Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Lesson 4– Standing up

22 November 2005

This lesson was focused on standing up - to initiate a run on the board.


  • Assume position as for Lesson 3 (in water, kite 12:00, board on feet)
  • With kite overhead, dive it into power zone
  • Heading to your left: as the power comes on and pulls you up out of the water, point the board in the direction of the wind
When out of the water and planing:
  • push the rear of the board around with your right foot
  • lean back against the power of the kite
  • angle the lower edge of the board into the water
To head the other way:

  • Reverse this procedure to heading in the opposite direction left
  • If you get up and sailing, concentrate on where you are heading and where you are flying the kite.

Trap: If you stay planing, your speed increases and the board skitters around, making it difficult to control, like being on a rocket sled.

Tip: Edge the board

Trap: It is usually easy to go one way, but more difficult to go the other way. This is mainly due to flying the kite too far upwind on your “weaker” side so it does not generate enough power:

Tip: Bring the kite above head and dive into power zone to start


  • I got out of water OK
  • I was planing very fast and wipeout several times
  • I flew the kite too high after starting; then lost power and sank back into water
  • Controlling the kite becomes more difficult due to distractions with board
  • Flying kite to high – waist harness riding up and hurting ribs a bit. This also affects how you can operate the control bar. A seat harness would be better for beginners.

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