How to Kitesurf: Trainer Kite Tutorial

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this video revises trainer kite basics

and the principle behind the wind window

read the description below setup in a

flat open area with no hazards or wind

blocks work out which way the wind is

blowing then hold the kite on your

downwind side unroll your kite tucking

it upwind side into the ground once your

kite is secured check the bridles are

not tangled

now grab your bar and I'll roll your

lines heading upwind from the kite note

this is only for trainer kites in light

wind place the bar we've read on the

left and walk in between the lines to


connect the lines using a larks head

knot like so

the small trainer kite is launched

downwind of the pilot again this is only

acceptable for small kites and light

winds tickle the bar to gradually fill

the kite with air when the kite is ready

pull and it will launch the wind window

is the space in which your kite can fly

it is always on the downwind side of the

pilot firstly we use clock numbers to

describe the angle of the kite on the

left of the pilot we have nine o'clock a

ground level then 10 and 11 in the

center we have 12 o'clock and then on

the right we have one two and finally

three o'clock on the ground next you can

see that the space immediately downwind

of the pilot is colored orange and then

red these are the areas of higher power

the further down wind the kite flies the

stronger the pool if we look at this

from the side these power zones should

be common sense a kite sitting in green

is almost parallel to the wind and will

not deflect much air a kite sitting in

orange deflects the little more air and

pulls harder a kite in red the Flex a

large amount of air and pulls very hard

at first you're just trying to keep the

kite near 12 and in the green zone to

keep the kite in green steer gently and

for very short periods if you need to

steer right briefly pull in your right

arm if you need to steer left briefly

pull in your left always straighten both

arms after steering to keep the kite

under control and this is a very

important habit as well

once you're controlled is better move

your kite to 1030 if you use small

steering movements the kite should move

slowly and stay in low power try keeping

the kite parked at 10:30 then try the

same on the right parking the kite at

1:30 this mimics the kite position

during body dragging

next try keeping the kite at 12 o'clock

one-handed hold the middle of the bar

with one hand to steer this skill will

help later when you need a spare hand

for the board once you can keep the

kiting green and under control you can

experiment with the orange and red power

zones move the kite back and forth

between eleven and one using small

steering movements gradually start

steering harder pull the left or right

of the bar closer to your body to steer

faster as the kite turns faster it will

start reaching the higher power zones as

shown here this drill helps you get a

feel for where the kite is most powerful

although it is not a maneuver you often

use while kite surfing the power dive is

a more useful drill as you can control

the direction of the pull you can do a

power dive to the left or to the right a

power dive pinning left is where you

start around 12 dive your kite left

before slowly returning to 12 to cut the

power a power dive pulling right starts

around 12 and dives right before turning

the kite slowly back to 12 as well as

direction you can control the strength

of a power dive the more aggressively

you steer the further the kite will drop

towards the red in this first example

the kite is did with small arm movements

and stays in green in this next example

the pilot pulls their left hand further

the kite turns faster briefly reaches


in this next example the pilot pulls

their arm in aggressively and the kite

gets near to red generating much more

pull you should start with weak power

dives and build up this is a very useful

drill as it's a model of how you fly the

kite when starting to ride on your board

you should be able to do weak medium and

strong dives easily without crashing

your kite your kites are steadily

returned to twelve to cut the power once

you're more confident you can try

chaining several power dice together to

keep the pull of the kite going there

are various safety systems on trainer

kites but they all work on the same

principle of just pulling one line and

letting the other lines go slack in this

example as you let go of the bar the

left line goes slack leaving just the

right line pulling on the kite which

makes it flag out flapping in line with

the wind before dropping to the ground

you can land your kite this way or by

steering quite slowly down to the ground

at nine o'clock or down to the ground

free o'clock and allowing a friend to

catch the kite