In this article, the Stoke Coach takes us through the process of self-landing your kite.
We’ve all pretty much been there at some point; just had an epic session kitesurfing and you come into the beach and you find there is nobody around to land your kite and you think ‘oh s**t; now what to do!?’
Self-landing and self-launching in kitesurfing are both definitely very handy skills to have, and if done correctly, it can be a pretty safe manoeuvre; providing it’s not blowing 40 knots that is!
Our Head Instructor Ben Strowger aka The Stoke Coach has put together a short tutorial showing you the best and safest way how to self-land. Check it out!
- As the Stoke Coach highlights, think about where you will be landing your kite before you have even launched. The beach could be small. Ask yourself: Is there only one direction that you can land? Is there any reef, rocks, or obstacles around? Which way is the wind blowing? Think about all of these things before you even hit the water.
- Practice, practice, practice! On those super-light wind days when there is not much else you can do, practice your self-landing skills. You’ll be a pro in no time!
- Last but not least, if there is actually somebody on the beach to land your kite, let them land it! Don’t try to be the Mr or Mrs Know-It-All who sends their kite into a death loop after refusing a landing from someone. Getting dragged through sand dunes or over rocks isn’t a fun experience for you or the people who are around you. This actually happened to me last week after some dude (who is a very good kiter may I add!) refused my offer to land his kite, death looped his kite and off he went. Thankfully only his ego was hurt – true story!
See how you go and feel free to post questions/comments on the Youtube channel, email us or leave a comment here. The Zephyr Team would be happy to help.
– Rebecca Bury
Kite Frother / Cook | Cocos Islands 2019/20; South Africa 2020