Learn to kitesurf in 3 lessons

Learn to kitesurf - kitesurfing lessons | Windswell, Port Douglas

Whether you are familiar with kitesurfing or not, Windswell offers just the right courses for any experience and level. We teach kids how to fly. We offer kitesurfing lessons to suit absolute beginners as well as advanced riders.

Learn the secrets of the wind with us: we promise to make your whole experience an unforgettable journey!

GET STARTED WITH KITESURF LESSON 1 + 2

Lesson 1

You will learn to use the right size kite for the wind conditions and your body weight. You will also be taught everything about this fascinating sport, rigging before the session, launching and landing, letting go for de-power, water re-launching, “self- rescue” and “body dragging” before the board. Above all you will learn everything you need to know in order to stay safe during the “flight”.

During the first lesson, you will also cover the following aspects:

  • Equipment and safety theory
  • Kite set-up and kite maintenance
  • Use of the safety systems
  • Understanding the wind window
  • Basic kite flying skills
  • Hand signals
  • Launch and land the kite

It is of vital importance to understand the idea of the “wind window” and how you can master it. It is a key element for the kite sport, because you can manage both the power and the direction of your kite.

The wind window is pretty much all the three dimensional sky area the riders see in front of them, in which their kites can be flown.
Kiting instructors describe the wind window as if there was a clock in front of the rider. Its edge is where the kite produces the least power, the zone usually used for launching and landing.

The intermediate zone of the wind window is at where the kite produces medium power. The power zone is where the kite gets maximum power.
Lesson 2
During the second lesson you will practice the skills learnt in the previous session and you will get to control you kite up, wind body dragging, starting the board and riding it.

Aspects to be covered:

  • You will learn advanced kite flying skills and how to water re-launch the kite. Self-rescue is always important so there will be further practice.

Other aspects to be covered:

  • Deep water pack down
  • Basic downwind body dragging
  • Advanced upwind body dragging
  • Body dragging with board
  • Board-work theory and practicing
  • First water start
  • Basic riding in both directions
  • Theory and safety rules

 

CONTINUE WITH KITESURF LESSON 3

There is no reason to worry as there will always be an instructor supervising you, either on the beach or kiting with you. Gradually you will be able to use the edge of your board to stay upwind with the correct body posture, kite positioning and kite control.

Other aspects to be covered:

  • Initial rider assessment, posture and kite control
  • Various techniques of changing directions (basis transitions)
  • Tacking upwind, being able to make ground windward
  • Transitions to change direction with various kite control and board control techniques
  • Learning confidence in flat water and small wave conditions
  • You will finally try your FIRST JUMP!

 

Check out the complete list of our lessons here

5 fun things you can’t miss around Port Douglas

1. Visit the Wildlife Habitat and have lunch with the animals!

Wildlife Habitat is a different version of what you thought a zoo actually is. Their motto is “We put you in the zoo” and they mean exactly what they say! As soon as you enter, you will get to see local birds, wallabies, kangaroos, emus, lizards, among other animals.

5 things you can't miss around Port Douglas | Windswell.com.au

Don’t be afraid: this happy company does not include crocodiles, as they are kept at a safe distance! If you feel adventurous enough, though, you can take a photo hugging a koala, or even a python. The choice is yours…

The whole park promises to be a different experience, as you have the opportunity to interact with the animals in their natural environment. You can even buy bags of food and feed them, join the guided tours or different animal presentations every day.

There is also the interesting option of having breakfast or lunch with the animals, as you can eat your meal surrounded by the inhabitants of this amazing place.

 

2. Enjoy a boat ride to Low Isles – Watersports in paradise!

The amazing scenery of the Low Isles captures adventurers from the moment they get there. Just 15 km off the coast of Port Douglas, this protected area consists of the uninhabited coral/mangrove Woody Island and the sandy coral cay of Low Island. Windswell organises regular tours to the Low Isles. Our boat carries no more than 10 people at the time, ensuring the cruise is as private as possible. It is a perfect getaway for the whole family.

 

A day out in Low Isles can include many different activities: after the boat ride, you can try a guided Stand-Up Paddle boarding, snorkelling or wakeboarding. You can also visit the historic Lighthouse Reserve, swim in the lagoon bay, walk around Low Island and enjoy the mangroves.
Check out some of Windswell’s Epic Reef and Island Tours here.

 

3. White water rafting on Tully River – Explore the eternal beauties of the Rainforest

One thing you can’t miss when visiting Port Douglas, is the exploration of Daintree, one of the oldest rainforests in the world and the most fascinating way to do so is white water rafting.

5 things you can't miss around Port Douglas | Windswell.com.au

Tropical water temperatures and pure beauty promise an unforgettable experience. Try water rafting in this unique area, part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites and enjoy the magnificent gorge and some of the 45 spectacular waterfalls of the Tully river.

 

4. Learn to kitesurf with Windswell!

Combine your trip to Port Douglas with a new experience: seize the opportunity to learn kitesurfing and make this visit unforgettable! Windswell offers just the right courses for any level of fitness. Windswell offers lessons for absolute beginners and kids. With us you will learn how to be master of the winds and the sky!

 

During these first two lessons, you will be taught everything you need to know so as to stay safe and maintain control of your kite during the “flight”. No need to worry, as an instructor will always be with you. Let yourself just enjoy the experience of seeing everything from up above…

 

5. Jungle Surfing

Touch the heart of the Daintree Rainforest by taking one of the guided zipping tours. Experienced guides will be with you during the whole experience, giving advice and controlling your flight, so the activity is suitable even for kids and absolute beginners. It’s an awesome day out for the entire family.

The platforms range from 3.5 to 19.5 metres above the ground, aiming to reveal different views of the rainforest, its streams and further out to the Great Barrier Reef.

If you feel more adventurous, there is also the option of a night walk in the Daintree. All you need is a flashlight and all the nocturnal birds and animals of the forest are ready to welcome you into their world…

WindSwell’s Kite Surfing vs. Sailing Low Isles Cup

Windswell's Kitesurfing VS Sailing Cup | Windswell.com.au

The race is on… Saturday June 11th @11am WindSwell held the first ever official kite surfing race from the south end of Four Mile Beach out around Low Isles and Woody Island and back again to the North end of Four Mile Beach.

The conditions were just right for the three riders competing Brett Wright, Jimi Ireland and Ruben De Kemp. With the motto in their head of head for the small island on the way out and the big one on the way back and the perfect lighter breezes of 10-20knots, making for ideal ocean conditions with only a little swell and no chop, and Peter Wright and his all girl support crew on NoSwell as a support vessel they took off in a flash @ 11:30 am, competing against 5 of the sail boats from the Port Douglas yacht club who had left an hour earlier.

Although there were perfect conditions, there were a few crashes when the wind dropped, causing the kites to fall from the sky. Not to worry, all riders had the skill to work the kite back up in the air and continue on their way. Riders put it all on the line risking sharks, seabirds and
fish strikes on their journey across the open ocean, which made it all the more exciting adding to the buzz of being that far off the coast.
It was a close competition with Brett in the lead followed closely by Rubin and then Jimi, however once they reached the island and the winds changed so did the leader board. As they came around the backside of Low Isles Brett was determined to win, pulling ahead back to the lead, and stayed there for the rest of the race. About half way back heading towards Port Douglas all three kiters passed all sailing yachts, all parties enjoying the interaction.
Brett landed on Four Mile Beach at 12:53pm taking first place and making his time of 1 hour 23 minutes and only a couple of minutes behind him was Jimi landing at 12:56pm for second at a time of 1 hour 26 minutes and Ruben at 1:03pm for third with a time of 1 hour 33 minutes.
The race has been put on to give the riders the chance to challenge themselves and test their skills, equipment, and endurance and of course the bragging rights to say they are the fastest kiter in Port Douglas.

The race is now to be held Three times a year in conjunction with the Port Douglas yacht Club, who will be displaying the leader board to officially record each riders time. WindSwell is now looking for sponsors to create a prize pool to lure more local and international kiters to
promote the far north region and Port Douglas as a kitesurfing destination.

Port Douglas: a place gifted by nature

Think of Port Douglas as a gateway: not only to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, but also to a special part of Northern Australia.
Both of these rare jewels of the Far North Queensland are proudly listed as the World Heritage sites of UNESCO. Amazing, isn’t it?

It is also ‘The’ ideal destination for holidays and all of the adventure that comes with it. Port Douglas may seem like a peaceful and relaxing village by the sea, which it is for sure, but it offers a wide range of activities you can do, and should do while there: fishing, diving, snorkelling, kitesurfing, hiking, mountain biking, skydiving .. you name it.

Or would you like something a little unusual, something like a helicopter flight over the Great Barrier Reef? Well, guess what. It is also available for you here. Add the daily Epic Reef & Island Tours or the reef or river stand-up paddling sessions offered by Windswell , and you complete a colourful puzzle with everything a nature lover could ever wished for.

Something for everyone

If you love watersports, wind sports specially, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the tropical Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas is a perfect kitesurfing spot with great south-east winds.

If you’re a total beginner or just a bit rusty or never done it and want to give kitesurfing a try, make sure you get in touch with Windswell. We offer kitesurfing lessons to fit all levels from total beginners to advanced riders who just want to improve the technique or polish the jumps.

Kitesurfing lessons with Windswell are on all season, every day from May to December and on demand during the off-season. We also have a wide wide range of new kites and boards available and ready to hire.

And if you’re not really into kitesurfing, but just out and about with friends or family and would rather chill and take it easy, you should check out Windswell’s Epic Reef & Island tours. Our private speed boat can take you to the reef for a snorkeling tour, amazing stand up paddle session on the reef, or just for a fun all in all water sports day for the whole family.

The Great Barrier Reef has so much to offer and you should find the time to explore it as much as you can. It’s your holiday time!

The wind loves Port Douglas

The winds are here all year round, tending to be more consistent from May to December, with August being the coolest and the windiest period. In January and February the weather gets boiling hot, but there is often a cooling summer sea breeze from the Coral Sea. The water temperature ranges from 30°C during summer to around 21°C in winter.

Alternative destination? Port Yule!

If you’re looking to discover a few more kitesurfing spots around Port Douglas, Yule Point may be a great place to make a stop. It is just a short ride, about 10 minutes before you get to Port Douglas driving from Cairns actually. Yule Point is suitable for all levels, beginners to advanced.

If the conditions are right, the place is absolutely amazing, thanks to its flat waters. Two reasons to be careful, though: it can be a little shallow at certain spots and watch out for the rock reef at about 300 metres out to the sea.

How to get to Port Douglas

Cairns airport is the closest one to Port Douglas. It is then only a short trip, about 70 km drive, from Cairns to Port Douglas. You will have the absolute unique opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenic drive along the coast. Make sure to stop along the way at different viewpoints and beaches to snap few photos. Just the drive is already a great start of your holiday, it is really stunning.
If you’re booked with Windswell for the tour or kitesurfing lessons or just need a ride to the town, give us a call, we also do airport transfers and can pick you up at the airport.

A car will definitely come in handy during your stay however, so you can travel around and explore the rainforest in full. But around town, you can easily get around hiring a bike or using the local buses.

No wind? Awesome weather, what to do in Port Douglas?

Nature is simply breathtaking around Port Douglas. The activities waiting for you here are practically limitless. From scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing or even spear fishing, mountain biking, hiking, skydiving, stand up paddle, wakeboarding or even kitesurfing downwinders out on the reef are only some of your options.

A visit to one of the oldest rainforests in the world is a must. It is amongst the ‘must things doe do in Port Douglas’. You will learn about the 1400 species of local fish and more than 400 corals living in Far North Queensland. Make sure to take a day trip to Cape Tribulation, one of the many stunning sites in the area.

Port Douglas, the “Golden” town

Port Douglas was initially established in 1877, thanks to the discovery of gold at Hodgkinson River by James Venture Mulligan. The town flourished rapidly and at its peak there was a population of 12,000 as well as 27 hotels.

The construction of the Kuranda Railway from Cairns to Kuranda (1891) made Port Douglas even more important, but a cyclone in 1911 demolished the whole town except only two buildings. The area reached its lowest point in the 1960’s, becoming more of a fishing village, with about 100 inhabitants.

Tourism returned in the 80’s after investments in hotel construction. It was easy for Port Douglas to rise to fame again, thanks to its beauties and the numerous destinations worth the visit to the area, not only by Australians, but also by nature enthusiasts from around the world.

Low Isles Lagoon – Stand Up Paddle in Paradise

A destination made for Nature Enthusiasts

Crystal clear waters of the lagoon, white sand, green turtles, coral fish, rays and even reef sharks if you’re lucky. That is the impressive scenery that is waiting for you on Low Isles. If you love the nature, then this is the spot to add onto your bucket list. Just about 15 kilometres off the coast of Port Douglas, here is a rare gem’s of the Great Barrier Reef.
Low Isles are made of two main islands. It is the Woody Island that is the bigger of the two, an uninhabited mangrove island surrounded by coral gardens, and the smaller one of the two, Low Island, a beautiful sandy coral cay.

Low Isles are protected area of the Marine Park. There are certain restrictions on the number of visitors entering the island at the same time. There are larger tours leaving from Port Douglas daily, but it’s a small island and it could get pretty crowded.

So if you’d rather be just with a smaller group of friends, family or your work mates and have the entire island just to yourself, you should definitely check out Windswell’s Epic Reef & Island Tours. The speed boat will only take maximum of 10 passengers, so you will get to enjoy the experience in full, but more privately, only a few others.

Discovered by Captain Cook himself

The English explorer captain James Cook was the first to record the existence of Low Isles during his voyage to Australia in 1770. His description of Low Island was simple: “a small low island”, but the area was officially named “Low Isles” in 1819.

The lighthouse that is on the island was built in 1878, still active and became automated in 1993. Until this day, Low Isles has 2 active residents staying on the island, the lighthouse keepers. Not only to look after the lighthouse, but also to record the migrating bird population. Low Isles became the site of the first detailed scientific study of a coral reef anywhere in the world between 1926 and 1929, helping the scientists to understand changes in the Great Barrier Reef area until today.

A unique watersports experience

A day out in Low Isles with Windswell is always a truly amazing experience, whatever it is that you’re signed up for: kitesurfing session on the island; snorkeling & stand-up paddle tour; or just a fun watersports day with your mates or work colleagues.

Windswell organises kitesurfing tours as well as stand-up paddle tours on the island 3 times a week. If you’re new to stand up paddle, definitely check it out, it’s an awesome experience. Don’t worry, a good introduction and practice is provided, so even if you’ve never done it before, you can easily have a go. SUP on the Low Isles Lagoon sits definitely pretty high between the “must things to do in Port Douglas” list.

The water is absolutely crystal clear, only about waist deep. You’ll get to see the beauty of the island and discover it from above the surface. And If you feel adventures, you can paddle over to the Woody Island to check out the magnificent green mangroves.

Then take a break from paddling and just snorkel over the Lagoon and meet all the little friendly locals. Turtles, rays, many species of coral fish, giant clams and arrays of colourful corals all around you.

Have fun and just remember to take a sun hat and sun screen, the Aussie sun could be really punchy.

 

Mossman Rainforest Magic – Stand-Up Paddle Tour

Mossman Rainforest Magic River Stand-Up Paddle Tour $109

 

Discover the magic of the oldest rainforest in the world!

The idea of a stand-up paddle session on the Mossman River – even with an experienced tour guide – may sound a little crazy, but if you dare take the leap of faith, a whole new world will open up in front of your eyes!

It would be an excellent activity either for groups of friends or for the families with children, so if you are having awesome tropical holidays, but running out of things to do in Port Douglas, then this is one of those things you will be talking about for a good while.

You will paddle upstream on crystal clear waters of the Mossman River under the trees of the oldest rainforest in the world and you will enjoy the absolute tranquillity of this incredibly pure environment.

You can dive – or jump from the rope swings – Into the “healing waters” of the river, you’ll get to taste some of the juiciest fruit that Queensland has to offer and then complete this exquisite experience with a unique natural body scrub, with ochre from the river banks.
You will certainly return refreshed from your exploration.

A place as old as time

The Mossman Gorge is without a doubt the most interesting part of the Mossman River in Far North Queensland.

Located in the Cape York Peninsula, the gorge is in the southern part of Daintree National Park, 80 kilometers north of the town of Cairns and near the cane-farming town of Mossman.

In fact, it was declared a part of Daintree National Park in 1967, as well as part of the traditional homeland of the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people.

It is widely known for its rich flora and fauna: more than 430 bird species have been spotted in the gorge, along with 18 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians and numerous species of fish. That is just amazing.

Moreover, five hundred different species of Australian native plants can be found in the tropical rainforests in the area, trees and bushes, as well as numerous species of vines and ferns.

Prepared for the adventure

At first, the guide will give you a short introduction before going onto the river, making it easy even for the absolute beginners. You’ll get to practice your paddling skills.

The water is only about waist deep, beautifully refreshing, ideal for a dive on a hot and sticky day. If you fall off your board into the water, it’ll feel like you just opened up a brand new sense. Days are pretty hot in Far North Queensland, so although shaded by the canopy of the rainforest trees, don’t forget to take a sun hat and sun screen, along with a mosquito repellent.

Those who have done it, loved it, those haven’t, regret it. Check out this awesome video made by one of the adventure seekers.

SUP tour should definitely be on everybody’s bucket list and if it’s not on yours, you’re missing out, so make sure to book yours before the sweet holiday time is over.
But apart from the Mossman River SUP, we also do the morning stand-up paddle sessions on the beautiful Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas or for the real nature enthusiasts, we’ll take you to the Low Isles just of the coast of Port Douglas for an amazing Reef Stand-Up Paddle session.

Wind and Weather Factors for Kite Boarding and SUP

Wind + Weather Tips

Pretty much the first question anybody asks when board riders hit the beach each morning is

“What are the winds doing today crew?”

The Windswell crew have put together a few hot tips for understanding wind and weather factors to help you pick the very best time to hit the water, whether for kite boarding or for SUP stand up paddle boarding.

One of the great things about  kite boarding and paddleboarding is that you can ride every day, no matter what the conditions. Starting out, with winds  just under 5 knots, you can fly a trainer kite  to practise  in the power zone with ease.   If  you can see movement in the palms and trees, you know there’s just enough wind to get out there, and gain experience with your kite.   Until you have gained adequate experience, it’s a good idea not to go out in conditions beyond your limits (say 20+ knots+ for grommets, and 30 + knots for the average adult)

In general, to ride your board and stay up wind, you will need to be able to park the kite, so anywhere between 15-30 knots is fine,  with 18-25 knot winds ideal for average riders.

Trade Winds

Right now we’re experiencing the winter weather pattern, with the  return of the SE trade winds.

These trade winds are created when the monsoon or wet season moves further North and the belt of high pressure systems move up and over the Great Australian Bight.  Once in position in the Bight, they generally develop a ridge along the Queensland coast bringing us in tropical north Queensland, our south easterly tradewinds through the winter season.

As a general rule, the stronger the pressure gradient( or high pressure system), the stronger the wind.

There is a  local rule you can use to tell what the wind will be doing in our area, based simply on looking at the weather report on the nightly news.

If there is a

  • 1015 high in the Bight, you can  expect 10-15 knots winds up here,
  • 1020 high … you can expect 15-20 knots and so on until you get a big high-
  • 1030 high…you can expect 25-30 knots winds

From now through to Christmas, we can expect to see a constant cycle of the formation of these high-pressure systems with associated southeastery tradewinds.

(translating as AWESOME wind and weather conditions for KITE and SUP in FNQ!!)

Land + Sea Breezes

With cooling temperatures overnight, and the creation of a land breeze, we can generally expect more offshore winds during the mornings anywhere along the coast.   Conditions will usually have a lot of southerly direction in the wind, with a quieter and more calm beach zone.

While the sun heats the land as the morning goes on,  the sea breeze kicks in and turns the wind around more to the east bringing it more onshore or onto the beach.   The reverse will usually happen in the late afternoon.

 Wind Direction

Any wind blowing in from the Ocean is a great start for boarders, as this  is usually nice and consistent and uninterrupted from the effect of geographical objects on the land.

Onshore winds are best for experienced riders, as you will need to know how to stay up wind on the boards to make the most out of your ride.

Cross-shore winds are  great for beginners/intermediates

An ideal combination of conditions is something like this scenario :

Onshore/cross-shore or 45 degrees to the beach making it easy to launch your kite and head straight off the beach

Fortunately for us, the southern end of Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas provides these optimal conditions (onshore/cross-shore)

This makes for an easy run out and back from shore and if you lose your board or have any equipment dramas you will end up back on the beach.

Offshore winds are the most dangerous direction to kite as there are unpredictable scenarios created by created by the wind effect of objects on land eg: mountains, buildings, headland, trees etc…. These objects cause rotors of gusty wind, nor do  you  want to end up out at the Outer Reef or Fiji 😉

 Wind Quality

The best days for Kiting are the super smooth wind days with no squalls, rain etc. (If you do see big black cloud rolling your way it is best to come in and land your kite and let it blow over).

  • Always check and know what the forecast conditions are for the day
  • Keep your eye to the south east or where the wind is coming from
  • Ask fellow kite surfers what they think the wind is doing, it is all part of our culture

Having said that, the wind waits for nobody, the best days kite surfing I’ve had have been when there has been no wind forecast and nobody else out on the water with me!

For a comprehensive guide to current wind and weather factors and expected weather conditions, check out our weather links here.

See you on the water!

 

Kitesurfing WIKI

A

Airfoil (aerofoil): a wing, kite, or sail used to generate lift or propulsion.

Airtime: the amount of time spent in the air while jumping.

AOA, Angle of Attack: also known as the angle of incidence (AOI) is the angle with which the kite flies in relation to the wind. Increasing AOA generally gives more lift.

AOI, Angle of Incidence: angle which the kite takes compared to the wind direction

Apparent wind, AW: The wind felt by the kite or rider as they pass through the air. For instance, if the true wind is blowing North at 10 knots and the kite is moving West at 10 knots, the apparent wind on the kite is NW at about 14 knots. The apparent wind direction shifts towards the direction of travel as speed increases.

Aspect Ratio, AR: the ratio of a kites width to height (span to chord). Kites can range between a high aspect ratio of about 5.0 or a low aspect ratio of about 3.0.

 


B

Back Loop: a kitesurfing trick where the kiter rotates backward (begins by turning their back toward the kite) while throwing his/her feet above the level of his/her head.

Back Roll: same as a back loop but without getting their feet up high.

Batten: a length of carbon or plastic which adds stiffness or shape to the kite or sail.

Bear Away / Bear Off: change your direction of travel to a more downwind direction.

Beaufort: scale of wind strengths from 0 to 12. Named after the English Admiral, Francis Beaufort, who invented it. 0 = no wind whereas 12 = hurricane.

Bladder: an inflatable inner tube in a kite used to give the kite shape and floatation. Bladders must be inflated or pumped up by hand.

Blade: a model of foil kite made by Flexifoil.

Blindside: is to ride backwards from normal orientation so you will be looking away from your direction of travel and riding on your toeside edge.

Board Leash: a leash or line connecting the kiter to the board and used to keep the board nearby when the kiter is in the water.  Modern kiters don’t use board leash anymore

Body Dragging: being pulled through the water without standing on your board.. usually on your stomach.  One can body drag upwind by extending one arm in the water.

Bone: a trick where you bone out your leg means you straighten it all the way out. A “boned out grab” is one where your leg or legs are straightened out while grabbing your board.

Bow Kite: A new type of inflatable kite that is flatter and does not have a pronounced C shape or U shape as the classic inflatables.  Bow kite is a part of the Flat LEI Kites; however, Bow kite has to have a concave trailing edge to make it shaped like a bow while some other Flat LEI kites may have straight or convex trailing edge and do not have a bow shape.

Brake lines: flying lines attached to a foil kite to slow the kite or reduce its pull in strong winds. Brake lines lead to back attachment points on the trailing edge of a foil kite. Inflatable kites do not have brake lines.

Bridle: lines that form the junction between a foil kite and the flying lines. A foil kite may have a complex bridle. An inflatable kite usually has no bridle and the flying lines are connected directly to the kite. Bridle lines are sometimes called shroud lines.

Buggying: using a power kite to pull a small land-based 3 wheeled vehicle.

 


C

Cable Park: a place to practice wakeboarding by being pulled with a cable instead of behind a boat. A cable park is a place where mechanical cables pull the rider around the water.

Camber: the curvature of an object such as a sail or kite usually used when referring its aerodynamic properties.

Cell: a parafoil is divided up into ribbed compartments called cells.

Chicken Loop, Trim Loop: In 4 line kites: the small loop connected through the middle of the control bar that attaches to the two front kite lines. Hooking into this loop and pulling on it reduces the AOA and depowers the kite.

Chikara: A kite material used on some foil kites. It is a nylon cloth.

Chord: the kite measurement between the leading and trailing edges.

Closed cell: these kites normally have a limited number of air intakes and a valve system to prevent the air to escape after a fall. These types of kite are called closed cell foil kites.

Coefficient of lift, CL: a measure of how hard a kite pulls relative to its projected size.

Control bar: a long bar used by the kitesurfer to control the kite. With 4 line inflatable kites, the rear kite lines are connected to the ends of the bar and the front lines are connected to a chicken loop which goes through the middle of bar. Bar length is typically 40 to 90cm.

Creep: the amount a line permanently lengthens when pulled. Loosely braided line has a lot of creep, tightly braided has less, linear core line has the least. If all the lines creep evenly, it’s pretty much unnoticeable. On inflatable kites the front lines usually creep more than the backs.

Cross Venting: holes cut into the individual cells of a foil kite or parafoil to allow air to pass through between the cells.

 


D

Dacron: the material used for the leading edge of most inflatable kites.

Directional: a kite board that looks like a small windsurfer board or surfboard with footstraps. A directional usually has 3 footstraps. It rides best in one direction and has definite nose and tail ends. A directional board is typically 150 to 220 cm in length.

Deadman: a kitesurfing trick where the kiter hangs upside down during a jump, lets go of the control bar, and hangs their arms downward.

De-powering: letting the kite lines out to release pressure and reduce speed. With 4 line kites this is done by pulling on the chicken loop or pushing the kite control bar away.

Downloop: a kiteloop where the kite is first turned downward and then is continued in turning until it goes back against the original direction of travel. The kite direction of travel is rotated 180 degrees.

Downwind: the direction that the wind is going toward, opposite of upwind.

Drag: the resistance to movement.

Drift: the sideways movement due to the action of the wind on the kite.

Dual Line, 2 Line: Kite which is flown using 2 lines of equal length which enables the rider to steer the kite right or left.

Dyneema®: Also known as Spectra. It is the standard line for flying lines. It is slippery and will allow multiple line twists without loosing kite control.

 


E

Edge: to tilt the board on its edge and ride it that way. Used to control the direction of travel. To go upwind, a rider must edge hard. Skiers and snowboarders also use this type of edging to slow down or to turn.

Eye of the wind: the direction that the wind is blowing from.

 


F

Fifth Element: a 5 line kite control sustem used on North kites.

Fifth Line: a 5th line on a kite can is used for relaunching, depowering and helping maintaining the shape of the kite.

Fin: a small piece of rigid material on the bottom of a kiteboard that tends to guide the board in a forward direction. Kiteboards usually have 4 or more fins.

Flat LEI: A new type of inflatable kite that is flatter and does not have a pronounced C shape or U shape as the classic inflatables.  Flat LEI is often confused as Bow Kite which has to have a concave trailing edge to make it shaped like a bow while some other Flat LEI kites may have straight or convex trailing edge and do not have a bow shape.

Flex: is the degree of stiffness in a kiteboard.

Flying lines: the main lines between the kite and the rider, usually made of Spectra. A kite usually has either 2 or 4 flying lines.

Foil kite: a soft type of kite which is made up of cells which fill with air. Foils achieve their shape by inflating with the wind, and have no other rigid structure or bladders.

Footstraps: straps used to keep your feet from bouncing off your kite board.

Front Loop: a kitesurfing trick where the kiter rotates forward (begins by turning away from the direction of travel) while throwing their feet above the level of their head.

Front Roll: same as a front loop but without getting their feet up high.

 


G

Grab: a trick: while in the air, the rider reaches down to the board and clasps their hand on it. There are many different types of grabs.

Grab Handle: On a kite board it is a handle between the footpads. On a kite bar, it is a handle usually connected to one rear kite line that can be used to hold and de-power the kite after the bar is released.

Gybe (or jibe): To change direction by turning down wind and then continuing to turn until you are going in the other direction.

 


H

Handle Pass: a trick where the kite control bar is passed from one hand to the other behind the kiters back.

Handles: used instead of a control bar to fly the kite. In 4 line kites, a pair of bent handles with one power line connected to the top and one brake line connected to the bottom of each. A “link line” or harness line runs between the two handles to allow a harness to take the load of the kite. Generally considered unsuitable for inflatable kites.

Hangtime, Airtime: the amount of time spent in the air while jumping.

Hard rails, soft rails: The rounder the edge of the board the softer the rails are said to be. Hard rails means a sharper edge.

Harness: worn by the kitesurfer around the waist. It has a metal speader bar with a hook in the front. The kite control bar has a line loop which can fit in this hook thereby allowing the harness to take all the kites pulling power (and save your arms from fatigue). Similar in operation to a windsurfers harness.

Heelside: the side of a board on the edge where your heels are (opposite of toeside). To ride heelside is normal and is where your heels are tilted down below the level of your toes.

Hooked in: the rider’s chicken loop or fixed loop is connected to the spreader bar hook on the harness.

 


I

Indie: a kitesurfing trick where the kiter grabs the toeside edge of the board with his/her back hand near his/her back foot during a jump.

Inflatable: a kite with bladders that must be pumped up by hand prior to flying. Inflatable kites use bladders in the leading edge and in the ribs (struts). When the bladders are inflated by using a hand pump, then the kite forms the desired flying shape.

 


J

Jibe (or gybe): To change direction by turning down wind and then continuing to turn until you are going in the other direction.

 


K

Kevlar: A very strong fiber sometimes used for kite lines. Has some characteristics (more stretch) which make it somewhat less desirable than Spectra.

Kite Leash: a leash or line connecting the kiter to the kite and used to keep the kite from flying away when the control bar is released. A kite leash must depower the kite when used.

Kite loop: when the kite is rotated 360 degrees in the sky. A kiteloop can be either clockwise or counterclockwise.

Kitesurfing, Kiteboarding: also called kite sailing or flysurfing. Using a kite to pull you across the water with a board under your feet.

Knot: speed of one nautical mile per hour. It is 1.852 Km per hour or 1.15 mph.

 


L

Larks head: knot used for attaching flying lines.

Lay line: an imaginary course on which you can sail directly to your target without tacking.

Leader Lines: Short thicker lines from the control bar to the flying lines. Used to keep the kiters fingers away from the flying lines.

Leading edge, LE: the windward side of the kite, (the forward edge that the wind hits first).

LEI, leading edge inflatable: an inflatable kite where the leading edge (the forward side that the wind hits first) of the kite has an inflated bladder.

Leech Line: a line that runs inside the trailing edge of the kite to prevents vibration and noise.

Leeward. the direction away from the wind. Opposite of windward.

Lift: when flying, a kite generates lift or upward force like an airplane wing. Lift is proportional to the square of the apparent wind velocity.

Lift-to-drag ratio, L/D, LDR: a measure of the efficiency of a kite. High L/D means the kite has a high top speed and flies at a greater angle to the wind, which results most noticeably in sailing more upwind (to windward) and faster possible board speeds. Kites are not as efficient as sails, their L/D rarely exceeds 4.0 while a good yacht sail manages 10 and sailplanes (gliders) get over 50.

Line Set (lines): the flying lines or strings which are used to control the kite.

Locked in: sailing along with the kite is remaining stationary in the sky relative to the rider – not moving the kite around but just letting it fly steadily.

Luff: A kite luffs when the air flow stalls. It may then stall and fall out of the sky. Luffing will occur if the kite gets too far upwind of the kiter.

 


M

 


N

Naish: a manufacturer of inflatable kites, based in Hawaii. Robby Naish is a legendary windsurfer and an early kite surfer.

Nautical Mile : Distance at sea is measured in nautical miles, which is 1852 meters, 6067 feet, or 1.15 miles. Measurement of speed at sea is always done in knots (nautical miles per hour).

North: A manufacturer of inflatable kites including the Rhino and Toro.

Nosebone: a trick in which the rider, while in flight, tucks one knee to the chest and extends the other leg straight out in front.

Nose line: a short line from the nose of the kite (usually the pump leash attachment point) to the 5th line in 5 line kite control systems.

 


O

Off-shore wind: when the wind is blowing from the shore towards the water.

Ollie: a trick where the rider pops the board into the air by pushing down on their back foot and jumping up with their front foot forward.

On-shore wind: when the wind is blowing from the water towards the shore.

 


P

Parafoil: invented by parachute designer Domina Jalbert in 1963, this is a kite which is based on the aerofoil wing shape and does not require any rigid frame for flight. Can also be called ram-air, wing, ram-jet, and paraglide.

Peter Lynn: a New Zealand manufacturer of kites including the ARC, Waterfoil and C-Quad models.

PFD: personal flotation device, lifejacket.

Pig Tails: the 4 short lengths of line attached to the kite where the 4 flying lines are tied.

Planing: is when the board is going fast enough to skim across the surface of the water, as compared to pushing its way through the water.

Point of sail: The direction of a kiteboard or sailboat relative to the wind. When you are sailing as much upwind as possible, your point of sail is called close hauled. Other points of sail are called: close reach, beam reach, and broad reach.

Pointing: going in a direction as upwind as possible. A kite that points well is one that goes upwind at a better angle than others (more directly into the wind).

Polyester: is the material used for the canopy of most inflatable kites ..ripstop polyester of about 50 gram weight.

Port: The left side of a boat, from the perspective of a person looking forward. The opposite of starboard.

Port tack: Sailing on a tack with the wind coming from the port side (left side). You are normally kiting on port tack if your left hand is forward.

Power Zone: the centre lower portion of the wind window where the pull is strongest… (straight downwind of the kiter).

Profile: in an airfoil, the side view of the foil.

Projected area: The apparent area of a kite while it is being flown, as opposed to when it is lying flat on the ground. The amount of area that presents itself to the wind.

Pump Leash: a short line used to hook the air pump onto the nose of the kite during pumping so the kite does not blow away.

 


Q

Quad line, 4 line: Kite flown on four lines. Having 4 lines has the advantage of not only being able to steer left and right like a dual line, but you can also adjust the AOA.

QR, Quick Release: a mechanism that will allow a kiter to disconnect something when needed. For example, most modern kites now have a QR to allow a kiter to disconnect the chicken loop in an emergency.

 


R

Rail: The edge of the board is the rail. A rounded edge is a soft rail and a sharp edge is a hard rail.

Railey: a trick where a kiteboarder jumps in the air and extends their body and swings the board behind them up over the level of their head.

Ram Air Kite: Ram air foil kites have no rigid structure. The shape of the kite is formed while flying. These kites have shapes that are very close to airplane wings and therefore are the most aerodynamic kites. These kites normally have a limited number of air intakes and a one-way valve system to prevent the air from escaping, and are also called closed cell foil kites.

Reaching: Sailing with the wind coming from the side (sailing across the wind). If the wind is coming from directly from the side, it is a beam reach. If the board is pointed more into the wind it is a close reach. If the wind is coming more from behind, it is called a broad reach.

Rebel: An SLE kite manufactured by North.

Relaunch: to start the kite flying again. It is desirable to have a kite that the kitesurfer can relaunch from the water after a fall.

Rhino, R2, R4: Rhino2 and Rhino4 are models of inflatable kite manufactured by North.

Right-of-Way: A right-of-way boat has precedence over others on conflicting courses and has the right to maintain its course. Usually a boat on starboard tack has right of way over a boat on port tack.

Rigid kite: a kite such as a speedwing or delta whose shape is mostly held by means of a rigid frame, eliminating the need for a complex bridle. Most rigid kites are not water relaunchable.

Ripstop: Ripstop refers to the squares of reinforcing fibers in the fabric which make it resistant to tearing. A rip in this fabric will stop at one of the reinforcing fibers. Many kites use ripstop polyester fabric in their canopy.

Recon: a kite control system used by Cabrinha that allows easier water relaunching

Reel bar: a combination winding reel and control bar used to wind up the kite flying lines.

Roast beef: a trick where a kiteboarder jumps and grabs the heelside (back) of the board between his/her legs.

Rocker: the curve along the bottom of the board. The amount that the nose and tail of the board are curved up. If a board has 4 cm of rocker, then the tip and tail are 4 cm higher than the middle of the board.

 


S

Shaper: is a board maker, who makes boards by hand or in small production runs.

Shackle: a metal clip mechanism than can be used to connect something and also to release it when activated. Some kiters use a schackle on their spreader bar to connect their chicken loop.

Shift System: A 5 line kite control system used on some Naish kites.

Sheeting out/in: Sheeting out decreases the tension on the lines that lead to the edge of the kite to decrease the angle of attack (AOA) and lower the kite’s power. Sheeting in has the opposite effect. Sheeting is not possible on a 2 line kite.

Shroud Lines: Bridle lines are sometimes called shroud lines.

Side-Shore: when the wind is blowing parallel to the shore line (along the beach). This is desirable for kitesurfing.

Sine wave: flying the kite up and down at the edge of the wind window (which creates a sine wave pattern) to generate more power with apparent wind.

Sining: Sining the kite means moving it in a sine wave pattern (up and down) to generate apparent wind and increase it’s power.

Sleeving: short protective sleeve which covers the ends of a line and helps to prevent wear.

Slingshot: A manufacturer of inflatable kites including the Fuel model.

Slogging: moving along slowly with the board not fully planing.

Snap shackle: a metal shackle that can be opened by pulling on a release mechanism.

Span: the kite width, the size of the kite measured at right angles to the wind. Usually the longest dimension of a kite.

Spar: the sticks used as the frame of a kite. A batten is a spar.

Spectra®: Also known as Dyneema in Europe. It is the standard for flying lines. It is slippery and will allow multiple line wraps without loosing kite control.

Spin: a kitesurfing trick where the kiter rotates one or more times during a jump. A spin is when the rider and board rotate around on a vertical axis. A spin can be either a forward or backward rotation.

Spinout: when a board’s fins lose “grip” on the water or stalls, causing the tail to slide sideways.

Splice: the place where two lines are joined together. A splice usually refers to a smooth join of two lines without using a knot. The end of one line is interlaced or runs through the core of another.

Spreader bar: the metal bar that is on the front of a kiters harness. It usually has a hook for holding the harness line or chicken loop.

Stall: a kite stalls when the air flow past it becomes detached from the kite surface and becomes turbulent. A stalled kite loses lift and falls.

Starboard: The right side of a boat, from the perspective of a person looking forward. The opposite of port.

Starboard tack: Sailing on a tack with the wind coming from the starboard side (right side). You are normally kiting on starboard tack if your right hand is forward.

Stretch: the amount a line momentarily lengthens when pulled. Spectra has very low stretch, kevlar has slightly more, nylon has a lot. Stretch affects responsiveness and size of control movements.

Struts: term used to refer to the inflatable battens in an inflatable kite. There are several body struts and one leading edge strut that hold the shape of an inflatable kite.

 


T

Table top: A flashy move that can be done while jumping. Hanging more or less upside down with your board out flat above you like a table top.

Tack: The direction which is being sailed, normally either starboard tack or port tack. Also: To change direction, by turning upwind. As opposed to a jibe which is done by turning downwind.

Teabagging: the rider is frequently being lifted and then falling back into the water due to wind, like a human teabag being dipped repeatedly.

Thermal wind: cold air over the ocean and warm air over the land result in a pressure differential that causes wind. Thermal wind is often quite steady.

Toeside: to ride a board on the edge where your toes are (opposite of heelside). This is the same technique as in snowboarding.

Traction kite: any kite big enough to pull a vehicle on land, snow, ice or water. This type of kite is called traction kite.

Trailing edge, TE: the back edge of the kite running between the wing tips. Can also be called a leech. The trailing edge may have a leech line sewn in.

Trim line: in a 4 line inflatable kite is a the line that goes from the loop at the center of the control bar (chicken loop) to the two flying lines connected to the front of the kite. Adjusting its length adjusts the “trim” or angle of attack (AoA) of the kite. Changing this adjustment can increase the AoA for more lift or decreasing the AoA for less lift.

Trim loop: a loop used in most 4 line kites located at the centre of the control bar and used to adjust the kites AoA, thereby depowering the kite. Also called ‘chicken loop’.

True wind: The wind as felt by something that is not moving.

Twin tip, TT: a board that rides equally well in either direction, like a wakeboard. A TT is usually smaller than a directional board in size. A twin tip is typically 110 to 160 cm in length and is symetrical (has no front and back end).

 


U

Unhooked, hooked out: the control bar is not connected to the harness, the rider is bearing the full force of the kite with his arms.

Upwind: to windward, in the direction toward where the wind comes from.

 


V

 


W

Wakeboard: a wakeboard can be used as a kite board. It usually has 2 boots fixed on it like a snowboard. A wakeboard is typically 140 to 150 cm in length. Most production wakeboards do not have the ideal rocker (shape) for kitesurfing.

Water start: starting in deep water by lying on your back and letting the kite pull you up onto your board. Like a water ski start or a windsurfer water start.

Wave ride: to surf a wave like a surfer while kiting.

Wind range: used to describe the range of wind speed that a kite will fly well in. Usually given in knots.

Wind Window: the air space in which the kite can fly, shaped like a quarter of a sphere. For all practical purposes, the wind window is the area you can see with your eyes when you are facing straight down wind (90 degrees to the left, 90 degrees to the right, and straight overhead).

Windward: in the direction toward the wind. Opposite of leeward.

Wing: a term used sometimes for a kite or any other airfoil.

Wing Span: the widest measurement of a kite often taken from wingtip to wingtip

Wipika: a French manufacturer of the original inflatable (bladder) kite developed by the legendary kite boarding pioneers, Dominique and Bruno Legaignoux. Theirs was the first practical water relaunchable kite.

Working the kite: making figure eights or sine patterns with the kite to generate more power by increasing apparent wind on the kite. In light winds it helps to really work the kite.

Wrist Leash: a safety leash attached to your wrist to allow you to depower the kite when you let go of the control bar. Then you can retrieve the control bar and your kite. When the control bar falls out of your hands, the wrist leash pulls on one line causing the kite to flatten out and depower.

 


X

X2, X3, X4: are models of inflatable kites manufactured by Naish.

 


Y

 


Z

Zenith: the highest point in the sky directly overhead

Choosing the perfect kite

Kite Types

Foils – or Ram Air Kites where the wind fills them up and bridles are used to hold there shape. Great for training on land or kite bugging, landboarding or snow kiting.

Inflatables or leading edge inflatables – use a bladder to hold air to make the shape of the kite and to aid in water relaunching and better flying characteristics.

Types of inflatable are as follows;

C Kites – Conventional C or U shape, they are more for the old school hardcore power hungry rider. They operate at
much less wind range (angle of attack) and offer no full de-power and require lots more skill to relaunch.

Usually you will need up to 3 C kite to cover one bow. However you can not beat the direct feel/feedback you get from a C kite.
Great unhooked and for advanced riders.

Bows Kites – have more flat area, raked back wing tips, wider arc, bridles and pulleys at the bar. They offer easy water relaunch, supreme wind range, low end hang time and full de-power. Not so good for unhooked riding.Intermediate/advanced
riders.

Hybrids Kites – are somewhere between bows and C kites, generally they have a simpler bar (no pulleys), they have fixed the
inversion problems but you get a hell of a c kite with all the benefits of the bows all rolled into one. Great unhooked. Beginners / Advanced riders.

 

Kite Components

Leading edge – the front of the kite when in the air or the bit you inflate.

Trailing edge – the back of the kite.

Struts – have bladders in them and support the kite perpendicular to the leading edge.

Bladder – thin plastic/latex material found in side stut or leading edge.

Canopy – the thin material that makes up most of the kite.

Wingtips – you should have two and this makes the kite steer via your bridles and kite lines.

Pigtails – knots that go through the larks heads.

 

Key Attributes

Understanding all these will help you understand how your kite flies and help you choose your next toy.

Stability – kite ability to handle wind gusts/lulls and riders input errors. A pro model kite does not offer much stability.

Turning Speed – refers to the speed at which the kite turns through the window.

Forward Speed – the speed at which it flies through the window and closely related to upwind ability.

Upwind ability / efficiency – not talked about as much these days as most models/brands since 2004 fly upwind great.

Jumping / Pull the trigger – the amount of boost your kite generates, be careful as some kites are jumping machines.

Hangtime – After pulling the trigger it is the amount of time you are suspended in the air while holding the kite around 12 o’clock.

Low-end Power – generally the amount of pull from the kite while parked, or at its lowest win range.

De-power – the ability to loose all or some of the power of the kite. Generally C kites will not depower fully until you release the bar.

Wind Range – the effective use of the kite in light to medium to strong winds

Re-launch – the ability to relaunch out of the water after a crash, hybrids or bows are the go!

 

Bar Components

Chicken loop – the loop where you hook into your harness spreader bar.

Safety release – found on the chicken loop and this should be tested to ensure it works when you really need it!

Leash – usually attached to wrist or harness with a method of totally releasing the kite if things get out of hand.

De-power strap or cleat – allows for fine tuning of angle attack or power of kite. It gives you better up wind range and can change the bar position or sweet spot on most kites.

Leader lines – usually thicker with more forgiving lines approx 2-3m found near the bar end.

Flying lines – super thin dyneema or spectra and they can cut you to the bone!

Larks heads – the loop when you push it through itself.

 

A bit too much ? No worries, just get in touch or come and see our store in Port Douglas. We can surely help you choose the perfect kite.

And don’t forget that you can DEMO test & hire the latest gear before you buy.

Choosing the perfect board

This issue I wanted to cover a few things about board design and types with so many different shapes materials and styles of boards available this information should help you find the perfect board.

Firstly there is really no such thing as the perfect board it all depends on any number of factors like your weight, skill level, kite size, wind conditions, the moves you want to do and the terrain you want to ride weather it be flat water waves swell, chop or kickers.

Having said this there are a number of all round boards that will do every thing you want, these offer the best of all worlds. All brands make an all rounder.

The first choice you will need to make is are you going to ride a Twin tip or Directional Board.

The Twin tip-is a board that can be ridden both ways without taking your feet out, these boards are great for beginners. Eg most kite boards and all wake boards.

The Directional-Has a nose and tail and the foot pads are not in the centre of the board but are positioned more to the back of the board, giving the board more drive and giving the rider a goofy or natural stance. eg Surfboard/Sailboard.

Here are some main styles of boards, these suit a particular discipline of riding.

Surf ? – You can ride your normal surf board however these are usually a little to floaty to ride when powered up so most surf kite boards have a little less volume and foot straps.

Freestyle are all round boards that excel in all conditions can do all styles of riding with out to much compromise.

Light wind – This board are usually wider or have a bit more volume they will have you out on the water at least 60% more and are excellent beginner or big bloke boards.

Mutant-across between a twin tip and a Directional these boards go unreal one way and even better they also offer more drive enable better turns as well as a more natural stance.

Skim-what grommet does not own one of these… excellent in shallow flat water with out a kite or in shore dumps and on a kite in super light winds?

Wake Skate-after a hard days riding jump on your wake skate and enjoy the sk8tie loose feel of the wake sk8, try kick flips ollies.

The difference between these boards is in the shapes that they come up with…….you will need to understand the following variables to find your perfect board.

Outline-is the general shape or template of the board, people can usually choose a board for them selves straight up just by looking the curves or outline.
A more rounded outline gives you a more manoeuvrable ride i.e. turns better
A straighter out line will give you more speed however will be less manoeuvrable.

Volume-is the amount of liquid a board can displace or the amount it floats
Choosing the right volume board for your weight and kite size is critical.

A beginner board needs a fair bit of volume to get you going and to keep you up once riding to make up for any errors while learning to fly the kite.
These boards also double as a great light wind board, meaning that you will be out on the water at least 60% more time during the lighter winds.
Too much volume and you wont be able to keep your edge in and you will end up with too much speed and end up overtaking your kite ending in disaster !
To little and you will be forced to move your kite too much and will end up down wind.

Flex– It all comes down to flex, generally more flex will give you a smoother ride in chop, softer landings, more POP and propel you out of turns. On the contrary too much flex will slow you down. Bigger riders will need a stiffer board.

Rocker-Is the curve along the length of the board it does all sorts of things like prevents nose diving, makes the board plan better and determines how the board handles. A board with heaps of rocker will have more curve on it when lying flat on its bottom.

There are to main choices here…

Continuos– is basically one continuous curve from nose to mid point to tail. It gives the board a more predictable feel when it leaves the water or will POPs when jumping every time.

Progressive-Is a stepped or 3 stage rocker usually making the mid section flatter (giving more speed) and the nose and tail more kick this is for riders that want a more advanced board for more tech moves….

Concave-There is no doubt that concave makes any board grip better and smooths the chop out.

Rails-Most kite boards have ABS rails, which are made of hard plastic giving you a grindable rail

There are two main designs to go for, Standard which is a square or hard edge giving you heaps of grip for the aggressive rider or shaped or rounded rails giving you a more carver or loose feel.

Materials-Kite boarding has pushed the performance level to another level with the materials used, borrowing technology from snow boarding and air planes its amazing how tech they have gone to offer the best flex durability and performance rolled into one.

Width– the wider the board the more stable it is and gives you better light wind performance.

Length– 135 is the universal size for the average kiter this size is perfect for all conditions and all riders
The best way to find the perfect board is to line up a DEMO Test Ride with us at cable or during our Lessons or Tours.

Remember, the good thing about a great board is …

They are always up for a ride.

They don’t get jealous when checking the lines of another board,

are cheap to purchase and run and can trade them in on a new one.

You can ride them all day long.

Enjoys hanging out with you and your mates…

Ride hard !

Brett

International Right of Way Rules

 

Before you fly, you have to grow the wings ! Learn some basic right way rules.

 

Rule-1-kiteboarding-rights-of-way1.ON THE BEACH

The outgoing rider has right of way over the incoming rider. As the wind is sometimes gusty on land, the rider who is on the beach is the one more at risk, so he has the priority.

 

 

 

Rule-2-kiteboarding-rights-of-way2. HEAD ON

When two riders converge: the rider going starboard (kite right-hand side) has right of way and the rider going port tack (kite left-hand side) must give right of way and pass downwind with his kite as low as possible. There is no particular reason for this rule, but it is already applied in all other sports and nautical activities.

 

 

Rule-3-kiteboarding-rights-of-way3. OVERTAKING

The rider going faster than another in the same direction must give way to the slowest rider. The one going faster is the one who has a global vision of the situation since he arrives from behind.

 

 
4. UPWIND Vs. DOWNWIND

The rider passing upwind (windward) from another kiteboarder must fly his kite overhead: the kiteboarder downwind (leeward) must pilot his kite as low as possible.

If you are passing upwind, keep your kite HIGH.
If you are passing downwind, keep your kite LOW.

 

Rule-4-kiteboarding-rights-of-way5. WAVERIDING

The rider surfing a wave has the right of way over the one who is jumping or going in the opposite direction: when surfing a wave, the kite is less easy to pilot so there is less room for manoeuvres. Nevertheless, the rule for the outgoing rider (mentioned above) is still applicable when the waves are close to the shore (shore break). In this case, the rider who is surfing will have to give way to the rider who is going out.

Golden Rule – A rider surfing a wave towards the shore must give way to riders entering the water (Ref Rule 1).

 

6. JUMPING

A rider must have a clear safety zone of 50m downwind because he moves downwind when he jumps.

 

 

Rule-5-kiteboarding-rights-of-way7. RESPECT

Right of way must be given to all other beach users !

Why? Regular ocean and beach users may not understand the behaviour and dangers of kiteboarding.

 

 

Golden Rule – Remember to use common sense when applying the rules and stay clear from other riders whenever possible !

 

For further information, visit the Australian Kitesurfing Association website www.aksa.com.au or the International Kitesurfing website www.ikorg.com

There are also our own Four Mile Beach Safe Kiting Guidelines – checkout the sign at the kite beach for launching and landing areas etc.

Good winds !

Bretto