Self-landing; How to land your kite without assistance in 4 simple steps

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You’re having the kitesurfing session of your life, cruising and flying high. You’re really in the flow, landing every trick and just having a bloody jolly time. The stoke is real when that yellow kite that was constantly in your way finally gets back on shore. Now you can really go for it, there’s no more holding back! You edge, you pop, you land … and suddenly notice that everyone is packing up, but you were just getting started.

We feel ya, sunset sessions are always the best! But not everyone has the stamina to keep going, and there are safety implications so our trucks get back to camp a bit earlier than some would wish. This also means no safety boat and more importantly no beach boys to land your kite after a certain time.

While we don’t encourage guests to stay out on the water after everyone else packs up, we have to acknowledge that sometimes, those are just the best sessions and we wouldn’t want to take them away from you.

Unlike some other locations, at Vayu, the kitespot is within walking distance from your bungalow. This means you’re not that dependant on the transport organised by us and you can keep shredding until the sun sets, or get so hungry that you rush back for our buffet dinner. What’s even better; with the right tide, you can do a mini downwinder almost all the way to the resort!

And then what? Stay on the beach with my kite on 12 o’clock until the next morning when the beach boys come back?

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How do you self-land your kitesurfing kite?

If you decide to keep kitesurfing after-hours, please make sure to notify someone and perhaps arrange with a mate to wait for you and land your kite. This is definitely the easiest and safest solution, it might, however, cost you a beer or two. An alternative would be to perform a self-landing and land your kite without assistance.

Self-landing isn’t our preferred method of landing a kite and we advise against it if you’re not an experienced kitesurfer, however, it is an extremely useful skill not only when you want to enjoy a sunset sesh in Mannar, but especially when something goes wrong, you drift away and there’s no one to help you land. Below we describe a method that works well for us and we’ve been practicing while no one was watching.

First a couple of safety tips for self-landing your kite:

  • If a strong gust catches your kite it could power up, so always be prepared to let go and quick release!
  • Before you go out and try to self-land your kite on your own, we strongly recommend you practice in a safe environment. Ask a more experienced friend to help you, or even better find a qualified kite instructor to teach you the correct technique.

Landing your kite without assistance in 4 simple steps:

1. Find a nice sandy spot with no obstructions nor sharp rocks/shells.

You wouldn’t want your assistant throwing your kite there, so neither should you. This might not always be possible, but if you care about your kite gear at least give it a try. Make sure there’s no obstacles downwind and nothing upwind from the landing spot either since the gusts could mess it all up for you.

2. Slowly bring the kite down to the edge of the wind window

Bring the kite down very slowly and with control. Gently rest the tip of the kite on the sand. The kite should now be stable here.

3. Pull top front line

Yank on your top front line. You need to pull so strong that the leading edge parks the kite down. This movement needs to be fast in order for the wind to blow over the top of the canopy and force the kite down.

4. Quickly secure your kite with a sandbag or your board

Quickly walk your way up the line until you reach your kite. Secure it in place with a sandbag or your board. Then go on and pack up as you usually would, it’s dinner time!

 

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