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Basic Flying Advice

  • Always read all manufacturers instructions carefully and abide by all safety warnings and flying tips.
  • Learn to fly your kite in light winds until you are competent
  • Get expert tuition from a BBC/BPKSF Approved instructor - ask them for their certification beforehand - See our link for qualified powerkite and buggy instructors. These instructors will have undertaken an intensive course on all aspects of powerkiting, and will have needed to demonstrate practical skills and to pass various assessments before being issued with certification
  • Get expert advice on any aspect of powerkiting you are unsure about
  • Respect Mother Nature - only fly in conditions and with a kite that you feel comfortable with
  • Take care of the environment - DO NOT litter or damage the beach or any other place you are flying
  • Check all your equipment regularly - Kites, lines, handles, safety gear, etc
  • Complete a full site assessment before starting kiting - check for obstacles, other's rights of access, ground conditions, etc
  • NEVER fly in storms or near overhead power lines
  • You are responsible for the safe use of your kite at all times
  • Always respect the right of others to be in the area
  • Have a good basic knowledge of first aid
  • Always use the appropriate safety equipment for any power kiting activity. These can include helmet, elbow and knee protectors, wrist guards, gloves, eye protection
  • Always ensure you have access to emergency services - eg, mobile phone
  • Never fly for prolonged periods in sunlight without appropriate UV protection - eg, shades, sunblock cream, etc
  • Always have plenty of fluids handy when flying in hot weather - water is best (and cheapest!)
  • Acknowledgements to Adam Jones of Turbulence, Llandudno, N Wales for advice on guidelines

    Kite Surfing Advice

    Kiteboarding is an incredible new extreme sport that is sweeping around the World. The thrills and shear joy of flashing over the water and flinging yourself, spinning into the sky at will is addictive! Lot of power in this sport, it's part of the attraction and sometimes a threat as well. Riders are slammed and injured sometimes for want of just a bit more care and knowledge. Consider working the following ten points and other good practices into your riding habits. They may help to keep both you and bystanders safer and help to maintain kiteboarding access for us all to enjoy this great sport. These guidelines have grown out of the analysis of almost one hundred kiteboarding incidents and accidents. We are always learning new things about safe kiteboarding in this new sport so be aware of new techniques and updates to this list. NOTE: Even if these guidelines are followed, serious injury can still occur in kiteboarding, so be careful out there.

    1. NEVER LAUNCH OR RIDE WITHIN 200 FT. OR 60 M UPWIND OF BYSTANDERS OR HARD OBJECTS ...land, boats, rocks, walls, buildings, powerlines, roads or prominent vertical surfaces or steep slopes that may cause uplift. Depower your kite as early as possible if trouble threatens. Waiting may remove the option to do so safely. Riders have been injured and killed by ignoring this. In kiteboarding "DISTANCE IS YOUR FRIEND" and may sometimes help to forgive bad luck & errors in judgment.

    2. AVOID STORMS & SQUALLS. CHECK WEATHER RADAR, WIND & FORECASTS & BE AWARE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS WHILE RIDING. Storms & squalls have injured lots of kiteboarders & are a serious threat. Actual weather may differ from predicted conditions so stay alert. If you see squalls or storms, LAND, remove the lines & SECURE your kite in advance of any change in wind or temperature. Riders have been injured by reacting too late or not at all. Avoid offshore & onshore winds.

    3. TAKE ADEQUATE PRO KITEBOARDING LESSONS FROM A GOOD SCHOOL carefully build experience in manageable conditions. Lessons cost but you should be kiteboarding faster, easier & safer for your investment. Also you could save your expensive gear & yourself from damage & our access to ride.

    4. CAREFULLY PREFLIGHT YOUR GEAR, make sure lines are equal, in good condition, free of tangles/snags, are properly attached & no leaks are present. Repair gear before launching.

    5. USE SAFETY GEAR ... a suitable helmet, impact vest, tested kite leash, reliable chicken loop quick releases (QR) & fixed harness line QR, gloves & hook knife(s). Practice mentally & physically reacting to emergency situations, e.g. lofting & dragging, to try to reduce critical reaction time. Test & maintain your quick releases before each use to improve reliable performance.

    6. BE CAREFUL IN & CONSIDER AVOIDING HIGHER WINDS while kiteboarding, that is potentially winds much greater than 18 kts or 20 mph. Kite forces & flight speeds can be much greater & conditions far less forgiving of errors in judgment & simple bad luck & have resulted in serious injuries.

    7. CONSIDER LAUNCHING UNHOOKED from your bar for rapid release & kite leash activation if things go wrong. Consider hooking into your QR fixed harness line only once you are near the water & your kite is well low over the water in order to grab your board. Connect to your chicken loop offshore.

    8. HAVE AN EXPERIENCED HELPER LAUNCH & LAND YOUR KITE who understands your instructions without error. If conditions permit, it may be safer to launch your kite near or from the water.

    9. KEEP YOUR KITE LOW & NEVER BRING IT TO THE VERTICAL WHILE NEAR HARD OBJECTS OR LAND TO TRY TO AVOID LOFTING. GET OFFSHORE WITHOUT DELAY.

    10. AVOID COMPLAINTS TO KEEP KITEBOARDING FREE & AT WILL. Jump to help kiteboarders. If you see someone doing something reckless, grab your friends & go talk with him. We are all in this sport together so pitch in & be ready to help to keep riders safe and to work to preserve access.

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