Get Kitesurfing Newsletter 14

Get Kitesurfing Newsletter 14

Easter Weekend is looking great for kitesurfing! We can't wait to get some more awesome kitesurfing lessons in! The schedule is below, but as ever get in touch if you can't see the type, date or time of lesson that you are looking for. Book in soon to avoid disappointment, we are always busier on weekends. 
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Top Tips
We're going to be including a helpful tip in every future newsletter. The second one, is one we always get asked about and is a useful addition to your skill set for launching and landing. Please note that self launching and landing should never be used in preference to assisted launching and landing, assisted launching and landing is much safer. 
Tip 2. Self Launch and Landing From a Post

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Equipment Required: An extra normal (at least 65cm) length leash 

This is an intermediate level skill to self launch and land your kite from a fixed point. The principal of it is much like when you swapped on to a kite from your instructor in your kite lesson. The kite is at the side of the window depowered, you swap on to the chicken loop, that is clipped on to the second leash, gently pilot the kite around the side of the window to 2 O'Clock or 10 O' Clock (depending which side the water is to you) and away you go. Full details below. 

Use a fixed point, such as post, and a second leash with a leash hook. Set your kite up in the usual way, lying your lines out downwind. Wrap your second leash around the post, so that it holds firm and you have access to the hook. Now pick up your bar and walk it around to the post and second leash, leaving the kite on the side of the window nearest the water, flat on the beach, secured with a weight. Hook the second leash on to your chicken loop, this will take the strain of the kite via the centre lines later when you have sat the kite up at the side of the window. Walk around to your kite and sit the kite up at the side of the window at either 3 O' Clock or 9 O' Clock, the side nearest the water. Go back to the chicken loop and swap on to your kite by leashing on in the normal way to the safety leash ring first. Then put the chicken loop on to your harness hook, leave the kite resting on the beach at the side of the wind window, then remove the second leash clip from the chicken loop, meaning that you now have full control of the kite (before the second leash clip was taking the strain). Slowly pilot the kite up off the beach from 3 O' Clock to 2 O' Clock or on the other side 9 O' Clock to 10 O' Clock. Walk in to the water flying your kite at the edge of the wind window in the usual way. 

Reverse the procedure to land. Bring kite side of window 3 O' Clock or 10 O' Clock, but don't land it yet. Line yourself up with the second leash, clip second leash on to chicken loop and then land kite to the beach slowly and unhook yourself from the chicken loop. The second leash takes the tension of the kite through the centre lines. Walk around and land your kite to beach.

We believe this self launch and landing technique is reliable and safe compared with other methods that do not use a fixed point. Please note it is ALWAYS preferable to have another kiter launch and land you because it is safer. This is however a useful skill to know if you do ever decide to kite on your own, or you get left last at the beach and everyone has gone. 

Instructors Christine or Giorgio could show you this skill in a half hour 1:1 lesson for £30.00. Contact us to book. 
Zero to Hero Course, Rock, Cornwall
We are going to be in Rock, Cornwall from the 6 - 12th April. If conditions are suitable it will be possible to complete your Zero to Hero course with us in one week in Cornwall. Buy using the button below or contact us for further details. 
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Starter Kite Package

Our most popular starter set of equipment to buy last year was the incredibly good value Ozone Catalyst V1 and Axis Liberty board Kitesurfing package. We can only offer such a fantastic price due to the support of the importers, you won't find this price anywhere else in the UK. 


Peter Lynn Hype Two Line Kitesurf Trainer Kite

This was our best selling trainer kite in 2017 by a long way. The reason is it's incredibly good value for money. The 1.6m is just £86.00. See below for suggested sizes and weights:

1.6m - up to 65kg - £86.00
1.9m - up to 75kg - £103.00 
2.3m - up to 85 kg - £119.00 
2.6m - more than 85kg - £145.00 
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The KiTE, SURF & SUP Co. Safety Tips

Kitesurfing is potentially a dangerous sport. Follow our safety tips to keep yourself and others around you safe whilst learning and progressing at kitesurfing:

1. Take a course of lessons to learn kitesurfing at a BKSA recognised kite school. Ask your instructor for advice on what equipment will be suitable for you to purchase to learn and progress on. 

BKSA Kite Schools in the Brighton and Worthing area are, from West to East:

Learn to Kitesurf, Goring

The KiTE, SURF & SUP Co. School, Worthing

Brighton Kitesurf and SUP Academy, Lancing

BN1 Kitesurfing, Lancing

 British Kitesports Kite School Brighton to Worthing

British Kitesports Kite School Brighton to Worthing

2. Wear a Helmet

3. Only kite in side shore, cross on shore or on shore winds (dead onshore being the least preferable as you will end up back on the beach very quickly) and be careful about the strength of wind that you are going kitesurfing in. When you have only just completed your kitesurfing course you are a bit like a 'P' plate driver who has just passed their driving test, you need to get some hours and practice under your belt before attempting to go kitesurfing in stronger winds. Stick to light to medium winds until you feel more confident, 12 - 20 knots is perfect. 

4. Use a kite size that is suitable for your weight and the wind strength. This is very important. It is dangerous to launch a kite that is too big for the wind conditions and you could seriously injure yourself if you do that. Look at real time readings at live weather stations such as Windguru Lancing Sailing Club and Worthing Pier Observatory

Forecasts are helpful, but you should always establish what strength the wind is actually blowing before going out. Speak to other kitesurfers at the beach and check what size kites they are on. Our favourite forecast websites are: Windguru Worthing and Met Office Worthing (Beach)

5. Launch your kite at the edge of the wind window and always choose to launch the kite on the water side of the wind window. If you don't know what this means, take some lessons, you need to be clear on this!

6. Do not launch your kite between wooden groynes or rock groynes, or close to any down wind object. You should be two kite lines length away from any down wind object. The reason for this is down wind objects are what are going to cause you serious injury if you lose control of your kite during the launch and get pulled down wind. The more distance you have down wind if your kite launch does go wrong, before hitting a solid object, the more chance you have of getting your hand on to the safety system and releasing it before getting dragged in to a solid object and getting injured. 

7. Check that your chicken loop safety release works before every session. Release it and then re load it before each session. Also generally keep an eye on your kite and kite lines for signs of wear and tear. Replace worn kites lines or have repaired worn or damaged areas on your kite. 

8. Kite in the window 3 hours before to 3 hours after low tide. This applies to most south coast beaches such as Shoreham, Lancing and East Worthing. 

Here is a helpful Worthing Beach tide timetable

9. Kite at a beach where there are other kitesurfers kiting. Also set up next to the other kite surfers that are kiting, so that there are more people around to help you launch and then land your kite. There really is safety in numbers, especially for launching and landing, in kitesurfing. 

10. Learn your right of way rules. And generally give other kite surfers plenty of space on the water, that means leave lots of space down wind of you to the next kite.  If you are upwind of another kite think 'Could my kite strike that kite or person below me?' and if so move and create space downwind of you, likewise stay out of the 'strike zone' when you are downwind of another persons kite, if their kite could hit you if they crashed it then you are too close. Crossed kite lines caused by kite crashes are dangerous and not fun. Here are the essential rules:

Right hand forward (Starboard tack) has right of way over left hand forward (Port tack)

Upwind board gives way to downwind board (on the same tack)

Over taking board keeps clear of the board they are over taking (on the same tack)

A kitesurfer recovering in the water (i.e. not travelling on their board) has right of way over a kitesurfer travelling along on their board. 

Avoid a collision at all costs!