Learning how to fly the kite is a key skill for kitesurfing. This page provides some basic theory and techniques for kite handling.
Control bar and lines
The Control bar for the kite is your control device for turning, accelerating and slowing the kite.
If the wind is strong, you can fly the kite at one angle (e.g. 50 degrees) and maintain your tack. This is referred to as having your kite "locked in" at one angle. When you are able to do this you can shift some attention to your board, arms, feet, legs and body position. You can experiment with bending your arms and knees, leaning away from the kite more and edging the board, without worrying too much about the kite.
When there is less wind, perhaps not quite enough to fly with your kite "locked in", you can generate more power by flying your kite up and down in the Wind Window. The increased motion of the kite creates more apparent wind over its surface and generates more power, which helps keep you planing. You need to pay more attention to the kite position compared to when it is "locked in".
Over time you will learn to automatically fly your kite in a sine wave pattern, much like you learn to automatically operate the clutch in a manual car.
If your kite is about to stall, you can reach up and pull on the front lines to keep it flying.
If your kite lands on the water or the beach with its trailing edge down and the wind is light you can do a hot launch by pulling on the front lines. The kite will fly straight up. Do not attempt this in strong winds.