10 simple steps to repair a punctured leading edge or strut

If you kitesurf I’m sure you have or will run into this problem at least once. Learning and progressing your riding naturally comes with a few extra spills. Thankfully, punctures are super easy to fix. It’s just like riding a bike (literally) – bike punctures.

Kite bladders are just like massive bike inner tubes. If you can fix a bicycle puncture then you can fix a kite puncture no problem.

  1. Inflate your kite to the normal pressure.
  2. Locate the puncture – This is the hardest part and can drive you crazy! Use a sponge with soapy water and run it over the leading edge, struts and the valves – Look for bubbles growing.
  3. Once you have located the approximate area, remove the bladder. Depending on where the puncture is located, the best way to remove the bladder differs. You can either undo the end of the leading edge or the strut, then pull the bladder out or alternatively you can remove the bladder through the zip if this is closer. You may need to disconnect the valves and pull them through too. If you are removing the whole bladder DON’T FORGET to tie some line to the end so you can pull it back through later.
  4. Once the punctured section of bladder is out, pump it up but DON’T over inflate. Run the sponge over it again or dip it in a bucket of water to find the hole.
  5. Mark the hole with a biro.
  6. Clean, dry and lightly sand the hole using the sandpaper in the kit.
  7. Lay the bladder flat on a hard surface, peel the back off the repair patch and stick it on If it is cold, use a hairdryer to help the glue stick.
  8. Put the bladder back in as it came out and pull the valves back through the holes. Make sure that no bladder is trapped between the valve base and the kite material.
  9. Inflate the kite slowly, looking for twists in the bladder. Sort these out if they occur. You might have to take it out and do it again until it is flush.
  10. Repeat step 2 and leave inflated for a few hours to see if puncture is fixed.

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The Snowkite Centre!

Had a good dump of snow recently and its still sitting on the beach. Nice solid NE wind today making it perfect for a snowkite session if you are brave enough!! We unfortunately had to make the most of the sunny weather to repair the cladding that was blown off the centre in the last storm. Tomorrow is looking windy again though!

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Didier is the French Junior Snowkite Champion!!!!!

Our friend Didier who comes and helps out at the centre in the summer has just become the French snowkite champion. Apart from coming over here to learn English and about being a kitesurfing instructor he also visits Camber as the wind is much more consistent than where he he lives so is great for his training, for both the kitesurf competitions, and it seems the snowkite as well – Well done Didier!!!

Travis Rice joins the Contour camera team

Travis Rice, one of the top snowboarders it the world and best know for his Art of Flight and That’s it That’s all films has now joined the Contour camera team and I am sure will be producing some more awesome videos with these cameras.

The contours cameras have some awesome features such as the 270 degree rotating lens with laser alignment, GPS, bluetooth connection, waterproof and amazing 1080p 170 degree film quality, plus they offer some excellent mounting options in a very slick package.

There are 3 cameras in the contour range:

Contour Roam

Contour GPS

Contour +

New safety boat!

We sold our lovely safety boat at the end of last season as we decided we needed something  larger and tougher. Bought a new replacement yesterday, it is the same as the RNLI, Coastguard and Armed Forces use…….perfect!!!

Women’s harness

The 2012 Liquid Force Bliss women’s waist harness arrived in the other day, huge improvement this year and we think it is the best ladies specific harness we have seen as it has been designed for girls rather than just a smaller men’s version.  It is nice and flexible with soft edges and cuts right in towards the spreader bar to fit a female body well. The spreader bar is shorter than normal men’s harnesses to minimise the space taken up around your stomach to maximise movement and comfort.

2012 Liquid Force kit is here!

All the 2012 Liquid Force equipment has arrived!!!

Some of the Liquid Force Envy school kites are here ready for the spring, black, khaki and  fluoro orange this year, nice and bright!!

Lovely new 7m Liquid Force Nirvanas for ourselves, awesome kite for massive jumps and kiteloops. Riding the 2012 Liquid Force Contact board with Luxury pads and straps this year, great freestyle board that has a smooth ride so works well in choppy conditions and the pads are amazing, super comfy and great hold.

Contact us if you would like to try anything, we have loads available to demo.


Kitesurfing lessons Camber near London

The Kitesurf Centre is a leading BKSA kite School, offering kitesurfing lessons, kiteboarding courses, powerkiting and kite landboarding. Located on Camber Sands beach, East Sussex but also teaching at Greatstone Kent on the South East Coast of England – UK – just 1 hour from South London

The Centre was created by two highly experienced BKSA senior instructors to provide the finest level of kite surfing tuition in the South East of England, run from a centre on the beach at Camber Sands, East Sussex, near Rye. With the experience and enthusiasm of the whole team, The Kitesurf Centre is a fantastic place to learn kitesurfing or any kite or watersport.

What is kitesurfing and why choose us?

The Centre

It’s no secret that Camber Sands is the finest beach for kitesurfing and water sports in the south east. We are fortunate enough to have our centre right on it, offering the ideal location for a kite school. It provides free parking, onsite changing rooms, classroom and an abundance of the latest equipment in sizes XXS – XXXL. The centre offers a relaxed comfortable atmosphere concealed from the often ideal windy elements. 

With our centre right on a perfect beach we can offer the best possible service as a kitesurfing school.

The onsite centre avoids fragmented kitesurfing lessons commuting to and from the beach in cold wet wetsuits with limited kit, or learning safety and wind theory from the back of a vehicle

Our location was chosen from years of experience spent on Camber Sands and the knowledge that it offered the safest and easiest conditions to learn along the Kent and Sussex coast. The ideal constant warm onshore winds are unmatched by any beach along the south coast and the safe sea state available at Camber instils confidence whilst learning kitesurfing. Greatstone beach is just 10 minutes away and offers the same fantastic conditions but faces the opposite direction which alongside our safety boat allows us to kitesurf in any wind direction!

Camber Sands beach is a beautiful 4 mile stretch of golden sand with shallow water making it the perfect position for a kitesurfing school!

Only 1 hour south east from London and 50 minutes east from Brighton, we are surrounded by good access roads and public transport along with a vast range of accommodation – making commuting or holidays very easy. 

The Kitesurf Centre is rider owned and run. Thomas and Tristan conduct or oversee all of the lessons and using their experience, make sure everything runs smoothly and the students both enjoy themselves and have a productive lesson. 

Click here to view previous students feedback on their kitesurfing lessons – we take pride in our service


Tristan – BKSA Senior Instructor kitesurfing at Camber Sands  2008                   James – BKSA National Trainer, kitesurfing in Egypt 2009

Tristan – BKSA Senior Instructor kitesurfing at Camber Sands  2008      

James – BKSA National Trainer, kitesurfing in Egypt 2009

2010 Winter update

09/02/10 – I am currently in Tignes in the French Alps doing a mini snowboard season. The snow has been amazing with some of the fluffiest powder I have ever been in. I have spent a lot of time in the park over the last week and have learnt a few new tricks on the kickers and rails, including a backside 360 shifty shifty, Rodeo 7 and cab 270 onto a rail with backside 270 off. It is dumping down right now so tomorrow should be amazing! Thomas

Happy New Year

Website Update!

Hi All,


We have had a much busier year than we imagined and for this reason feel we have outgrown our current site. We wish to offer a far more interactive website with loads of information and features. We have recently changed the interface and are currently upgrading all the pages. Please bare with us whilst we make these changes