Take off: the easiest way is to go fairly fast at 90Ã‚Â° according to the wind, the kite positioned at half way of the wind window or a bit higher. Then take a good edge (on your heels) by quickly piloting the kite towards the top as described in figures 1 and 2. Stop edging when you feel that the kite is pulling you upwards.
Jump: right after the lift, look at your kite and put it back at 12 oÃ¢â‚¬â„¢clock. Bend your legs to balance yourself once in the air and to avoid landing on your back.
Land: put the kite back at its initial position when you start coming back down. To help the landing, put your board downwind (figures 4, 5).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Never let go of the bar when you are in the air.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t jump with onshore wind.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Increase speed before take off, but not too much.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ If you sense that the landing is going to be rash, let go of the bar and place the kite at the top of the wind window.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Wear a helmet and a vest.
Etract from Kiteboarding Vision, an IKO publication, available in March 2004