Knowing how to trim our kites is important so we can make the most out of our time on the water. More often than not during our kiteboard lessons we only learn about the Power and Depower and the Sweet Spot.
What we need to know There is a way of trimming our kites while we're on the water (using the trim strap) and a way to trim the kite on different attachment points when setting it up. As time is very valuable during your kiteboard lessons you probably won’t get in-depth knowledge about the different connection points.What we need to know To understand how to trim our kites correctly we need to understand how the trim strap works, how to use different attachment points, what the sweet spot is, what we mean with the Angle of Attack, where the backstall comes in and what exactly power and depower is.
Different kites have got different ways of trimming them (different looking trim straps different connections on the kite) but the theory behind it is always the same.
Power and Depower (discovered during your kiteboard lessons) We can choose how much power we like to get from our kites by pulling the bar in (sheeting in) and letting the bar out (sheeting out). Sheeting the bar in gives us more power while sheeting out depowers the kite. When ever we pull the bar in it will magnify what is happening with the kite. The maximum depower of every kite is when we sheet the bar out to the point where the steering lines go slack. At maximum depower our kites will not steer effectively and might not be responsive at all.
Sweet spot The sweet spot is the position of the bar on the sheeting lines. It lies right where we can control the kite easily because there is tension in the steering lines without us being lifted or pulled around. This means that the sweet spot is the position of the bar from where we get more power by sheeting in more and depowering the kite (creating slack in the steering lines) by sheeting out a little bit further. We always fly our kites with the bar on the sweet spot so we have got maximum control. The sweet spot moves up and down the sheeting lines as the wind goes up and down. Sheeting in and out slightly as the wind goes up and down allows us to keep the same amount of power in the kite at all (most) times.
We will talk more about trimming the kite throughout this series.
Part one: Kiteboard lessons on trimming the kite Part two: Kitesurf lessons near me on trimming the kite Part three: Kitesurfing lessons near me Part four: Kite surf school – lessons on trimming the kite