Windsports, windsurfing, kitesurfing in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Safety Matters

Everyone should go home uninjured, so please observe...

...the Windsports RESPONSIBILITY Code and area specific guidelines

Windsports can be extreme activities, combining freedom with an element of risk. This is particularly so with kiting, as flying lines are extremely sharp under tension and can cause serious injury or even death. To ensure that everyone gets home uninjured, please be a good sport and observe the code. If the worst happens and you have to call the emergency services, stay around, identify yourself, and provide them with an update.

1. STAY IN CONTROL.
Recognise your ability and proceed with caution, take a lesson to learn 'the rules', know how to stop and avoid other people.

2. OBSERVE SITE SPECIFIC HAZARDS.
Talk to locals, read signage, and keep at least 50m (2 line lengths) clear of people and hard objects such as buildings, fences, posts, roads, rocks, trees, vehicles, etc etc etc...

3. PEOPLE DOWNWIND HAVE RIGHT OF WAY.
You can see them, but can they see you?

4. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP. 
Before you launch, look for incoming riders and be prepared to provide assistance. When riding, scope jumps to ensure the area around you is clear and obstacle free.

5. DON'T BE AN OBSTRUCTION. 
When not riding, keep your kite low and at the edge of the window. When riders are approaching each other, the rider with the wind coming over their RIGHT shoulder when facing forward (STARBOARD) has the RIGHT of way, the upwind kite stays high, downwind kite stays low.

6. DON'T LOOSE WHAT YOU USE. 
Wear a leash between your harness and your kite's safety system when riding, and secure equipment when not riding. Leashes to boards are not recommended as they can spring back and hit you.

7. RESPECT GETS RESPECT. 
From the beaches to the mountains, be courteous and show respect to others and the environment.

Area specific: The Estuary | Christchurch Beaches

For an overview of sailing rules see Racing rules of Sailing

  • Norman Freund says:

    I am surprised as a safety item number 6, a leash for kite surfing is generally accepted as a dangerous option as the board may spring back at you and injure the rider.

    • John Thyne says:

      Hi Norman,

      Thanks for the comment. I have amended the page to be clearer – leash to kite, not to board.

      Cheers, John