Do and Do Nots

Dos and Don’ts — Safety

Do Not

Do not fly near or over people. Give yourself 100 yards both upwind and downwind from obstructions. More experienced riders may bend this rule among other kitesurfers and windsurfers but novices should not.

Never approach powerlines, trees, signs or any other obstruction that could hurt you or others.

Don’t fly a full size kite on land. You may witness more experienced riders doing this but never try this if you are a novice. It is best to walk into waist deep water before launching your kite.

Do not fly in onshore wind (wind blowing towards the beach) unless you are experienced. Your chances of doing a face-plant in the sand is highly likely.

Do not fly in offshore wind (wind blowing away from the beach) unless you are experienced. You will be blown out to sea.

Don’t go out any further from shore than you are prepared to swim. Trust us, a mile is a long way to swim in 55 degree water.

Never let yourself get tangled in the lines. They will cut! If you need to self-rescue, pull only on the line that is connected to your leash and do not put any tension on any other line.

Do not jump on land. The sand can be uneven causing a sprained ankle or you might land on something hard even breaking something. Don’t let goofing off keep you from kiting.

Never hold the kite from just one end of the bar. This will cause the kite to start a death spiral and put you out of control. If you find yourself in trouble, let go of the bar completely and let the leash depower the kite.


Do spend at least a few hours flying a trainer kite. Most of the kiters will have one down at the beach and will probably let you play with it. If you don’t know anyone in the area, purchase one… can usually find them for about $100.

Do fly in open spaces without obstacles.

Always ride with a leash of some sort to depower the kite if you get in trouble. This leash should be tested before every flight.

Practice letting go of the bar in a controlled environment. This should keep you from holding on when you really get in trouble.

Consider wearing a helmet to protect your brain from your board and other hard objects you could land on.

Do ride with a buddy at all times. They can help you launch your kite and help you out if you get in trouble. At the very least, ask someone on the beach to keep an eye on you.

Do wear a life vest or impact vest. Even good swimmers get tired.

Wear a drysuit, wetsuit, booties, gloves, sunscreen or rashguard. Always plan on being out longer than you would think.

Always know where the kite is. After time, this will come naturally but if you lose position, fly it high.