Kite Surfing Tips

Kite Surfing Tips
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.

Check Weather

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.

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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