Saturday, Aug 29th Intro and Lvl 1 Kiteboarding lesson

Saturday the 29th is looking to be 27 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

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