It's all about trimming your kite! - Part 4

June 17, 2019

Kite surf school – lessons on trimming the kite

The last articles in the online kite surf school focused on ‘power and depower’, ‘the sweet spot’, ‘the Angle of attack’, the ‘backstall’ and ‘the trim strap’.
To learn even more about trimming the kite keep reading this article from your online kite surf school.

You might have learned about the backstall and probably about the trim strap during your lessons but most kite surf school s don’t really explain much about the different attachment point at the end of your lines. So here it goes:

Attachment points
Having read and understood the three previous articles is going to make understanding the different attachment point on the kite a lot easier.
Most kites have got two to four different knots (attachment points) on the steering line and some have got a few different knots on the centre lines as well.
If using the trim strap doesn't quite give us the result we would like we can move on to trimming the kite by changing the attachment points.
By moving down a knot on the steering line (further away from the kite) we are lengthening the steering lines which has got the same effect as pulling the trim strap in. In stronger winds this will allow us to trim the kite so it can withstand a little bit more power from the wind.
So from here we might think that shortening the steering lines should make our kites fly better in lighter winds but here is where it gets really confusing.


If we shorten the back lines in light wind we also make the kite more susceptible to back stall which due to the lack of power from the wind will happen sooner in light winds anyway.
Often this occurs to the point where if we shorten them too much, we can’t even launch our kites as they are to over sheeted.
This means that sometimes on light wind days we have to “depower” the kite (i.e. lengthen the back lines/shorten the front lines) more than we would think to prevent over sheeting and allow the kite to fly.

As a conclusion we probably shouldn't really use the attachment points to shorten the lines and make the kite fly better in lighter winds. It is more useful to lengthen the steering lines and use them to make it fly better in stronger wind.
But still, if the wind is too strong: use a smaller kite

Still with me here?

If you are then you are probably asking yourself: Why are there more attachment points to shorten the lines at all then?
Those attachment points are usually only used when there is already sufficient power in the kite and we are just aching for a little bit of extra ‘umpf’ (extra power :) to ride even harder.

This was the last article of the series of how to trim the kite.


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

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