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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

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 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!

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Kitesurfing / Kiteboarding is a combination of wakeboarding, surfing and sailing. Kiteboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. Steady ocean winds, soft sandy beaches and warm gulf stream water make this an ideal location for learning. In fact, South Florida has been rated one of the top Kiting locations in the United States. New Wave Kiteboarding llc. takes pride in offering a program that is both safe and exciting using top of the line equipment. All of our instructors are certified, insured and highly qualified. Join us for the experience of a lifetime!