Ever been out kiteboarding and got back to the beach with nobody there to land you? Here’s how we recommend landing a kiteboarding kite in stronger winds.
For this technique to work, you do need to make sure that you have the right bar. Older kite bars with an outdated safety system do not work well and can be dangerous. You want to make sure that the kite can fully flag out when you engage the safety system. For a kite to fully flag out, the bar might travel half the distance to the kite. On older bars with older safety systems, the flag lines may only go out 2 to 15 ft. This may not be enough for the kite to land safely. In this video we’re using the 2020 Cabrinha Overdrive Trim Bar.
Make sure your safety leash is hooked up to the proper ring on your bar. You want the flag line or safety line to be on the top side. If the kite is to your right, the flag line should be on the top side of the two center lines. If it isn’t then you need to bring the kite to your left.
How to Self Land in Strong Winds
Bring the kite 20 to 40 feet off the beach. Let go of the bar. Push away your Quick Release. Hold on to your safety leash to make sure your flag line engages. The kite should land with the leading edge facing into the wind.
If Something Goes Wrong
In this technique you’ll be using your safety system. If you push away your quick release and the kite doesn’t land perfectly. Make sure to not grab any lines and let the flag line do its job. The kite may roll once or twice but eventually will land with the leading edge into the wind.
Not sure if your bar will work? Send us a message. When trying skills like this in strong winds you want to make sure you know what you’re doing. If you want to be 100% sure schedule a lesson with us and we’ll make sure to give you the confidence to go out on your own.