Session Two – Harness the Power

Four people per group, four hours duration, £119.

Assisted LEI kite launches, a vital skill to learn.

You’ve completed session one and you now understand the wind direction, how to check wind speeds, know how to set up a depowerable kite, can demonstrate and understand the three safety systems, can fly the kite confidently and you’re ready to take those skills and develop them further in session two – Check out how much you’ve learnt already!

You’ll head straight to the beach and show off your new kite setting up skills, do your risk assessments and head out to the water. Working in pairs it’s time to develop your fundamental kite flying skills and learn to control power by having lots of fun doing body drags. We use body drags (AKA body surfing) to teach controlled power and direction with the kite as you body surf across the water while moving the kite. With each whoop, splash and attempt you take you and your kite skills closer to introducing the board.

There are four body drags you need to master:

The downwind body drag – Moving the kite in a figure of eight motion with symmetry on each side of the wind window to achieve a consistent speed of movement with a downwind trajectory.

Body Dragging with a Kite
A student learning to body drag

The directional body drag – Moving the kite in sine wave motions with a bias towards one side of the wind window to pull yourself in your desired direction. This kite movement is used to develop the power and direction of movement required to get out of the water and onto your kiteboard.

The upwind body drag – Holding the kite steady at a 45-degree angle at the edge of the wind window allowing you to move slowly through the water while you lay on your side using your body as a boat rudder to tack upwind. This is most commonly used to get back to your kiteboard if you fall away from it so it is also known as a board retrieval drag.

The balance body drag- Holding the kite steady at the top of the wind window, inboard start position, while simulating putting the board onto your feet

Once you can demonstrate you are confidently doing these movements, you’re getting very close to introducing the board but there is one more essential step before that happens. Let us introduce you to self-rescue this is the essential safety skill that every kiter must learn. There is a whole range of scenarios where you may need to use these techniques (it will literally save your life one day) so it is only fitting that before you start riding off on the board you know how to rescue yourself. 

After a fun-filled four hours of learning, you’ll be ready to advance to session three and look at introducing the board!