SCKA kiteboarding safety clinic
The Southern California Kiteboarding Association (SCKA) presented a
free safety clinic
This well attended safety clinic was
held at the popular Belmont Shores kitesurfing beach near Los Angeles.
Victor, Francis and Dimitrii working at the registration desk.
Clinic A: Body dragging
Martin Zoldano demonstrated upwind
body dragging for board retrieval, so you can get rid of your board leash.
Clinic B: Land simulation of water self rescue
PASA instructor Carter Thomas
Carter is showing how to depower a downed kite, wrap up
the lines and work your way to your kite and then use the kite to pull you back
to shore. Carter also demonstrated various techniques for self launching and landing bow and C kites.
Clinic C: Wind/water/kite selection considerations and kiting rules and guidelines
Learn about the typical weather conditions in So Cal and what to
watch out for. Also learn about wind strength, kite size, wind
directions, and when you should not go out. Will go over the rules of
the water and how to kite in crowded places.
Clinic D: Gear inspection and safety system deployment
IKO certified instructor Diane Wenzel provided equipment training:
Learn how to inspect and maintain your equipment to prevent
problems. Learn what to do in case of equipment failure.
Learn how the safety system works on your kite & bar and how to
activate them. Practice letting go of the bar and activating your
safety. Also test your quick releases under load to make sure
they work. Rig up your kite and have your harness ready for this
Practicing with the kite release
Good job !