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

PASA certified instructor Carter Thomas taught upwind body dragging. You should know how to body drag upwind to be able to retrieve your board without a board leash.

Carter is showing a student how to body drag upwind.

Practicing upwind body dragging

Clinic B: 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.  Lay out your bar/lines and have your harness ready for this clinic.

Simulating a run away kite for a quick release test.

Clinic C: Wind/water/kite selection considerations and kiting rules and guidelines 

Jim Corbett: 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 kiting rules and how to kite in crowded places. 

Jim Corbett - read more at his kitesurfing blog (

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 !

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