Kiteboarding is a dynamic sport that can be practiced with various wind and water conditions, and in a diverse range of locations around the world. Providing you have the appropriate skill level, you can kiteboard in strong or light winds, and in waves as well as flat water. This handbook is the necessary companion for any beginner or intermediate kiteboarder looking to become a safe, independent rider. It comprises explanations and exercises that will help you to learn proper kiteboarding practices and techniques, outlining what should and should not be done every step of the way throughout the learning process. It also includes useful tips on understanding the wind and choosing the right kiteboarding location and equipment, as well as a complete list of kiteboarding terminology. At the end of each IKO Level, you will find a short quiz based on the material from that level. Your IKO Instructor will verify and correct the exercises once you have completed them, or you can correct them yourself by checking the answers at the end of the book.
It is important to know how to rig the equipment properly as it is an important task to always ensure that any equipment is adjusted properly and in a good functional state before using it.
It is important to check the safety system of a kite and understand how it works. IKO recognizes two types of safety systems as safe for kiteboarding: the 4-line or ‘re-ride’and the 5-line systems. The mini-5th-line system is not recommended.
Whether you’re flying a kite for the first time or you’re ready to step up your game, you will gain helpful insight to progress even further. Beginner? Read the checklist of what to look for before, during and after your kiteboarding course to really get the best out of your lessons.Riding already? This eBook covers various hot topics such as spot assessment, weather, equipment, wind effects, safety systems and trimming styles. Last but not least, you will learn the exact kiteboarding terminology in order to be comfortable and holding your end in every situation. Find this free eBook along with the rest of our eBook series and teaching videos on the IKO App and get instant access to the IKO knowledge and tools at the touch of your fingertips (content included in the kiter and pro memberships).
It is important to share a common language with the other riders. Being aware of the following terms will help you communicate better with the kitesurfing community.
Within the IKO student progression path, every student must know how to self-land their kite in any kind of wind to be certified IKO Level 1. Landing with the help of someone is recommended, yet every rider must be able to self-land for safety reasons. Why? Simply because you never know what will happen when you go kiting even if you respect all the safety rules. For example, the wind may drop all of a sudden, and you will end your session very far downwind without anybody to help you land your kite.
In kiteboarding, depending on what you are doing, different line lengths can be used for different purposes and levels of kiteboarding in various conditions. Both short and long lines have their pros and cons, of course, to a certain extent.
It is extremely important for all riders, including the more-advanced, to know exactly how to trim their kite and to be aware of the various trimming ways to ensure a correct position for a better performance suitable to their style of kitesurfing and the conditions.
The wind window is the area in which the kite flies. You must understand it and be able to describe it with simple words. You must also know how the kite is expected to behave within it.
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