There are also many schools in the area that will teach you how to start in the sport and take you in as one of the family. It is always better to start with lessons as kitesurfing is a very technical sport and even though people make it look easy, it is because they have plenty of experience and started off with lessons of their own. Please contact any kitesurfing school to get started.
Your knowledge on safety and kitesurfing rules might save your life and keep you away from very scary moments. Here are some of these rules and safety tips you should always keep in mind when going out to ride.
You should always know and follow the rules. Kitesurfing may be considered as a hobby or an extreme sport, but a kite surfer is also considered a sailing vessel, which means you have to know and understand the rules and marine regulations such as right of way rules, clearance rules and avoid no go zones. Know your right of way rules so you can avoid serious accidents and don’t ever assume you have right of way or insist on taking it as the other kite surfer or vessel may not know the right of way rule, or they may not be looking and this is when things go really ugly. Finally, use hand signals to communicate with other kite surfers or vessels, this is like the traffic lights in the ocean and will tell you who has the right of way and where you are going.
Your safety equipment and the routine pre-flight safety check are one of the best ways to stay safe when you are kitesurfing. Your safety equipment will prevent you from heavy hits to your body and will allow you at least to get back to shore in one piece. This includes the helmet and the vest; Understand and know your safety systems by heart as they may vary depending on the manufacturer so you can always get out of dangerous situations you were not expecting (yes, they happen quite often); never forget to carry a line knife and a mobile phone in a waterproof case. The knife will save you from getting dragged even further into the ocean and the mobile phone will pinpoint your exact location if you are riding more than 2km offshore or in remote locations. As for the routine pre-flight safety check, always be sure to check your lines when you are taking off, have your helmet properly adjusted and your safety leash very well connected.