Safety & Guidelines

Many kiting accidents can be avoided if kiters are informed of safety procedures and exercise reasonable care. Kiteboarding can be hazardous to riders and to bystanders, particularly if practiced without adequate training, safety gear, observation of safe kiteboarding practices and appropriate caution.

Kites can produce powerful force with little or no warning. Sudden wind gusts, improper line attachment, mishandling, etc., can result in dragging and/or lofting, possibly with no time to effectively react. A kiter may not always be able to just let go or kill the power of the kite, as many accidents have established.

Your ability to safely and completely depower and drop your kite and otherwise manage in an emergency will weigh heavily on your technique, preparation, prior practice and the reliability of your gear

KSA strongly advises the adherence to the following principles, guidelines and practices to ensure the safety of all beach users, and prevent injuries or even death

KSA recommends to have lessons if you are thinking of getting into the sport. Click the links under "kiteboarding schools" to find an instructor near you

Acknowledgements:

Western Australia Kitesurfing Association (WAKSA)

British Kitesurfing Association

Kernow Kitesurf Club

Seabreeze www.seabreeze.com.au

NSWKBA and SSKC committee members

General safety guidelines

1. Proactively assist other kiteboarders Offer to assist other riders with launching and landing using reliable agreed upon visual and audible communications such as tapping the top of the head to indicate that you require assistance with landing a kite and the universal “thumbs-up” to indicate you are ready for your kite to be launched. …

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Landing your kite

1. Use assisted landings Approach the shore slowly with caution. Keep your kite low to try avoid lofting. Take care to avoid causing an accidental jump in well powered conditions while approaching the shore. Arrange for assisted landings at least 100 m from bystanders, power lines, vertical surfaces, trees, etc where possible. NEVER use non-kiteboarders for …

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Launching your kite

1. Always launch with your kite towards the water Wind can behave unpredictably around walls and trees. It is better to be pulled toward the water than a tree, car or road. Always maintain minimum clear downwind buffer zones, make sure no person or hard object is down wind of your launching area Do not fly …

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pre-flight check list and C.L.E.A.R. guidelines

Use the C.L.E.A.R. guidelines, adapted from Kitesurfing Australia 1. Check the conditions Wind strength Wind direction Waves, tides and currents Consider possible changes 2. Look Look before you launch, land, jump, jibe etc Use appropriate launch areas Make sure your launch area is in an approved kiting area. Make sure the area is open, no …

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Kiteboarding road rules – on the water

The following Right of Way guidelines should be adhered to when Kiteboarding: There is no absolute right of way – All parties should take any action necessary to avoid a collision. When two riders are on opposite tacks and there is a need to alter course to avoid collision, the port tack rider (left shoulder forward) …

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