and center your
      > weight over the board. Next we cover getting on a plane, accelerating
      > and slowing your board as well as turning and how to keep it down on
      > the water (instead of in the sky). We will practice the basic stance
      > on land and revue board handling and turning. Once on the water I
      > will stay with you and coach you onto the board and back to land down
      > wind
      > Jibing Your Kiteboard
      > Going back the other way without getting in the water is critical to
      > staying up wind and greatly increases the time you spend on the water
      > before becoming exhausted. I teach two different techniques that will
      > allow you to deal with different conditions, The early foot change
      > works best in high-speed situations and the late foot switch works in
      > lighter power situations. We will work on land to get the footwork
      > down then move to the water. We will start with a larger board and
      > move to a smaller one as soon as you get the hang of it.
      > Kiteboarding Upwind
      > Moving upwind with a kite requires that you be powered up
      > consistently and that you maintain control. You need to be able to
      > get up to full speed quickly and keep the kite in the sweet spot. By
      > carefully controlling the relation ship between you and your kite you
      > can create a situation where the kite pulls you across the wind
      > instead of down wind. Your board needs to be on its up-wind edge and
      > you need to be holding the bar slightly behind the center of the
      > space between your footstraps. This will encourage the board to move
      > up-wind across the force generated by the lines. The trick is to move
      > the kite into position fast and keep it there since you will be
      > dragged down wind the rest of the time. Learning to control your
      > speed by fine tuning the angle between you and your kite allows you
      > to translate your excess speed into upwind movement. We will cover
      > the theory on land then work on it on the water. The strong up-wind
      > river current makes the gorge a great place to work on this skill.
      > Jumping and Big Air
      > Jumping is the thing that makes this sport so special, the sensation
      > of being lifted out of the water and into the sky is unlike any other
      > sport. Learning to jump in control is the key to enjoying this sport
      > safely. After a discussion of flight safety and the theory of kite
      > path, ramp timing, flight position, and landings we will work with a
      > small kite on land to get the image of the kite path in your mind and
      > the motions in your arms. Then we will move onto the river where the
      > landings are a little softer. The lesson will first focus on small
      > controlled jumps and perfecting timing, flight position, and landings
      > before moving to maximizing the air.
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