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Kitesurfing: the 2 greatest mistakes of water starting and some Rules of the Road

Some words of wisdom from Sam Guest of Tantrum Kitesurf in Tarifa:

“There are two common errors most people make when trying to water start which prevent them from riding up, up and away. The first is not pushing the front foot far enough around to release the board onto the plane and the second, of course, is pulling the bar in as you rise out of the water.

The first of these, not pushing the front foot far enough away as you rise out of the water, results in you coming up with the board too horizontal to the wind. Incredible amounts of power are then required from the kite to keep you going, as the board is offering a load of resistance directly against the pull of the kite. By simply pushing forward with the front foot obviates this problem.

The second mistake people make is to pull the bar in whilst rising out of the water. As human beings is our instinct to pull ourselves up using something close to hand while attempting to stand up, this instinct must be resisted as we learn to water start

By pulling the bar in you momentarily power up the kite, however when the kite reaches the bottom of the window with the bar fully pulled in, it will simply stall backwards leaving you bobbing back into the water ‘teabag style’! What you need to aim to do is put enough power through the kite so that the bar stays away from you, and resist the instinct to pull it in further. This done, once the kite reaches the bottom of the window a simple tweak in the right direction will return the kite back towards the top of the window and put it in a position to start you second power stroke.”

Kitesurfing water start

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So simple….

While I’m talking about Tantrum and Sam Guest (who is going to become a contributor on our site) I thought I would introduce one of his first videos on ‘Rules of the Road’ as it goes hand in hand with water starts. The basic rules of how to behave whilst kiting are incredibly important because increasingly there are more and more kitesurfers out on the water and there’s nothing worse than some bad-mannered cretin causing near misses and tangled lines! Sam is going to be running a series of these videos just to clear up some murky issues… You’ll need to turn the sound up on this one.

Kitesurfing Rules of the Road: Rule 1

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