This is a guide to selecting the safest locations to use your lenkmatten.
- Think Safety: Ensure that you choose a safe area. Avoid all obstacles such as power cables, buildings, trees, cables, or roads, as they can put a sudden end to your day out. You need an open and flat area where the wind can blow through easily.
- Pick a good surface: If you decide to land-board, ensure you choose a flat and even surface, with no huge potholes because they are a recipe for disaster. A flat hard beach with a tide that has gone out or low grass that’s freshly cut is the best.
- Observe the wind: The course of the wind is very important when you’re power kiting. If you decide to kite surf then you need to be sure that the wind will not drag you to sea or tug you back on land. Wind speeds are vital to every kind of kiting. It has to have enough power to pull you but should not be above a level you’re comfortable with.
- Be careful: During kite surfing, be conscious of other impediments in the water like small sailing crafts or groynes. Ensure there’s enough space to maneuver and there’s no chance of your kite tangling with anything that can drag you under.
- Watch out for non-kiters: Non-kiters are not aware of the level of damage that can result from being cut by the lines or hit by a kite, so make sure not to fly close to other people and that you have a clear kite drop zone. Also, watch out for children and stray dogs that could stroll into your path.
- Pay attention to bans on kite flying or permit requirements: Some beaches and councils are not happy with people using a lenkmatten on their recreation spaces. So, be careful with warning signs against kiting otherwise you could end up getting fined.