Posts Tagged ‘How To’

2013 Cabrinha Switchblade kiteYou were at the beach and this kiteboarder came riding by, floating on the water like magic. Then–pow!–he was 20 feet in the air flying through the sky. The kiteboarding bug bit you. “I have to go learn how to kiteboard!” you say to yourself.

This article will focus on a new rider looking for the proper kiteboarding kite for their first couple of years of riding. After you are an established rider, you will understand what style you are looking for and be able to pick a kite designed for your riding style whether that is waves, wake, free ride or freestyle.

MACkiteboarding first started teaching kiteboarding in 2000. Our first kiteboarding instructor, James Otis, actually went to the Wipika school (you have to look that up in ancient history books). So we have seen the incredible progress of gear, giving almost anyone who wants to learn to kiteboard the proper equipment to do so. Our take on buying gear is to get you, the new rider, successfully riding in as short a period as possible.

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Are we lucky or what? Talk to the old windsurf guys and hear the stories of standing on the beach for 8 hours hoping for a white cap.

Well, those days are gone. Now you just need a good internet connection and a little time to find some great sites, and you can score a great kitesurfing session about 80-90% of the time. Throughout this article are some great links to help you to dial in your sessions without driving so far. Of course, some of us are spoiled and can drive by the beach to check the wind. Right now as I type this, it’s blowing about 4-6 out of the southwest. Since I know the forecast and the local secrets, I am not planning on riding today. Maybe I will go paddleboarding with my son.

4 Areas of Coverage:

Local Knowledge, Forecasting Sites, Live Wind and Webcam Sites, Water Temperature Sites.

Local Knowledge

This can be one of the most important things to know in scoring kiteboarding sessions. The best way to get local knowledge is to take the locals out to a nice steak dinner with some good beer. Of course, hanging out at the beach, bringing some pizza and being polite also works well to learn those local wind secrets.

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1. Get a wide/ flat board.

This will increase the planing ability and allow you to stay on top of the water with less power from the kite. It will also allow you to make better progress upwind. A bonus to going big to start is that you can keep this board for lightwind days after progressing to a high performance style of board.

2. Buy the right kite.

One of the greatest temptations of a beginner kiteboarder is to try out the sport “on the cheap” by buying old secondhand gear. While it is fine to have a budget, buying the wrong gear accomplishes nothing for you. If you are looking to “try it out” then take a lesson to help you decide if the investment is worth the reward (it always is in kiteboarding!).

The correct kite is one of the most important aspects of learning to kiteboard, so if you are not sure about what is right for you, call us at 1.800.622.4655 or speak with an instructor. Beginners are looking for a kite to cover winds under 20 knots. While the kite size varies for your weight, it will also vary depending on the kite design you choose.

As a beginner, your first kite should fit the following criteria…
– Sized for winds under 20 knots based on your weight
– Lots of depower in the bar throw
– At least 98% depower from the safety system. Most brands now have 100%
– Easy relaunch
– Stable flying- moves intentionally, not too responsive
– Move upwind easily

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Kite or Wake, At some point this happens to everyone.  The Scorpion toeside catch.  Pay attention to the double binding eject…. Ouch

How to be a Tough Guy:

Posted: November 5, 2012 by breemackite in Shop Culture & Shenanigans
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Dragon Baby Style!

 

So what is the difference between kiteboards and wakeboards?

The easy answer is…Rocker.
Rocker is the amount of curvature along the bottom of the board.  Wakeboards have around 3 inches of rocker while most kiteboards have around 1 inch.  Wakeboards are designed with more rocker to handle the speed at which they operate.  When wakeboarding a typical speed will be around 30mph.  At that speed, wakeboards need all that rocker to produce drag so that they can get on edge and turn.  A kiteboarder typically is traveling across the water at around 15-20 mph and will need a more efficient (flater) board in order to stay moving along on top of the water (also called planning).

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It must be Friday, because I’m feeling particularly pathetic today….

If you’re wondering why I’m the “Wimpy Kiter“, there are a few things you should know about me…an impressive resume, I know.

Day two of my 2-Day Kite Camp started out a little chilly. I bundled myself up like I was headed into the Siberian Tundra, like idiot I am. We met at the MACshack at 10:00 AM and reviewed safety systems. I looked like a polar bear in a sweater, barely able to get my harness around the layers of insulation.

With wet suits, boots, and helmets on, we practiced board starts on the beach, sitting on our butts, power-stroking, and letting the kite lift us to our feet. Chris and I had both worked with trainer kites, so we were familiar with this motion. Chris performed the power-strokes with ease. Grace, not being in my genetic make-up, was severely lacking from my performance, but I managed to successfully pull myself to my feet several times.

Colin, our instructor, then had us begin to run with the kite as we came to our feet. Once we were moving, it was easy to feel how effortless kiteboarding could be! Just you, the wind, kite, board, and a face-full of sand…apparently de-power only works if you actually do it…oops.

The beach began to warm up, and as it did, the afternoon thermals kicked up and the wind grew stronger. I switched from the Cabrinha Vector 12 M to the 9 M, much more comfortable in decent winds for a pile of skin and bones like me. (more…)