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.
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.
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.
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.
Safety has always plays the main role during our kitesurfing lessons. Knowing how to safely fly the kite, launch and land and how to behave amongst other kitesurfers is one of the key elements. But there’s also the knowledge of the wind and wind effects that everyone should have before venturing out.
As a kitesurfing school we are very lucky to be located in Scotland. Yes, it would be nice to ride in board shorts only from time to time. But then again you can always put them over your wetsuit! With the amount of great spots we have with magnificent backdrops you will never get bored of kiteboarding in Scotland! This time we’ve decided to venture north to Fort George near Inverness.
There are many reasons why people do kitesurfing. For some of us it’s the getaway from the everyday mundane. For some a form of meditation or an adrenaline boost. For most of us it’s also a social activity. Kitesurfers, as opposed to surfers, like to head out in groups. It’s not only down to safety but it’s also more fun watching your mates going huge and ending up in spectacular wipeouts! As the end of season for summer kiters approaches we’ve decided to run this year’s last gathering – The Big Air Weekender in one of our favourite Scottish kitesurfing spots – Sands of Luce.