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Water Start

Postby Pin Head » Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:08 pm

Just got into kitesurfing and together with a lack of continuity, struggling with the water start.

Within the old hands amougst you, any tips on mastering this skill

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Re: Water Start

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Re: Water Start

Postby Krazedkiter » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:43 am

Also, Stacey with Best Kiteboarding did good on this one:

http://forum.bestkiteboarding.com/viewtopic.php?t=1786

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Re: Water Start

Postby mobettah » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:00 am

Three things that helped me and I see others also do that are struggling to learn water starts are

1. Make sure that you do not pull the bar in all the way! It's called oversheeting and it is a natural reaction by newbies. For me I had to consciously say "Keep the bar out! Keep the bar out! Kites fly better when they are sheeted out.

2. I realized that although the initial powerstroke of the kite (i.e. from 11 through to 2 going right) gets you out of the water, it's actually the upstroke that gets you planing. I was diving the kite too close to the water so that it took time for the power in the up stroke of the kite to take effect. So tip 2 is don't dive the kite too much initially. Get the lift from the up stroke to help keep you out of the water and get planing.

3. Make sure your board points off the wind i.e. somewhat downwind. Wait until you get some speed up before you try to go upwind. When I was being unsuccessful, Would get up, try to go upwind and then lose all my power.

Keep at it. For me I added these things and boom - I got going on the board! All of a sudden it will click for you and away you'll go!

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Re: Water Start

Postby yzbob » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:04 am

one tip someone gave me which i found made a difference was, push your waist up towards the kite and squeeze your butt cheeks together, i found it helped me.

its a great feelin when it clicks especially when u start staying up wind and it doesnt take long.

l8r


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Re: Water Start

Postby deltawake » Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:48 am

Get a lesson man! A good instructor will get you going in no time. Check out the post right below you. Another new kiter just died.


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