SCKA kiteboarding safety clinic and
swap meet (2010/6/13)
The Southern California Kiteboarding Association (SCKA
) presented a
free safety clinic and swap meet on 2009/6/13.
This well attended event clinic was held at
the popular Belmont Shores kitesurfing beach near Los Angeles.
Date: June 13, 2010 - Time : 11 AM to 3 PM
Location : Laverne and Ocean, Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California
Cost : Free
Event Description : Members of SCKA and local instructors will donate
their time and knowledge to make kiting safer for everyone. Swap meet
is open to all who would like to offer previously ridden gear and to
shops permitted to sell on this beach.
Requirement : For most activities there is no prerequisite
required. All are welcome to come and learn the first steps towards
First was a swap meet from 11 AM to 1 PM
Gear inspection and safety system
deployment: (Francis Hu & Bart Miller - Southern California Kiteboarding)
Learn how to inspect and maintain your equipment
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. Be sure to bring
your own bar and harness to fully participate in this clinic.
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 general rules
pertaining to right of way as well as local kiting rules and
Regulations. This would help for all those traveling to new locations.
Nudge is going over weather, kiting practices and regulations at the
various Southern California kite beaches.
Land simulation of water dragging and self
rescue: (Arnaud - Kitemasters)
Learn how to body drag upwind to retrieve your
board without a leash.
Learn how to depower your downed kite, wrap up your lines, work your
way to your kite and use it to pull you back to shore.
Using the kite as a rescue sail
Assisted / Self Launching and Landing
(Carter - Kitesufari)
Learn where to hold a kite / direct others to
hold your kite on launch.
Learn how to land a kite / direct others to help you land your kite
For more advanced Kiters only, Learn how to self launch and land your
Carter has an unusual way of dropping in on the class
Ready to teach !
First Carter will be demonstrating
assisted and unassisted launches and landings
Later, learn how to jump