Kiteboarding Safety in Puerto Rico

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KKiteboarding is a fascinating sports experience for surfers and people on the beach watching these surfers feats. Similar to learning car driving, it takes some time and training to learn kiteboarding and to enjoy this adventure sport.

Kiteboarding in Puerto Rico, although anyone can do it, is a fun sport with high physical requirements. Like any other sport, it needs to take safety measures to avoid unnecessary injuries or accidents. The last you’d imagine is spending time on a wheelchair when you could be out there enjoying time in the water with your friends. To prevent such unforeseen endings, you need to know the following kiteboarding safety guidelines:

Proper training:

If you are a beginner should receive appropriate training before attempting to get into kiteboarding. Like any other adventurous sport, kiteboarding can cause injury, which can be fatal. The international kiteboarding organization (IKO), is the world’s governing body for the sport, which offers short, medium and advanced courses on kiteboarding. Coaches are proficient in safety precautions and will guide in all fundamental aspects of the sport.

Proper choice of kite:

Kites are special high-performance sports equipment that should be handled sensibly. In recent years, great technological advances have been made in the manufacture of kites to develop hybrid kites with better energy-reducing capabilities. If you are a beginner, its recommend that you use Kahoona kites. Once you master this kite, you can enter the more advanced kite.

Proper choice of kiteboard:

If you are new in the sport, start with the twin tip kiteboard as it allows you to change directions without much effort. Once you are comfortable with this kiteboard, you can then upgrade to the one you like depending on your riding style. Various options are available including custom made boards.

Safety equipment:

Kiteboarding devices will never be complete without proper safety equipment. You must make sure that you have some personal floating devices, extra pads and crash helmets to get through any possible situation. 

Safety techniques: 

There are two common safety techniques in kiteboarding: the ‘the safety leash quick release’ and �the chicken loop quick release.’

  • The safety leash quick release technique

This technique is designed to keep you disconnected from your kite. Unlike chicken loop release, this operation completely separates you from the entire kite setup, allowing you to move freely in the water. You should use this technique if you think that sticking to a kite can cause some harm or pain. For instance, you need to use this technique when your kite pulls you into a dangerous situation, or when a boat passes through your line and drags your kite.

  • The chicken loop quick release technique

If you need to depower your kite quickly, you will need to use this technique. You still need this technique when the kite’s lines are entangled with other objects (such as trees or kites from other riders), and it’s still powered. You can also use the Chicken loop technique when you are suppressed by a kite, and you are losing enough control. Similarly, when you want to land your kite, and no one is near to help, the chicken loop release is helpful. 

Conclusion

Maintaining safety is the most important thing you can do for yourself. If you follow the above safety procedures, your love for skateboarding will never fade.