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Kiting With A Stand-Up Paddle Board

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Kiting with a stand-up paddle board, also known as SUK for “Stand-Up Kiting” is a great way to have fun at the beach.

 

STEP 1

Make sure you have the largest kite possible.  This provides a stable source of power, and a big kite allows you to sheet in and out.

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STEP 2

Go into the water and step onto your board.  Make sure your harness bar does not scrape up your board.

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STEP 3

Put your front hand on the handle of your stand-up paddle board.  Fly the kite with your back hand.

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STEP 4

Use your elbow to climb up onto the board and use your kite to help lift you up on the rail.

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STEP 5

Next, step onto the board with one foot.  Get on with your knees, and then carefully stand.

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STEP 6

Make sure, at all times, that the downwind rail is out of the water.

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To do this, put your weight on the upwind part of the board.  Otherwise, the downwind part will get buried under the water and you will be knocked off your board.

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STEP 7

Experiment with your position, forward and back, and set your edge to tight upwind.

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STEP 8

Whenever you want to turn, it helps to shift your weight forward or back on the board.

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STEP 9

You can also use the pull of the kite to direct the board.  By shuffling the bar to the right or the left, you can leverage the kite’s angle in the window and turn the board.

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STEP 10

To turn the board faster, step all the way back to the tail of the board to get the board to pivot.

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STEP 11

To keep the kite in the sky in threshold wind conditions, keep the kite away from neutral at the sides of the rail window.

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If you hit a lull where the kite is low and off to the side of the window, it can be hard to keep the kite out of the water.

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STEP 12

In light conditions, you need to keep a rail buried in the water so you won’t drift downwind.  In light conditions, a flat stand-up paddle board will drift downwind and reduce the amount of effective wind on the kite.

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By sinking a rail, you are limiting your downwind drift and threshold conditions just might be enough to keep the kite in the air.

STEP 13

For the feel of a fixed line or a two-line kite, pull in your power strap and either pull down the cruise control knob all the way to the bottom or you can unhook from your harness.

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STEP 14

In the event of a lull or if your kite starts to stall, you can grab the trim line just above the bar to de-power the kite.

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STEP 15

Another way to de-power the kite is to hold the bar with one hand and grab the quick release with the other.

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Either way, you want to make sure to de-power the kite in case it stalls in a lull or the wind picks up.

Always use caution when kitesurfing.

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