Kite Piloting – Learning to Control the Kite Exercises

These are the basic systems in kiteboarding. Once you have mastered them, invent your own moves and let us know about them ; the sky’s the limit. To be a kiteboarder, you must be a good kite pilot. Practice with a coach power kite before getting your kiteboard kite.
Kite Launching and Piloting
You launch and land the coach power kite using the launching and landing instruction for foil). Also, you turn the kite to the left by pulling on the left end of the control bar and turn the kite to the right by pulling on the right end of the control bar. If you have not flown a trainer power kite, read the Control Bar section.

Put the kite down on sand, leading edge toward the wind, one end of the kite is on the sand the other tip is in the air. The kite is like a vertical “C” with the leading edge facing the wind. Fold the kite tip and put enough sand ( or snow ) on it to keep it from moving around. Hold the control bar and position yourself such that kite is at the wind window edge respective to your position ( the kite is around 70, eighty degrees to the left or the right of you with its leading edge facing the wind ). If you employ a four line inflatable, adjust your trim strap to put the kite in a depowered mode. Attach the safety leash to your wrist or harness. Don’t hook in or hinder in to your kite till after you have launched your kite and get into deep water.

Pull on the control bar and the line nearest to the ground to unfold the tip and release the kite from the sand. Pull the top line ( the line farthest from the ground ) to move the kite up. In a similar way, you may also launch an inflatable with an help holding the kite at the fringe of the wind window. Lay out your line and control bar and guarantee they are properly attached with no tangles.
Attach the safety leash to your wrist or harness, hold the control bar and walk into the water. Keep walking, swimming till you can pull the kite on to the water. Let the kite drift down wind from you and water launch the kite. Flip the kite : An inflatable kite is probably going to crash in a leading edge down position. To get an inflatable to get into the vertical crescent moon position, the kiter first desires to get the kite on its back by swimming toward it. However, in robust wind, the pull of the kite is so powerful that makes swimming toward the kite worthless as the distance you swim toward the kite is easily soaked up by the pull of the kite. In such case, it is important to pull on the middle leader line ( which is hooked up to the front lines ) of the kite whilst swimming toward it. After you have pulled in around 2m of the middle leader line, suddenly release it and hold on to the control bar. The kite will instantly get on to its back.

The other strategy is to drag the bar back over your head and all of a sudden push the bar fast out front of your body. Fly one tip : Select one end of the kite as a top tip and try and fly it by pulling on the back line on the same tip. Pull the bottom tip : Once the top tip has caught the wind, keep pulling the bottom tip ( or the line which is attached to the top of the kite nearest to the water ) till the kite slides toward the fringe of the wind window. Launch : Pull on the top line ( the line attached to the top of the kite farthest from the water ) to launch the kite.

Release the bar, the kite will just hover there with nearly no pull. Detach the chicken loop and quickly pull in 1m or 2m on the higher front line, the kite will drop leading edge toward the wind.
Walk toward the kite whilst holding the same line ( higher front line ) till you catch the leading edge of the kite ( optionally you can release the safety leash before walking toward the kite ). Put the kite on the beach, secure it and then grab the control bar and wind the line in. Release the bar, the kite will just hover there with just about no pull.
Detach the chicken loop and quickly pull in 1m or 2m on the higher front line, the kite will drop leading edge toward the wind. Walk toward the kite whilst holding the same line ( higher front line ) till you catch the leading edge of the kite ( optionally you can release the safety leash before walking toward the kite ). Put the kite on the beach, secure it and then grab the control bar and wind the line in. Lay your kite on the ground and put enough sand / snow on its trailing edge to keep it in effect. If you employ a closed-cell foil which has pre-inflation valves, open them now to pre-inflate the kite. Once the kite is correctly pre-inflated, close the pre-inflation valve.

Release the lines from you control bar or handles and attach your safety leash to your harness or wrist. If you are employing a closed cell foil, you may need to maintain the stress on the front lines to let the wind fill the kite for roughly 1 minute before launching. If the kite isn’t utterly inflated, move it across the wind window a number of times before moving it straight overhead. The foil will either crash leading edge down or trailing edge down.
If the leading edge is down, just pull on the brake lines ( back lines ) to reverse relaunch the kite.
If the trailing edge is down, just pull on the control bar or the front lines to launch the kite. If the kite is badly mixed up, just wait for the wind to blow the kite in to correct shape before using step two or three depending on the position of the leading edge and trailing edge ( don’t pull the kite in this situation ). If the foil has correct safety release system, to land a foil simply drop the control bar or handles, the kite will land softy down straight ahead. Practice with your coach power kite on land at least a pair times before making an attempt to kiteboard on the water. The best wind to practice with your coach power kite is 7-20 knots and for a little kiteboard kite is around 7-10 knots. Also, use shorter lines around ten to 20m whilst practicing on land.

Do a number of figure eight’s in the left side of the wind window ( the figure eight is slanting 45 degrees ; the top is at zenith, the bottom is at the left edge ). Do a number of figure eight’s in the right side of the wind window ( the figure eight is slanting forty five degrees ; the top is at zenith, the bottom is at the right edge ). Do a number of sine wave patterns ( up down up down, for example. ) whilst running to the left. Do a number of sine wave patterns whilst running to the right.
Make the kite hover at the left edge of the wind window at forty five degree vertically whilst running to the left. Make the kite hover at the right edge of the wind window at forty five degree vertically whilst running to the right. Lie on the ground with the kite hovering at zenith ; dive the kite down to the left and use the kite lift to get yourself to a sitting up position. Lie on the ground with the kite hovering at 12 0’clock position, dive the kite down to the right and use the kite’s lift to get yourself to a sitting up position.
Repeat these steps till you can do them without permanently taking a look at your kite ( e.g, keep your eyes shut briefly and try and “feel” the kite ).

Practicing with the kite in light wind on land : “Make the kite hover at the right edge of the wind window at forty five degree vertically whilst running to the right”. This is going to be a fun time practicing with your harness system. Just ensure that you try it with a tutor power kite or in less than eight knots of wind with your tiny kiteboard kite ( or better yet, do this in shallow water :. Hook in and attempt to control the kite with only your left hand holding the bar.

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