Intro to Kiteboarding

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An introduction to kiteboarding that teaches both theory as well as offering hands on experience with power kites.  The course is taught solely on land using a 4 line, 3m, sheetable trainer kite . The course last approximately 3 hours.

The entire class is aimed at having fun and building the fundamentals required for the Level 1 course, which involves getting into the water or onto your skis / snowboards and flying full sized kites.

This is the material that we typically cover in the Intro Course:

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