Kiteboarding Safety Info & Articles- KTB

kiteboarding-line-knifeKiteboarding without training or proper safety equipment is dangerous, and you have to have the tools and knowledge to survive when something goes wrong. The KTB Beginners Guide discusses various types of kiteboarding safety equipment and how they are used. All kiteboarding equipment requires maintenance, so be sure to inspect and test your safety equipment regularly.

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Launching alone, or self launching is not not too difficult with most modern kitesurfing equipment. kiteboarding-self-launchWe do not recommend beginners try this until they are well experienced at launching and landing with an with an assistant. Not all kites sit well on the edge of the wind window, or power zone and can drift backwards and suddenly power up. The best way to see how your kite behaves on the edge of the power zone is to land it on the wingtip in the water, let it sit there and gently let go of the bar. A well behaved kite will sit on the edge waiting for you to take control again.
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced Kitesurfer, you must first learn how your kite's safety system works, wear proper safety gear such as your helmet, and follow the guidelines below for a successful self launch of a 4 line kiteboarding kite.

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kitesurfing beginner information kitemare

Accidents in this sport are called “Kitemares”, which usually involve the kiter being dragged or lofted into hard objects, such as trees, cars, poles, fences, the beach, buildings, power-lines, etc., and caused by equipment failure (line or bridle break), lack of regard for dangerous conditions (weather, unsafe launch sites, etc.) and just plain stupidity. Multiple safety systems are necessary in this sport, including at least one quick release from the kite, and a quick release from the leash. If you do not have these two things, you are begging for a kitemare.

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Safety is a TOP PRIORITY in the sport of kiteboarding, and the main reason for taking a kiteboarding lesson from a local qualified kiteboarding instructor. We have been kiting and teaching in the Tampa, St. Petersburg area for over 12 years, and Kiteboarding Tampa Bay recommends only IKO or PASA certified and insured instructors. This free service helps you find the most effective training avaiable, from the best kiteboarding instructors in the business. In addition to our safety based teaching methods, we have added additional articles and detailed information to our website, as well as added more safety-related content and training exercises to our water lessons.

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