SCKA kiteboarding safety clinic and swap meet
The Southern California Kiteboarding Association (SCKA) presented a
free safety clinic and swap meet on 2008/5/10. This well attended event clinic was held at
the popular Belmont Shores kitesurfing beach near Los Angeles. Click here
for the safety clinic flyer. Click here
for the swap meet flyer. Click here
for last year's (2007/9/29) safety clinic.
The SCKA is working with the Long Beach lifeguards to make kite boarding better for all.
The swap meet was in the morning
There were many bargains as there were more sellers than buyers.
Lots of kites for sale !
Clinic A: Body dragging
Clinic B: Gear inspection and safety system deployment
IKO certified instructor Diane Wenzel provided equipment training:
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. Lay out your bar/lines and have your harness ready for
Simulating a run away kite for a quick release test.
Clinic C: Wind/water/kite selection considerations and kiting rules and guidelines
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 kiting rules and
how to kite in crowded places.
Clinic D: Land simulation of water self rescue
Arnaud teaching how to water rescue
--- Learn how to depower your downed kite, wrap up your lines and work
your way to your kite and use it to pull you back to shore.
Practicing with the kite release
Kite release demo
End of a fun day !