Red Bull King of the Air 2016 (KOTA)
Red Bull King of the Air 2016
Check out the highlights of KOTA 2016 in this amazing video:
The Red Bull king of the Air 2016 has started yesterday 3 February 2016. Which rider will surprise us this year? Will there be another record breaking kite jump? Don’t hesitate and follow the action with this livestream:
Red Bull KOTA 2015
Will Aaron Hadlow win again like he did last year? Interested in the jumps and insane tricks of the Redbull KOTA 2015, check out this movie:
Kitesurfing in light gusty winds ‘guide’
Do you get frustrated when you are kitesurfing in light gusty winds?
Tthis page will tell you how to deal with kitesurfing in light gusty winds. If you don’t know the small tricks, it can be really annoying since you won’t stay up wind in light gusty winds.
How to prevent going downwind
If you want to keep your next session fun and useful, try this:
1. Read the wind for its gusts and holes. In many cases the gusts will appear on the same locations. This can be because of tall buildings or trees far upwind of your position. Use these ‘standard’ gusts to go upwind and prevent yourself from struggling in a hole where there is no wind. As soon as you know where the gusts are, this will help you to boost your jumping big time!
2. Constantly check the direction of your riding. Gusty winds tend to change their directions all the time, because of obstacles and or the change of weather which happens constantly. The changing directions can work eather positive or negative on your upwind riding. Choose to ride over that side or shoulder which works positive on your upwind riding. Aim for a specific point in the distance. Once you know how the wind behaves, you can create your own reference point. If you are unable to kite towards your reference point, you need to switch the side of riding.
3. Take a break in the water when the wind is really light. If you have the luxury to stand in the water, than stop and stand still. This will prevent you from going downwind for no reason. There is no fun in riding without wind, so why should you continue? Keep your kite up at all times. As soon as the wind picks up, jump on your board and continue riding!
Have fun kitesurfing! Bored on you local spot? Check out the Active Travelmap to find your new homespot!
How to launch a kite?
Do you know how to launch a kite?
Active Travelmap will give you a quick guide on kite launching. Always make sure that you take lessons before you start with the sport of kitesurfing. This page is just refresh your skills on how to launch a kite!
How to launch a kite guide
The technique of launching a kite can be divided in different steps. The steps are show on the photo below and written down below:
- Make sure your kitebar is in the basic position, with the left side of the bar (red side) on the left side.
In the photo the lady is pulling on the right side of the bar, so the right line is on top. The kite will slowly slide to the edge of the windwindow.
- While pulling softly on the right side of the bar, the kite will move to the left edge of the windwindow. The reason you do this, is to get the kite out of the powerzone. The powerzone has the most power right in front of you on 6 o’clock, so we want to prevent the kite from pulling us after launching it.
- Try to turn your kite to an upward position by pulling a bit more. Make sure you do this when the kite is at the edge of the windwindow. Do not tangle the lines around your fingers! Depending on the windspeed, the powerzone will be bigger or smaller. The more wind, the easier it is to launch your kite. If there is less wind, it might help to launch your kite a bit more towards the powerzone.
- Slowly launch the kite and reach out for the bar. For some kites it can be helpful to start with one or two hands on the bar when launching.
- When your kite is up, steer the kite along the edge of the windwindow to twelve o’clock.
Ofcourse this was about launching a kite when you are already on the water. Interested in how to launch a kite when you are still on the land? Check out the video below or read more on the website of Surfertoday.
Practice safe and have fun learning!