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August 16, 2015

 I learned how to Kiteboard at Kiteboarding School Maui (KSM) the instructor was extremely knowledgable and within hours, we we're already out on the water body dragging with our kite. It's something everyone should throw on their bucket list and try it at least once.

Kiteboarding is not for the faint hearted, it's challenging on so many levels and is an extreme sport. Kiteboarding combines surfing, wakeboarding, paragliding, gymnastics into one, making it one of the most difficult sports to learn.

There are an estimated 1.5 million kiteboarders world wide, this is an extremely small group of individuals in comparison to the amount of surfers or wakeboarders.

Injuries are all to common, you do not want to rush into this, get lessons from an experienced kiteboarder and do your homework.

One of the annoying things of kiteboarding is that occasionally your lines get into a tangled mess and it can be very frustrating to deal with.  I’ve heard of several methods to get your bar sorted out, but I’ve only used one technique that worked well for me every time. Today, we get some tips from a local kite boarder Ryan Stewart in Spanish Banks, Vancouver B.C. Ryan shows us the basics, pumping up your kite and laying out your lines. If your from Vancouver, checkoutKiteboarding in Squamish (VKS)their experienced, professional and will provide you with everything you need to know.

Flying lines

Their made of a very strong material to handle the dynamic load in unpredictable wind while maintaining a small cross-sectional profile to minimize drag. They come in lengths generally between seven and thirty-three meters. The lines attach the rider's control bar to the kite using attachment cords on the kite edges or its bridle. 

Control bar 

A solid metal or composite bar which attaches to the kite via the lines. The rider holds on to this bar and controls the kite by pulling at its ends, causing the kite to rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise like a bicycle. The control bar is attached to a latch or hook on a spreader bar on the rider's harness. Most bars also provide a quick-release safety-system and a control strap to adjust the kite's angle of attack. 

Kite Harness

comes in seat (with leg loops), waist or vest types. The harness together with a spreader bar attaches the rider to the control bar. By hooking in, the harness takes most of the strain of the kite's pull off of the rider's arms, and spreads it across a portion of his body. This allows the rider to do jumps and other tricks while remaining attached to the kite via the control bar. Waist harnesses are by far the most popular harnesses among advanced riders, although seat harnesses make it possible to kitesurf with less effort from the rider and vest harnesses provide both flotation and impact protection. Kite harnesses look similar to windsurfing harnesses, but are actually much different; a windsurfing harness used for kiteboarding is likely to break very quickly, which could result in injury and/or gear loss.


They can be made up of small composite, wooden, or foam board. There are now several types of kiteboards: directional surf-style boards, wakeboard-style boards, hybrids which can go in either direction but are built to operate better in one of them, and skim-type boards. Some riders also use standard surfboards, or even long boards, although without foot straps much of the high-jump capability of a kite is lost. Twin tip boards are the easiest to learn on and are by far the most popular. The boards generally come with sandle-type footstraps that allow the rider to attach and detach from the board easily; this is required for doing board-off tricks and jumps. Bindings are used mainly by the wakestyle riders wishing to replicate wakeboarding tricks such as KGBs and other pop initiated tricks. Kiteboards come in shapes and sizes to suit the rider's skill level, riding style, wind and water conditions.

Other thing's you'll need
wetsuit, Helmet, Personal flotation device, Safety hook knife



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