Kiteboarding is growing in popularity and that means there are a lot of kites and kiteboarders on the water. Similar to traffic on the road, there are right of way rules in kiteboarding to ensure everyone knows which way to go and creates a safe environment. You wouldn’t drive on the wrong side of the road, would you!?
Right of Way Kiteboarding Rules
The first Kiteboarding rule is known as ‘right of way’, and determines how to respond when a rider is coming towards you i.e. who has the ‘right of way’ and who should yield, ‘get out of the other kiteboarder’s way’.
What you should do?
A kiteboarder on a starboard tack (right hand forward, green) has right of way.
A kiteboarder on a port tack (left hand forward, red) must give right of way (get out the way, pass downwind).
How to pass a fellow kiteboarder
While passing in opposite directions the upwind kiteboarder must fly their kite high and the kiteboarder downwind must fly their kite lower.
Right of Way when Leaving the Shore
Who has right of way when kiting in the same direction
Look before you perform a kiteboarding jump or Transition
When you’re riding behind someone stay vigilant as they might not look back before maneuvering or jumping. Ensure you keep an eye on your surroundings before performing any tricks and even look over your shoulder to see whose behind you.
Knowing your Kiteboarding Location
If you are in a location with boats, windsurfers or swimmers, those water users will always have right of way over a kiteboarder.
Still confused? Watch this video that explains everything:
Unfortunately, not everyone knows these simple rules, so be mindful of that whenever kiting.
We always recommend taking lessons when you begin Kiteboarding but once you’re out on your own you need to know the right of way kiteboarding rules to keep everyone safe on the water. Sea To Sky Kiteboarding will go over these details and you will put them into practice in our lessons to ensure you become an independent, confident kiteboarder.