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ONLINE PROGRAMME

ELEMENTAL PRE - LESSON PROGRAMME

For a Faster Progression 

OVERVIEW

This private online program has been created for the benefit of Elemental Kiteboarding students only. In order to avoid shutting down this program, we ask that you refrain from sharing its link and the videos to the public.

GOALS

Our goal is to get you to enjoy kiteboarding safely and independently.

A crucial step in achieving this is due to your understanding of a few important theoretical and practical basics. To avoid spending too much of your valuable time teaching you these basics during your lessons, it’s in your best interest that you take the time you need (1 to 2 Hours) to self-learn these fundamentals prior to showing up for lessons, so please take some time to read, explore the Web Links and check out our FREE videos!

KITEBOARDING REGULATIONS 

Where are you allowed to kite?

Kiteboarding is a regulated sport which means that you are only allowed to kite in certain designated areas. Every kiteboarding location has its own set of rules, pros and cons, dangers, obstacles etc. Some locations are more suitable for beginners and others for advanced riders only. It is your responsibility to gather this information and fully assess each location where you plan to kite either by asking local kiters and/or looking for official information Online. Kiteboarding location guides for Perth are available here, and here.

NEW Department of Transport DOT kitesurfing regulations - the 400m rule.

Since 2015, the Department of Transport (DOT) has implemented new laws to increase safety for kite and windsurf users. In short, you must remain within 400 meters from the shore unless you have a full set of safety equipment (Life vest- EPIRB, etc.) You will find all information about these rules/laws by following this link: http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/kite-and-windsurfing-safe.asp

LOCATION ANALYSIS

What makes a location safe or unsafe for learning?

As a beginner, you need to choose a safe location for learning. A beginner friendly location is typically where you will find a wide beach (more than 25 meters wide) with soft sand to safely set up, launch and land your kite. It’s also where you will find fewer beach users as well as fewer obstacles (trees, dunes, etc.) and fewer dangers both on the beach (rocks, shells) and in the water. Large waves and shores breaks must be avoided by beginners.

WIND SOURCE

What’s the difference between safe and unsafe wind sources?

Wind can come from different sources depending on the weather. In Perth, summer Sea Breezes (AKA Fremantle Doctor) are the safest winds to progress in as a beginner as it is a reliable and stable breeze. It is easy to recognize a Sea breeze in Perth as it is always coming either from the South-West (SW), the South-South-West (SSW) or due South (S). Sea Breezes will also only form during warm/hot summer days with little to no cloud cover.

A typical peak season Seabreeze forecast in Perth will usually look like this





For more information about Sea Breezes, click here. Kiteboarding outside of normal Sea Breezes (during storm fronts for example) can be extremely dangerous due to the unstable nature of the winds. We strongly recommend to all beginners and students in Perth to only kite in Sea Breezes (October to April) and avoid kiting in Winter. You can read important information about the dangers of winter kiting here.


Below is the live 7 days’ wind forecast for PERTH

         

 

Below is the Live wind reading for Swanbourne (Closest wind meter from Fremantle boat harbour) 

     


IMPORTANT LINKS TO SAVE


Here is the link for the Seabreeze wind forecast and live readings for Perth: http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/wa.asp

Get the Seabreeze App for Apple: click here For Android phones: click here

For explanations about how to read the wind direction and strength click here: http://www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/help_wind.asp

The 3 Links below are more detailed and more accurate wind forecasts that we use to determine if your lessons will go ahead or not:

Perth local waters

Marine Wind Forecast

Windyty Windyty app for Android Phones click here
Understanding the wind forecast and live wind readings will help you choose the right days for your lessons and the right days for kiting after your lessons are done!

 

WIND DIRECTIONS

What are safe and unsafe wind directions?

The wind can arrive at different angles depending on the orientation of your beach. The video below will help you distinguish the Safe Wind Directions from the Unsafe Wind directions.

At the beginning of every lesson you will be asked to assess the wind direction and strength, so be sure you have a solid understanding of these fundamental aspects:

 

   

 

WIND STRENGTHS

What wind speeds are appropriate for learning?

In wind-powered sports, we use the Knot (Kt) unit to measure wind strength.1 knot is equal to approximately 1.8 KM/H. Once you complete all your lessons, the ideal wind strength to progress by yourself easily and safely with a single kite size in Perth is between 18 to 25 knots, which conveniently corresponds to the average Sea Breeze wind strength during summers in Perth!

It is a very common misconception that going out in lighter winds (Below 18 knots) is easier and safer. As a beginner who finished all lessons and purchased a single kite size that is probably best suited for 18 knots+ it will be difficult to get going if the wind is below 18 knots (no sand movement on the beach) and you will have difficulty relaunching it from the water as well! If the wind is blowing above 28 knots (sand is starting to sting your legs) you will be overpowered unless you have a second kite size suited for those conditions. Therefore, once you finish your lessons, we recommend you avoid going out in winds below 18 knots or above 25 knots. Only when you get a few months of experience and skills, you will be able to go out in lighter and stronger winds, provided you have the right sizes of kites for the conditions as well.

 

So...how much wind do I need for my lessons? learning?
For your first lesson, you want a minimum of 10-12 knots, which is the minimum wind needed to fly a kite on the beach. For your second lesson onwards you want a minimum of 15 knots so you can easily relaunch the kite from the water.

I think the wind might be too light for my lesson?
We have specific kite sizes and boards for lower winds (less than 18 knots) and more importantly, you will learn essential light wind skills which will be very useful for many years to come. It's actually an advantage to have one of your lessons in lighter winds.

I think the wind might be too strong for my lesson?
We have very small kite sizes and short lines for strong winds (25 knots +) and we can usually teach safely up to 30 knots, but this mostly depends on your skill level and confidence level.

Don't worry, your instructor will happily cancel your lesson if the wind is too strong or too light for your skill level and/or if we notice the conditions simply don't allow you to progress safely and confidently, even if the lesson has already started.

So, how do I know how strong the wind is blowing?
Each time you arrive for a lesson, you will be asked to assess the current wind strength using observations around you. We have developed a simplified method to help you with this. Even as a beginner kiter you should be able to easily distinguish every 5 knots increments in the wind strength. Click to view the Web links to start training your eye to distinguish various wind strengths.

 

Observation from a beach fully exposed to the wind.

Approximate wind strength

Description and image/video

Comment

Calm flat water or a few ripples but zero white caps in sight

Below 10 knots

Very light winds

Most kites won’t even fly in this wind. Only experts with ultra-low wind specific equipment and vast experience can kite in those winds.

Very few or few white caps

Around 10-12 knots

Light winds

Good for beach flying but too light for water kiting. The vast majority of kiters won't bother to kite in those winds. If you drop the kite in the water in those winds, it will be extremely difficult to relaunch. It may also be hard to launch the kite with an assistant and keep the kite in the air.

Many white caps. Ocean almost saturated with white caps

* More information about wind strength and the Beaufort scale here.

Around 14-16 knots

Light to moderate winds

Good for body dragging but may be too light and frustrating to learn to ride without light wind specific equipment. Kites can be difficult to relaunch in those winds especially in deep water. If you own only a single kite you might be underpowered and you'll need to consider buying a bigger kite if you want to go out in those winds


 

Dry sand gently moving on the beach and full saturation of white caps

Around 18 knots

Moderate to strong winds

 

 

Very strong winds

IDEAL LEARNING CONDITIONS. The kite can be flown easily and steadily at any clock position in the wind window. It can also be easily relaunched if dropped in the water. The kite provides plenty of power to easily get going on the board so you can have a great time on the water!

Extra caution must be taken when winds are approaching 25 knots. If you only own a single kite you will most likely start to be overpowered and you will need to buy a smaller kite if you want to go out in winds at or above 25 knots.

Small thin layer of sand starting to get lifted (blown) off the beach

Around 20-22 knots

A noticeable thick layer of sand blowing continuously on the beach, covering all your equipment. You can easily hear the whistling sound of sand blowing

Around 25 knots

Same as 25 knots but now the sand is also stinging your legs, there is water spraying on top of the waves and it’s hard to walk against the wind

28-30 knots or more

Gale force winds

Too strong and too dangerous for learning. Only more experienced kiters with small kites should be out in those conditions.

 

 

So, what's the correct kite size for me?
Kite sizes are measured by square meters, i.e. a 9m kite has a total surface area of 9 square meters. It is important you choose the right size of kite and board size. Those decisions will mostly depend on your body weight, the average wind strength in your area, your skill level and the type of board you are using. Below is a guideline to help you choose the correct kite and board size. Keep in mind that during your first lessons, for safety reasons, you will most likely be using kite sizes that are much smaller. Also keep in mind that not all kites generate the same power, so a 9m kite from a certain brand/model could be as powerful as a 10m kite from a different brand/model.

 

Weight (KG)

Single Kite Beginner

(18 to 25 knots)

Single Kite Intermediate

(15 to 25 knots)

Two Kite Quiver

(15 to 35 knots)

Three kite quiver

(10 to 35 knots)

Recommended

Approximate

Board length

50

6 or 7m

6 or 7m

6/7m + 4/5m

9m + 6/7m + 4/5m

125-132cm

60

7 or 8m

7 or 8m

7/8m + 5/6m

12m + 7/8m + 5/6m

126-134cm

70

8 or 9m

8 or 9m

8/9m + 6/7m

13/14m + 8/9m + 6/7m

130-136cm

80

9 or 10m

9 or 10m

9/10m + 7/8m

15/16m + 9/10m + 7/8m

132-139cm

90

10 or 11m

10 or 11m

10/11m + 7/8m

17/18m + 10m + 7m

135-142cm

100

11 or 12m

11 or 12m

11/12m + 8/9m

17/18m + 11m + 8m

137-145cm

110

12 or 13m

12 or 13m

12/13m + 9/10m

18/19m + 12m + 9m

139-150cm

 

WIND EFFECTS

Can the wind be obstructed in my location?

Good quality STEADY winds are essential for a safe progression in kiteboarding. Gusty poor quality winds can be very dangerous and must be avoided by learners. When you arrive at a new kiteboarding location, it is important to spot obstacles likely to create wind effects (or wind turbulence). These can be sand dunes, trees, and any other landmarks. It can be highly dangerous to fly your kite too close, over or downwind of large obstacles as the wind will be behaving in an unpredictable manner. For more information about wind effects check out this video:

WIND EFFECTS

 

WIND WINDOW

 

KITE SET UP

 

LAUNCHING AND LANDING

 

KITE PILOTING AND BODY DRAGGING

 

WATER RELAUNCHING

 

BOARDSTART

 

KITESURF SELF RESCUE

 

DEEP WATER SELF RESCUE

 

HOW TO PACK AWAY A KITE

 

RIDING AND STOPPING

 

RIGHT OF WAY RULES IN KITEBOARDING

Kitesurfing is gaining in popularity. As a result, kite beaches are getting busier every year. Using your common sense and knowing the right of way rules are essential to avoid collisions and kite tangles. Please be sure you watch and understand the video and the poster below.

Check out this great video about universal right of way rules in kiteboarding.

 

THIS POSTER IS A GREAT REMINDER OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RIGHT OF WAY RULE

 

 

FULL PACK DOWN / RESCUE

This is an essential skill to have when you are caught in off-shore winds or have a punctured kite and will most likely be rescued by a boat.


ADVANCED SKILLS
- SELF LAUNCHING

This is only recommended after you have enough experience and feel very confident.
If there is someone around to launch you, then there is no reason to be Self-launching, as things can go wrong.

COMMON MISTAKES

Some nice tips here
 

We hope you're enjoying your lessons and this Online Program

Thank you for choosing Elemental to be at the start of your kitesurfing journey ... see you on the beach!

Good winds!
Team Elemental