Kiteboarding Right of Way

  • Incoming kiter gives right of way to the kiter who is launching, except when unpredictable stormy conditions arise; then the landing kiter should have right of way over the exiting outgoing kiter
  • Upwind kiter keeps kite high; Downwind rider keeps kite low
  • Opposite tack rule: A wave sailor coming in (surfing the wave) shall keep clear of a wave sailor heading out (jumping the wave)
  • Same tack rule (on the wave): All wave sailors shall keep clear of a wave sailor in front of or nearest to the peak of the wave (the breaking part of the wave)
  • The overtaking kiter gives way to the slower kiter
  • Look before you turn or jump
  • Do not jump close to shore
  • Always give way to swimmers, surfers and other boats
  • Maintain 2 line length downwind buffer
  • Always maintain a safe distance from swimmers