KITEBOARDING GUIDE

PERUKITE STUDY MATERIAL

OVERVIEW

This online program has been created for the benefit of PeruKite Clients. We hope that you can take advantage of this detailed guide for faster progression and enjoy our collection of tips, videos, guides and even a brief introduction into the world of kiteboarding. This programme has been split into 4 sections, THEORY an introduction, LESSON PLAN for students, AFTER YOUR COURSE guide and an ADVANCED section.  Section 1 And 2 are for beginners, designed for Perukite students or clients wishing to refresh their knowledge. Section 3 is for riders looking for skills to help become independent and Section 4 is for advanced riders and anybody wanting to join the community. We have even put together a list of Forums, blogs, kitesurfing podcasts, Helpful websites and the best wind forecast to use.

SECTION 1

THEORY

These videos and tables are the first steps to learn kiteboarding. This has been designed so you can avoid speaking about theory during your valuable time on the beach, we will, of course, be testing your knowledge and making sure you understand the fundamentals throughout your course. Our goal is to get you to enjoy kiteboarding safely and independently, a crucial step in achieving this is due to your understanding of a few important theoretical basics. Learn in your own time or always have this programme to look back on.

WIND WINDOW

The wind window is the name given to the three-dimensional area downwind of the pilot that the kite can fly in. The length of the kite lines will determine the radius of that a particular wind window. Understanding the concept of the wind window is critical if you want to progress in the sport of kiteboarding.

WIND DIRECTIONS

Where is the wind coming from?

The wind can arrive at different angles depending on the orientation of your beach. Please find below your study material to help you distinguish the safe directions from the unsafe. At the beginning of every lesson, we will ask you to assess the wind direction and strength. The picture below is our location so you can get your self-familiar to it before arriving.  As you can see it’s a U shaped bay with the wind coming from the SOUTH making it cross offshore creating a huge flat water bay.

TOP TIPS

  • Turn your face into the wind and when you feel the wind blowing equally in both ears, you are facing upwind.

  • Use a visual cue such as a flag or windsock to find the wind direction.

  • Pinch sand from the beach with your hand and then release it to see which way the sand blows away.

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WIND STRENGTHS

Wind is the key element to kiteboarding and it is important to know how to determine the wind strength. The wind strength and your body weight will determine the kite size you will need to use.  Windguru, Seabreeze, and Windy are excellent reliable wind forecast so make sure to check the forecast before arriving. You can also buy a wind reader like Kaindl Windmaster 2 and get an accurate reading right there on the spot or you can use these tips below to make a general judgment.

Observation from a beach fully exposed to the wind. Approximate wind strength Description and image/video Comment
A noticeable thick layer of sand blowing continuously on the beach. 20 – 25 knots Strong Wind Extra caution must be taken when riding in strong winds. We will provide our students with much smaller kites and boards to reduce speed.
Calm flat water or a few ripples but no white caps in sight Below 10 knots Extreme Light Wind This is perfect Hydrfoiling conditions otherwise you will need light wind specific equipment and a lot of experience. Water relaunching is extremely difficult in light wind.
Dry sand gently moving on the beach and ocean full of white caps 15 – 20 knots Moderate Wind SWEET SPOT – Perfect learning conditions with steady winds. We will use our Medium size range of equipment which is very stable and easy to learn.
Loose sand will be blasting your legs by now and thick sand will be blowing strong over the beach. You may even see the wind blow the tops of the waves creating a spray. 25 + Knots Very Strong Wind We do not teach in wind over 25 knots. It can be too strong and too dangerous for learning. Only more experienced kiters with small kites should be out in those conditions.
White caps will start to fill the ocean Around 10 – 15 knots Light Wind EASY LEARNING CONDITIONS. This is very calm wind, you will still need bigger kites which will make the movements slower and smoother. Good for beginners but may still be a little light for heavier riders.

WIND EFFECTS

Can the wind be obstructed in my location? Certainly, Be aware.

Good quality STEADY winds are essential for progression in kiteboarding. Make sure you choose SAFE locations when picking your kiteboarding lessons. Gusty poor quality winds can be very dangerous and must be avoided by learners. When you arrive at a new kiteboarding location, it is important to spot obstacles likely to create wind effects (or wind turbulence). These can be sand dunes, trees, and any other landmarks. It can be highly dangerous to fly your kite too close, over or downwind of large obstacles as the wind will be behaving in an unpredictable manner. For more information about wind effects check out this video:

LOCATION ANALYSIS

What makes a location safe or unsafe for learning?

As a beginner, you need to choose a safe location for learning. A beginner friendly location is typically where you will find a wide beach with soft sand to safely set up, launch and land your kite. It’s also where you will find fewer beach users as well as fewer obstacles (trees, dunes, etc.) and fewer dangers both on the beach (rocks, shells) and in the water. Large waves and shores breaks must be avoided by beginners.

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SECTION 2

LESSON PLAN

These videos are in order of the steps you will take during your kiteboarding course. If you are a visual learner you may benefit from watching these videos before attending our lesson. You can always look back if you forget any of the exercises we demonstrated after your course is complete to recap

KITE SET UP

LAUNCHING & LANDING

KITE CONTROL & BODY DRAGGING

WATER RELAUNCHING

KITESURF SELF RESCUE

BOARD START

RIDING & STOPPING

RIGHT OF WAY RULES

PACK DOWN

COMMON MISTAKES

SECTION 3

AFTER YOUR COURSE

Well done you have completed your course and are now ready for your first steps to becoming independent. In this section, we will cover everything you will need to know about buying equipment, maintaining your gear and those essential skills when kiteboarding alone.

BUYING EQUIPMENT

What equipment is right for me?

There is no such thing as a beginner kite but there are kites with characteristics that are good for beginners. Such as the Rally from Slingshot or Envy from Liquid Force which are all-around kites, easy to learn but also has great performance that you won’t outgrow. It doesn’t matter if you are aiming to just jump high or to land your first freestyle moves these kites will do it all.

Kite sizes are measured by square meters, i.e. a 9m kite has a total surface area of 9 square meters. It is important you choose the right size of kite and board size. Those decisions will mostly depend on your body weight, the average wind strength in your area, your skill level and the type of board you are using. Below is a guideline to help you choose the correct kite and board size. Keep in mind that during your first lessons, for safety reasons, you will most likely be using kite sizes that are much smaller. Also keep in mind that not all kites generate the same power, so a 9m kite from a certain brand/model could be as powerful as a 10m kite from a different brand/model.

Weight (KG) Single Kite Beginner (18 to 25 knots) Single Kite Intermediate (15 to 25 knots) Two Kite Quiver (15 to 35 knots) Three kite quiver (10 to 35 knots) Recommended Approximate Board length
50 6 or 7m 6 or 7m 6/7m + 4/5m 9m + 6/7m + 4/5m 125-132cm
60 7 or 8m 7 or 8m 7/8m + 5/6m 12m + 7/8m + 5/6m 126-134cm
70 8 or 9m 8 or 9m 8/9m + 6/7m 3/14m + 8/9m + 6/7m 30-136cm
80 9 or 10m 9 or 10m 9/10m + 7/8m 15/16m + 9/10m + 7/8m 132-139cm
90 10 or 11m 10 or 11m 10/11m + 7/8m 17/18m + 10m + 7m 135-142cm
100 11 or 12m 11 or 12m 11/12m + 8/9m 17/18m + 11m + 8m 137-145cm
110 12 or 13m 12 or 13m 12/13m + 9/10m 18/19m + 12m + 9m 139-150cm

VISIT OUR SHOP

Check out our online shop for everything you need at great prices. We are the distributors for Prolimit, Slingshot, and dealers of Liquid Force Kiteboarding. We can even deliver straight to your doorstep after your course to save the hassle of extra bags and save airport fees.

We offer demos to experienced riders so speak to our staff on Santo Domingo bay and ask them to show you our range of equipment. If you are still unsure, please get in touch, we are here to help.

USED EQUIPMENT

Be careful when buying a used kite, unfortunately, like with any second-hand sales, there is, of course, the risk of buying faulty equipment. Here are some tips to help avoid making this mistake.

TOP TIPS

We highly recommend not buying a kite manufactured before 2014.

Beginners should avoid buying C kites, these are for advanced freestyle riders only & will slow your progression.

Do NOT buy online without checking

Ask to take it for a ride

When viewing a used kite always:

Check the kite is holding air – (Wait an hour with the kite fully pumped and struts closed)

Check for rips, tears or holes – (Hold the kite up to the light for obvious markings)

Check stitching and material –  (Feel the material, if it feels thin, it is thin! any loose threads shows aging!)

Check the lines are not stretched and tuned correctly – (Walk the lines out feeling for any knots or tears and check this useful link to see how to tune your used control bar – (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0xzVO-yd5U)

HARNESS

Everybody is different!

Seat harness – Typically used for beginners as it offers more support and brings the bar closer to the body making it easier to control. This is also a great option if you have lower back pain.

Waist Harness – Standard harness, offers more freedom in movement but less support. Recommended only after taking your course as can be more uncomfortable when ill-fitted

TIPS 

When buying a Harness some shops will have a makeshift harness attachment so you can hook in lean back and simulate the feeling allowing you to discover if its comfortable and fits well.

If your buying a used harness always check to see if your Kite knife is still attached to the spreader bar. This is an essential tool in dangerous situations if ever caught in lines or fishing nets!

DO NOT

Buy a board leash – PERIOD! They are dangerous and have cost lives. We will teach you the essential skills to recover your board!

If you are struggling and looking for a piece of equipment to help with this issue then we highly recommend buying a GO-JOE – An inflatable device designed to sit unobtrusively between your feet on the board, you won’t even notice the Go-Joe when riding. However, lose your board and the Go-Joe’s inflated body will flip your board over for you and catch the wind, sailing the board downwind so that it is never far from you after a crash or hard landing.

MAINTENANCE 

Taking good care of your equipment is extremely important to have safe working material.

Use these tips provided to get the maximum life from your gear.

KITE 

When pumping make sure to roll out the kite fully to avoid bladder twist. (This can damage and even cause it to explode from the high pressure)

Don’t leave your kite in the sun for a long period of time for several reasons – (Your kite will age very fast from the UV damage and In extremely hot places it can even cause the bladder to expand and burst! (If you are taking a small break its recommended to leave your kite in a shaded area or deflate your kite just a little to avoid expansion)

Don’t leave your kite on the beach for long periods in strong winds ( Flapping of the material can wear thin quickly)

Don’t store your kite in hot humid places (The glue will start to melt and become loose)

Never pack a wet/damp kite (This can create mold and damage the material)

Always patch small holes immediately (A small hole can become a big hole fast, most kite bags have a repair kit inside with patches, be sure to patch both sides)

BAR

Bars can stretch very easy,  sometimes due to continuously looping to one side, snagging on a rock, getting caught in heavy seaweed or simply due to age but this is not the end of the life for your bar.

Wash with fresh water after EVERY session

When setting up the lines ALWAYS run your fingers up the lines and check for knots or tears

If you have stretched lines watch this video to help retune your bar –

 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0xzVO-yd5U)

BOARD | HARNESS | ACCESSORIES 

These are all very easy to keep but if kiting in salt water always rinse every piece of equipment with fresh water and dry out of direct sunlight. By accessories we mean, helmets, rash vests, headphones, impact vest etc.

WETSUIT CARE

When buying a wetsuit you’ll appreciate a tight hug fit to keep you warm! So it is crucial to care for your wetsuit to avoid stretching, holes and general wear and tear.

Tips;

AVOID hanging your wetsuit by the shoulders with a coat hanger (This will destroy the material as its extremely heavy when wet and will pull and wear away)

Always wash your suit with fresh water after your session ( This will keep the zips from seizing up)

Always dry your suit inside out ( To avoid sunlight bleaching the material)

Never use a washing machine or tumble dryer to dry out your wetsuit ( This will destroy your suit)

Never leave your wetsuit in your car or hot places ( Heat will cause neoprene to lose its elasticity and to some degree, even its shape)

Don’t pee in your wetsuit – for obvious reasons! 🙂

PUMP

Nobody likes a stiff pump! This is simply due to poor care.

Tips;

Regularly clean your pump – (Sand will start to build up inside, unscrew the lid clean often)

Vaseline the inside – (This will keep it greasy and smooth to handle)

Keep pump out of sunlight – (Sunlight will age your pump and in extreme cases due to heat make the pump stiffer)

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

DEEP WATER PACK DOWN

This is an essential skill to have when you are caught in off-shore winds or have a punctured kite.

SELF LANDING

This is only recommended after you have enough experience and feel very confident. If there is someone around to launch you, then there is no reason to be Self-launching, as things can go wrong.

SECTION 4

ADVANCED 

We want you to keep going in your kiteboarding journey so we have put together a section for you to advance your skills and join a community of thousands of other learning kitesurfing just like you. In this section, you will also find Links to Forums, Podcast, Blogs and the best wind forecast.

TRICKTIONARY

Looking for inspiration? How to develop your skills or new ideas for tricks to try. We have put together 4 of our favorite tricktionary videos on this kiteboarding guide to get you started. All of these videos comes with a detailed explanation and step by step tips on the Vimeo description, Follow the link for more info.

DARKSLIDE

BACKROLL KITELOOP

BACK MOBE

RALEY

PODCAST

Tune in or catch up with Adrian on Kitesurf365.  Adrian sets out to meet and talk to riders, share new kite spots, talk about new gear with the aim of enhancing the kitesurfing community.

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KITEFORUM

Join in on discussions happening all around the world on the largest Kiteforum, created by Pro Rider and Airstyle Master Toby Braeuer. Find the latest news, videos, events, and competition results.

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MAGAZINES

The Kite Mag is the ultimate magazine for kiteboarders! Sharing only the best content out there, each issue is filled with juicy inspirational awesomeness! The Kite Mag is for everyone, first-timers, and even pros.

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BLOGS

There are so many useful blogs out there but one of our favorites is definitely Wake Up Stoked.  Created by travel-addicted wind and wave chaser from Germany, Miriam keeps the passion alive and shares her best tips and travel inspiration.

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WEBSITES

When, Where, Kite is a great website to help you plan your next kitesurfing holiday. Get familiar with the seasons and find out where the best places to kite and when.

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WEATHER STATIONS

Finding a suitable wind forecast can sometimes completely depend on your location. Certain forecasts can read areas better than others so always ask your local kite schools or local riders for their recommendations. Below are two of our favorite forecast that we use as a daily tool.

Wind guru gives great in-depth information such as wind strength, wind direction, swell, cloud cover temperature on an easy to read graph.

Windy TY gives you a real-time live visual of the wind and its natural movement around the world.

Remember that there are many complex weather systems such as venturi and thermals effects that cannot be predicted, such as in Paracas.

If you are unsure how to read these graphs, speak to us and we will talk you through it.

We’re here to help.

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We hope you’re enjoying your lessons and this Kiteboarding Guide

THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING PERUKITE TO BE AT THE START OF YOUR KITESURFING JOURNEY

MAY THE WIND BE WITH YOU
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