You can successfully learn how to kite surf and be up and riding confidently through the winds within just 3 days. Here are some of the fundamental of kite surfing to get you started.

 

Trainer Kite

A trainer kite refers to a small 2 to 3 meter traction kite which is often used by beginners who are just learning basics of kite flying before they are allowed to ride the water. It is an effective tool for learning about the wind window and the power zone, which are necessary terms for kite surfing.

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Techniques

Edge refers to the action of tilting the board with its edge into the water. It is used to control the direction of the travel. Learning to edge properly is a basic skill that is critical for learning how to take on more advanced skills correctly. The heel side refers to the side of the board on the edge where your heels are placed. Unhooked is a technique where a kite surfer is riding while the chicken loop (the hard rubber loop tethered to the middle line which has been fed through the control bar) is not connected to the harness.

The right of way is the rule that determines the moves that kite surfers have to do in order to avoid any collision. The toe-side is the opposite of the heel side and is the side of the board on the edge where a riders toes are positioned. Riding toe side means riding with your toes facing the water.

 

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Tricks

A roll is a trick where the kite surfer rotates their body 360 degrees in the air. A back roll is when the rotation is clockwise, while a front roll involves a counter-clockwise rotation. A handlepass is another trick where the kite surfer, while unhooked, passes the kite control bar behind his back while in the air. A kite loop is considered as one of the most powered-up moves for this sport, because the rider loops the kite downwind as he is already airborne. A railey happens when a kite boarder jumps in the air, extends his body, and swings the board behind him up over the level of his head.