How to Go Upwind Kiteboarding

by Jacky Gamble

Kiteboarding, also referred to as kitesurfing, involves standing on a kiteboard, which is similar to a small surfboard, while using a large kite and wind power to ride along the surface of the water. As beginner kiteboarders become comfortable with the basic kiteboarding techniques, they are often ready to learn how to sail upwind, or into the wind. Many kiteboards agree that this skill is what transforms a novice kiteboarder into an experienced kiteboarder.

Items you will need

  • Kiteboard
  • Power kite
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Step 1

Transfer your weight to your back foot by twisting the foot slightly backwards and pushing down on the heel. This will move your center of force backward on the board. Keep your front leg straight.

Step 2

Press down on the windward edge to position the kiteboard at a 30 to 45 degree angle from the water. Lean your body at a 45 degree angle, facing in the direction that you are going.

Step 3

Point your kiteboard back downwind slightly when making turns. Once the turn is made, return to your upwind sail.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have been using a beginner's kite, upgrade to a larger kite to sail upwind.
  • Do not lean backward too far as this will cause you to fall in the water.

About the Author

Jacky Gamble has been a freelance writer since 2008, and has written articles for Internet publishing companies, Ancestry.org and Families.com. She is pursuing an Associate of Science in business administration.

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