Knots: learn the essential kiteboarding ties | Photo: Shutterstock

Every sailor knows how to tie essential knots. And because kiteboarding is a sailing sport, we invite you to explore the most useful knots for your kite.

Knots play a critical role in kiteboarding. If you don't master them, sooner or later you will have problems in the water, or even launching/landing the kite.

For example, if you're riding your kite several miles off the coast and line breaks, you should be able to make a few emergency repairs. Believe or not, in many cases, a smart knot can save your life.

But an incorrectly tied knot can also lead to unexpected and abrupt wipeouts, so make sure you know how to tie kiteboarding's basic knots.

Watch how these knots are tied, memorize them, and train them as many times as you think you should. There are five essential knots a kiteboarder must learn.

The lark's head knot, also known as cow hitch knot, allows kiteboarders to attach the lines to your kite. It's simple, yet extremely effective.

The figure-of-eight knot is an easy knot used as a stopper for your lark's head knot.

The loop-to-loop connection allows kiteboarders to attach line extensions or to replace bridle sections.

The bowline is widely considered the most useful sailing knot in the world. Kiteboarders use it to attach your chicken loop to your trim strap.

The double fisherman's knot allows kiteboarders to join two lines, and it is especially useful if one of your lines snaps.

Need to untie a knot in a kite line? Learn how.

Whether you think of a kite as a wing or a sail, you want it to be lightweight, resistant, waterproof, but also stiff and flexible at the same time, so that they could respond to all flight requests.

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