Launch and landing

LAUNCH & LAND IN THE RIGHT WAY

This is a critical step in kitesurfing. In order to manage a power kite for launch and landing, you should have taken a kite course or had a trained instructor who has shown you the right technique. Launch & landing of a kite almost always takes place at the edge of the windshield, in the static zone.


9 o'clock or 15 o'clock is the part of the windshield edge where the air meets the ground. The kite is launched and landed at 9 or 15 o'clock. In very weak winds, exceptions can be made and started a bit into the dynamic zone of the windshield.


HOW TO LAUNCH YOUR KITE

Place yourself at a 90 degree angle to the wind. Raise the boom and plug in your leach. Hook in the chicken loop, secure it with donkeydick and release the boom. Check exactly where the wind is coming from and position yourself at the edge of the windshield.

Back away from the kite so that the lines are stretched. Make sure the lines are not tangled. If the lines look good you can continue the process in the launch of your kite.

Move slowly towards the wind as the kite flutters in the fabric. When your kite stops fluttering, it's ready to launch.

If the kite is still fluttering, it means it does not have the right angle to the wind, then keep moving up to the wind.

COMMUNICATE

Remember to communicate with the person helping you, so you both are on the clear sign - thumbs up!

At a perfect launch, you will be able to get the kite to stay in its position and fly freely above the ground when the person helping you lets go. Make sure not to pull the boom too much against you at launch, steer softly and gently.

When launching your kite, make sure to leave the beach as soon as possible and get out on the water.

HOW TO LAND YOUR KITE

When you want to land your kite, you need to signal for this. Call attention and seek contact with someone you know can assist you on landing.

Place your hand on your head and pat yourself on the head a few times. It signals that you want to land.

You know your assistant is positioned right when standing 90 degrees to the left or right of you relative to the direction of the wind. Now your assistant is ready to help you, and you can begin to lower the kite slowly in the windshield edge down towards the assistant.

As soon as your assistant grabs the kite, you walk toward the kite for the lines to slacken. When your assistant turns the kite on the ground, you can free yourself from the boom. Remember to always go to your kite to secure it.