10 commandments of Kitesurf

1st commandment

Look for a place with at least 150m free of any obstacles trees, cars, people, poles, power lines, streets, fences, and animals, etc.

2nd commandment

Never hold the lines or stand between them while the kite is flying or at risk of taking off. When tensioned, they have great cutting power and can hurt dangerously.

Tip: Warn swimmers and curious people not to come near you.

3rd commandment

Never take off the kite during storms or with heavy clouds. The equipment can turn into a perfect lightning rod.

4th commandment

Find out the recommended wind strength for your kite in relation to your weight, and don’t take off in winds above the limit. It is very dangerous to be overpowered, because the kite can lift you many meters high.

5th commandment

If you are a beginner, do not sail in offshore wind (from land to sea), your equipment and/or yourself may be blown into the open sea

6th commandment

Recommended safety equipment: helmet, flotation vest, gloves, hooked knife (to hold/cut the line in an emergency), neoprene suit (if you are taken away you can stay in the water for many hours).

7th commandment

Stay away from airports/heliports, in low flying or rescue procedures. If this happens, immediately lower the kite as the pilot may not have seen your kite or the lines.

8th commandment

Avoid getting the bar hooked to the harness on dry land, if you are lifted and/or dragged you may not be able to release yourself in time. It is also important to know and practice using the safety systems that disarm your kite.

9th commandment

In the water be extremely careful with boats, rocks, and your own board, especially if it is in front of you with the fins up. Watch out for submerged objects such as rocks, logs, roots, and corals.

10th commandment

Always have a friend with you when you go kitesurfing to watch and help you. Plan your sailing session/where you are going to take off, where it is safest to enter the water, the route to be taken, the weather conditions, wind direction and currents where you are going to go out.