Kitesurfing self-rescue technique

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This technique should be one of the main things they have to teach you when you start kitesurfing, especially because it is a method that can save your life.

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Next, we will explain the fundamental steps to make it clear how to do it, but before we have to take into account several factors that can help or harm us, such as: that the wind has suddenly stopped or increased rapidly, a problem with the equipment (for example a broken line), a sudden injury or pain and of course, as advice in no case to sail alone, lose calm and get nervous as this will seriously increase the problem we were having at that moment.

Of course, as a piece of advice, in no case should we sail alone, lose our calm and get nervous, as this will seriously increase the problem we are having at that very moment.

Step by step

Firstly, we have to release the bar and unhook the kite by means of the quick release of the Chicken Loop, in this way the kite will go down quickly to the water where we will have it somewhat more controlled.

Secondly, we should fix the safety line to the bar so that the kite can not rise and take power again. To do this we take the leash and the safety line and pull until the bar is close to us, once we reach the top of this line we will have to tie a knot so that it does not stretch again. When winding and sliding the ropes in the water it is very important to be very careful with the hands and arms and therefore, it is necessary that the leash and the lines are taken from above and are by some of the sides of our body.

We cannot forget that we are carrying a board and for this, we have to unhook the leash from the line and pass it either through the footstraps or through the handle and reattach them. If, on the other hand, this could be a problem for us, the best thing to do would be to leave the board and let another rider or when we are safe go to retrieve it.

Thirdly, and one of the most important steps because of the danger of the lines, is to wind them up and secure them correctly to the bar. To bundle the lines without being a problem for us it is best to do it in the shape of 8 around the bar and so we will be approaching the kite towards us while we have controlled the lines. Once we are about two meters away from the kite, we will fix the lines to the bar again but now we have to let go of the bar and pull from one of the lines until we can reach the kite and use it to control the kite.
The kite and use it as a buoyancy mechanism. So it will attract riders in the area and they will soon help us with our problem.

Fourth, we have two options: either the kite is upside down and we don’t have to turn it upside down to get on it, or we have to put it in the self-righting position.

In this case, we start by putting one of our hands on the back side of the kite’s rib and levering the other hand through the leading edge to bend the other end of the kite until it reaches the other hand.

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The last step

Finally, once in this position, we use the kite as if it were a sail and we let ourselves be carried until we approach the shore or a rescue boat, this maneuver is important to perform as long as the wind can move us to the shore, otherwise the only thing we can do in this situation would be to use the kite as if it were a float.

We advise you to always have a rescue voucher so that whenever you go kitesurfing you can be sure that in case of any accident a boat will help you to pick up your equipment.

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