SCKA kiteboarding safety clinic (2008/9/27)

The Southern California Kiteboarding Association (SCKA) presented a free safety clinic on 2008/9/27. This was at the Belmont Shores kitesurfing beach South of Los Angeles. Click here for the 2008/5/10 safety clinic or here for last year's 2007/9/29 safety clinic.

Diane on the balance beam while Carter watches

Wipeout !

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.

Water self rescue (land simulation)

  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.

Wind/water/kite selection considerations and kiting rules and guidelines 

Jim & Dan 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. Wind/water/kite selection considerations and kiting rules and guidelines.

Jim Corbett - read more about this clinic at his kitesurfing blog (

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