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Top Six Things Every Kiteboarder Should Not Forget
Top Six Things Every Kiteboarder Should Not Forget

Top Six Things Every Kiteboarder Should Not Forget

Top Six Things Every Kiteboarder Should Not Forget

Have you ever gotten to the beach stoked for a kite session and then realized that you forgot an important piece of equipment that hindered an otherwise epic kite session? We have you covered at KiteBikeVan!

Epic Kite Session
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Premature Kiteboarding Stoke

From experience, this is easy to do because you are SO EXCITED about the wind forecast and the wave conditions that you accidentally forget something.

It is also often a painful experience when the leaves are rustling, sand is literally flying off the beach, and other kiters are out there testing the limits of mega-loop rotations.

Don’t let PREMATURE STOKE ruin an otherwise great kite session again!

top six things every kiteboarder should not forget
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Here are the top six things every kiteboarder should not forget on the way out the door:

  1. Kite Pump
  2. Kite Leash
  3. Wind Meter
  4. Sand Bag
  5. Impact Vest or Life Vest
  6. Helmet

In More Detail: Essential Kiteboarding Items

Usually you don’t forget a kite or a board, but these smaller items can be easily forgotten. The first two items are essential for kiteboarding and can ultimately prevent a session. I know from experience.

Number # 1: The Kite Pump

The kite pump and hose attachments are critical for proper inflation of leading edge inflatable (LEI) kites. Most of the time with these kites, you can’t safely launch without at least 6-9 PSI. No one wants a floppy kite. LEI kites also have the added benefit of being able to water relaunch if properly inflated.

NOTE: This may not pertain to you if you have a foil cell kite that doesn’t require a pump, then good for you and NEENER-NEENER, I hope you never have to swim to shore.

Number # 2: The Kite Leash

The kite leash is an important piece of equipment for staying connected to your kite even when you are unhooked from the chicken loop or you have to punch out but still want to re-use the kite some day.

Often a short kite leash connected to the front of the harness is a good way to go for beginners. This way you don’t have a lot of extra leash dangling (long kite leashes are most often used in freestyle kiteboarding).

top six things every kiteboarder should not forget
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Number # 3: The Wind Meter

One of the first things I do when I get to the beach is to check the CURRENT wind speed with a wind meter at that location.

The trusty wind meter helps match the right equipment to the current wind conditions and prevents selecting the wrong kite and board combinations.

Sometimes wind forecasts and predictions can be askew. Whether you measure wind speed in knots or mph, always bring a WIND METER!

Measuring the wind to kiteboarding
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Number # 4: The Sand Bag

When the wind really picks up it is really nice to have a soft sand bag to secure your kite on the beach. You can use a board to help secure your kite, but you really have to watch the fins on the kite canopy and it’s not as heavy as a sand bag.

Note: If you don’t have a sand bag you can also simply place a few handfuls of sand directly on the kite if you don’t mind things getting dirty.

Number # 5: The Impact Vest

Having extra floatation in deep water is a must for me (I’m not a great swimmer) and having a little extra protection on the falls doesn’t hurt either.

As a matter of safety I always take an impact vest since I often seem to be kiting in cold, deep, and wavy water on the Great Lakes. Sure the water is fresh and doesn’t have sharks, but it is also less buoyant than salty ocean water.

Plus you never know when you may have to swim in or have a hard landing.

Kiteboarding ready with a helmet
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Number # 6: The Helmet

Launching and landing a kite on the beach can be hazardous. You want to protect your head just in case. There are a lot of great waterproof helmets to pick from out there.

I especially recommend wearing a helmet if you are into kite foiling, the falls can be a lot harder and tougher to recover from.

The Small Kiteboarding Items Count

You rarely forget a kite or a board completely. Maybe you wished you had used a slightly different kite size or had brought a foil-board for the conditions, but you still got a session in. The smaller things listed above have more to do with having a better kite session and can be easily forgotten when you are hurrying to pack.

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Hopefully some of these things will help you pack for your next kite session. What things make your kite sessions better? What helps make a solid kite session for you? Does it depend on the way you ride or your specific discipline of kiteboarding (Surf, Foil, Free-ride, Free-style, etc.).

Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading. ~KiteBikeVan

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