How to Practice with Your Trainer Kite

Kite Power Needed for Varying Wind Conditions

Kite Power Needed for Varying Wind Conditions

Your first step to learning to kiteboard should be to fly a trainer kite. I am glad that you are taking this first step with a trainer kite, but you need to do more than just simply fly the kite.

Flying the trainer kite until your movements are smooth and consistent everytime will really help you to build fundamentals. Mistakes on trainer kites carry very little consequences. Mistakes on big kiteboarding kites can carry very large consequences.

Once you can fly the kite effortlessly, you need to practice these specific exercises.

Power Strokes – Click on the smaller picture above.
You should practice different “Power Strokes” which emulate the kite movement to execute the perfect waterstart.

Practice diving the kite in the following patterns to understand how to deliver low kite power, medium kite power, and high kite power.

Imagine the edge of the wind window like the face of a clock with 12:00 directly overhead and 3:00 off to your right(halfway between the ground and the 12:00 position.

Low kite power – 12:00-3:00 Medium kite power 11:00-4:00 High kite power 10:00-5:00

Next, try this while sitting down on your butt with your legs in front of you as if you are in a kiteboard. Practice the dives of the kite and see how the power changes. This is a simulated water start, find the right amount of power needed for the kite to pick you up. These dives will drastically change as the wind speed changes.

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