Jo from England had already some experience with kiteboarding before she took a Thailand Kitesurf Lessons with us here at Kiteflip. Her goal was to finally make those first rides on the water so she could call herself an independent kiteboarder. Luckily for her we have very flat water here on Koh Phangan so this would make it more easy. We could also profit from a stable morning breeze so the conditions were ideal for her to improve her kiteboarding skills and go to the next level. When she finally made those first meters on the water she was very stoked and i was off course a happy instructor. Well done Jo!
For some people the ‘waterstart’ is the most difficult part of the whole course. This is because here everything comes together and you suddenly have to be able to control the kite while you are riding with the board. This is why it is good to use a big board (also called a door) to begin with. This will give much more stability and makes it easier to ride.
When we are going to begin with the ‘waterstart’ we have to focus on 3 things, the board, the body and the kite. When you will take Thailand Kitesurf Lessons at Kiteflip you will get a better insight in all of these things. Here i will explain each aspect from a perspective of a rider that goes to the left (left foot forward).
When you are going to put on the board you hold the handle with your right hand, you hold the bar with the left hand (hand close to the middle of the bar) and keep the kite at 12-12.30. You sit down in the water and focus on sticking your feet into the bindings while holding the kite in this fixed position. Once the board is on you face the front of the board slightly downwind and point it upwards. Your back leg is bend a lot and your front leg is more stretched. It’s important you put pressure on your heels and the back foot.
Another Happy Customer – Thailand Kitesurf Lessons by KiteFlip