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Kiteboarding Camp- Self Landing

kiteboarding_self_landFour methods for self-landing your kite.

Author: Matt and Keegan Myers
Published: Oct/Nov 2005 issue of Kiteboarding Magazine, www.kiteboardingmag.com

Once you hit the water sometimes it is hard to get off; you get so stoked that you don’t realize all your riding buddies and even your girlfriend/boyfriend left without you.  At this point you’re forced to come in due to the wind dying or the sun setting. It is important for you to understand the proper way to land yourself safely when there are no experienced kiters there to assist you.  Here we walk you through some of the safest ways to get yourself off of the water when you’re stuck alone.

Land and Pull
Use It When: The winds are light to prevent your lines from becoming tangled.
Method:
1. While in the water, unhook and bring your kite 10 feet over land.
2. Aggressively steer your kite and crash it leading edge down onto land.
3. Carefully pull your upwind, outside line in to position kite leading edge into the wind.  This is the critical part.
4. Grab your bar and walk to your kite.
5. Secure your kite and wrap your lines.
And Remember: Try and land your kite in a wind shadow, and make sure the ground will not damage your kite from the impact.  Also be very careful when pulling on your kite line; never wrap your line around your hand or arm.

Land and Release
Use It When: You’re in a spot with no beach or landing zone, and in higher winds.
Method:
1. Standing on or near shore, unhook and bring your kite 10 feet over the water.
2. Crash your kite leading edge down into the water.
3. Let go of your bar to activate your re-ride safety system.  Prepare for your kite to roll across the wind window.
4. Pull your leashed line in until you reach your kite.
5. Secure your kite and bar, and wrap your lines.
And Remember: Ensure a clear drop zone as your kite may roll across the wind window as you pull it in.

Overhead Release
Use It When: You’re in shallow water or in an emergency situation.
Method:
1. While in the water, unhook and bring your kite to the neutral position.
2. Let go of your bar to activate the re-ride safety system.
3. When the kite crashes in the water, pull in on your leashed line until you reach your kite.
4. Secure the kite and bar, and wrap your lines.
And Remember: Ensure a clear drop zone and prepare for you kite to “flag” in the wind.

5th Line Release
Use It When: You’re equipped with a fifth line. This release method can be used as a safe way to land your kite.
Method:
1. While in the water, unhook and bring your kite to the neutral position.
2. Let go of your bar to activate your fifth line safety system.
3. When your kite crashes, pull in your fifth line until you reach your kite.
4. Secure your kite and bar, and wrap your lines.
And Remember: Don’t worry about line tangles with a fifth line and on occasion expect your kite to land perfectly aligned leading edge into the wind.

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