FKA Kiteboarding Forums  

Go Back   FKA Kiteboarding Forums > MAIN FORUM > ** KITER BUZZ **
Connect with Facebook
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-24-2007, 11:30 AM
scottearnest's Avatar
scottearnest scottearnest is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3
Question Self-rescue

I recently read Renee Hanks's article in SBC Kiteboard and found it very good:

However I was curious about the statement that bow (flat) kites were not covered in the article. I first learned on a C and was taught self-rescue on them. Later when I purchased a flat kite, I never considered what the differences might be for self-rescue. Any insight on this issue would be much appreciated.

Also I have been wondering about assisted rescue. If someone else is in trouble on the water and you are riding, what should you do depending on the circumstances? Go to the rider or the kite? Something else? I'm sure that the actions would greatly depend on the various situations that would arise.

Thanks in advance for any comments people may have.
Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2007, 01:02 PM
kite-4-life's Avatar
kite-4-life kite-4-life is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 195

Self rescue is something rarely practiced and often left out of the lesson plan by many instructors. Light wind days are good to practice this before your life depends on it.
The proper technique for a Bow/SLE : instead of grabbing the upper wingtip, you hold the bridle where your front line attaches, and on lower end at wingtip/1st strut area.(lay your board here on 1st strut) Ultra light wind requires "flying" the kite by repeatedly pulling on the top bridle to create "apparent wind", and lower hand positioning may need to be adjusted to maximize efficiency.

Another technique for no wind/OFFSHORE wind:
Flip kite so wingtips are in the air and lay on the center strut with leading edge on your waist and upper body overhanging LE. From this position it is relatively easy to "swim" back to your board and then to shore safely.

Recover a runaway kite:
Do NOT attemt this unless you are an ADVANCED kiter. A kite is never worth an injury, period. If recovery is an option the kite must be approached from upwind, flipped over and carried back to shore. (This is VERY dangerous) A much better option is to pull the deflate valve and roll it up or drag it back to shore.

Steve Sadler (813)389-3683
IKO Level 2 Instructor
Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-2008, 09:06 PM
scottearnest's Avatar
scottearnest scottearnest is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3

Thanks for the info Steve!

I did find this article - not sure why I was not able to locate it on the forum before I made my post:

Also here are a couple of other links I found on the subject:

Happy and safe kiting for all in the New Year!
Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2008, 05:08 AM
jim jim is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: sarasota
Posts: 147

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:10 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions Inc.

Do not advertise outside of [COM] Forums.
Do not show disrespect for others in your postings.
Users can be denied access to this Site without warning.
FKA, Inc., it’s officers and moderators are not responsible
for the content of the postings and any links or pictures posted.

Report Problems by PM to “administrator” or via email to

Copyright FKA, Inc. 2004, All Rights Reserved.