SLICING THROUGH THE WATER POWERED ONLY BY THE WIND IS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE THAT IS VERY ADDICTIVE AND NEVER LOSES ITS APPEAL.
There is an amazing amount of progression in kitesurfing. Getting going on the board for the first time is an unforgettable experience. Next you will master staying upwind, which is definitely a moment. Then you can try jumping, back rolls, downwinders and progress through to big air, kiteloops and handle-passes.
Located on the nice beach of the Black Sea, in Mamaia Nord resort, our kite spot offers both services for riders (launching/landing area, storage, rentals and repairs) as well as Kitesurfing school, with our IKO instructors.
As a beginner, you can discover the thrills of kitesurfing, and if you are an intermediate rider, you can progress with us.
Beautiful girls, cool boys, beach bar and great vibes are more reasons for you to come and ride with us at AKA KITEBOARDING!
Isn't this amazing? What a feeling... What are you waiting for? Join our kitesurfing academy and become a rider now!
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CONNECT WITH PEOPLE, LEARN NEW THINGS, GROW!
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SAFETY & RULES
With the thrills of kitesurfing comes potential danger. Learning safety drills and techniques is very important for minimizing risks.
A good knowledge of safety and rules is essential skill for kitesurfing safely, and for the future of the sport.
Level: basic to advanced.
Do not learn to fly a full size kitesurfing kite on a beach or any other land - this is the most dangerous place to fly your kite. If you are a novice, take lessons and head out into the water at a safe location to learn.
Kite (mandatory): with an inflatable bladder, they float on the water to enable easy relaunch. Your kite is your engine. Research kite characteristics that will suit your style of riding and skill level and make your selection carefully. Don't buy a second hand kite that you know little or nothing about then attempt to use it.
Some factors to consider when choosing a kite: Good depower is arguably the most important feature and safety factor. Older C kites had limited depower, while the advent of Bow Kites provided close to 100% depower.
Durability - lighter kites might fly and turn faster, but they are also more prone to ripping in a big crash. Wear protectors on abrasion points - particularly the leading edge and wing tips - can prevent wear and tear damage while self-launching and self-landing. Easy re-launching is a big plus while learning. Heavy bar pressure will tire your arms more compared to lighter bar pressure.
Bar and lines (mandatory): the control system for your kite normal line length is 24-25 meters often specific for the type and brand of kite. The kite bar is the control system for your kite. With it you can accelerate, slow down, turn and jump. They also include safety release systems. Kite bars have evolved considerably over time. There are many different configurations between manufacturers and also between years and models of kites.
Harness (mandatory): provides you with support and some protection, and has a hook to connect the chicken loop to
Safety leash (mandatory): keeps you connected to the kite when you deploy your main safety release or you let go of the control bar while riding unhooked
Board (mandatory): Designed and optimised for travelling upwind under the power of a kite Connects to your feet using foot straps. A wide range of type are available.
Wetsuits (optional): for cooler and cold conditions, a wetsuit extends your season and allows you to stay out longer. Kitesurfing-specific wetsuits have features like water drainage at the ankles. A 1mm suit keeps the sun off and provides some protection from abrasion, and can be used in the tropics. Wearing booties stops water jetting up the legs of the wetsuit and provides warmth.
The basic gear for kitesurfing is fairly compact, quite durable and not too expensive: kite, bar & lines, harness, safety leash, board, wetsuit.
KNOW AND FOLLOW THE RULES: A kitesurfer is classified as a "sailing vessel" in many countries and therefore must comply with relevant marine regulations such as right of way rules, clearance rules and avoid no go zones. Check up and learn safety regulations and right of way rules, and follow them. Use kitesurfing hand signals. Don't ever assume you have right of way or insist on taking it - the other kitesurfer or vessel may know that or may not be looking. Know the clearance and zone rules and abide by them.
RIGHT OF WAY RULES: Right of way rules determine who has the "right of way" and who should "yield, or get out of the way" when passing. A kiter on a starboard tack (right hand and shoulder forwards) has right of way. A kiter on a port tack (left hand and shoulder forwards) must yield right of way (get out the way, pass downwind). For two kiters on the same tack, the kiteboarder upwind must give way to the kitesurfer downwind. While passing in opposite directions: the upwind kiteboarder must fly their kite high, the kiteboarder downwind must fly their kite low In surf: Kiters leaving the shore (outgoing) have right of way over incoming riders. Riders close to shore or negotiating broken water are more at risk, so they have the right of way Kiters riding on a wave have right of way over other riders, except for outgoing riders as above.
- Regularly check your safety releases by releasing them with no kite attached
- Don't ever use a board leash (except possibly in large surf for experienced riders)
- Learn to body drag upwind to recover a lostboard
- Practice and be proficient at self rescue before you really need to use it
- Avoid going out in conditions above your ability
- During your first year, 25 knots is the maximum wind you should go out in
- If in doubt, don't go out
- Avoid storm fronts until you have at least 1 years experience
- Carefully consider other beach goers when you launch and land your kite
- Keep a safe distance from them
- Get another kitesurfer to launch and land your kite if they are around
- Do not allow an unskilled onlooker to attempt to launch or land your kite
- Exercise great caution when landing your kite, especially in gusty conditions
- Make sure you use the correct kite size for your weight and the wind strength
- Don't jump in shallow water, near other kiters or near objects
- Depower your kite before you get overpowered
- It can be very difficult to depower a kite once it is overpowered
- Grab the front lines to take the pressure off, then reset the depower adjustment
- Keep away from boats, piers, groynes, buoys and other objects
- Watch out carefully for shallow water
- Hitting a sand bank just covered by flat water at speed can be catastrophic
- If you lose your board, report this to local authorities to avoid them commencing a search for you
- Avoid kiting alone
- Get a kitesurfing buddy to share the fun with, and/or kitesurf at locations where there are other kitesurfers about
- Assess local hazards and take steps to avoid them
- Follow CLEAR guidelines
- Never touch or grab kite lines when they are under tension
- Never use the kite as a flying device - despite what videos you may see on YouTube Secure your kite on the beach leading edge down with sand on either side of the main strut - or use a plastic or cloth bag full of sand Secure your possessions on the beach too
- Kite bags and other gear have been blown out to sea by gusts on many occasions
- Do not lend your gear to someone who had no instruction on kitesurfing
- Let someone know before you go
- Tell them where you are kiting and when you expect to get back
- You can also send them your Trip Intentions online.
If you see other kiters doing something unsafe, tell them. You might save a life or avoid a serious injury occurring. Better safe than sorry.
- Always use a safety leash, and connect it to the right spot
- Wear a buoyancy vest that provides some impact protection Wear a helmet
- Carry a line knife and practice retrieving it from your harness
- Carry an EPIRB and a mobile phone in a waterproof case if kitesurfing more than 2km offshore or in a remote location
- Be familiar with the setup and use of your particular safety systems, which vary between manufacturers and kite models
- Read your kite manual carefully before trying out a new kite
- If you buy a second hand kite, get a copy of the manual for it
- Make sure all control system and lines are rigged according to the instructions for your kite and control system model
- Never permanently connect yourself to the kite, control bar or lines
- Make sure your gear is well maintained.
CONDUCT A ROUTINE PREFLIGHT: Do a quick safety check just before you start kiting. Check in sequence:
- Chicken loop attached with donkey dick in place
- Helmet on Safety leash connected
- With the kite held ready for launch check the lines are not twisted and are correctly connected
- Signal OK to launch.
HAND SIGNALS:It is not always easy to hear someone from a distance, or on a beach with the wind blowing hard. Kitesurfers use the following standard hand signals to communicate:
- ACTION-HAND SIGNALS:
- Launch or land kite - please help me Hand tapping on helmet
- Wait - Hand up
- OK - Hand on head
- OK distant - Touch both hands together above head
- Launch kite - let go Thumbs up Help, attention Wave one hand
- Help, attention - distant Wave both hands - bring together
- Look - Point to eyes
- Look there - Point with arm
- Yes - Nod Crocodile - Bring hands together at side "snap"
- Going this way - Point with arm
SELF RESCUE: what to do if you lose control of your kite
Sometimes things get out of hand. This situation can occur when:
- The wind picks up beyond your capacity to handle it with your kite, or Equipment failure - a broken pulley, line or kite.
- The self rescue technique is the best way to keep yourself off the front page of the news.
- If you kite long enough, you will need to know this!
- If you are having trouble with self rescue, it may be time to bail out completely.
- Keep in mind this is a last ditch option, as a kite flying by itself is a recipe for trouble - injured bystanders and power line catastrophes can and do occur.
- To Bail out: Release the safety line from your leash.
- Swim in with your board and check for collateral damage.