Knowing rules of way on the water is crucial to staying safe and keeping others safe too. As kiteboarders we tend to move faster than other vessels, we can jump higher than windsurfers and we have far greater manoeuvrability than surfers, sailboats, kayakers and others. This also means that we are the ones who should be watching out for other water users.
Seems like a no-brainer but under or over inflating kite can not only cause it to underperform but also can cause a lot of headaches. Including bursting mid-air leaving you stranded in the middle of the bay. Here are some helpful tips from Cabrinha team on how to correctly inflate a kite, what’s the correct pressure for a kitesurfing kite and how to maintain the inflation valve to ensure its longevity.
Winter’s over and we’re back at teaching in a full swing! Not that cold temperatures stopped some of our students from progressing in the colder months though. We’ve been surprisingly busy and super stoked that so many of you decided to take a plunge when temperatures dipped below 3C. Hats off to you brave souls!
Legends tell of people all across the land displaying their prowess on the water. Some jumping high in the air, others performing acrobatic tricks and those who race across and above the water’s surface. We sometimes hear tales of those who are the highest, the most technical and the fastest, but which area could hold the accolade as having the ultimate team… we’ve never known, but that’s about to change. Read more “Kitesurfing Weekender, Scotland”
We love teaching kitesurfing in Scotland but it’s good to pack just shorts and t-shirts and head over somewhere sunny! We’ve just came back from our first this season trip to Tarifa, Spain, with the next one coming up in February (check it out here!). It’s an amazing place – warm waters, constant winds and incredible food to refuel after whole day on the water.
It’s also a true kitesurfing mekka, especially during summer with hundreds of kiters taking to the water. After years of kitesurfing in Scotland we very much prefer less air traffic. Think of it as Three Airport vs Heathrow. There are days at our local spots – Longniddy near Edinburgh or Troon near Glasgow, when 12 kitesurfers on the water equals “busy day”. Hence why we avoid summer crowds and travel down south outside the season. It’s still very mild and way less congested. Here’s how our stay looked like in November!
Kitesurfing is generally a fairly safe sport where risk mostly depends on the kitesurfer himself. After our lessons you’ll know how to control the kite safely and you’ll know how to perform effective board recovery so you can continue progressing on your own. However, a very small number of kitesurfers feels like adding a potentially lethal piece of equipment to the game – a board leash. Wearing one is a dangerous and stupid idea.
We never stop improving, learning new stuff and doing our best to get you in the world kiteboarding in the safest and most effective way. We not only use the world’s best selling and highest quality kites from Cabrinha, the famous Switchblades changing them every season for brand new kit. We’re also working hard on our own progress so our faceplants are quite a spectacular to see! To improve our coaching even further we have partnered up with BbTalkin’ – world’s leader in on-water coaching communication.
It also helps with our vocal cords getting stretched to max when we’re working with you on more technical stuff. Like riding upwind, first jumps, transitions or back rolls. Using high-grade audio mounted on water-specific helmets provided by Bern we can now clearly instruct you in real time when you ride. Without loosing our voice in the process!
As it always happens when someone locally buys new kitesurfing toys the wind decides to die off. No worries though, next week is looking amazing! So if there’s an element of your riding you’d like to work on give us a shout and we will set you up for a coaching session.
See you on the water!
Kitesurfers are some of the most friendly and open people in the world. They love the great outdoors, care for the environment and, generally, are full of stoke. Kitesurfing makes them healthier, fitter and happier. But there are few things you should know about them.
Kiteboarding is very much community-focused sport. Unlike surfers we like to stick together, ride together and keep an eye out on each other. It’s like mafia, once you’re in, there’s no way out! It keeps us safe and watching others ride ups your motivation levels to keep on progressing.