Gladhouse Reservoir is one of our favourite locations for SUP lessons. Created in 1879 by the engineer James Leslie the reservoir is located within just a short drive from Edinburgh. Being an enclosed water spot, it’s a superb for learning basics of SUP and progression in a safe environment.
Wing Foiling (or Wing Surfing) is the new water sport that’s growing at an insane rate. From all the wind-powered board sports is also the easiest to learn and the equipment takes fairly little space too. It’s not here to replace kitesurfing or windsurfing but it’s a crazy new thing to do on the water.
Now you’ve had your SUP lessons, you know the basics of standing up, self-rescue – if things go south – and you know how to setup your SUP board and the rest of the kit you’re probably itching to hit the water! Here’s a quick reminder of some of the point raised by us, or your instructor, during the lesson.
Now you’re done with your basic kitesurfing lessons and you can get up and ride in both directions it’s the time to learn how to effectively change the direction of travel. When starting out, you will end each run by slowing down, bringing the kite to 12, dropping back into the water and performing water start in the other direction.
So, you’ve been riding for a while, cracking those upwind tacks, doing your first transitions and maybe even boosting your first jump? Sweet! But then you get home and you feel that your knees hurt a bit or the hips are letting you know they’re there? It might be your foostraps that give you some bother.
Following the government guidelines we have decided to pause all our lessons from March onwards. It looks like the lockdown might last good few weeks but we are hoping to resume kitesurfing lessons in Scotland in some shape or form as soon as the government will allow us to do so. Having said that – as soon as we’re allowed back on the water we’ll resume the lessons in full force!
We’ve had a bit of mixed bag with winds over the last few months but winter has kicked off to a great start. Kiting in the cold has lots of benefits – aside from looking like a badass! Our local kitesurfing community is out all winter too, it’s all down to having a decent wetsuit (like the Mystic Majestic here), gloves (see video below!), boots and you’re ready to go!
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!