Lessons: Always get a full suite of lessons at an IKSA recognised school before taking up kite surfing. These lessons should cover at least 12 full hours of training.
Conditions: Always check the conditions are suitable for your particular level. If you are unsure – do not go out! Where possible, talk to local kite surfers if you are unfamiliar with the beach as their local knowledge will be invaluable.
Size Matters!: Sorry boys but contrary to popular believe size DOES matter, well in this case anyway. Always use the correct size kite suitable for you and the conditions of the day. If you are unsure, ask other riders for advice.
Where to kite?: Always observe the zoned areas for launching and landing and respect the local regulations. If unsure, please ask other riders, beach users or local officials.
Kite surfing alone: Don’t kite surf alone. If this is not possible always make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return. But remember, if others are not going out there is probably a very good reason. Stay safe.
Beach etiquette: Always wrap up your lines when they are not being used. Leaving your lines laid out causes difficulties for other kitesurfers when launching and landing but also hazzardous to members of the public. Always make sure that your kite is properly secure.
Launching & Landing: Where relevant, stick to the launch and land zones. Do not ask or allow someone who is not familiar with kites to help you launch or land. Members of the public have no idea of the power of the kite and associated risks.
Equipment: Test your quick release before each session and make sure it is clear from foreign objects. Don’t launch an underinflated or leaking kite as an underinflated kite is much more difficult to control.
Check and double check your lines - if you are unsure ask someone else to check they have been attached correctly. If rigged incorrectly it will seriously affect control and will be dangerous to you and other beach users.
Always assume that a crashed kite will relaunch unexpectedly.
Far Out (Dude): Never ride out further than you can swim comfortably back to shore. Assume that today will be the day you get to swim in from the farthest point out you go as equipment failure while rare these days, does happen.