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.