The Basics of Power Kiting

powerkiten-noordwijk-bedrijfsuitjeThe first important lesson into learning the kite is to respect it. Unless you take it seriously, it has the power to punish you with the worst body slam. It is best to practice and know by heart how the handles work, and what they do when you make certain moves. Unlike many people think, the power kite cannot be steered as a car, by turning left and right one or both handles. The two handles, for left and right hand have two string attached at the top and bottom. The control is achieved with the top lines, while the bottom lines break. Each hand controller is completed by a kite killer, strapped around the wrists of the kite flyer.

The correct way to control a kite is by pulling back the handles, and steering them to the right and left to propel the kite to those directions.

In order to take the kite down, easily, or adjust the speed of the kite, you should tip the handles forward, and activate the brake lines. If you will break just one side, it will make the kite tip just one side forward, thus causing the kite to turn. The liners strapped around the wrists are used for emergency take down. These must be used carefully, because if the altitude is very high, and the pull on the wrist straps is very strong, it will actually cause the kite crash down, at very high speed, and cause major injuries.

Each kite rider should understand the wind window. It is the direction of the wind and its edges, which causes the kite to lose speed and power. Normally, one should start with lower altitude wind windows, and definitely not against the wind. There are many exercises that can be made on the ground level, in order to achieve important skills that can help in the ski.

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