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Did you know kiting in off-shore winds can be dangerous? If for some reason you find yourself kiting in off-shore wind, always make sure you have a rescue unit looking out for you! Get access to IKO International Kiteboarding Organization content like this and more on the IKO App. Check out your Apple Store or Google Play to download the app and access other awesome handbooks like the "Discovery Handbook"
No Board Leash Please Whether you are just learning to kiteboard or have some years of experience under your belt; please never use a board leash. Since 2011, IKO has permanently banned board leashes to be used while teaching. IKO has also informed all IKO Instructors to inform their students and those they see using board leashes of the misconception of its “benefits” and raise awareness to its actual dangers! The long time debate was that a leash would enable an easier and quicker progression for an inexperienced rider as they would never lose their board. This is not realistic as a student would never really learn all aspects of kiteboarding. One important skill is how to body drag for board recovery; if you had a leash you would never truly develop this skill. The real reason to not use a board leash though is because it is simply dangerous. You have various ways to get hurt, or be put in harm's way. The leash can wrap around your body, bar, lines, you can also have a chance of the board coming towards you and hitting you in the body, or worst case head, which could be lethal. Now you will say that you have seen professional waveriders using a leash in photos, kite videos or on the beach though this decision does only affect their own safety. We remind you that we have banned board leashes completely for many logical reasons and do not support any use of leashes in any discipline. Though for some, as the years go by and you decide you want to travel to various wave riding spots like One Eye in Mauritius- where losing your board completely could mean never finding it again or if found- heavily damaged you might consider using a leash. In this situation ask yourself: between losing your board or the possibility of a very serious injury; which one do you choose?
Make it a priority this year to become an independent kiteboarder! Learn the ins and out of the sport by doing research, watching videos, talking with other kiters, taking IKO e-courses, reading IKO e-books or consulting an IKO Center with what you want to learn. Becoming a fully independent kiteboarder will allow you to enjoy this extreme sport safely and to the maximum! For example, Self Rescue is one of the most important skills to truly becoming an independent kiteboarder though most riders don't know how!!! This is just one of the many skills a kiteboarder NEEDS to know...! This year we hope you spend time and energy to mastering this amazing sport! Windy Regards, IKO International Kiteboarding Organization
The Kitesurfing Armada is going green and we love it! This year they will have reusable branded cups for all drinks so there will be no single use plastic pint or half pint cups anywhere. They will have no plastic water bottles on site at all, as we are working with a producer who sells water in aluminium cans, there will be no plastic straws or cutlery anywhere and only recyclable packaging for all food served. A kite event of the future, get involved! We'll see you on Hayling Island on the 22-24th June 2018! Register here for free to attend: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/kitesurfing-armada-2018-tickets… Sign up for camping and entry to the Armada and BKC events here: https://race-nation.co.uk/register/armada-events
We love it when the community takes time to share their progress and journey as professionals in the kiteboarding world! Here is an unfiltered email and message that @kiteboardinggirl shared with us a couple of days ago- Thank you Maureen “Hi there! I saw you guys were looking of some cool photos, I have a nice one of me explaining some things about the kite to a student taken and edited by Andy Troy ( @andytroyphoto ), my instagram handle is @kiteboardinggirl. Photo was taken on Neeltje Jans in the Netherlands. Hope you can use it :)” If you ever want to share images or stories email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org as we would love to see what you are up to and hear about it.