After completing a kitesurfing course it's time to go on your own. To minimize the risks remember:
- Make sure the tide is in the line item for your level. The high tide hides the dangers of the beach and totally limits your "practice field".
- Make sure the wind is right intensity for your level and / or size of kite and wind gusts are not very strong in strength and duration...
Strong wind = too much power... dangerous!!
Light wind = kite does not fly properly and tend to fall down.
Very gusty wind = kite can not absorb the ups and downs of wind strength.
Be sure to properly place you on the beach avoiding:
- Invading school zones.
- Install and detach the kite around physical obstacles.
- Install and detach the kite in areas of "dead wind".
- Be sure to spread your lines against the wind direction and separate walk in favor of it.
- Warm color (red)... left.
- Cool (blue, green, etc.)... right.
- Be sure to properly inflate your kite. A low inflation will clearly affect the fly and relaunch of your kite.
Before giving the OK for your partner to lift the kite, make sure:
- You've attached the safety leash where it belongs in the control bar.
- You know how works safety release mechanism (quick release) of the chicken loop and that is not clogged with sand.
- The chicken loop are set correctly.
- Lines connected properly... interior... to leading edge and... exterior to trailing edge.
- The kite is in place (on your right or left at an angle of 90 degrees to the wind direction), and that is powerful enough to answer the steering orders.
- Make sure when you go in to the water to do your exercises you do not stop other practitioners who are in the water before you.
- Be sure to start exercises at the height of the first bunker and tries to leave the water before passing the second bunker (this is only applicable in Medano Beach for safety reasons).
- Remember that you move your kite in the sky using the steering... not the power.
Use the "Quick release" in the following cases:
- If you roll on with another kitesurfer.
- If you lost your kite control and someone gets caught between your lines.
- If the kite begins to make kiteloops unexpectedly.
- If you lose control of your kite and it pulls you sharply.
- If you are in the water and can´t relaunch your kite to the air and need to go swimming back to shore.
Courage and remember that apart from knowledge acquired in the course, is vital to use common sense and respect other users of the beach!!