Kite surfing is an extreme water sport that involves a large kite, usually oval-shaped, that utilizes the wind to pull a kite surfer on his surfboard or kiteboard. A surfer is attached to the board with foot bindings and holds onto the kite string with his hands. There are also several different riding styles, including freestyle, wakestyle and cruising.
Choosing the Right Kite Size
Kite size is proportional to the surfer's experience and weight. A beginning kite surfer should have a smaller kite than an expert. In addition, a heavier surfer should have a bigger kite than a smaller surfer.
Notify Beach Patrol or Loved Ones
If going out to kite surf alone, remember to tell the Coast Guard or a friend or family member the location and expected length of time. That way, if anything goes wrong, they can notify the proper authorities to make sure that there weren't any accidents.
Be sure to check the weather before going out to go kite surfing. Very strong winds or thunderstorms can make it impossible to spend any time on the water.
Go in Flat Water to Increase Speed
Always kite surf on flat, smooth water to increase speed. A surfer can kite surf faster over smooth water than water that is very choppy with a lot of white caps.
Know Your Surroundings
Never kite surf in an area that has a lot of people surfing, swimming or wakeboarding. This is a potential safety hazard for all parties. Also, never kite surf in an area that has a lot of rocks in the water or sharp cliffs that a surfer could be snagged into.
Get Rid of Knots
Knots in the lines are easier to get out if they are pounded against a hard surface or with a hammer first. Lubricating the knot with soap and water is also a good way to loosen knots. Be gentle and remember that this takes patience.