bnthere wrote:JGTR wrote:When learning kite at 12 is the most stable position for putting board on feet and is also a safety technique as it stops the student from being pulled.
you should rethink this.
its not exactly that it is wrong, or better or worse or doable or not doable, but:
this kind of thinking undermines a lot of what CURRENT smart kite handling instruction emphasizes.
there are many ways to do things in kiteboarding:
i think there is nothing wrong to hold the depowered kite at 12. it is stable and in sudden gust it pulls you upwards, you are in total control of the quick release.
if you holding your kite at left or at right of you wind gust can pull you off your feet and start dragging you. at that moment QR activation can be complicated and it is only the question of when your kite starts to loop.
it is staying on the beach or near it, chatting or drying the canopy with kite up (at any angle!) is dangerous and stupid.