Kitesurfing rules before your session
Let’s see on this blog entry some kitesurfing rules before your session.
They are some basic -common sense- rules which you should consider before to practice kitesurfing, our sport.
1.– Our first rule it is easy to understand. As we are depending on the wind force and the atmospheric conditions to kitesurf, we should always check the forecast, if possible on different webpages.
If you have the phone of a kite pal which is living near the area for the expected conditions, check with him.
If you are going to learn kitesurfing or to practice in Vung Tau, here you have a report about the advisable protocol and also about the best period of the year and what can you expect.
2.– If after your last session you did all well, you should have the lines of your kite bar untangled. Also your wetsuit should be dry after your last session, therefore get used to do all well after your kite session. This will save you time and troubles on the next kite session.
3.– It’s important to keep some maintenance on all details of your kite gear. Have your fins and footstraps screws firmly tested with a screwdriver before hitting the water. Check also your depower rope, the bridles and pulleys should be checked also and kept in good condition
4.– Before living home make sure you take with you all what you are going to need, it is a good idea to carry also something to drink and eat and something warm to dress once your session is over.
5.– If you can, better take with you two boards of different sizes, the wind may go up or down. Also -if you have them- 3 kites, one over and one under the ideal size for the forecasted wind conditions.
6.– Check the tide chart, as on Vung Tau beaches it is a priority, due to the big differences of level on high and low tide and notice also at what point your kite spot works better.
Tide differences in Vung Tau beaches are noticeable and if you are kitesurfing in here but also on other spots or during your kite holidays, keep on mind that often tides can be of capital importance.
7.– If possible, go kiting better with your kite friends. Kiting alone can be a great feeling, when you have the beach all to yourself but kiting with friends it’s definitely much safer.
Your will feel safer to know that if something goes wrong, there’s somebody around that may notice it and could give you a hand, and, in any case, it is good to speak to some local kiters before your session and discuss the conditions and chose the right kite size.
Somebody should preferably keep an eye on you while you are kitesurfing
8.– If, by instance, your smallest kite is a 8m and everyone else is on a smaller kite you should probably not go out, if overpowered, this is definitely better than drowning, breaking your gear or have to be forced to abandon it when you are out and far from shore.
9.– And the last advice, but perhaps the most important of all: if you are in doubt don’t go out. Even if the conditions look great, the outcome of our session might not be what we really want.
Remember, kitesurfing it is a risk activity, if in strong wind or storms, it is up to you to accept the right amount of risk.
10.-Remember, the lesser the risk is always the best choice.