Tricks for Better Kite Surfing
You have reached Los Roques. You are mesmerized by the beauty of the island. You have all the activities lined up. And kite surfing is definitely one of them. Here are few tricks you must adopt to improve your experience:
- You can prevent the bladder from twisting inside the sheathing by pumping up your inflatable kite when it is laid out completely.
- Avoid tangling of lines when you unwind the lines by winding them right in the first place. Use pattern of digit ÔÇÿ8ÔÇÖ when you wind up your lines on the control bar, rather in circles.
- Adjust the knots on the leader line to make any changes to line lengths, which you need to check periodically. Over time lines that get old, stretch too much and lines that are new will require a little stretch before they are used.
- Always keep a stainless steel knife with you while kite surfing. In case of an emergency, you can cut the flying line.
- It is better to attach board leash with the spreader bar. This will help you to easily reach your board in the water and avoid spraining your ankle after surf wipeout.
- If you are alone when landing your kite, use the leash safety system to reduce power in the kite. Before you walk to the kite, attach the leash to your board. You can also put some sand on the board to make sure it stays there. Hold the lines as you walk to the kite.
- To figure out where the leak is in the bladder, take off the bladder and fill it with air using a pump, and then put water over the bladder to see where the bubbles are appearing from. This is the place where the leak is. Mark and repair the leak.
- The material of the kite can stretch over time if is rolled up the same way every single time. Stretched material can affect kite surfing. Use different ways to roll up the kite.
- It is easy to push out air when the valve is not covered. So when you fold your inflatable kite, do it first from one end to the middle, and then go to the other end.
- Harness should have spreader bar that separates from one side only. You can always unhook the bar, in case of an emergency, and lie down on your board, and swim you way to the shore.