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Water Start Sequences

[The equipments have changed a lot since these photos were taken; however, the techniques stay the same].

Sequence 1 (light wind)

Having put the feet in the footstraps, the kitesurfer dives the kite forward to water start (note the position of the kitesurfer relative to the buildings in the background in the subsequent photos).
The kite start lifting the kitesurfer onto the board (note that the control bar is now in its neutral position to avoid over turning. From the angle of the lines we can see that the kite is still fairly high on the sky)
The kitesurfer is on the board and planing. Since the wind is rather light, he can keep a high body position and he is preparing to move the kite upward in a sine wave pattern to generate more power.
The kite is high up in the sky and the kitesurfer is preparing to dive it down to get going (see the subsequent photos in the sine wave sequence).

Sequence 2 (strong wind)

The kitesurfer is holding the control bar with the left hand while the right hand is grabbing the front footstrap to assist inserting the feet into the straps.
The kitesurfer is lifted up onto the board. The board starts planing. The kite is still fairly high on the sky. In strong wind, the kitesurfer keeps a low body position to avoid being pulled forward by the kite. Note the position of the planning windsurfer in the back ground. Water starting in kitesurfing can be done pretty quickly.

All the photos on this page were taken by Jan Pina for the Kitesurfing School.


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