Kiteboarding on Cuyo | Code of Conduct

Kiteboarding Safely

Many kiting accidents can be avoided if kiters are informed of safety procedures and exercise reasonable care. Kiteboarding can be hazardous to riders and to bystanders, particularly if practiced without adequate training, safety gear, observation of safe kiteboarding practices and appropriate caution.

Riders must accept that even if these guidelines are followed, that accidents, injury and even death may occur in the sport of kiteboarding.

Kites can produce powerful force with little or no warning. Sudden wind gusts, improper line attachment, mishandling, etc., can result in dragging and/or lofting, possibly with no time to effectively react. A kiter may not always be able to just let go or kill the power of the kite, as many accidents have established.

Your ability to safely and completely depower and drop your kite and otherwise manage in an emergency will weigh heavily on your technique, preparation, prior practice and the reliability of your gear.

Cuyo Kiteboarding Code of Conduct

The following guidelines have been created to improve beach safety for kiteboarders and other beach users; to minimize the potential of complaints and create an environment that will be conducive to providing continued access for kiters to existing kiteboarding locations around Cuyo.

  1. Proactively assist other kiteboarder

  2. Get adequate training

  3. Kiteboard within your limits

  4. Always use a kite leash and quick release

  5. Launch, ride and land well away from bystanders, beginner kiteboarders and other water crafts

  6. Obey Right-of-Way rules for other kiteboarders and water craft

  1. Be aware of the weather

  1. Beware of sharp objects or stinging animals

  1. Conserve space on the beach

  1. Keep the beach and ocean clean

  1. Any form of teaching is strictly prohibited unless authorized

  1. Have fun and smile!

  1. Proactively assist other kiteboarders

    • Offer to assist other riders with launching and landing using visual and audible communications such as tapping the top of the head to indicate that you require assistance with landing a kite and the universal “thumbs-up” to indicate you are ready for your kite to be launched. NEVER release a kite for launch until you receive an unequivocal thumbs-up signal from the kiter.

      Whether you are starting out or are almost a pro, your help may avoid serious injury and/or property damage.

  2. Get adequate training

    • Kiteboarders, particularly beginners, should seek adequate, quality professional instruction. Beginners must avoid crowded areas; particularly as kite control is still being developed. Beginners should body drag out at least 60m from shore prior to water starting. Build your skill and experience carefully in side shore or side onshore winds less than 25 knots.

  3. Kiteboard within your limits

    • Know your equipment’s limitations as well as your own. If you aren’t 100% healthy or in doubt, DON’T GO OUT!

    • Don’t fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    • Always maintain an energy reserve while kiteboarding you may need it to help yourself or someone else.

  4. Always use a kite leash and quick release

    • Make sure you have proper safety equipment, such as a tested, well maintained kite leash securely attached to your harness, and ideally, a quality, well-fitting helmet and impact vest.

    • Regularly test and maintain your chicken loop or kite depowering quick release.

  5. Launch, ride and land well away from bystanders, beginner kiteboarders and other water crafts

    • Give way to the public on the beach and in the water at ALL TIMES. Be courteous and polite to bystanders; complaints have frequently led to bans and restrictions on kiteboarding and continue to do so.

    • NEVER launch, ride or land upwind of nearby bystanders, and while it may not always be possible, work to keep a minimum 100m buffer zone from beginner kiteboarders (especially when being taught) and fishermen out on the water, they depend on catching fish for their livelihood and do not want to be disturbed.

  6. Obey Right-of-Way rules for other kiteboarders and water craft

    • Never force your right-of-way over other craft when on the water. Wind shadows and wake chop can cause you to lose control of your kite and end up in the path of other watercraft. Regulations require that no matter who has designated right of way, all watercraft must avoid potential collisions in all circumstances.

    • When two riders are on opposite tacks and there is a need to alter course to avoid collision, the port tack rider (left shoulder forward) shall alter course and/or kite position in order to keep clear of the starboard tack rider (right shoulder forward) who should maintain the same course and speed.

    • When two or more riders are on the same tack with kite lines overlapped, the upwind rider(s) shall keep their kite high and the downwind rider(s) keep their kite low.

    • A rider shall not jump if there is any danger of possible collision with another rider.

    • When wave riding, the first rider on the face of a wave has right of way. This may override the starboard tack rule.

    • Kiteboarders exiting the water have right-of-way over kiteboarders entering the water; they may have a problem with their kite or could be injured and require an immediate landing.

    • Always give way to kiteboarders who are body dragging or not riding in the water.

  7. Be aware of the weather

    • Is the forecast and current weather acceptable, free of pending storm clouds and excessive gusty winds? Lightning can strike well ahead of approaching storm fronts. Static electricity in the air is a clear sign of an impending lightning strike. Get out of the water well ahead of storm fronts.

    • Are seas and wind condition within your experience, ability and appropriate for your gear? New kiters should practice in lighter, side or side onshore winds.

  8. Beware of sharp objects or stinging animals

    • The sea bed on the north / north eastern side of Capusan beach may contain sharp object such as glass or tin cans which can cut your feet if not protected.

    • There are large sea urchins from the end of the sand bar on the far North Western side of Capusan beach to the marker out on the reef, avoid this area if possible, especially at low tide.

  9. Conserve space on the beach

    • Roll up your lines when your kite is on the beach and don’t leave your kite on the beach for extended periods.

    • Dont stand on the beach (chatting) with your kite over the water or above your head.

  10. Keep the beach and ocean clean

    • Please help keep our beach and ocean clean, take your rubbish with you or dispose it in the bins provided. If you see glass on the beach, pick it up, it could be your kite/foot that lands on it when you come back.

  11. Any form of teaching is strictly prohibited unless authorized

    • Cuyo’s kiteboarding instructors are experienced and professional and know what to do in an emergency should anything go wrong. If you are not an experienced instructor you are endangering Cuyo’s reputation as a safe, fun place to kiteboard.

    • Cuyo is committed to preserving its community and improving the lives of its inhabitants. All lessons are to be taught by individuals with all necessary permits and rights to work.

  12. Have fun and smile!