Kite Surfing Rules

Kite Surfing Rules
Kite surfing is an extreme water sport that also is known as kite boarding. It involves a surfer attached to a board by the feet and holding on to a kite with strings. Surfers can control the way the kite moves by pulling on the strings in each hand. This changes the direction that the kite (and the surfer) move.

Be Aware

The most important rule of kite surfing when it comes to being out on the water is to avoid collisions with other boats, canoes and jet skis. If an experienced water enthusiast sees someone who isn't as experienced, it's important for the experienced surfer to steer clear and give the right of way.

Steer Clear

Always go around other water vehicles that are less maneuverable and slower than kite surfers, especially since kite surfing is easier to move around by using the wind.

Minimum Clearing Distance

When boats are not in the vicinity, the minimum clearing distance for kite surfers is 15 meters. When a kite surfer is downwind, it must be at least two hull lengths away from other water vehicles (this does not include other kite surfers; that minimum distance and 7.5 meters).

Traditional Boat Sailing Rules

These rules include steering clear of any boats that are facing the opposite way; boats upwind should keep clear of boats facing downwind; and an overtaking boat needs to steer clear of any boats that are being overtaken.

Traditional Wave Sailing Rules

These rules include incoming sailors steering clear of sailors going out; sailors steering clear of other sailors in front of them or sailors nearest to the wave peak; and all kitesurfers in general need to stay clear of all other surfers.

Kite Height

All kites must be flown higher than a 45-degree angle vertically when going upwind, and lower than a 45-degree angle when going downwind.

Article Written By Kelsey Childress

Kelsey Childress runs a freelance creative business called Awen Creative that specializes in SEO Web content, social media marketing and blogging. She has been writing for online and in-print publications for over six years, and has a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from Kansas State University.

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