Before you fly your kite, you need to understand the wind window

When flying a kite you must have the wind on your back. When you are standing with the wind directly on your back, the wind window is directly in front of you. 

The wind window is shaped like a semi-circle and is numbered like a clock. With your back to the wind, if your kite is at 9 o’clock then it is directly to your left, if your kite is above your head, then it is at 12 o’clock and if your kite is directly to your right then it is at 3 o’clock. In between these positions are the same numbers of a clock and from left to right the edges of the wind window are numbered 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3.  

The size of the wind window is exactly the same length as your kite lines. 

When your kite is positioned at 9, 10, 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3 it is in the no power zone. In these positions, there is the least amount of pull from your kite. 

With the wind on your back the power zone is in front of you. This is where the wind window stops being a two-dimensional semi-circle and becomes a three-dimensional quarter sphere.  

The wind window Kiteboarding

The further you fly your kite in front of you, the more power that you will feel with maximum power being directly in front of you. 

Try this simple exercise to help you understand the wind window

Stand with the wind directly on your back and hold both your arms out so your body is in a T shape. Your left hand is pointing to 9 and your right hand is pointing to 3.  This is the extreme edges of the wind window and where there is the least power.  If you keep your arms outstretched and move them as if you were going to clap directly above your head then your left hand will move through 9, 10, 11 and your right hand would move through 3, 2 and 1 and would clap at 12. These are your no power zones. 

Now take your hands back out so you are standing in the T position with the wind on your back so your left hand is pointing to 9 and your right hand is pointing to 3. Keep your arms fully extended and move them together so they meet directly in front of your face as if you were clapping. When both hands meet and clap in front of your face this is pointing to the most powerful part of the power zone.

How to fly your kite in the no power zones

Be gentle. If you pull gently on the left side of your control bar your kite will slowly move to the left and if you pull gently on the right side of your control bar, your kite will move to your right. For example to move your kite from 9 to 10 you pull gently on your right hand and to move your kite from 2 to 1 you pull gently on your left hand. Your kite will not stay anywhere in the wind window automatically. 

You have to keep in control. If you let go of your bar, your kite will simply fall down. To hold your kite in one position such as at 12, you must use small correctional movements to keep it there. For example if your kite moves slightly to the right then you must pull slightly on your left and if your kite moves slightly to your left you must pull slightly to your right.

How to fly your kite into the power zones

Imagine that the wind is directly on your back and you have your kite positioned above your head at 12. 

To get power you must move your kite into the power zone in front of you and to do this you must pull on one side of your control bar much harder. This will make your kite turn faster and it will move down and more in front of you, into the power zone. 

Note: Your kite will not simply stay in the power zone, you have to keep it there. To keep your kite in the power zone you must move it up and down by pulling on either side of your bar. This is known as the….

The Power Stroke

When you watch other Kitesurfers you will see that they keep their kite to their left or their right at 10 or 2 for most of the time. 

Kitesurfing is very simple you go where your kite goes.

You must learn how to focus the power of your kite into one direction so you can easily ride behind it. If your kite is moving all over the wind window, the power will be inconsistent and the direction of the pull from the kite will be pulling you in many different directions making riding on a board almost impossible.

To get more consistent power in one direction, you move your kite in a figure of eight type movement on the left or the right of the power zone and this movement is called the power stroke. 

The smaller and tighter the power stroke movement is, the more focused and useable the power is. 

 You use a power stroke to pull you through the water when learning to body drag, stand up on the board and speed up when you are on the board. 

The wind window made simple

  1. Always stand with your back to the wind.
  2. The no power zone is to your extreme left and right and above your head.
  3. The power zone is in front of you and 

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