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#AddAKite part 2: Safety Concerns

In the second installment of the #AddAKite Series, Matt talks about the concerns he had getting into the sport after watching people get dragged down the beach by their kites on youtube videos and watching launches going bad on the local scene by untrained newbie/wannabe kiteboarders. The Best TS has changed all of that for Matt.

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What Does a Trim Strap Do?

by Jake Mitchell

Identifying the trim strap on a kiteboarding kite.

When kitesurfing, a trim strap allows the rider to make further adjustments to the line lengths (generally the front) to alter the power of the kite. The trim strap is always accessible from the bar, more popular configurations delivered in the form of fabric straps, stopper balls, or strap/cleat systems. Identifying the trim strap is something that should be done during your pre-flight check when on a new kite.

The major difference between sheeting and trimming is that sheeting adjusts the kite's power relative to bar position, whereas trimming adjusts the kite's base power output. Also, unlike sheeting, which changes a kite's back line lengths, sheeting affects the front lines, adjusting the angle of the kite into the wind, or angle of attack.

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Kiteboarding Lessons

Well, if you are here then you have done some research on what it takes to start kiteboarding. At MACkite, our Kiteboarding Lessons Program has a kiteboarding lesson that will suit your needs- from the basic to the advanced, our kiteboarding instructors can get you where you need to be.

If you are at the first stage of learning the ropes of kiteboarding and you need some help learning to steer the kite, MACkite Kiteboarding Ground School will get you started off on the right foot, and for only $100, it is an inexpensive way to get introduced to the sport of kiteboarding. After your Ground School Kiteboarding Lesson, we urge you to continue to hone your flying skills with at least 8-10 more hours on your power trainer kite. Students who have taken the time to do their trainer kite homework progress much faster in the second stage of our kiteboarding lessons.

The next step in the MACkite Kiteboarding Lesson Program would be a one-day kiteboarding lessson for $249 or a two-day kiteboarding camp. In both the one day lesson and two day camp, you will be taught the safety aspects of kiteboarding, body dragging, and self-rescue so you will feel confident in your own abilities to take yourself to the next level after only one session with our trained kiteboarding instructors. If you would like more than 4 hours of instruction and supervision, be sure to schedule yourself for a two-day camp and receive 8 hours of instruction from our trained kiteboarding instructors for only $549. During the two-day kiteboarding camp you will have more time learning the basics, as well as an introduction to board starts and possibly getting your first real ride on a kiteboard.

From there, if you need a refresher or would like some one-on-one personal coaching time with a Kiteboarding Coach, we do offer Private Kiteboarding Lessons for $100 per hour. These lessons are tailored to help you meet your exact goals. Need some coaching on how to stay upwind, master jumping, or do basic tricks? Our Kiteboarding Coaches can take you to the next level of kitesufing.

So what are you waiting for? Call us at 800.622.4655 and schedule your MACkite kiteboarding lesson today!

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BoardSports Center | 217 S. Beechtree | Grand Haven, MI 49417 | P: 616-607-9355 | Toll Free: 1-800-622-4655
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MACkite Shop | 106 Washington | Grand Haven, MI 49417
Shop Hours | Mon-Fri: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Sat: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sun: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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