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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.

Here comes the wind!

November marks the beginning of so many different exciting things for so many Floridians. Most people find pleasure in the ability to simply sit outside without breaking a sweat and being eaten alive by bugs. Fisherman look forward to the return of larger pelagic fish and for others the season brings return of business to their family owned shop. However, I don’t think anyone is more excited for October in Florida than my fellow Kiteboarder’s. For Kiteboarder’s, October marks the beginning of the first wind bearing cold fronts. The wind generated by these fronts can create world class Kiting conditions. To get the most out of these approaching weather systems, Kiters will need to make some preparations.

 

During the summer months, light southerly sea breezes dominate. The equipment used for these conditions is usually quite large and bulky as it usually requires the kiter to use a larger kite and larger board in order to generate enough power to ride. During the fall and winter months, higher wind equipment will be needed. This usually consists of smaller kites and smaller boards. A smaller kite generates less lift and a smaller board does not plane as easily. This allows the rider to maintain lift and speed more effectively. A common misconception is that higher winds are more dangerous and more difficult. Actually, higher winds up to about 20 knots make kiting easier and in some cases even safer than lighter winds, given the kiter has the proper equipment and training for the conditions.

 

For kiters reading this article, I strongly recommend pumping up all of your smaller kites and letting them sit for a few hours. It is very common for the glue on the valves and seems to fail in the summer heat. it is a horrible feeling when those world class conditions make their appearance and you are stuck on the beach watching your kite deflate in front of you.

 

It is important to check that all of your emergency releases are functioning correctly. Even stainless steel and nylon release systems can become seized. I recommend going through the system and performing any recommended manufacture maintenance. This usually includes changing elastic parts and checking for build up of salt or corrosion.

 

Next, check all of the bolts on your board, especially the screws holding your bindings or straps. often, due to the summer heat and passage of time, the materials on the board will compress and this will cause the hardware on your foot straps and fins to become loose. I recommend removing any fasteners, adding some blue lock tight, and then tightening to proper torque.

 

If you find that any of your equipment is in disrepair our simply outdated, this is the best time of year to find deals on equipment. Manufactures are starting to release all of their 2018 equipment and 2017 equipment will be on closeout sales. As always, never kite outside of your abilities, and always be sure to give wide birth to other beach goers and water sports enthusiast. I hope you have a great start to the season!

– Jeremy Lund

Owner of NWK

Serving, Stuart, West Palm Beach, Jensen Beach

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.

Notes:

– 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, Quivers.com
Owner and Lead instructor of NewWaveKiteboarding.com

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.

Unhooked:

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, Quivers.com
Owner and Lead instructor of NewWaveKiteboarding.com

How to protect your eye's

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 http://www.bvikitejam.com/register-now
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.

How to properly launch and land a kite

What is a proper kite launch?

step 1: It is important for the Kiter to attach their leash to the lines. this is so that if the kite gets away from the launcher then it will not power up or roll down the beach. “do not attach the chicken loop to the spreader bar yet”
Step 2: Making sure to grab the very center of the leading edge the launcher should flip the kite “completely on its back. ” make sure to flip the kite away from the kiter”

step 3: The kiter should walk slightly downwind of the extreme edge of the window until there is tension on the lines. The kite should be barely flapping indicating that there is no lift being created. If the kiter is to far upwind the kite will knock the person launching the kite over. Also it is important to walk to the edge closest to the water. This is because if the kite malfunctions you will want the maximum width of the beach as a buffer.

step 4: Both parties should inspect the lines and bridling for twist and tangles.” This is the number one cause of kite related accidents.”

step 5: Connect the chicken loop to the spreader bar.

step 6:
Walk upwind until the kite stops flapping.

step 7: Double check, triple check, Everything!

Step 8: Issue a thumbs up and go Kiteboarding!

How do you properly land a kite?

Step 1: Identify a properly trained person and issue them the landing single. “A pat on the head similar to the O.K. sign” do not try to train a spectator to catch your kite!

step 2: Bring the kite to the extreme lower edge of the window. ” either 5:45 or 6: 15, remember 6:00 is the horizon on both sides”

step 3: Let the person landing your kite grab it from the sky. ” try to avoid letting your kite touch the ground until they have a firm grip on your sail.”

step 4: Unhook from the chicken loop but leave the leash attached

step 5: Check that your kite is secure or secure it yourself.

step 6: Unhook your leash and roll your lines up to the kite. To protect your equipment and others “try to avoid leaving your lines out”
Check this page in the future for diagrams and photos.

Kiteboarding etiquette

We are still in the early stages of the kiteboarding revolution. It is important that we set the standard to be built upon so that future generations can enjoy this amazing sport. Kiteboarding/kitesurfing has been cast under the eye of scrutiny due to the fact that the media generally only shows the accidents and mishaps, as they do with all gravity sports. We need to make sure that the media and general public enjoy the presence of Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing on our local beaches and water ways. Although kiteboarding is the fastest growing water-sport, it is a small community and therefore weak in numbers. With this in mind, we need to be more proactive with our public relations than any other sporting community. Although some of these guidelines are hard to follow due to our sometimes narrow and crowded beaches, we must try!

Right of way: According to P.A.S.A. “professional air sports association”

* Outgoing Kiter has right of way over incoming Kiter.

* Downwind Kiter has right of way over upwind Kiter.

* While riding, when you have your right hand forward, you have the right of way.

* But don’t insist on your right of way- Not all kiters know the right of way or respect it. When in doubt yield! “lets inform people of the right of way”

When you notice a new face take a second to point out some of the unique hazards at our beach:

* powerful shore break

* strong current

* guarded areas

* If they set up away from kite beach invite them to kite beach

* The wind on the beach can feel like a lot less then there really is

We should also point out the positives:

* where nice waves are

* crystal clear water

* lots of sea turtles

Rules of the road:

* Lay out lines where they do not interfere with other beach users.

* Disable kite when on land ” leading edge into the wind and role up your lines” I notice many people becoming quite frustrated as they pass by and  themselves or their animals trip. This it will protect your lines!

* Stay well away from guarded areas .” they only take up a small portion of the beach”

* Leave at least two – three line lengths of safety buffer. “I know this is a hard one to follow in our area”

* Launch downwind of surfers when they are present “I have seen many people lately so close to surfers that the spray hits them” How do you think this looks to spectators and the surfing community?

* When you see a kiter that seems to need assistance kindly offer it to them.

* Leave your spot in better shape then you find it!