When learning to board start and building up longer and longer runs on your board, no matter how careful you are regarding your distance, there is a good chance than you will drift downwind and be in the situation where no one is around to help you land your kite.

This is why…

It is essential to know how to land your kite yourself, without help from anyone else.

Before you self-land

  • Make sure you have at least two kite line lengths of clear space downwind of you that is without dangerous obstacles or anything that could damage your kite. If this is not possible then you can perform this self landing technique in the water.
  • Self-landing on soft sand or shallow water is ideal but don’t be put off by small stones.
  • Know what safety system your bar has and exactly how to use it. Most modern kites have a one line, flag out system which gives 100% depower when the safety is activated and makes self-landing possible in all wind strengths.

There are several ways to self-land, some techniques require a fixed object to secure your chicken loop too such as a post or a tree and other techniques will only work in light winds.

The following technique can be used in all conditions, without a fixed object and on almost any beach. 

  • Find a location where you have a clear space with at least one kite line length directly downwind of you so your kite

  • Move your kite to the edge of the wind window in the no power zone at either 9 or 3, ideally away from the land. 

  • Let go of your bar and immediately activate your main safety system.

You are now attached to your kite by one line, your bar has moved towards your kite, and your kite should not be pulling you and will fall to the ground. 

Pull yourself towards your kite by pulling yourself up the safety line using the “hand over hand, thumbs up” technique. This means you hold your safety line with the palms of your hands facing to the ground while holding your thumbs out. 

Walk slowly towards your kite to minimise tension

Stay upwind of your lines to avoid getting any part of your body caught in your lines.

When you get to your bar, do not touch your bar, if you hold on to your bar your kite could power up. Do not touch your bar!

  • Continue to pull yourself all the way back to your kite up the single safety line.
  • When you get back to your kite secure it safely with some weight or pack it away immediately. 

Important points to remember

  • While pulling yourself up your safety line back to you kite, stay upwind of the excess lines and avoid getting any part of your body wrapped in the lines. 
  • Resist the temptation to run back to your kite when it lands. It could blow away at any time. Pull yourself to your kite using your safety line.
  • Be prepared to let go of the safety line quickly if your kite does power up for some reason and be prepared to use your final safety release if your kite is pulling you after you have activated your main safety system. 

 Practice your self-land on a no wind or light wind day.

Self-Landing Made Simple

  1. Before you self-land make sure you have two kite line lengths of clear space downwind of you.  
  2. Move your kite to the edge of the window either at 9 or 3 and activate your safety. 
  3. Pull yourself back to your kite up the one safety lines using the hand over hand technique, do not touch your bar throughout the whole self-land and continue up the safety line until you have your kite in your hands.

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