Kayak Kites for Kite Boating
Sailing in its newest and most fun form: Kayak kite sailing. Anybody who loves the sun, sand and is
looking to have some real good fun is sure to hit the beaches has thought about attacking kite kite to their kayak.
Now, it gets even better! Because there’s all new Kayak kite sailing which is one of the most popular
water plus adventure sports, and there are hardly any who would shy away from sailing a
The best thing about kayak sailing is the fact that it can be customized according to the
user’s convenience, and also can be sailed even when you happen to be tired, isn’t that
great? Especially since a lot of people have a tight schedule to ‘cover’ all the well-known
tourist spots. A kayak is meant for a single person and has a sort of a sail added to it,
which is a fast catching trend these days. It is not meant for the faint hearted, because
most often you tend to get the best out of kayak sailing only when you sail in strong
winds that blow at 15 knots or more! So, its better if you already have prior experience
at least in the usual sailing ways or you should have an adventurous nature if you want to
experiment with kayak and kites!
Using a Power Kite for Kayaking
Kayak kites are usually found along with the sit-on-tops kind of kayaks, they are well
suited for kayak sailing and have the advantage being highly stable i.e. they do not
capsize in the midst of waters when there’s a sudden gust of wind. The spinnaker type of
sail is known to be best for beginners since it has good safety features, when compared
to advanced versions. The foredeck of your kayak is probably the most suitable place to
fix your kayak sail. Another good thing about a spinnaker sail is the fact that no drilling
or mounting is necessary in order to fix the kayak sail on the deck. What’s even better is
that these sails come with a mount clip that is universal to all the decks, and are easy to
adjust and attach and they’re secure as well. A rudder attached to your kayak makes sense
because it allows you to change course whenever you want, so that you don’t always
head straight down wind. There are chances for you to bump in to someone else, so it is
in fact safer to attach a rudder.
Types of Power Kites for Kayaks
Some of the important equipment you might want to include in your kayak kite sailing
kit should be: a paddle, a sea anchor or a drogue, a kite or a sail, a rudder for better
sailing. Most of the above-mentioned are to be attached to the deck or the cockpit of your
kayak. And the usual kayak sail kit with all the components will weigh around 20 to 25
pounds, which isn’t all that heavy because of which you will also find it easier to transfer
it from one boat to another.
It is important you choose your equipments right, in order to have a safe ride. Before you
start out on your ride, there are couple of things you have to keep in mind. For instance,
the first step would be to test your sea anchor or drogue system, make sure it has enough
force to halt your kayak when used. I.e. your kite kayak should stop drifting once the drogue
is deployed and also make sure your kayak has bow and stern lines. Bowline should be
clipped on to the front handle and into the cockpit where it can be easily reached and the stern line must be clipped to gunwale, where again it can be easily reached.
The Drogue system is essential for deployment of the kite, and for your safety as well.
The kayak will get pulled along side the direction of the wind by the kite, if a drogue
system is not used. The probability of you falling in to the surrounding water is quite
high, when you fail to use a drogue. You may retrieve the drogue after the kite is
launched, and the kayak will sail. Keep the drogue in an easy position so that it deploys if
at all you fall overboard.
There are several kinds of kayaks you can choose from depending on the purpose of
your use. There are some meant for purely recreational purposes (just to laze around
and have in the water while you sun bathe!), then there are kayaks meant for sprint/
racing, expeditions, whitewater, surfing, touring, day tripping and so on. There are even
sub classifications to the above-mentioned types of kayak, so that you may use a kayak
specific to your usage and convenience.
The material out of which your kite kayak is made is also important. That depends on the
turbidity of water you venture in to and also again your requirements. Make sure you
discuss your ride’s route with a some local who knows the waters better than you do,
read up safety tips and others’ experiences from online and prepare yourself mentally
before you start out. Though your sole intention may be to simply try out something
new and have fun, it is always better to stay prepared and be able to face any unforeseen
challenges the wind or water may present to you.
Once you are ready to ride. Go out in the open water, choose the pre-planned path and
paddle out steadily, then let your kayak catch up with the wind and set sail. Do not be
in a hurry to start off, and it is better if you don’t venture out when you are emotionally
preoccupied. You’ve got to pay full attention as long as you are in the water and until you
safely get back. If the winds are too strong, do not panic but calmly deploy your drogue
and stay put. Go on and enjoy sailing your way!