- Wear a helmet – Your board can hit you in the head, or you may hit something hard.
- Avoid using a board leash – the board could recoil and hit you.
- Don’t launch an under-inflated or leaking kite – an under-inflated kite is much more difficult to control.
- Make sure your quick release is working – you risk loosing your kite and hurting someone else, who may be hit by the bar or hurt by the lines.
- Check your bridle lines – your lines can be tangled or broken.
- Don’t fly a kite that seems sluggish or difficult to control – your kite could be under-inflated or has twisted bridle lines. If your kite starts to lose it shape while you are riding, it usually means that your kite is losing air. Try to get to shore as soon as you can, or you will have to stop the kite and do a self rescue.
Get professional Kiteboarding lessons – kiteboarding is a technical sport, that requires skills to participate in safely, your instructor can teach you how to set up the gear, show you how and when to use the safety systems, teach you kite-control, and the self-landing and self-rescue procedures.
Kite Launching & Landing.
- Do not allow someone who is not familiar with kites to help you launch or land – they have no idea of the power of the kite, the risk of entanglement or the ability of the line to injure them.
- Learn how to self launch and how to safely land by releasing the quick release near shore – even if you fly with someone knowledgeable who can help you launch, someday you will want to self-launch and land.
- Tell tourist kiteboarders about the launch or no launch zones – we all want to keep our access.
- Ask someone knowledgeable to assist you if possible – even if you want to self-launch it’s good to have someone else keep an eye out for children etc.
- When launching assume you will be hit by a gust of swirling wind which will suddenly pull you 40 feet in an unexpected direction, and make sure that when that happens neither you nor anyone else will be hurt, you cannot tell what the wind is like 50-100 feet up and gusts happen.
- Keep the kite low when launching.
- Always use a quick release.