Once your trainer is in the air, it’s time to learn basic flying skills. The trainer kite practice exercises below are intended to get you to fly the kite until you feel comfortable with it, and will help build your capability at the same time.
These basic exercises will build your confidence and ability with the kite. Once you know them, you’re ready to conquer more complicated and intense moves.
Parking the kite simply means to keep your kite stationary. With your trainer kite, this spot will be in the edge of the wind window. You want to park your kite when you aren’t focused on your kite, you are preparing for a certain maneuver, or whenever you need your kite to be in the shoulder of the wind window (when you don’t want power, etc…). Why is it important? Parking you kite is an important skill because your kite will be parked on the edge of the wind window where it has little power. When here, you will be able to focus elsewhere without worrying about what it’s doing. What to do – To park your kite, simply:
Sounds easy? Good. Now, your task is to practice parking your kite in these three spots.
This skill is simple but often overlooked. Steering the kite in a smooth and controlled manner is very important when you start flying larger kites. If you steer a large kite in a jerky fashion, the kites pull will vary, and thus, cause it to jerk. Imagine being towed by a wakeboarding boat that speeds up, then slows down, then speeds up, then slows down, then speeds up, then slows down… It makes my arms sore just thinking about it. In short, you want to steer your kites smoothly so you might as well start practicing now. What to do - With time you will steer smoothly naturally. Here are some things you can do to help.
Practice steering your kite smoothly by trying these two exercises:
Flying figure eights will get you comfortable flying your kite all over the wind window, steering your kite, and will help you practice steering smoothly. In addition, the vertical figure eight is the basic movement to what kiters call ‘sine-ing’, which is a way to create more power while moving. What to do - Steer your kite in a figure eight pattern both vertically and horizontally across the wind window as illustrated below.
Fly the Figure 8’s until they feel natural. They don’t have to be perfectly horizontal or vertical since you don’t use the figure 8 when kiteboarding, but they are a great exercise to get used to flying your kite and to practice steering smoothly.
Power strokes are where the rubber hits the road and are the most important trainer kite practice exercise on this page - get good at them! You use them when you want to generate a lot of power with your kite, and are most often used when water-starting or getting up on your board. Depending on how much power you need, you can do a power stroke for low, medium, and high power. What to do:
Low Power Power-Stroke:
Medium Power Power-Stroke:
High Power Power-Stroke:
Practice 6 power strokes – Low, medium, and high power in both directions. Once you have the power strokes mastered, try this: