9781408192030

The Kiteboarding Manual The essential guide for beginners and improvers

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  • ISBN13:

    9781408192030

  • ISBN10:

    1408192039

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/9/2015
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles

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Summary

A complete practical guide to kiteboarding for beginners and improvers, The Kiteboarding Manual will get you started with the kite and take you through to flying it on the water, jumping, and racing.

Contents include:

How a kite flies and basic weather principles
Background on tides and currents, waves, wind vs. tide
Getting started on land--LEI rigging, assembly, launching and flying, body dragging
Board skills--turns, stopping, rules of the road
Going upwind, riding toeside, turning and transitions
Going fast, riding waves
Tacking and gybing
Self and dual launching and landing
Selecting the right kit and tuning it
Kiteboarding disciplines, improving performance, and competitions
Becoming an instructor

With photos and diagrams illustrating the theory and how it works in practice, this is an invaluable manual for all kiteboarders, whether starting out or looking to improve their skills, and maybe competing.

Author Biography

Andy Gratwick is the ISAF technical expert for kiteboarding and director of the ISAF training scheme. He's a BKSA kitesurf, landboard, powerkite, and snowkite examiner; RYA Yachtmaster; and powerboat instructor.

Table of Contents

PART 1 NEED TO KNOW

Chapter 1: The sport: A brief history
The early years
Kites on snow
The sport moves to water
Kiteboarding goes mainstream
Where it is now
Looking forwards

Chapter 2: Air
How a kite flies
Drag
Lift
Angle of attack
Steering
Where a kite flies (the wind window)
The 'static' wind window
The 'dynamic' wind window
Where wind comes from
Low-pressure systems
High-pressure systems
Clouds
Storms, hurricanes and cyclones
Sea and land breezes
Trade winds
Atlantic Ocean
Pacific Ocean
Indian Ocean
Airflow and local wind phenomena
Laminar flow
Turbulent flow

Chapter 3: Water
Tides and currents
Formulation
Spring and neap tides
Rips and currents
Effects of tides on kiteboarders
Water states: making waves
The seas, oceans, rivers and lakes
Time on the water


Part 2 THE JOURNEY: BECOMING A KITEBOARDER

Chapter 4: Getting started
Start with yourself health, safety and attitude
Common questions

Chapter 5: The kite
Basic powerkite-flying on land
LEI Rigging and assembly
Pre-flight checks
Launching an LEI kite
Landing an LEI kite
Body-dragging
Power: downwind figure-of-eight body-dragging
Direction: crosswind body-dragging
Retrieving the board: body-dragging with/back to
the board
Balance (stability and control): the balance-drag
Relaunching a kite
Hybrid 4-line kites
5-line kites: 5th-line relaunch

Chapter 6: The board
How the board works
Getting the board on
Standing up
The first runs
Stopping and basic turning
Stopping
Turning (the sitting gybe)
Avoiding accidents
Rules of the Road
Common-sense rules
Structured rules
Communications and signals
Launching
Abort launch/do not launch
Landing
Eject/release the safety
Help/distress
Go right /go left
Kite to 12 o'clock
Come to me

Chapter 7: Safety, breakages and self-rescues
Site and risk assessment
Equipment failure
Safety pack-down
Sailing in
Deep-water pack-up
Packing up in emergencies
Maintenance and repairs
Repairing a kite tube
Repairing a canopy tear
Repairing a board

Chapter 8: Advanced techniques
Self-launching and landing
Self-launching a hybrid and C-kite
Self-launching a bow kite
Self-landing
Dual launching and landing
The beach-start
Setting it up
The go
Coming in with style
Setting it up
The go
Kiting with boat support

Chapter 9: Points of sailing
Beam reach
Broad reach
Dead run
Close-hauled/close reach
Apparent wind

Chapter 10: Going upwind
The kite
The board
The rider
Riding toeside
Turning and transitions
Heel-to-toeside carve
Toe-to-heelside carve
Jump transition
The BLT
Handplant BLT
Front loop transition
Backloop-kiteloop transition

Chapter 11: Going fast, high and loose
The chop hop
Sending the kite
The take-off
Airtime
The landing
Looping yourself
Looping the kite
Gybing
Tacking
The bottom turn and waveriding

Chapter 12: Equipment
Manufacturing
Knowing what's right for you
Types of kite
Frame kites
Foil kites
LEI/tube kites
Aspect ratio
C-kites
Bow kites
Hybrid kites
Boards
Twin-tips
Directionals
Bars
Lines
Chicken loop
Trimline
Safety leash
4- and 5-line bars
Software
Wetsuits
Rash vests
Harnesses
Helmets
Buoyancy aids and impact jackets
Buying your own equipment
Transporting kit

Part 3: THE FUTURE

Chapter 13: Kiteboarding disciplines
Kiting on land
Kite buggying
Mountain boarding
Snowkiting
Speed kiting on land
Freestyle
Wakestyle
Waveriding
Racing
Border cross
Long-distance racing

Hydrofoiling
Speed kiting

Chapter 14: Competitions
Tour circuits
PKRA
KSP
KTE
KTA
The Triple-S Invitational
The IKA World Tour
Freestyle competitions
Waveriding competitions

Chapter 15: Governance
ISAF
IKA
BKSA
IKO
National structures

Chapter 16: Taking it to a new level
Becoming an instructor
Improving your performance, advanced coaching and
competing
The industry
The future is bright

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