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Learning how to Kiteboard

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Although many people new to kiteboarding want to just jump straight into the water and start kiteboarding, there are several basic lessons you should take so that you are skilled enough and experienced enough to kiteboard on your own. Without learning the basics of kiteboarding first, you will find it extremely difficult and frustrating to be able to control the kite on your own in the surf.

The first thing to do that will help you learn the basics quickly is to get a trainer power kite. Trainer kites are smaller and simpler to use than the full-sized kites, but they will teach you the basics while still on land so you know how to control and manipulate the kit without the added difficulty of the board. By learning with a trainer kite you will be able to learn half the skill needed to kiteboard without having to pay for extra lessons.

The next step is to work on the board aspect of kiteboarding. Learning how to work wakeboard, skateboard, or surf will help you improve your kitesurfing board skills. Wakeboarding is one of the best ways to hone your kiteboarding skills. By being more comfortable on the board, you will be able to focus more on flying the kite once you start kiteboarding.

The next step, which is the most important, is taking a lesson. Learning how to kiteboard from a qualified instructor is the best way to put all that you have learned together so that you truly are ready to hit the ocean. Taking a lesson is also crucial to helping prevent any possible kitesurfing accidents which can cause serious injury to yourself or others in the water.

Once you are ready to go in the water, you might want to try the gear provided by the kite instructor before you invest in your own set. However, if you do want to buy your own equipment, it is important to understand your skill level and what equipment is suited for your needs and skill.

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Finding the Best Kite Boarding Locations

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Kite boarding is a new extreme sport that is quickly gaining popularity all over the world. You will need the right equipment and balance to participate in this sport, as it harnessing the power of the wind while the rider maneuvers on a board. Many surf enthusiasts, kite surfers included, are always on the look out for the next big wave. As a result, they will want to know which places are best suited to the wind and waves needed to enjoy this sport. There are great kite surfing locations all over the world, but following are some of the best.

California is one of the best places to surf, and as the birthplace of kite surfing you will find many individuals who can teach you how to do this new sport. Those new to the sport should head to the West Coast to take lessons from an expert before heading on their own. Long Beach is one of the kite surfing capitals of the world. The sport is very popular in California, so you may have a difficult time finding a place to launch.

Surprisingly, Canada is another one of the best kite surfing locations. While most people think of snow when it comes to Canada, they often forget that some of the best beaches can be found on the shores of British Columbia. The breezy weather here makes it perfect for kite surfing. Don’t dismiss the snow too quickly, as you can participate in kite snowboarding too. It functions like kite surfing, only on the snow.

When it comes to beaches, Hawaii is always one of the best. It has wide beaches, leaving plenty of room for everyone. Expert kite surfers can tell you about the North Shore waves, and every surfer should head up there once in their life. The kite surfing season in Hawaii is long, as it lasts from April to September, and you will never have a shortage of waves. There is also Lower Kahana, which is dedicated kite surfing, where you can find other kite surfing enthusiasts.

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Six Tips to Help You Avoid Kite Surfing Accidents

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Kite surfing provides many thrill-seekers looking for challenging ways to spend their leisure time. In this sport, a rider on a small board utilizes a kite to harness the power of the wind to move through the water. While control the power of the winds has been around for centuries, kite surfing did not develop till the 90s. By 1998, it had become a popular mainstream sport, with schools opening to teach it, with a competition held in Maui annually.

While exciting, kite surfing is also very dangerous, and requires training and supervision to ensure that it is done properly and safely in the beginning years. These kites are vulnerable to sudden gusts of wind, known as lofts that can carry a rider into the air before slamming them into the water, ground, buildings or power lines. It may also cause the rider to crash into other people, and more often than not, these accidents result in broken bones. According to KiteSurfingSchool.org, out of 105 accidents, 53% resulted in moderate to serious injury, while 13% of them were fatal. Many of these accidents are a result of inexperience and lack of training.

To minimize risk, take precaution to prevent kite surfing accidents:

- Make sure you have proper supervision and training before strapping yourself to a kite sail
- Be sure the equipment you use has a functioning safety release system that will disable the kite at any moment
- Check your safety equipment before going to the water
- Avoid kite surfing near power lines and airports, and stay out of the water when there is strong offshore wind or stormy weather
-Kite surf in waters with lots of open spaces to avoid the crowded beaches downwind — —If kite surfing through a vendor at a resort or cruise ship, be sure to read the fine print on the waiver or contract thoroughly. If you don’t, you may be releaing the vendor from their responsibility of training and supervising you

If you have been injured while kite surfing, or have been injured by a kite surfer, you may be able to file a legal claim to receive compensation. If you are involved in an accident, take detailed notes describing what happened, who was involved and the names of witnesses as well as injuries sustained. Keep as much evidence as possible, such as the equipment and any failed parts as you will need them later. Don’t forget to obtain a police report on the incident.

Be sure to consult a boating accident attorney if you are involved in an accident, as he or she can help you through the complex legal issues surrounding maritime and boating accidents and help you get the compensation you are due under law.

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