Kiteboarding Safety Info & Articles- KTB

Lines and bar

Launching alone can be tricky, and its usually better to have an experienced kiter or assistant help you launch and land. This technique works equally well for landing the kite after a session when no is stil one else is around to catch your kite. 

Before launching, make sure the lines are connected correctly and there's no twists or tangles in the lines. Determine the wind direction and lay out your lines at a 90-degree angle to the wind. Make sure to take your time in planning your self-launch, and ALWAYS double check your lines before attempting to self launch your kite.


After the lines have been checked and the bar has been positioned, the kite must be setup for the self-launch.

Turn the kite over andFlip it over and hold it as if you were launching someone. The wind will fill the kite and help you find the right spot to set it down on the wingtip.

Untethered Beach Launch For Older C-Kites- Walk the kite to the edge of the power zone and put it into the carry position. Bend the wingtip over and cover it with sand, using enough sand to prevent it from being blown away.

Pick up your bar and be sure that your quick release systems are working properly and be ready to use them in case something goes wrong. To be sure, de-power the kite by pulling the de-power strap.

As the wind starts filling up the kite, walk backwards and increase the tension on the lines. At a certain point, the wingtip will flip over and the kite can be piloted up. Sheet in on the bar and steer the kite up to the neutral position.

Self Launching Tips and Tricks

If you walk upwind too far, the kite will catch too much wind and will become unstable. Release some tension on the lines and quickly walk downwind again. If the kite still does not stabilize, you will have to launch it. Anticipate a heavy launch and be ready to use your quick release.

If you launch standing too far downwind from your kite, the kite will first fly backwards and could suddenly generate pull. If you stand too far upwind, the kite will launch with power.

Refrain from piloting your kite if it is so large that you may get pulled. Wait until it already has the right power and prepare to let go of the chicken loop.

Once your back lines get inverted, the kite will go down instead of going up. What you should do is untwist the bar. Shortly after, your kite will already go up. Also clear tangled or knotted lines before launching.

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