Kitesource - Lessons on Friday, June 24th

Friday, June the 24th is looking to be 23 degrees and windy!

Let me know if you are available and interested in heading to Keho Lake for a full day of lesson, I'll run an Intro & Level 1 combo class.  No experience required.

I will take you through everything, right from the beginning:

Level 1A - Site Selection

  • Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
  • Know hazards on a spot
  • Set up a trainer kite
  • Know the use of safety systems
  • Carry and handle the kite properly

Level 1B - Basic Piloting

  • Have basic flying skills with trainer kite
  • Launch and land the trainer kite with an assistant
  • Twist and untwist the lines while flying the kite
  • Walk and change directions while flying the kite
  • Know the wind window

Level 1C - Control Systems

  • Set-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
  • Pre-flight check of equipment and settings
  • In flight check of equipment and settings
  • Pull quick release and activate leash
  • Understand and use the international communication signals
  • Launch and land the kite to an assistant and as an assistant (4/5-line de-power kite)

Level 1D - Power Control

  • Control the kite hooked into the harness
  • Understand the de-power system and can use the safety systems
  • Advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
  • Show full control of de-power systems in flight

Level 1E - Self Landing

  • Self land
  • Recover the bar and kite

And then we'll get suited up in our wetsuits and head to the water for;

Level 2F - Downwind Drag

  • Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite
  • Water re-launch the kite
  • Body drag downwind
  • Maintain correct kite position in the wind window
  • Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
  • Self-rescue and full pack-down in deep water

Level 2G - Upwind Drag

  • Upwind body drag to recover board
  • Upwind body drag holding the board with one hand
  • Enter and exit at the same point while upwind body dragging

Some students are able to progress into their first attempts at riding a board

Requirements for this class are;

  • wetsuit - at least a full body 3mm
  • neoprene booties - for foot protection, not warmth
  • being comfortable in the water and a reasonably good swimmer