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How to keep on riding after your waterstart

You got some basics dialed in.

Now it is time to continue riding after those dozens of attempts on your waterstart. But how do I stop overshooting over my board and how do I maintain board speed? We got this most frequently asked question answered for you. Let’s get you up to speed with the following answers.

How to keep riding after your waterstart?

  • How do I remain board speed to keep riding?
    • This is something that happens to almost all beginners. You did shoot over your board multiple times but now when you want to start, your holding back and sink back in the water again.
      • Solve this problem by bringing your front steering hand further out to the edge of your bar, and keeping the backhand a little closer to the center. This way your steering motion down stays strong enough and you will have sufficient counter steering motion that your kite will not hit the water. And your speed out of the waterstart is higher so it will be easier to keep riding with your kite at 45 degrees.
      • Then the only thing to do with the bar is slowly add every attempt a bit more pull by bringing in the bar.
      • While riding your first meters after the waterstart, it depends on the amount of wind if you are keeping speed. If it is a light wind, then sheet out your bar and pull the kite back (towards) 12 o clock. Not all the way! Counter steer hard and retake a waterstart speed of your kite and pull in the bar hard. This time you were already out of the water so the forward speed increases much harder. If this was enough then bring the kite back to the 45-degree angle and enjoy the ride. If it wasn’t enough? repeat this step until you got it!
      • Pointing your board downwind could help as well and bring your weight over the center of your board. The less edge you got in the water the higher the forward speed. If you’re trying to go upwind. Give yourself some forward speed momentum before edging, leaning, and pointing your board upwind.