HOW TO ENTER THE WATER THROUGH A SHOREBREAK

We kite in the sea and we therefore deal with waves! As long as you understand how to deal with them, then they will not be as big a problem as you make out. I believe that some kiters get in and out the water using the wrong method and therefore increase their probability of receiving a pounding. This is the way I would recommend, but if you feel it is wrong please feel free to use your own method.

TIPS to reduce the fear of the shorey!!

Firstly, kite at the low tide. Our shorebreak doubles in size in the high tide, so if you kite in the low tide there is none. So check the tide out and if you can kite around the tide it will help.

Secondly, check your entry spot out. If you look to the left or to the right you may find a much smaller shore break so make sure to look. So many times the worst spot is right where you pump up.

Third – Timing! waves come in sets and these are bigger waves! Likewise there are lulls so don’t just get your kite in the sky and go. Watch the waves and wait for a set and try go afterwards. Also look at the backline and see what the wave is doing there as that will be with you in a few seconds!

If you have to go through it then make sure to make use of the kite. DON’T WALK through the waves SPRINT to the waters edge and then use the kite. Do not try to run through the waves as you hit the water  make use of the power of the kite. You will be able to get pulled through the shorey or over it far quicker than you can run through it. So when you decide to go, go as fast as you can to the waves and as you hit the first wave (or around knee to waist deep – jump over the wave and use your kite to pull you the rest of the way

Lastly if you get it wrong drop the board and try save the kite as if your kite goes down you going to lose the board anyhow and you might just tear your kite as well!

HOPE THAT HELPS AND REMEMBER IF YOU ARE NOT SURE THEN RATHER DON’T GO!!!