Kiteboarding: learn how to self rescue and to pack down

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has released a video with a "Self Rescue and Pack Down" guide for kiteboarding beginners.

You'll easily learn how to get back to the beach and pack down your kite in shallow and deep water.

The self-rescue instructions will let you sail away to the shore using your kite and the available wind.

Self-Rescue 101

Learn how to do it:

  1. Release the bar and the chicken loop;
  2. Retrieve the bar hand over hand along the safety line;
  3. Secure the leash line onto the bar completely before winding in the rest of the lines;
  4. Wrap all the lines onto the bar; secure the trim lines first before the main flying lines;
  5. Pull the bar back like a fishing rod to make wrapping the line easier;
  6. Once at the kite, hold onto it; secure the lines using the bar bungees;
  7. Pull yourself to the wingtip;
  8. Flip the kite over, using your shoulder nearest the center of the kite, while sinking the wingtip with the other hand;
  9. Grab the top front line and tension as you lay onto the leading edge;
  10. Relax and make yourself comfortable as you sail across the wind;

The Pack Down

Now, you're ready to pack down your kiteboarding gear while in the water.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Deflate the leading edge;
  2. Make your way to the opposing wingtip;
  3. Begin rolling up the kite towards the dump valve;
  4. Make sure all the lines are wrapped up inside the canopy;
  5. Plug in the dump valve as soon as you reach it to stop water from getting in;
  6. Secure the kite with your harness or leash to stop it from unrolling;
  7. Pass the kite's leading edge first to your helper to allow the water to drain out;

If you're still learning how to sail with the win, get a trainer kite and learn how to start kiteboarding with a trainer kite.

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