6 Tips for Strapless Kitesurfing Beginners | Liquid Force Cape Town.
6 Tips for Strapless Kitesurfing Beginners
- Find a board that has a good weight to it – you don’t want a super light board that hops away from you. You want something with a bit of weight. Don’t be scared of weight. We aren’t surfers – we don’t hit maximum 25km/h speeds – we go way faster over chop. Kitesurfing can be better compared to big wave surfing. All big wave boards are heavier and sit way better through chop.
- Once you have your board, decide whether you want pads all round or pads and wax. Personally, I prefer a back and front pad with wax in the middle – some people prefer a back pad and just wax. You’ll find the combination that works for you.
- Whatever you do, stay away from a leash! Bad news! Once you get more comfortable on the board and start riding waves on a rocky shore line – then you can maybe use one, but if you’re riding a beach break don’t use a leash, the board will just wash ashore.
- Now you’re ready to hit the water. Keep your weight evenly distributed over the board. When going over waves: move your weight to the back leg – lifting the nose of the board and making it easier to pop over.
- Now you’re at the back line and you need to get back to shore. Depending on whether you’re goofy or regular, there are 2 basic ways to jibe:
- Option 1 – Place both feet next to each other with your toes facing the nose. If you can ride like this jibing will be easy
- Option 2 – Turn to toeside then walk your board. If you bring your kite up – it lifts you off the board making it easier to walk around the board
- Once you have the jibing down – you can start to get more technical with tacks and jibes! Keep a eye on the blog for the video tutorial.