Handy tips for Kiteboarders
Wrap your kite’s lines around your bar in a figure 8 pattern. This keeps your lines from tangling and makes unwinding easier.
Store your pump in something protective. Pumps break easily and are expensive to replace.
Flying lines stretch easily. If your kite flies skew your lines have probably stretched. Most kites fly to one side if the lines are stretched. What you can do is to swap your left lines to the right side every 2 - 3 weeks to avoid line stretching.
If your lines are already stretched, you can compensate for line stretching by moving the knots up and down on your kitesurf bar's leader lines, or by taking it to your local kite shop who will re-adjust and resleeve your line ends.
Rinse your bar, wetsuit, harness and board after each session and your gear will last longer. Do not rinse your kite as it is not necessary. A wet kite packed away will cause mildew.
If you can't find sand to secure your kite for a self launch, you can use a small soil bag to secure your kite, or make up your own bag which you can use anywhere.
If you have to walk far with your kite you can wrap you harness around your kite keep it from rolling open, and to make it easier to carry around.
To make for easier deflating of your kite, roll one end of the kite to the middle, and put your board against the side which you rolled up. Then start rolling from the other side to prevent the side you just rolled up from rolling open again.
If you have any questions, visit http://forum.ikiteboarding.com and ask them there.
Use surfboard wax or candle wax to wax your trim line and keep it from wearing through. Do this on a weekly basis and your trim line will last a long time.
If you get overpowered on the water, and you can not edge any harder, you can simply point your board downwind. This will put some slack on your lines and slow you down.