Kitesurfing Equipment – Kiteboarding is a dangerous sport. Always check the local wind conditions prior to launching any kite. Use the international kiteboarding signs; spoken words could be confusing. Be sure to keep a safe distance from all downwind objects and stay clear of all obstructions such as trees, power lines, and seawalls.
A high degree of physical conditioning is necessary when participating in this sport, so practice with extreme caution. Improper, incorrect or careless use of this equipment can cause serious injury or death. Best kites are not parachutes, paragliders or personal floating devices, and are not to be used as such. Do not kiteboard under the influence of alcohol or mind-altering drugs.
The safety of others and yourself You are responsible for ensuring that your equipment and actions don’t endanger other people and yourself.
- Do not fly or ride where your kite and lines have a chance of hurting other people.
- Only fly the kite over unobstructed water.
- Ensure that a semi-circle extending 100 meters downwind and to each side from your flying position is clear of people and obstructions.
- Use a kite leash that permits you to keep the kite under control under all circumstances.
- When kiting, do not fly over people or animals.
- Do not kiteboard so far away from the shore that you are not able to swim back in an emergency.
- Never ride alone or without a rescue craft on hand.
- Do not fly your kite close to cars, airports, railways, power lines, buildings, and trees.
Primary danger of kiteboarding
- Always use extreme caution when using this product. Misuse of this product can cause serious injury or death to yourself.
- The kite or its lines may do the following under certain circumstances:
- pull you into the air and drop you on the ground
- pull you into an obstacle
- drag you along the ground
- drag your into deep water and cause you to drown
- pull you into road traffic
- hit power lines and electrocute you
- Do not kite in an offshore wind.
- Never ride in conditions that are too extreme or winds that are too strong for your skill level or your equipment.
- Never kiteboard if you can not handle the power of the kite. Use a smaller kite or wait for lighter wind.
- Do not kiteboard in thunderstorms or at night.
Always check your equipment for wear and tear before going out onto the water. Never fly your kite with damaged lines or equipment. Replace or repair damaged equipment immediately.
Always kite with appropriate safety equipment:
- Coast-guard approved personal floating device
- Knife to cut flying lines
- Protective eyewear
- Never attach yourself permanently to the kite.
- Kite lines and bridles under tension can cut like a knife and can cause serious injury or death. Always keep your lines away from people and animals.
- Do not allow inexperienced kiteboarders to use your equipment.
- Remember: You are always responsible for the safe operation of your kite, board, equipment and the safety release systems. Use common sense.
How to choose kite supplies
Both the kite and the kiteboard have various models such as “All Round” to “Freestyle Trick” and “For Course Racing”.
“Inflatable kite” which forms a foil by injecting air into the main tube. Since the tube is on the inside like a tire of a bicycle, it floats in water and it is easy to handle and safe when drifting. Easy to raise and speed up. Broadly speaking, “C Kite” which moves quickly is difficult to handle somewhat, but the usage rate at the convention is high. Gas tea (violent wind strength) Condition and breeze have a sense of stability “BOW KITE” There are kite shapes that can not be classified into either type that has its advantages.
The size will be chosen according to the strength of the wind, the weight of the rider, the condition to use.
* 1 knot (knot) = 0.514444444 m / s (* 11 knot = wind speed of about 5.6 m / s)
The first kite to purchase is an intermediate size which is around 12 square meters (which are frequently considered as the recommended size for body weight that is about 60 kg)
In most cases, this size will be used, but if you are going to ride strong winds, you will need around 8 m². If you have more than 14 m² for the breeze, you can enjoy the kite more in most conditions.
The control bar and the kite leash are sold as sets and are called CPL (complete).
In most models, the control bar has the recommended length depending on the kite size, but in most cases, one can be used if the manufacturer model is the same. In many cases, kite leashes and control bars can be used by other manufacturer’s kite, but in that case, it is often not covered by warranty maker’s warranty in case of trouble, so we recommend the same manufacturer as a kite.
* Kite Leash is a cord that connects the kite and the rider and is common with a safety device that can be released in an emergency.
In case of “inflatable kite,” it is necessary to put in the air. There are manual pumps and electric pumps. It is not necessary for “ram air kite”. Double action is the mainstream for manual pumps. There are many things that can be diverted by a pump of another manufacturer, but there are things with a special injection port, so let’s be careful.
Kite board (twin chip board)
The royal road of the kiteboard “Twin chipboard” is similar in shape to the wakeboard but lightweight. They have high shock absorption performance are mainstream to ride with a strap that is easily detachable.
Since the front and back are not decided, the direction change can be made easier than the surfboard type. For intermediate-advanced users, use a board of around 135 cm. Many people use boards of about 145 to 160 cm for breeze and can also be recommended as a board for beginners. Large boards are hard to stall even when the wind is weak, but they can ride steadily, but tricks are hard to do and runs are slow. Small boards are light, easy to handle and easy to trick.
The 135 cm (full length) x 40 cm (width) position is the most widely applicable and widely available, but beginners practicing with a breeze board of 145 cm or more will improve quickly.
Most products come with straps & pads, fins and grab handles.
The board leash is preferable to a reel leash that stretches and shrinks like a major rather than a straight type like a surfboard. A straight type is undesirable because it is highly likely that a board will fly and recover from injury by sudden tension.
There are many riders who do not attach leashes for safety if they are middle-advanced, but beginners are more likely to lose boards, so it would be better to wear them except in junk situations, such as during strong winds.
Essential items of the kite! The most popular is “West Harness” which is easy to trick manipulation. It is similar to windsurfing, but it is thick and has anti-slip on the inside.
There are support lines or handles on the back and many assistants can have. In addition, there is a “pants harness” to wear pants, tricks are difficult to do because the position of the hook is low, but the burden on the waist is less and it can ride easily. (For racing)
It is not as buoyant as a life jacket but designed to be easy to move with sufficient buoyancy to float the body. There are many jackets covered with neoprene and others which are not slippery and feel good where the waist part is thin for the kite and it is made to be able to wind the harness from the top. If it is a general jacket that has the buoyant body up to the waist part, the fitting will be worse as it is buffered with the harness and it will be misaligned.
Let’s choose something that will fit the body as much as possible, to the extent that it is not painful.
A tool to measure the strength of the wind. This is very important because it needs to understand the exact wind speed to determine the size of the kite. Beginners are safe from failing if they are always in stock. Most of the ones that are inexpensive only display the average and maximum wind speed. Recently there are many things that can be attached to smartphones.
Kite (foil kite)
Unlike “inflatable kite”, without having a tube, form a foil by inserting air from a hole in front of the airframe (air intake). Because there is no tube, the aircraft is lightweight and has a reputation for big size (over 15 m²) breeze. Without the trouble of putting in the air, packing is compact, there is torque and there is stability, but it is not suitable for operation of tricks because it is weak against crosswind and speed does not come out. It is suitable for beginners with intermediate-advanced level. (For course races)
As of 2015, at the course race euro championship, foil kite has only one color!
“Surfboard type” for surfing, the shape is the same as an ordinary surfboard, but it is made durable considering jump and high speed. It is basic to wear a strap and ride like a windsurf, but as of 2015, it is mainstream to ride with strapless. It is difficult for a beginner to change direction because it is decided before and after, but in the case of experienced windsurfers, this type may be more likely to ride.
The size is popular around 5’6 “(about 167cm), beginners more than 5’10” will be easy to get on. If you are a petite person or wakeskate rider, 5’2 “is also a good place.When the size is small, the jibe (turning) becomes difficult.
※ 1 foot = 30.48 cm, 1 inch = 2.54 cm
* 5 ‘6’ means 5 and 6 inches.
In many cases the fins are attached, many straps with the same standards as surfboards are not attached often, but can be mounted on most boards.
The board leash is the same as for surfing, so it’s okay (assuming that it is an intermediate-advanced player). Many riders ride with no-leash for safety.
The case for protecting important boards and for not damaging or contaminating cars to be loaded. There are also special sizes such as for twin chips and surfboards, for race boards and there are some sizes. Surfboard type boards can also be used for surfboards. One of the items necessary when going to a kite trip, the real pleasure of a small kite of tools.
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