How do you handle “kitemares”?
“WHAT DOES I DO NOW !?” It’s a question that every kitesurf will most likely be asking himself. If you do not know what to do when you get into a tricky situation is less good … an incorrect choice or just a few seconds hesitation can lead to damage not only on your kite but also yourself and others.
As a kitesurf, you should be mentally prepared for how to act in different situations even before they really happen. Always be ready to activate the security system and try to do this, so you know exactly what to expect while driving the Quick Release (QR). Here are four of the most common difficult situations. How do you react and what can you do to avoid the situation? With caution and common sense, most potential dangers of kite surfing and so forth Kitemares are avoided, but you should always be prepared when things go wrong.
The kite goes down in a burn
If your kite goes down in a fire, do all you can to get the kite back in the air before the next wave comes. If your kite is overshadowed by a large scale, there is a high risk of injury if you do not have what to do.
Immediately after the kite hits the water, you work hard to get it back in the air.
If the kite is still in the water when the next wave comes, you must consider whether to let go of the kite or not. However, this should not be done if there are any persons below you in the direction of the wind or if you are close to a road. If you kite outside a packed beach, do the best to hold on to the kite and pray for a prayer.
If it is safe to drop the kite then pull out of the boom and push your safety release so that you are completely disconnected from the kite. Swim in to the beach as fast as you can, with some luck you can catch the kite before it even reaches the beach.
If you can not let your kite out, flag it on a rope either by hooking out the boom and grabbing “Oh Shit Handle” or turning on QR if it works on a rope. Make sure you swim away from the ropes so as not to trample and then swim in the direction of the waves. It is important that the kite flags on only one rope so that the kite has the least possible moves, hopefully enough enough to not be hurt.
HOW TO AVOID THIS PROBLEM?
Clean crash avoids the kite getting into the water by keeping it flying in the air all the time. But if you practice on different tricks, it’s easy that the kite ends up in the water. Practice relaunch until it is in the spinal cord, the faster you can get the kitten as it goes into the water, the less trouble you kite in waves.
COLLIDE WITH ANOTHER KITE
As more and more people start kitesurfing, our kitespots become increasingly crowded. How careful everybody is, more guitars in the water will lead to more upset kits. If you are kidding your kite into someone else’s kite, keep calm and imagine some way of solving the situation.
As soon as you messed up with another guitar you should hook your leash and be prepared to release the kitten completely.
If both kites still fly, place them low above the water. With some luck you can fly your kite out of the trash if you communicate with the other guitar.
If any of the kits become uncontrollable, both kits must be released. However, danger arises if only one party releases its kite. If you release your kite and the boom is stuck in the other kit’s ropes, the other guitar will be paired with two uncontrollable kits. If you think your kite has to be released try to do this at the same time as the other guitar drops his kite, or signal this to you to let go of your kite so that he / she can prepare for the worst.
HOW TO AVOID THIS PROBLEM?
This situation is easily avoided if you only pay attention to what is happening around you. Take care of before making a trick or change direction and be careful not to distance yourself from other guitars, especially beginners.
As you know, the wind is never completely reliable. Any day during a session, the wind can dramatically change direction, rapidly increase in strength or disappear completely. Wind changes can happen quickly, but often you can see signs of when the wind is about to change the character.
- At the first sign of weather change, surf inland and take down the kite. These signs include dark clouds approaching, winds that get very hot and / or changing, a sudden temperature change (for example, a city wind that feels much warmer or colder than normal or a fast-moving wind line.
- If you are overwhelmed by a stronger wind then you should first go to the depower and head back to land. If there are other guitars on land, then signal and call their attention. Make the sign to land the kite so that they know you want to land the kite. That way, you have someone on land ready to catch your kite as soon as it’s over land. Surf slowly towards land with the kitten low until someone caught it.
- If there is no one who can catch your kite, place yourself at a distance from the country and activate the safety system. Your kite will drop the power and land in the water, where you can swim or go to land. One should avoid flying an “overpowered” kite on land.
- If you are out on the water when the wind is suddenly moaning, take the board and “bodydraga” back to land. Take as close land as possible before the wind dies completely. If there is no wind left to keep the kite in the air, simply do a self-rescue and swim in to land with the kite.
HOW TO AVOID THIS PROBLEM?
Be sure to check the local weather forecast before you get into the water so you know if weather changes are to wait. Always be alert to weather changes and do not challenge fate by staying in the water if you see clear signs of weather conditions.
BRIDLE AND LINE TRASSEL
If the kit’s bridles or ropes stick around any part of the kite, you will not be able to control it. The kite usually starts to run no matter what you do with the boom.
If you have open water downwind, then hang on a ride. In most cases the kite crashes into the water after a number of loops. With the kitten in the water you can hopefully get rid of the rope or the bridle by pulling the rope as jammed. Even though you have open water below you, you should prepare to immediately activate the security system if the situation becomes unmanageable.
If you do not have open water below you, immediately activate the safety system. This causes the kite to lose power and crash in the water. In this mode, you can often get rid of the wire jammed by pulling it.
Trash can occur in all situations when the kite crashes in the water, but even when launching the kite itself. Always be ready to activate the security system if you launch the kite yourself, unless the kite becomes uncontrollable.
Always carry “line-cutter”, ie a small knife you carry in the harness, so that you can cut loose lines in an emergency. Make sure the blade is sharp and that it is seated after each session.
HOW TO AVOID THIS PROBLEM?
When launching the kitten yourself always double-check that the ropes are where they are going and there is no risk of getting caught on any object when launching the kite. It may happen that the ropes or the cord will collapse if you crash the kite in the water with slack in the ropes. So make sure there is no hassle anywhere before relaunching the kite.
THE KITE FALLS DOWN FROM SKY
What is falling from the sky may be some of you. That the kite falls down from the sky occurs extremely rarely under stable wind conditions and when you kittle calmly and controlled. There are two reasons why the kite drops down from the sky. One reason is that there is a sudden wind shut, that is, the wind suddenly dies. Without wind, the kite can not stand up and it triggers down to the water. The biggest risk of this is if you have the kitten in the zenith right above the head, where the kitten is more sensitive to wind shutters. The occurrence of wind gaps that causes the kite to roll down is the greatest when the wind is weak, as the consequences rarely become serious.
The other reason that the kite falls down is that you have come too close to the kitten, causing the ropes to start slacking. This can happen if you jump or make a trick while losing control of the kite. For example, if you jumping and landing at high speed downwind while kidding behind / above you instead of front, there is a great risk that the ropes of the kite start slacking.
The difficulty with a kite falling down from the sky is that there is a high risk that the kite will invert, that the ropes / bridles stick around the kite and, worst of all, you risk being trapped in the ropes. Then it’s the case that the ropes of the kit do not stay relaxed … if the kit’s ropes are stretched while the kite drops straight through the powerzone, then we have a situation that can be quite unpleasant. What can happen is that the kitten drives you away like a habit. If you have managed to get a rope around your wrist, thumb, throat or the like, you can figure out what can happen. Lines and pulleys are exposed to shock at a time, which may not be the case. The fact that a line breaks, instead of breaking your back, is certainly preferable, but at the same time we get a new job situation with an uncontrollable kite that is also not so fun.
If the kite falls down from the sky, it is important to act quickly! If you are lucky, the wind will catch the kite and stretch the ropes without anything else that you get ready for a little jerk. But in all modes, it is best to get the lines as quickly as possible to avoid unpleasant consequences. What to do is the following:
1. Cut off the board. Do you have time and sense of mind, you can think of throwing it aside if the kite falls into the water, we do not want any lina to stick around the board.
2. Get away from the kite! Jump or swim as fast as you can! At all costs, it is necessary to extend the lines again. Of course, it is important at higher wind speeds. Even if you do not manage to stretch the ropes completely before the kite is captured by the wind, you have reduced the risk of bridles / lintrassel, invertions, shock loads and so on.
3. If you do not succeed in stretching the lines and fearing things can get nasty, get ready to trigger Quick Release and look for God’s sake that you have no lina around your neck!
HOW TO AVOID THIS PROBLEM?
In the windy weather where the wind comes and goes, avoid placing the kite in zenit. Does the kitten fall down when you have it at 10 o’clock? 10 or at. 2 there is no reason for any major concern. In addition, the kite is not as sensitive to wind shutters as you have it placed further down the window.
If you jump and have you in the water do not overestimate your ability and take a little extra to keep track of the kite. Knowing that it’s not always easy to hold back when you’re up and running, but you’re mentally prepared for the worst 🙂
The idea of this little guide about “kitemares” is not to scare you out of the water, but only draw your attention to the risks of kite surfing. Kita only with common sense, there is nothing to worry about! 🙂