Kiteboarding Etiquette- Don't Be a Kook!

 Beach Kiteboarding Etiquette

Please do not fly your kite on crowded beaches. There are many uncrowded places around here to ride, so check out our Tampa Bay Kiteboarding Spot Guide to help you find a suitable beginner spot to practice.

  • If you are a newer kiter, a visiting kiter, or just new to the launch site, please introduce yourself to the local kiters and inquire about local conditions, hazards and regulations. This is common courtesy on any beach, and goes a long way with the locals.

  • Always wind up your lines when your kite is on the beach.

  • Do not hang around the launch area with your kite in the air- "Keep it Low and Go!"
  • Observe the "flow" of traffic before you launch your kite. You will notice "lanes" of upwind and downwind riders sharing the same areas. There's also usually a freestyle area and lesson area, so get familiar with what's going on in the water before you launch.

  • Give immediate assistance to kiters launching and landing. If someone is coming in towards the beach and tapping their head, they need to land their kite ASAP. If you are able, please assist them and stay with the kite until it is secured with sand or a board.

  • Before launching do a preflight check of all safety releases. An improperly rigged safety can kill you. You should have a minimum of 2 quick releases on your system- 1 for releasing the kite from you to the leash, and 1 for releasing the entire rig.

  • kiteboard-instructionDo not use a kite without a leash or lacking a proper safety system.

  • Launch kite towards the water whenever possible.

  • Do not fly your kite over beach goers, swimmers, or surfers.

  • Do not launch or land UPWIND of anything that can hurt you or sue you.

  • Do not use an inexperienced person to launch or land your kite.

  • If you take on the responsibility of catching someone's kite, make sure to stay with it until they weight it down with a board or something. Do not leave the kite unattended as it may take off unexpectedly.


On the Water

GIVE WAY TO ALL WATER USERS, INCLUDING SWIMMERS, SURFERS, AND BOATERS. NO EXCEPTIONS!
PLEASE DO NOT KITE IN THE SWIM AREAS ALONG ANY OF OUR BEACHES!

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  • Always stay 300 ft. or 3 line lengths away from shore, especially in onshore winds.

  • Always stay out of swim areas. New kiters should body drag out past the swim area to start, especially in onshore winds.

  • Please give extra room to instructors with students and new kiters.

  • Kiters launching and entering the water have right of way over kiters already on the water.

  • Kiter on Starboard tack (RIGHT hand forward) has the right of way.

  • Upwind rider- Kite HIGH

  • Downwind rider- Kite LOW

More Kiteboarding Right Of Way Rules


When Jumping

  • Always look all around you before you jump, make sure you have a clear area downwind of you and make sure that you will not land on, or near anyone, or in their path. Kiters following you shuold know your intentions before you jump to avoid a collision.

  • Jumps and Transitions should be done a safe distance from shore and NEVER near swimmers, surfers, windsurfers, boats, fishermen, etc. This is the single biggest problem in this sport and many areas are being banned for the actions of a few. Please stay out of the swim areas everywhere you ride, and do not jump or transition near shore.

Continue reading these other kiteboarding safety articles throughout our website.

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