Kitesurfing instruction is a vital part of learning the sport but is also extremely valuable in progressing in advanced skills.
Rather than battling the swell at your first time in a wave spot, seek kitesurfing instruction from a professional. Many schools will offer downwinders while riders learn to surf the waves. A downwinder is an amazing opportunity to practice new skills while knowing that you don’t need to keep upwind. This also allows the instructor to be on the water with you, demonstrating skills and providing support if it’s needed.
Kitesurfing instruction on wave kiting is extremely helpful and can save you lots of time, struggle and potentially broken gear in the waves. Here are some tips for riding in waves:
- It’s hard to relaunch your kite in big waves and could result in broken gear (don’t crash your kite in the waves!)
- It’s also hard to self rescue in the waves
- During a crash, always send your kite in the opposite direction of the waves (so you are pulled through the wave), going in the same direction of the wave will create slack in your lines and cause your kite to crash in the water and possibly to an inversion
- If you do crash your kite, always relauch towards the beach so if you are not successful you are pulled to the beach and not out to the ocean
- If a wave is too big and you are riding towards it, turn around
- If the waves are too big, body drag through them and start riding outside the wave break, come back in with a wave or between two
Here is a great article by world champion wave kite surfer Jalou Langeree demonstrating how to crash in waves, read it here.