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Launching and Landing the Kite

Launching and Landing the Kite

When you launch the kite be careful to set it at around 90 degrees to the wind angle, positioned on the edge of the wind window. The person helping you with the launch should keep the kite in an upright position and wait for you to signal him to release the kite.

Don’t throw the kite into the air. Instead make sure it flies forward straight from your hand. Do not release the kite until the canopy is filled up with the wind. To achieve the correct launching angle move the kite a bit in the wind window.

After the launch, keep the kite low over the water. Don’t place the kite over your head to avoid unwanted lifts. Make sure not to launch the kite from directly downwind to avoid getting dragged and injured. 

Use the same technique when you are launching from any place, including tight spots with difficult launching potential.
Once you master the basic kiteboarding techniques you can try to launch the kite alone. To do that fold one tip of the kite and put some sand on it to keep it in place. Than go quickly towards the control bar and pull on the lines after you are sure you have the correct launch angle. The kite will release the sand and launch.

When you are done with your kiting session you must land the kite. Make sure that when you return to shore there is someone there ready to grab the kite and secure it. The person helping you lo land the kite can grab it and hold it until you reach it or lay it down on the beach and pour some sand to keep it in place.
Make sure that whoever holds the kite is grabbing it by the leading edge and not by the lines.

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