Safety and priority rules in kitesurfing

image of many kitesurfers who avoid collision

MADONKITE  puts security first.

Every practitioner must know the rules of security and priority. All kitesurfers must respect these rules and pass them on to other practitioners who are not aware of these rules. Thus kitesurfing can be practiced for a long time, on many spots, and will enjoy a very beautiful image among the general public.


* Students must always wear a helmet  and a 50 Newton lifejacket and are always under the responsibility of their instructor during practice.


Basic security rules:

1. Never do kitesurfing with an off-shore wind.    

2. Never take off within 60 meters of obstacles.    

3. Check weather forecasts and tide times before each session.    

4. Ask about the dangers of the spot with local clubs, boards and kitesurfers.    

5. Before rigging and taking off, evaluate the force of the wind and use a suitable kite size.    Use security systems that work.    

6. Check the condition of your wing and lines before each session. 

7. Never overestimate your level. Be humble in the face of the forces of nature.    

8. Always wear a harness, lifejacket and helmet if you are a beginner.

9. Board leash is forbidden.    

10. Do not move away from shore to a greater distance than you can swim back.    

11. Priority must be given to other users of the sea. Kitesurfing is the latest in water sports. It is not always accepted and especially known by other users. Navigate downwind from other users. 


What does it mean to have priority or right of way in kitesurfing?


Having the right of way means having the right to stay on course while navigating. Kitesurfers coming into conflict with your trajectory must deviate or turn around to give you the passage.

In the illustrations that follow, the kitesurfer with the green kite has priority.


The kitesurfer who leaves the beach has priority over the kitesurfer who returns to the beach. Winds are often more turbulent on land than on the water. The one on the ground being the most exposed, he has the priority to go on the water.

image of a kitesurfer going from beach to sea
image of two kitesurfer crossing eachother

The kitesurfer who goes faster than another in the same direction must give way to the slowest.
The one who goes faster is the one who sees what is in front because he arrives from behind. It is therefore he who has the best vision of the situation.

image of one kitesurfer overtaking

The rider surfing a wave has the priority on one who wants to jump or goes in the opposite direction. While surfing a wave, the kite looses maneuverability. However, the rule of the rider that starts from the beach applies when the waves are close to the edge (shore break or wave bar): in this case, the one who surfs will have to give way to the one who goes to the open sea.

image of a kitesurfer and a clear zone

When two kitesurfers converge towards each other.

The kitesurfer who is on starboard has priority (kiteon right hand navigates to the right when he is back to the wind), the kitesurfer who goes to port (wing on left hand) must leave the priority and go downwind with his  down. There is no particular reason for this rule, but it is already applied in all other sports and nautical activities.

image of two kitesufers following each other

When passing upwind from another kitesurfer

The kitesurfer must fly his kite upwards. The kitesurfer downwind must fly his kite down.

image of two kitesurfers riding a wave

A rider must have free area of 50m downwind as he goes downwind during a jump

A rider must have a 30m area in the wind to jump, as his kite could touch the kite or lines of a rider who is sailing near him.