While it is true that the weather forecast is not necessarily always accurate, it is important to consider this information to have an idea of the size of the kite you’ll be using and the timing and hours you’ll be able to use from the time you get to the beach until you start to actually kitesurf.
In order for you to choose the measure of the kite to start sailing, it is essential to consider the wind before going into the water, especially if you plan to kitesurf at a spot where no one else is practicing this sport.
Kite surfing and the winds
The main thing to keep in mind is that the wind direction for kitesurfing should be on shore or side shore, which means that the wind should tend to bring the surfer towards the beach or it should flow parallel to it, but never towards the sea.
In addition, side shore and offshore winds tend to be gusty as the on shore wind is more constant when there are no obstacles in its path. If the wind is gusting, it is definitely not recommended to go into the water.
Should you have access to a bow or delta-kite it is preferable to practice with gusty winds, given the fact that type C kites have smaller wind ranges and can not successfully absorb gusts of wind.
If you decide to face this problem despite there being gusty winds on the beach, it is possible to practice kitesurfing without being exposed to unnecessary dangers by following a few tips.
The ideal wind direction for kitesurfing is onshore -or from the sea to the beach-, but usually gusty winds come in side shore or offshore direction, that is, parallel to the beach or from the land to the sea, a direction which is dangerous in itself but it has solutions that can be implemented.
The first step will be to determine the size of the kite to use. If there is no one with whom to consult, you should ideally sail with the smallest one, since you can always change it later, but even while at the beach it is important to ensure a good kite before heading out to practice the sport, especially while you are preparing the materials you need.
When lifting the kite, it is advisable to look for a place that offers enough space if you get to lose control, and it’s essential to enlist the help of another person to both ascend and descend the kite when navigating with gusty winds.
It is also advisable to lift the kite by the end of the wind window which is closest to the water, so if you lose control it will go to the sea and not to the beach or on top of cars or trees.
Another important recommendation is to avoid keeping the kite at 12 of the wind window, because wind gusts could bring the kite back down, but by the time it gains power again the momentum will be upwards.
When kitesurf is practiced with very strong winds, it is recommended to really nail the edge of the table in the water well and even sit on it, so it will not bow to the streak and the person will not be dragged. It is best to carry the kite to the edge of the window as a sudden rise in wind it will advance, but losing power and this helps to withstand the gust of wind.
The dangers of kitesurfing with gusty winds
Those who practice sports like kitesurfing are well aware that wind gusts are really unpredictable, although they are somewhat constant when the intensity rises and falls, you should never rule out stronger streaks that will make you lose control of the kite.
The biggest danger with kitesurfing in gusty winds is when the person has a problem and the wind drags them into the sea and not land, so it is essential to always navigate with someone accompanying you.
Also, with gusty winds, the kite will frequently fall back, something very dangerous because when the streak goes back up the kite will gain hitting power and it’ll move quickly up again.
It is necessary to understand that, just like any other water sport, kitesurfing is not a game, and if you haven’t enough practice or if no one else is sailing nearby it’s best not to get into the water. Recklessness is demonstrated by the numerous accidents that occur by foolhardy attitudes that ultimately won’t allow you to enjoy this sport.
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