Kiting this sunday at the Chiemsee (webcams:1, 2, 3), hope the windstrength is cool, so I can have some controlled ‘flying‘ with my Kiteboard with some nice tunes: Jump On.
If you want to know more about kitesurfing, here are some related faq’s:
- Can I relaunch the kite from the water?
- Can I use the kite to pull me on snow or ice?
- Start and end up only with assistance. Takeoff and landing aid is to make each other without prompting.
- Kites may be built up in the specially marked zones.
- Lines are wind immediately when not in use.
- Flight exercises on land is prohibited.
- Two-stage security system (Quick Release for major traction and safety leash with quick release) is mandatory
- Kites are to be secured on land (with sandbag, sand or backpack), not with the Board.
- The entry and exit zone must be kept free on the water or to leave quickly.
- Compliance with applicable priority rules: If you drive to the right must stay the course, while dodging the oncoming, ideally after Lee. Kiter kiter gives way to the windward to leeward. Overtaking should not hinder the overtaken. On obstacles and bottlenecks a kiter must not be harassed, even if this would be elusive subject.
- Jumps and maneuvers are permitted only in designated Kitezonen, float lines and buoys must not be run over or skipped
- Liability for kite surfing and kite license are essential and must be produced on request.
- Kites are basically to start towards the water. That the helper moves towards the lake.
- Country end kiters take precedence over starting ends.
- Mutual help and keeping clean of the beach, of course.
- Those who violate rules will receive a sending off and a display of gross violations.
Kitesurfing in waves is a style that combines kiteboarding with surfing. Locations with a wave break are required. Most kitesurfers use a directional board (either with or without foot straps) that has enough flotation and sufficient turning characteristics to surf the wave. Many kiters use a surfboard that can also be used for regular surfing (with the foot straps removed). The kitesurfer follows the kite when riding the wave, so the pull of the kite is reduced.
Wave riding style is popular with surfers since it resembles tow-in surfing. Some riders ride waves unhooked, and without foot straps. Foot straps dictate the kitesurfer’s foot position and how weight and pressure is applied the to the board. Surfers (other than tow-in surfers) do not wear straps and are therefore free to move their feet and position their weight over a greater area of the board to match what is needed to flow with the wave. Kitesurfing using a board without foot straps is referred to as ‘riding strapless’.
This allows the kitesurfer’s feet to move around the board for optimal performance. Kitesurfers using foot straps often use the power of the kite to position themselves on a wave and to control their board. That is, they rely on the kite for propulsion rather than the power of the wave to surf.