Kite Boarding Tips
1. Start with a land training kite and video and learn:
Steering the kite
Get a traction kite Ram Airs with depower work the best on snow. 4 to 7 Meter work great on packed snow. Add 2 meters for deep snow. Wind 10 to 20 MPH.
Snow kite boarding is easier than kite surfing But more dangerous due to the hard surface when landing a jump. Keep the kite in front of you to stay on the ground. Skis are easier than snowboards with the kites. Either one will work.
Inflatable kites like bow kites or hybrids work best on the water. Ten to twelve meter flat area are the most popular to start for the average weight kite boarder of 180 lb. in winds of 10 to 20 MPH.
Body drags in the water are next! You should spend at least a few hours doing body drags. You will need side shore wind so you don't get blown on to the beach. Off shore winds will send you out to sea. A PFD is a great idea and the law in many areas and can act as an impact vest to pad the crashes in the water.
Practice landing and launching the kite. Keep a safe distance away from swimmers and people on the beach.
Don't hook in until your sure you can handle the power.
Once hooked in you will be able to depower the kite for a given wind range
Wait until you are in the water to hook in.
Keep you head above the water or you will look like a down rigger heading for the bottom.
The lines should be kept tight or they will get tangled. The worst is if they get wrapped around body parts.
3. Now the Kite Board
Get someone to pull you with a jet ski or a boat to get used to the board. Directional boards
have more flotation and twin tips are easier to turn around. Go big if you want to make it easy on yourself.
Then put it all together. You will need a harness to free up one hand so you can put on your board while flying the kite. Dive the kite to generate enough power to pull you out of the water.
Move the kite in a wave pattern to generate power if needed. Keep the kite low to help edge the board and to stay up wind.
The power adjustment loop is your friend and will make it possible to adjust the power.
The videos will be helpful.
Take a lesson. The more you learn the safer you will be. Kite boarding can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. Be careful and have fun!