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Useful Kite-Boarding Tips for Beginners – Gain an Edge in this Iconic Water Sport

Kite-Boarding, alternatively known as Kite-Surfing, is one of the most exciting water-sports in existence. It is the amalgamation of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing and even gymnastics.


Learn to Fly a Kite

Kites that are used for this sport can be very expensive, so it is essential you practice using a smaller trainer-kite to get the hang of the mechanics involved. Even very experienced surfers and wake-boarders face tremendous difficulty kite-surfing when they have no experience using a basic kite. Trainer kites are smaller models with either two or four lines and it's recommended you spend about 4-10 hours utilising one before getting into the water. Actions you should focus on include looping the kite, flying with one hand, flying the kite with your eyes closed and even flying the kite with the bar spun 180-degrees which invert the controls.


Safety First

Personal safety is of utmost importance when practicing any kind of sport. When kite-boarding make sure you have a decent flotation vest. This simple item will help you maintain buoyancy, retain energy by not having to tread water, and make it easy for people to find you. A helmet is the next crucial commodity since it will protect your head form all sorts of impacts. Most places will also require a wet-suit since it provides warmth in cold environments as well as a small degree of buoyancy. If you're indulging in kite-surfing through a place such as Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, one of many resorts to conduct water sports in Doha, then they will generally provide the necessary safety equipment.


Get the Essential Equipment

Firstly you will need a Kite-boarding kite. Sizes of these vary from four metres to some as large as nineteen metres. It's best to go to a knowledgeable kite-shop since they will be able to get you the best one considering your weight and height. When buying a kite, make sure it comes with all the necessary accompanying items which include the lines, pump, bar, safety systems, and the carrying bag. Next you'll need a board. Although a kite-surfing board would look similar to a wake-board, there are some significant changes in design, as well as the presence of foot-straps instead of boots. It is recommended that beginners start off with a large board since they provide more stability. One of the most underappreciated items you will require is the harness, since this is something that would be directly attached to your body, it's best to obtain the perfect one. There are two kinds to choose from, the seat harness and the waist harness.


Pick an Ideal Spot

The type of ideal spot can vary according to the nature of kite-surfing you'd like to indulge in. Most beginners would prefer flat-water surfaces to ride on, while others would like water with more waves in order to provide a more exhilarating experience with jumps and more surfing-style action. Regardless of the style you wish to indulge in, a good kite-surfing spot has to have what is known as ride-able wind. Islands that have trade winds for examples make for ideal spots since they are predictable and reliable.

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