Kiteboarding Tips

While you are learning the basics, here some helpful tips beyond the fundamentals that will help you ensure your kiteboarding adventure will be a breeze, from beginning to end.

For example, the extra large kites that kiteboarding requires can be a handful. To carry your kite in light or no wind, flip the kite over so the wingtips are pointed up towards the sky. This will let you support and comfortably carry the kite without dragging the wingtips in the sand. Try to hold the kite as close to the center as possible by the front, or leading edge, with one hand so it remains balanced. With your other hand, support and push up on the center downstrut. You can lift the kite in this position as high as possible and walk the kite either upwind or downwind.

While attaching the lines, the key phrase to remember is Front and Center, Outback. When translated, this means that the center lines always go to the leading edge of the kite, while the outside lines, at the ends of the bar, always go to the back edge of the kite.

For this reason, it is very smart to make the front lines a different color from the back lines. A typical line and bar setup would have one side of the bar red and the other black; the red side always goes in your left hand. Run a red line from the end of the red side of the bar and a black line from the end of the black side of the bar. Make the two center lines both a third color but with different pigtail colors: the left line with red pigtails and the right line with black pigtails. This will clearly designate which side of the kite each line hooks to.

For safety's sake, never go out alone, and whenever possible, take an experienced kiteboarder with you on your first attempts. Having a stronger friend to help you along will make the process that much easier. Also, avoid high winds until you have a stronger grasp on the sport. Even the best kiteboarders in the world are hesitant when it comes to gustier winds, as they know that higher winds make it more likely for kiteboarders to lose control of the kite.

Above all else, don't get frustrated. With such a short history, kiteboarding is virtually new to everyone, and it is easy to get lost in the terminology, the set-up, and the initial getting out into the water. Be patient and take your time, and remember that if you have never tried the sport before, a lesson or two will go a long way in mastering those 40-foot flips, or a least getting a hold of the basic terms and principals.

Book a lesson well in advance, be sure to inquire about equipment rentals, and during your vacation on the North Carolina Coast, you will be able to experience the craze that's truly taking the East Coast by storm.

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