Kite Surfing: Basic Techniques

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Kite surfing, itÔÇÖs fun, itÔÇÖs thrilling and itÔÇÖs extremely exciting. With a history that dates back to only a few decades, there is a huge resurgence in the popularity of this extreme sport in recent times with a significant increase in the number of devotees.

The national park in Venezuela, Los Roques, is an archipelago blessed with natural beauty that never fails to amuse and enchant visitors. Giving tourists a chance to experience all the beauty firsthand, Los Roques is an assortment of islands embellishing the face of the earth.

The perfect spot to have an R and R, Los Roques amongst other astounding attractions is also the most feasible venue for kite surfing. It is an exceedingly engaging sport but one has to be well prepared to avoid the hazards that one can encounter in case of little to no experience.

Basic Techniques:

It is every kite surferÔÇÖs duty to protect himself and all those in his surroundings because if you are not well versed with the basics, kite surfing can lead to devastatingly menacing injuries. The following is a brief introduction of the two basic techniques involved in kite surfing:

An important aspect of kite surfing, this is often the first technique taught to beginners where they have to flaunt their prowess by stopping in a neutral position. Next the kite surfer strives to turn the kite again as he gains speed. This is the most basic way to turn; however, kite surfers also do a heel turn jibe.

Heel turn jibe is done more quickly and requires experience. In a heel turn jibe, the surfer slows down, flattens on the board and reversing the board, switching the lead foot, changes his direction. A wrong turn implies a rough fall and if you are not very experienced, it is highly recommended that you donÔÇÖt go for it.

Controlling the kite during kite surfing is another skill you need to master. Once proficient, you will be able to jump and soar over the waves. One thing to remember is that before you jump, you need to build appropriate tension as well as a momentum in the kite and board to keep the them going. Once you collide with the wave and jump, you have to bring your kite overhead and turn to allow the wind to glide you.

Though all this may seem tricky, it is not that difficult once you start having fun doing it. For the sake of safety, every one should be well equipped with the safety gear and beginners should seek the services of an instructor.

Once you learn all the techniques, you will easily be able to flatter spectators with a number of neat tricks and fun maneuvers.

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