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Beware of Stingers

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Beware of Stingers: There are many different types of Jellyfish and other stinging sea creatures. Always ask the locals about any local dangerous creatures you should be aware of. In some places, swimming is totally inadvisable, and other areas where the wearing of “stinger suits” is considered mandatory. Jellyfish are often associated with rains, tides and lunar cycles. For example; In Hawaii, Jellyfish frequently occur 10 days after full moon.  During extended periods of onshore winds, it is possible to get “Portuguese man-o-war (bluebottles)”. Portuguese man-o-wars are wind-driven and have little air sacs that help they stay at the surface and also act as sails to help them travel across the water. They can sometimes appear individually or en masse. These stinging creatures can be painful and are usually painful, but can be dangerous to sensitive individuals. It is always prudent to avoid contact with any form of stingers. Avoid sailing at times of high frequency, and/or cover up as much of your skin as possible. Wear tight clothing like lycra shirts and pants, as they are good protection from stings. Even booties and gloves can help as well. Baggy clothing is not as effective against stingers. Man-o-war can still sting after they are washed ashore so be aware and avoid them. You should consider having first aid kite close at hand when kiting, that includes vinegar and other medically recommended (safe) sting treatments.  When you are stung get treatment from the lifeguard or first-aid person. If you experience a  severe allergic reaction and/or have any trouble breathing, get medical assistance asap.

Stranded Jellyfish, Brisbane Australia. Photo David Dorn.

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Pro-Tip: IF IN DOUBT, DON’T GO OUT

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If in doubt, don't go out.

To avoid accidents on the Beach and on the Water, you should Not go out if you are in Doubt. If you are unsure of the conditions, or unsure of your abilities, or unsure of your equipment, then do not go out. You should only launch if you have confidence that you can manage the conditions and remain safe during the activity, If you are unsure of the conditions ask an instructor to assist you or advise you. Self Doubt is usually a sign that the conditions are not right or that you should get some more training. And/or buy the correct kite size. If you did go out anyway, you may get yourself into a bad situation, and then put other people in danger too.

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Pro-Tip: RIG YOUR BAR CORRECTLY

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Always rig your bar according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

To avoid accidents on the Beach and on the Water you should Always Rig Your Bar Correctly. Follow the manufacturer’s Specifications. Rigging wrongly is a sign of an untrained kiter, who is unsafe or unaware of safety protocols and procedures. Do not launch any kiter who has their bar upside down. Always tell someone if they have their bar on wrong or they could have an accident. NOTE: people sometimes get confused when rigging on a new location, and they may make an honest mistake, If you see something wrong, then say something.  For More Kite Safety Tips Go To Kitesafe.com

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Pro-Tip: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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To avoid accidents on the water you should know the weather conditions BEFORE you go. Check weather Blogs, and Forecasts to know about storms, waves, tides, and winds. Extreme weather is often able to be predicted, Do not wait until you have launched your kite to find out what the wind is doing., Weather forecasts can also help anticipate sudden changes such as rain squalls, and cold fronts. More kiters get into trouble from underestimating the weather, than any other reason.

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Pro-Tip: UPWIND KITER KEEPS KITE HIGH

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To avoid accidents on the water there are situations when rules help guide the actions of the riders. When two kiters are going in the same OR opposite direction, there is a chance their kites will hit each other, So we steer the kites apart to increase separation. The upwind kiter steers his kite upward (toward the zenith), and the downwind kiter steers his kite downward (closer to the water). The downwind kiter is more restricted in maneuverability (and is not obligated to alter course) and they may not be able to steer their kites very much. So the upwind kiter (who is the “giveway” vessel anyway) must take responsibility to move their kite upward, enough to avoid an incident.

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Pro Tip: KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE SKY

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Remember that our real engine is the Earth’s atmosphere, and the clouds in the sky tell us a story of what is happening in the atmosphere. Keep your eye on the Sky at all times for changing clouds, aerial debris, or anything unusual. Severe weather is often preceded by changes in clouds. The best way to deal with severe weather is to avoid it. Watching for early telltale signs can help you to get off the water before dangerous conditions arrive.

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Pro-tip: Avoid shallow water

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Kite Pro-Tip: Avoid Shallow Water: Remember that what lies under the water is easily hidden. Shallow reef or rocks can lurk inches beneath the surface, so always be aware of your location and situation. You may accidentally get into shallow areas and then cannot get out easily. Problems can occur when you hit the reef at speed, not only can it cause injury, but gear damage and reef damage as well. If you do not know where the problem areas are, then ask the locals, or the lifeguards.

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Safety Alert – Cabrinha Kiteboarding

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Safety Alert – Cabrinha Kiteboarding 2017 Season

The product recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
This problem is limited to a small percentage of the 2016 control systems manufactured before August 10, 2015.

The TrimLite trim line is mounted on the top of the depower mainline of certain Cabrinha control systems. The trim line is used to make small adjustments to the aerodynamic trim of the kite. The product was manufactured in April through July, 2015 for the 2016 season. The product can be distinguished from other Cabrinha control systems by its stainless steel cleat at the top of the depower mainline. The products affected by this recall are the Overdrive 1X with TrimLite (48-56cm version), the 1X with TrimLite (44cm, 52cm and 60cm versions) and the Chaos 1X Control System (44cm version)

Consumers can send an e-mail to support@cabrinhakites.com or call Cabrinha at: +1 808 8930286 from from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time, Monday through Friday or online at www.cabrinhakites.com.
Posted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Source: www.cabrinhakites.com/safety-alert.html

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Kiteboarding’s 10 Worst Habits

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Here is a list of Kiteboarding’s 10 Worst Habits. This Top Ten is some of the worst things we see daily on kite beaches that make us cringe or shake our heads. Why do people do it, when there is clearly a better way or at least a better looking way to do it? These bad habits were submitted from our pro-team members as some of the worst examples of sloppy or just plain ugly kite technique. There are many more bad habits not on this list to be sure. Here we have listed ten of the worst in no particular order. Continue reading

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Do not use a kiteboard leash

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Do not use a kiteboard leash Do not use a kiteboard leash
Do not use a kiteboard leash. Kiteboard leashes are dangerous and are known to cause serious injury and even death. Kiteboard leashes have been banned by most kiteboarding schools and training organizations, and the majority of manufacturers do not recommend using them. Continue reading

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