There is some advice on the kitesurfingschool.org web
site that may prove beneficial. It shows how to in
light winds and strong wind. Below are some things
that helped me.
1. Limit the time you have the kite overhead at the
zenith when you are putting your feet into the straps.
In shifting, gusty winds the kite may overfly and
then "Hindenburg", falling out of the sky. This tip
is also good for strong gusty winds as you could get
lofted out of the water. If at all possible, go out
in steady wind conditions where you are not
2. In light winds you may have to start the kite at
around 1 or 2 o'clock diving the kite to 9 o'clock to
get sufficient power to get you up out of the water.
In higher winds you can start around 12 o'clock
(zenith). It's better at first to have less power and
fall backwards. That way you won't get pulled over
the board and get dragged with your feet probably
coming out of the straps. Then you will spend time
body dragging back to the board.
3. Wear some type of floatation vest. If you fall
backwards, it will keep your head above water and
you'll spend less energy trying to stay afloat. If
you are using a board leash, be sure to wear a helmet.
All beginners should wear floatation and a helmet.
3. You should point the board downwind when you are
diving the kite to get power. As soon as you are up,
start edging the board so as not to get overpowered on
a downwind run. It make take some practice finding
the balance of power and speed so not to get pulled
over the board.
4. Make sure you have plenty of room downwind, several
hundred yards, in case you go on a downwind run. If
you do get overpowered, edge hard with your back foot
and sheet out with the bar.
Hope this helps and you have good winds.
--- zack_1246 <Bob@...
> I'm looking for some beginner how-to advice on water
> Thanks for any advice or links.
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