Before you head out for your next great kiteboarding session, make sure your gear is in order. Follow our easy Pre-flight Kiteboarding Safety checklist to make sure you and your gear are safe and ready to rip.
- Check for any leading edge scuffs or tears that could get worse or rupture if you crash your kite.
- Check kite canopy for tears and pinholes. Hold the kite up to the sky, look through the canopy and see if any sunlight shines through. Pinholes can be repaired on-site with a kite patch kit. Larger tears need to be repaired professionally.
- Listen for any bladder leaks, especially around inflate/deflate valves and one-pump strut valves.
- Ensure all One-pump hoses are attached, secured and functioning properly.
- Once inflated, double check your inflate/deflate valve closures. Make sure they are secured and air tight
- Run your lines out and check for knots, kinks or fraying. Knots that can’t be untied weaken your lines and pose a safety risk. Fresh lines can be found at www.slingshotaustralia.com.au.
- Check your Pigtail connections. Pigtails can fray and wear over time. Replace them if they appear worn or are at risk of breaking. Replacement Pigtails can be found on the Bar Parts page at www.slingshotaustralia.com.au.
- Check your CSS bungee. If it’s stretched and dangling, you need to replace it. Slingshot bars comes with an extra CSS bungee. CLICK HERE for a video on how to replace it.
- Release and reset the safety systems on your bar and on your leash to make sure they are clean, in good shape and functioning properly. Give a firm pull on the chicken loop to make sure the system is reset properly.
- Check line length: Frequency depends on how much you ride but a couple times a season is a good guideline. Make sure they’re all the same length. Stretching is normal, but lines can stretch unevenly, which can cause your kite to fly unbalanced. CLICK HERE for a video on how to check line length and fix uneven lines.
- Check the end of your trim rope where it connects to the small black grab handle. When flying your kite fully powered, it’s important to secure the end of the depower rope into the cleat. Riders often leave the rope un-cleated, which causes wear on the rope where it connects to the handle. CLICK HERE for a video on how to replace your trip rope.
Now, get out on the water and enjoy!