We are sure you have been looking forward to seeing the second part of our beginners kite surfing course! Do you remember where we stopped in our last blog post? Just before the water start! Have a read through again so that you are fresh with all the steps in mind for the last efforts towards riding!
And now let’s go straight into it!
Step 4: water start
Once you have proved to be independent in the piloting of the kite as well as in the body dragging maneuvers in case of problems, you are ready to try your first water starts.
First of all, your instructor will explain to you what position to have in regards to the board, with both legs bent the same so that you will avoid turning around yourself when playing the kite to prompt your water start.
You are now fully independent in the piloting of the kite, including with one hand only. In fact, when water starting, you will need one hand to position the board while the other hand keeps the kite in position at the centre of the wind window, at 12 o’clock.
How to gain the power to make you stand on the board? Once again the clock is paramount in our discussion.
Let’s say you want to go to the right. The wind comes from your back and you are properly positioned with the kite at 12 o’clock. Kneel down in the water or float keeping the kite with one hand. Grab the board with the other and insert your feet in the straps.
Stay in position, float, relax. Now you are ready to try your first water start.
Play the kite at 11 o’clock and then quickly go to 2 o’clock (1 if the wind is stronger, 3 if the wind is weaker). When the kite reaches 2 o’clock you will feel a pull and that is the time when you have to help yourself on the board. Front leg straight, back leg bent.
Yes, we know it is not so easy, but attempt after attempt you will manage! Look at one of our students in the video below:
Are YOU ready???
Join us in Bwejuu to become a pro! And remember – for the whole month of November, 3 hours tuition in a group of 2 is 95 Euro / 110 USD per person! See link below: