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Choosing a Kiteboarding Wetsuit

This fall brought some great winds to our area and with it colder sea temperatures.

As the seas cool, I am often asked about choosing the proper wetsuit for our regions conditions. Although the winter water temperature averages around 70 deg and rarely drops below 65. Having the proper wetsuit will still make or break your day.

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Choosing a kiteboarding wetsuit

One of the first things to account for when shopping for a kiteboaring wetsuit is the fact that you will have less time actually in the water when compared to diving or surfing. Although this would seem advantageous to staying warm, this actually causes some wetsuits to not function properly. As many of you may already know, wetsuits actually use the water around you to create a warm layer between the neoprene and your skin. While Kiteboarding, gravity will slowly drain the water from the suit and take a good amount of your body heat with it. To counter-act this, some wetsuits are lined with synthetic wool like fibers to help retain a very thin layer of water against your skin.

When choosing a wetsuit for Kiteboarding, there are a few other factors you will want to consider. High speed falls associated with Kiting can often “pack” the wetsuit with water and some wetsuits will retain this water almost like a water balloon. Wetsuits with strategically placed drain holes can help drain water quickly before absorbing your body heat. The second factor to consider is wind resistance. Although neoprene does not typically breath, some suits tend to let the wind in. I recommend looking for suits with “non porous” exteriors as well as glued and taped seams. This will greatly enhance the suits abilities to block the wind.

No matter how nice a wetsuit is, it will not work properly if it is not the correct thickness and fit. For our area, most Kiters and surfers can stay warm with a 3/2 full suit on the colder days and a 3/2 shorty on the slightly warmer ones. The term 3/2 means that the chest portion of the wetsuit is 3mm thick while the arms and legs are 2mm thick. As far as determining size, it is important to get the tightest fitting suit that you still feel comfortable in. Any baggy areas will fill with water and cost you valuable warmth. It is important that the wrist, ankle and neck cuffs are tight enough to block excess water from entering while still allowing you to move freely and comfortably.

I hope this guide helps give you a little extra knowledge when it comes to purchasing your next wetsuit.  As always stay safe, warm, and respect your fellow beach goers.

See you on the water!

Serving Stuart, West Palm Beach, Ft Pierce, Delray, Boynton Beach and Jupiter Florida

How To Predict The Wind

For those with flexible schedules this has been a great season so far for Kiteboarding. So what is the outlook for the second half? Well, Kiteboarder’s and fellow sailors; it looks good. Great news for us but not so much for those looking for calm days on the boat (which can be equally as fun)
There is no possible way to truly predict what will happen wind wise over the next few months. However, based on the patterns thus far. We may have even more wind coming this winter.
As we have discussed in past articles, our wind is mainly driven by  cold fronts and low pressure systems. Currently, there are many active low pressure systems and fronts that have been approaching from both the west coast and the North East. As we get deeper into winter. The temperature gradients will only grow stronger, creating more powerful cold fronts. 
So how can you plan your days to maximize enjoyment? Often, you can look at the weather map and start to see the systems long before the wind forecast sites start to predict with any accuracy. I can often see wind potential 10 days out. That said; nor you or the experts wil be able to predict wind speeds that far out. However, you can give yourself an idea of what’s coming and judge the potential of good wind. 
It will take lots of practice and along with a mental or physical storm journal to really learn the patterns. That said, to get started, look at the “frontal boundary map” on your favorite forecasting site. Look for cold fronts mainly in the Great Lakes to New England region. Next look at the gradient between the temperature in front of the cold front, behind he cold front and the current temp here at home. The stronger the gradient (larger the difference in temperature) the stronger the wind is likely to be. 
There are so many more factors than this but you can really get an idea of what’s coming this way. With a combination of local forecast and your growing knowledge, you can often second guess the computer generated wind models and get an idea of what to expect long ahead of time.

Kiteboarding Palm Beach

During the South Florida windy season which runs from September through May. Palm Beach County Beaches become a playground for Kiteboarders and Kitesurfers. Long sandy beaches and windy yet mild Winter months make Juno Beach in northern Palm Beach County one of the top 10 places in the USA to Kiteboard.

What makes all this wind:

During the Fall, Spring and Winter months, cold fronts coming down from the north pass through the area. As they pass they bring strong winds and mild or sometimes cold temperatures with them.

On a windy day most local Kiteboarders can be found at Stairway 33 on Juno Beach. Juno offers kiting for multiple skill levels however the conditions are usually most favorable for intermediate through advanced riders. Beginners need to pick their day carefully and wait for days when the waves are small and the beaches are uncrowded. However New Wave Kiteboarding offers beginner- advanced lessons. New Wave Kiteboarding will take you to non crowded areas that offer flat water and a favorable learning environment.

Other Kiteboarding beaches in Palm Beach area include:

– Lake Worth Pier.  Notes; be sure to walk well north of the guarded area and be weary of severe turbulence created by the many nearby apartments/condos

– Palm Beach. Notes; there is no fresh water nearby and parking is $2.50-5 an hour. This spot is not recommended on the weekends as it is dangerously crowded with beach goers

– Stairway 33 in Jupiter/Juno beach. Notes; do not kite in guarded areas, can have large shore break, lots of other kiters.

– Hobesound Wildlife Refuge in Martin County. Notes; Advanced to expert conditions, 3 miles from the nearest life guard, Known for being “sharky”.

– Jeremy Lund
Team Rider for Cabrinha Kiteboarding, Kurtis USA, Hyperflex wetsuits,
Owner and Lead instructor of

How to perform single and multiple rotations

Multiple Rotations

Before attempting to perform Double Backroll’s, 720’s, 1080’s, ETC. It is important to be able to comfortably land jumps both regular and goofy foot. Once this is mastered the next step is to master 360’s or Backroll’s.
Now that you have mastered Single Rotations lets take it to the next level by turning that 360 into a 720 and eventually a 1080.

The 720:

– With the Kite high (45 deg Plus), pop off the water
– While popping off of the water, tuck your elbows and shoulders in close to your body
– As you leave the water, turn your head quickly over your forward or back shoulder (depending on the direction you would like to spin)
– Keeping your head turned, allow your body to follow (first your shoulder, then your hips/waist, followed by your legs). You should now be rotating with your body in a tight, corkscrew position.
– When you are about 3/4 of the way through your second rotation, open up your shoulders and elbows, This will slow your rotation.
– Just prior to landing, let go with your back hand and turn your head back to the center of your body allowing your shoulder, hips and legs to follow. This will stop your rotation.
– Lightly pull on the forward hand, point the board downwind and spot your landing. Pulling on the forward hand will dive the kite building “apparent wind” and allowing you to get some more lift out of the kite while slightly accelerating so that you stay on plane when you land.

The 1080+:

Can be accomplished in two ways

Hooked in – Following the same steps as the 720, aggressively load and pop to achieve higher altitudes allowing more time for additional rotations.

Unhooked – Believe it or not, it is actually easier to rotate when “unhooked”. This, however, requires that the rider be comfortable riding unhooked. It is easier to rotate because you are able to bring your arms closer by hanging on to the bar above your head. Think of a figure skater, when they are spinning, they bring their arms above their head. This more compact body position will allow you to spin faster and achieving more rotations in less time. Due to the fact that it is difficult to widen your elbows and shoulder when unhooked, you will need to let go with your back hand, pushing your arm away from your body to stop the rotation. This should be done just before landing. Note, this is a risky but rewarding maneuver. Always let go if you are going to have a bad landing. This will allow the leash to de-power the kite.


– When initially learning to do multiple rotations keep the kite high. As you become more proficient, practice bringing the kite lower and lower to ad style and speed to the trick.
– If you over rotate, just go with it. Try to complete an additional rotation. This is what I call a happy accident and you may land your first 1080 this way. Fighting it will almost certainly lead to a wipeout!
– If you become disoriented, try not to steer the bar. This could cause the kite to dive or loop, causing an extremely dangerous landing/wipeout.
– When first learning, put your kite on its “slowest” settings. This will make it easier to control the kite when spinning.
– Choose your conditions, 12 or 14 meter conditions are ideal because large kites move slower and are more forgiving.

– Jeremy Lund
Team Rider for Cabrinha Kiteboarding, Kurtis USA, Hyperflex wetsuits,
Owner and Lead instructor of

How to Perform Load and Pop Jumps

Load and Pop: Ad style to your riding

Load and pop jumps should first be practiced hooked in. Once this is mastered, try learning to Load and Pop while “unhooking”. This will ad style and open the doors for a whole new series of tricks. In this How To, we will discuss both methods.

Hooked In:

Creating Load:

1) Slightly edge upwind while building speed. As you do so, you will notice that you are able to sheet the bar further and further out while maintaining the same amount of power. This is due to your increase in “apparent wind”.
2) As you gain speed gradually, increase your angle of attack (edge harder into the wind) and park the kite at 45 deg (9:30 or 2:30 in the wind window). Again you will notice that you are able to sheet out further while maintaining power. Be careful not to over edge or you will actually lose power and feel the need to sheet in.
3) The goal here is to combine steps one and two until you are riding fully powered with the bar slightly sheeted out.

The simplest way to Pop off the water is as follows-
1)  With your kite between 40 and 45 degrees, load the Kite
2)  With a snappy motion, slightly look over your forward shoulder and edge hard against the kite. You should dig the edge of your board into the water as hard and as fast as possible. This creates additional load against the kite that will help drive you out of the water.
3) You should feel the board fight back and try to release its edge. This is the board wanting to “Pop” out of the water. The second this starts to happen, push off of the water with a quick snappy motion. As you push off of the water sheet in on the bar. This will offer additional pull and help “snap” you off the water and into the air. At first it may only be a few feet. But as you get your timing and technique down, you will be able to use Pop to get over obstacles such as waves and debree with out slowing down or moving or kite.


1) While at a normal riding speed, flatten your board and slightly veer down wind. This will allow you to pick up additional speed as well as taking some of the load out of the lines making it easier to unhook.
2) Unhook the bar
3)  Load the kite by leaning back and edging hard against the kite. You should dig the edge of your board into the water as hard and as fast as possible. You should feel the board fight back and try to release its edge. Again, this is the board wanting to “Pop” out of the water. The second this starts to happen, push off of the water with a quick snappy motion.
Note- Because the kite is pulling from a higher leverage point then when hooked in. The force will try to put your body into a railey position. Be ready to pull your legs back underneath you to prepare for landing.

Common mistakes:
– While generating load and pop, be sure to edge in an extremely quick and snappy manner. If you edge to slow the kite will creep forward in the window causing you to loose speed.
– When initiating your jump, avoid jumping straight up or towards the kite. This will cause temporary slack in the lines and instantly take the “load” out of the kite. The goal is to push away from the kite.
– Make sure you are on an appropriate kite size. Being overpowered will make it difficult to hold a proper edge and generate load/pop.
– Keep your kite at 40-45 degrees, to high and you will not be able to hold a proper edge. To low and you will not leave the water.
– Keep your hands close to the center of the bar to keep the kite from moving while in the air
– When loading the kite while unhooked you will need to lean back harder then while hooked in.

As the old saying goes, take off is optional but landing is mandatory. Make sure to pick your days and to move at your own pace!

– Jeremy Lund
Team Rider for Cabrinha Kiteboarding, Kurtis USA, Hyperflex wetsuits,
Owner and Lead instructor of

2011 Billabong BVI Kite Jam

The BVI Kite Jam was an awesome event! In attendance was Pete Cabrinha, Kristin Boese , Shannon Best, Andre Phillip, Youri Zoon, Davey Blair, Susi Mai, Stephen Schank, Tommy Fields, Madison Van Heurck, Kris Kinn, Sander Lenten, and C. Van Heurck. I was so fortunate to have been a part of the event for the second time. It kicked off with four awesome day’s of steady trade winds of around 18- 20 knts with one day around 25 knts. Each evening after a killer session we would travel to a new place with a new party and a new theme. Including Tight and Bright, K & J, and Tribal themes. Three of the most memorable things we did were race around Richard Bransons Necker Island, a downwinder along the coast of Anegada and the party on Necker Island.
The race around Necker required two laps around the island so I chose to use my Wainman Hawaii Magnum surfboard with a quad fin setup. Things started out great for me with a speedy start but before my first tack was even completed, I managed to nail a coral head that was just beneath the surface and I lost some of my fins. I am glad the fin boxes are so strong that they did not become severely damaged. Unfortunately I was still crippled on my starboard tack and could only go up wind on my port side tack. So the race definitely took me longer but the opportunity to be there kiting around Necker made it all worth while!
After the race around Necker we traveled to the island of Anegada. The next day I participated in the Anegada Downwinder, this was my favorite day. My equipment choice for the day was the Wainman Hawaii Smoke (9mtr kite) and my 6′ Magnum. I only had one extra fin to get the Magnum up and running again so I converted it from the quad-fin setup to a thruster or (ti-fin) set up. The waves off the Anegada reef were awesome with the exception of a few gnarly coral heads that seemed to pop out of nowhere but fortunately I had learned my lesson and now knew what to look for to avoid them. The waves were chest to head high, changing constantly with each passing reef break. On the inside, the Wake-Style guy’s were throwing down with the butter flat water that was provided by the shallow outside reef I was on. When I got to the ending line (cows wreck reef) I missed it and accidentally found the best quality wave I had ever ridden. I felt Like I was in heaven, the bottom had turned in to a flat rock as apposed to jagged coral and it slowly wrapped around the end of the island making the conditions perfect for a long wrapping break. The wind was side off giving the water superior texture and I had the perfect tools for the Job. Starting at the peak, I could just park the kite and with just the right amount of pull coming from the 9mtr W.H. smoke, I was able to truly surf this magical wave. I had several waves with over twenty turns up and down the face. One of the waves I caught broke a perfect peak for around 150 yards. Needless to say I skipped lunch and spent most of the afternoon there.
Towards the end of my session I noticed a kite parked at twelve about a mile off of the leeward side of the Anegada coast. At first I thought it was a kiteboarding lesson with boat support but after about 5- 10 minutes of the kite not moving I knew something was wrong. I made my way around the reef and back into shore. The event and staff was about a mile up the beach finishing lunch but there was one gentlemen snorkeling off of his dingy near the beach. He had a VHF and called for assistance because the dinghy was low on fuel and he was concerned I would not get back and we would both be stranded out to sea. But even rescue was on island time so we decided I had better take the dingy and go get the man who by now was drifting over 2 miles out to sea. When I got to him I asked him if he was okay and he looked at me like I was crazy for even asking. I helped him get in the small boat and we packed up his kite, he had lost his board about a mile back. As we headed back we found his board and discussed the fact that he had started to think about a 7 mile body drag to the windward side of Tortolla (the next island downwind) and what kind of creatures he may encounter along the way. He was very grateful and told me “thanks for saving me, you wont have to pay for another drink this trip”.
Every night there was an awesome party but the best was the last night on Necker Island. Rebootzer detox had flown in The Dubplates and they set an awesome mood with their killer vibe and music. On the beach a massive bonfire burned so we sat around it and had a awesome dinner.  The refreshments flowed like a river on Necker and it was showing on the dance floor. They had a really enjoyable closing ceremony and called up all the pro’s and winners. I was happy to be up there and take home third place in the wave riding category. I feel so fortunate to have attended this event for the second year and I would like to thank all of my Family, Friends, Event Coordinators and Sponsors for helping me get there.  It was such an awesome opportunity to ride and party with all of these professionals in such a picturesque and perfect place. I would recommend it to anyone!

Kiteboarding Lessons in South Florida

South Florida Kiteboarding Lessons

We also offer lessons in Wrightsville beach and Wilmington, NC


By: New Wave Kiteboarding

Frequent winds, protected water ways and large beaches make the Palm beach area an ideal location for Kiteboarding and Kitesurfing (wave oriented). We offer lessons in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Juno Beach, Stuart and Fort Pierce. Exact lesson location varies on wind and tidal conditions. Equipment is provided for every lesson.

Kiteboarding lessons wrightsville beachWhat are the steps of learning to Kiteboard / Kitesurf?

Step one Kite control: We will travel to one of the many large beaches in the area. We will discuss and practice Kite setup, Kite control, and etiquette.

Step two Body dragging: After a successful lesson in Kite control we will move into the water for a lesson on body dragging. Body dragging is the process of using the kite to propel you through the water in a desired direction without the use of a board.

Step three water starts: Once the student understands the basics of kite control they will be instructed on how to perform a water start. A water start is the first step to standing up and riding on the board.

Step four Kiteboarding: It is now time to harmonize kite and board control for longer rides. We will provide step by step instruction on how to improve technique in order to accomplish multiple goal sets.


The extreme side of KiteboardingThe average lesson is 2-3 hours long

Group classes 2-3 people………………..$75 per person, per hour

Private lessons with boat support……………………………….$125 per hour

We also offer daily rates………………….contact us for details

Before attending any lesson please visit our Student Page

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When both teaching and riding I have been unhappy with my eye wear. I have had problems with spray, lens clarity and losing pair after pair of sun glasses. I recently started wearing Kurtis surf goggles and have been super stoked with their performance.

-Jeremy Lund


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British Virgin Islands "Kite Jam"

Well it was an amazing event. Although it is unheard of in the BVI we only received one day of good wind. However we were not let down. I did not look at the forecast once, I did not care! every day was sure to impress with five star party’s, lunches and dinners all on private beaches on private islands. There were helicopters, mega yachts and celebrities around to keep the energy high. Many of the Kite Jammers brought surf boards and many said it was the best surf they had ever seen. I wish I could of kited one of those amazing point breaks. Locals were sure to brag that they do all the time. With the one day of kiting we did get the group went on a down winder. It was awesome with tons of structure offering butter flat water and plenty of stuff to jump over. I found myself stuck it the middle of a 12 by 15 ft mangrove tree. I guess I needed just a little more wind to clear that one! An accidental kite loop freed me from the branches. A local photographer said she was laughing to hard to take pictures of the mishap, too bad…. many of the pro’s found a nice 30 foot ship wreck to grind across, should of made for some awesome photo’s. The event finished with a top notch party on mosquito island full of glow sticks, dancing and plenty to drink. On the last day we sailed back to tortola avoiding massive swell. Before boarding our plane we noticed the thirty knt winds that had arrived just in time for us to leave. I will be back for sure!!!!!
-Jeremy Lund

As a competitor in the BVI Kite Jam I will be keeping you posted on happenings and results for this event. This promises to be one of the most publicized events in the history of kiteboarding. Kite Jam is open to competitors and Kiter’s of all skill levels. For updated info and to register for the event you can visit
NWK owner and lead instructor, Jeremy Lund

What is it ?

The BVI Kite Jam is a unique kiteboarding, lifestyle and sporting event presented by the BVI Tourist Board with the support of Sir Richard Branson and his world-renowned Necker Island. The stellar list of professional kiteboarders competing in the Kite Jam include Kristin Boese, Andre Phillip, Susi Mai, Tuva Jansen, Tom Court, Chris Burke, Gretta Kruesi and Madison Van Heurck. Located in the Northeast Caribbean, BVI provides the perfect weather conditions for the sport and is quickly becoming a Mecca for kiteboarders. The event itself will be held March 1-5, 2010, on flat-water playgrounds in key locations around Necker Island, the North Sound, Virgin Gorda and Anegada. It will include races and freestyle competitions, demonstrations, and technique clinics. BVI Kite Jam will kick off with a VIP party on February 27 at Fat Virgin Café with Sir Richard Branson in attendance. The party will be followed by a day of clinics on February 28 with A-list pro kiteboarders and fellow Kite Jammers!
The BVI Kite Jam will be the first five-day kiteboarding event held in the British Virgin Islands which has already attracted international riders from amateurs to pro’s and celebrities.
This high profile event will be hosted in part by Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island. Sir Richard is an avid rider.
Necker island will be one of the stops during the week along with five other world-class kite locations such as Anegada, The North Sound and Moskito Island.
Competitors will have the choice of spending the week onboard one of Sunsail’s sailing catamarans that will follow the event around the various locations in the British Virgin Islands. Each boat has 4 double cabins all fitted with AC. Skippers are also provided. Alternatively, riders looking for the ultimate in luxury have the option to stay on Necker Island with up to just 24 other guests and their own staff of 60!
Lunch and dinner will be provided by BVI Kite Jam taking place at different beach locations each day. All evening entertainment and parties will also be inclusive and could well be the highlight of the event!
February 27, 2010 – Participant arrivals, registration and Check it at Sunsail Base in Tortola

February 28, 2010 – The Flotilla will set sail for Necker Island, Sunset Opening Party

March 1, 2010 – Early morning free‐kiting session for first timers, late morning competition “Round Necker Island Race” for amateurs and pros; Lunch and relaxation on Necker Beach. Afternoon competition in the Eustachian Sound consisting of either heat‐run freestyle, sliders or big air depending on weather.

March 2, 2010 – Morning race to Anegada with 12 miles of thigh burning endurance rewarded with a sumptuous lunch at Pomato Point on Anegada. Alternatively, spend the afternoon onboard a catamaran for a sail following the kiters. Afternoon/evening events at Pomato Point or Cow Wreck beach take riders through mangroves and waist deep water stretching almost a mile out to sea or riders can head over to the North‐western corner for wave or freestyle action; followed by a BBQ dinner and
party at Anegada Reef Hotel.

March 3, 2010 – In the morning follow the wind west‐ward to Cow Wreck beach for the opportunity to kite through the most spectacular bay in the BVI’s known as Windlass Bight.
This bay provides a flat‐water playground and offers experienced riders good quality waves outside the reef. Lunch at the beautiful Cow Wreck beach.
Afternoon/evening event consists of a trip to West End for world‐class wave riding and/or freestyle competition at Cow Wreck; dinner and party at The Whistling Pines.

March 4, 2010 – Early morning yacht race back to the North Sound area. Free kiting on arrival followed by lunch at Bitter End Yacht Club. Afternoon/Evening includes a full afternoon of competition including fancy dress kite boarding and technique clinics with the pro’s between heats; dinner and party at the Bitter End Yacht Club.

March 5, 2010 – Morning includes more competition and technique clinics on Necker Island
followed by lunch on Necker’s Sand Spit. Afternoon/evening finals includes pro rider showdown followed by Grand Prize awards; dinner and closing party on Sir Richard Branson’s Moskito Island.

March 6, 2010 – All competitors sail back to Tortola and disembark yachts.