Welcome to your first day of lessons Tough Donkey!!!
This post is designed to help you understand and anticipate what you will learn or for you to revisit what you learnt during your first day of lesson.
It is useful to read and understand all the things we are going to show you here, and your learning curve will be much faster!
All our instructor are IKO certified, and we´re going to follow the IKO standard procedures in teaching you how to kitesurf.
S.E.A. (Spot, Environment, Activity) Assessment
Selecting your site is really important in your kiteboarding session. The most important thing you have to do when you get to the beach, is to check the wind direction, in relation to the beach:
In red, you can see the directions considered unsafe for kiteboarding.
Time now for you to play a bit with a TRAINER KITE
This kite is a 2 lines little kite. It is really useful for understanding the steering of a kite and discover the wind window and how to generate power.
Let´s move now to an Inflatable Kite.
Kite Set Up
Setting up the kite is really easy, but it is really important to do it right. Watch the video!
Use of kite safety systems
This is the most important thing you are going to learn today. As a good donkey, you will have to remember this all your life.
First safety system: LETTING GO OF THE BAR
Second safety system: EJECT ON THE CHICKEN LOOP
Third and final safety: EJECT ON YOUR LEASH
What is happening on each of them? check the video here:
Once you know the safety systems, you will pilot the inflatable kite and do various exercises with the instructor such as:
First piloting and explore the Wind Window’s Edge
Let Go of the Bar
Twist and Untwist the Lines
Walking While Flying the Kite
Launching and Landing as a Pilot
In flight Quick Release Activation
You can see some basics of kite flying here
Most accidents happen on the beach. That is why is really important to understand and practice the Launching and Landing of the kite as a pilot.
Here you can watch a good video on how to do it properly