Every summer, kitesurfing lovers head for warmer waters and brighter skies. This trip is routine for anyone who loves kitesurfing, but it can do some damage to your kitesurfing equipment when you travel with it.
What Will Happen If I Don’t Pack Correctly?
Here’s a scenario to think about before you go kitesurfing. You arrive at a beach that’s perfect for kitesurfing. The wind is blowing the right way. You take out your kite, and you start to pump air into it. But then suddenly, it blows up with a resounding pop! The kite has been deflated, and there’s a massive hole in the kite’s internal bladder. A giant hole in your kite’s inner bladder isn’t something you can quickly fix while on the beach, but don’t worry! This article will tell you about a couple of techniques that you can learn that will help you avoid something like that happening.
What Do I Need To Know?
The essential piece of equipment you need is a bag. You need a massive bag that can fit all of the kitesurfing equipment you have. You need a bag that will help you keep all your things in one place so you won’t leave any of your equipment behind when you move around.
- A big bag will be able to fit two kites and two boards, as well as your harness, a couple of towels, and a pump.
- Fitting all of your things into one bag won’t be easy since you’ll have to place everything in layers, so the fragile items are safe. Your kiteboard’s fins are the most delicate of the things you’ll have in your back, which is why you need to take them off. There are no exceptions, so make sure you have them safely wrapped in bubble wrap. Then place them in a pocket of your bag.
- Make sure you remove all the air inside your kites when packing them into your bag. Once all of the wind in the kite is out, roll it up with the leading edge facing straight to prevent the bladder from twisting. Take off the one-pump clips if possible since they’ll create tiny rips in the canopy. If your kite has battens, be careful with them. You could snap them while folding your kite, which won’t be nice to see.
- Roll up your kites so that they cover the entire length of your bag. Doing so will let the kites protect the board. Layer your kitesurfing equipment, from bottom to top, one of your kites, your boards, the other kite with a harness, bars, and then your pump at the top. Both of the kites will protect the board’s rails, and it will protect it from any bumps and hits when your bag gets thrown around. You shouldn’t put your pump in with the hose folded, and it’s safer to have it unfolded.
- The most essential thing that you should keep in mind is that you shouldn’t be too stressed about it. Kitesurfing equipment is usually robust and sturdy. Unless you try to stab your bag with knives or run it over with your car, it’s highly unlikely your equipment will be damaged at all. There is one golden rule, though, which is always to remove your kiteboard’s fins and keep it safe and protected. If you follow the golden rule, then you won’t have to worry.