To avoid crashes on the water there are situations when rules help guide the actions of the riders. When two kiters are going in the same direction (on the same tack), and they getting closer together (converging) and will crash if they do not alter course, then something has to change. If they do not react properly they will have an accident. In this situation, the rule says the “upwind kiter” (closest to the wind) “gives way” to the downwind kiter. Gives way means allows the other kiter to proceed on course. To do this the upwind kiter stays out of the way, slows down if necessary, goes behind, or alters course.