Kitesurfing Handbook

This kitesurfing handbook is for people interested in kitesurfing (also known as kiteboarding) and those already active in the sport.  The focus is on equipment, tips, safety and travel.  Introductory skills and techniques are also covered, along with possible skills progression. Advanced skills are mentioned in place but are not covered in detail.

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Getting started - basic skills

Trainer kites
Kitesurfing lessons
The basics
Water relaunch
Self rescue
Upwind body dragging
Line rigging comparison

Kite skills

Choosing the right kite size
Kite flying
Kite power
Kite trimming

Getting going

Water start
Changing direction
Going upwind
Going downwind

Intermediate skills

Jumping - Inverts
Jumps - grabs
Toeside riding
Self launching
Self landing
Riding unhooked
Downloop turns
Rescuing others
Retrieving a board
Air gybe
Jibe turns for directional boards
Duck tack
Strapless tack
Back rolls
Deep water kitesurfing

Advanced skills

Kitesurfing a foil board
Ollie Lien transition

Other sections

Safety and rules
Kitesurfing styles
Kitesurfing locations
Kitesurfing travel
Resources and links

Disclaimer: Please note that this handbook is not a detailed instruction manual, and reading it is not a substitute for taking lessons from a certified instructor when you start kitesurfing. Hopefully, the information we provide will accelerate your learning and get you kiting quickly and safely.

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