RULE 1.

Kitesurf Rights of Way - Give way to riders entering the water

The rider entering the water from the beach has right of way over the incoming rider.

Why? 95% of accidents happen on the land.

RULE 2.

Kitesurf Rights of Way - Give way to riders on starboard tack

The rider with their right hand and shoulder forwards has priority over the oncoming rider (left hand and shoulder forwards) and should keep their course. The rider with their left hand and shoulder forwards should give way and alter their course downwind.

Why? To avoid a collision.

RULE 3.

Kitesurf Rights of Way - Give way to slower rider

When two riders are travelling in the same direction, the faster rider coming up from behind must give way to the slower rider in front.

Why? The slower rider will find it difficult to see the rider behind them.

RULE 4.

Kitesurf Rights of Way - Give way to riders on wave

When two riders are travelling in the same direction, the faster rider coming up from behind must give way to the slower rider in front.

Why? The slower rider will find it difficult to see the rider behind them.

RULE 5.

Kitesurf Rights of Way - Give way to all other beach users

Right of way must be given to other ocean and beach users. Kiteboarders must travel downwind of them.

Why? Regular ocean and beach users may not understand the behaviour and dangers of kiteboarding.

RULE 6.

To jump, a rider must have a clear safety zone of 50m downwind and 30m upwind.

Why? When a rider jumps they travel downwind.

Remember to use common sense when applying the rules and stay clear from other riders whenever possible!

 

Guidelines are based on the IKO Standard.