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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: OVERTAKING KITER GIVES WAY

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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 direction (on the same tack), and one is going faster and wants to overtake the slower rider, then they must keep clear. The overtaking rider must pass the rider outside of their wind windows so not to cause a hazard to either rider. This means passing up to a kite line length away from the other rider. If you cannot pass the other kiter safely then do not do it. Which side you pass depends on the relative angle to the wind and the skill level of the riders involved. If a kiter is going slow and very upwind, you will pass on their downwind side.

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Pro-Tip: UPWIND KITER GIVES WAY

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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.

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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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10 Worst www.kitesafe.orgKiteboarding’s Ten Worst Habits
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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5 signs of a good Kiteboarding Instructor

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Kite Instructor Icon www.kitesafe.org 5 signs of a good Kiteboarding Instructor. When you decide to learn an extreme sport like kiteboarding, you have decided to take on a certain amount of risk. Extreme power from the kite combined with the high speeds over water make it exciting but potentially harmful as well. Continue reading

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