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Section One: Understanding The Wind

Jul 13, 2016 12:32:10 AM Comments

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Posted By AOK Watersports

Section One: Understanding The Wind

 

The Videos below will clearly describe the importance of understanding these concepts before attempting to fly a kite. With an excellent understanding of how the kite will react to the wind you will be on your way to becoming a well educated and successful kiteboarder. Here are a few important highlights to remember about these topics.



Wind Window

The Wind Window, also known as a "clock face" is an imaginary object created to help you understand where your kite can fly and how it will be affected in different positions in the sky. Picture this "window" as a large clock face in the sky but you are standing in the center of the clock face with 12 0'clock directly above your head. In realty we only reference numbers from 9 - 12 and 12 - 3 when we are discussing your kite positions.




Wind Direction

Wind Direction will be one of the most important concepts covered in the list above this text. You will want to know this so that you do not end up in a dangerous situation that could have been avoided if you'd have only known about on-shore and off-shore wind directions. Picture yourself standing on the beach looking directly at the water. Now, imagine that the wind is hitting you straight in the face. This type of wind direction would be called "on-shore wind". Now, turn your back to that "on-shore" wind. While the wind is blowing at your back you will be looking at what is called "down-wind". Everything is going to happen downwind of you while you are learning. For example, if your kite falls out of the sky while you are standing on the beach, it is going to fall straight downwind of you.


Wind Speed

It is very important to understand your limits as a beginner. Just because it is windy doesn't mean that the conditions are ideal for learning. And, just because someone is out on the water kiteboarding, doesn't mean that you should launch your kite and join them without a true understanding of the conditions. Please remember to be aware of the wind speed, wind direction and wind quality before inflating your kite and launching it.



* this does not replace kiteboarding instruction with a live human

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