What follows is by no means a definitive list. It is basic safety FAQ´s
Always get trained at a British KItesports recognised school before participating in any kitesport.
A two or three day course depending on your kite flying skills and other sports you have done in the past such as wakeboarding, surfing, kite landboarding, windsurfing etc.
Zones have probably been set up so you have somewhere to practice your sport with the agreement of the local landowners. Please observe local regulations and if unsure please ask other riders, beach users or local officials.
Tell any new/ visiting riders about the launch/no launch zonesBecause we all want to keep our access to the beaches and shores
Because even if you usually fly with buddies, someday the weather will be perfect and you will want to self launch (same with landing especially in emergencies)
Why? Because even if you want to self launch it´s a safer method.
Whilst Riding – Maintain a safety buffer zone between yourself and others users of the space you are riding in as they may not understand the sport
Always assume that a crashed kite will relaunch unexpectedly. An amazing number of people have been absolutely amazed when their kite suddenly took off despite being tangled, inside out, partially inflated – so be aware at all times
If the kite appears hopelessly tangled or deflated never move towards it If the kite takes off and you get tangled in the lines it could put you in a life threatening situation
If you need to pack up- 1. Use the reride safety system on your bar 2. Pull yourself to the kite while winding the uneven lines onto the bar 3. After deflating the kite keep clear of the bridal lines If the kite has two lines attached it can generate power even if it is so tangled it can´t take off
We use the rules of the road taken from sailing Someone has got to give way ! BKSA Rights of Way Brochure IKA International Kitesurfing Rights of Way
Always wear the following taking into account where you are riding and your ability level Whilst on Land
Whilst on Water
Assume that today will be the day you get to swim in from the farthest point out you go as equipment failure while rare these days does happen If you are unsure or you have another question please email: [email protected]
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