THE VERY FIRST KITE-SURF & WINDSURF CENTRE IN VIETNAM (SINCE 2000)
Warning! Jibe’s Beach Club is one of the few officially licensed centre for teaching Kite-surfing in Vietnam
Jibe’s Beach Club and our team (names & IKO number below) will be happy to safely teach kite-surfing. You can contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning to kitesurf is all about fun, and the amount of power available at a kiter’s fingertips is truly awesome… but to learn this sport properly and safely requires a serious approach- for your own sake and for others around you. Too many kite-related accidents and injuries in Mui Ne and throughout the world continue to convince us at Jibe’s that there is no substitute for:
1) a very experienced and knowledgeable instructor
2) a consistently applied, well-thought out lesson plan, and
3) awareness of safety checklists and protocols at every step.
Please beware! there are also temporary, seasonal, and unlicensed schools operating in Mui Ne. Some schools may promise to get you riding in just a few hours by shortcutting important safety information and procedures such as the self rescue or by asking students to use a board leash (a major cause of injuries) instead of learning board recovery.
Careful and complete instruction is still our focus at Jibe’s, using techniques we’ve fine-tuned over eight years of teaching thousands of students and seeing what works and what doesn’t. No shortcuts, no teaching in marginal or insufficient wind conditions, no wasting time during billable lesson hours, and no overloading of students. Jibe’s unique lesson organization also allows each student to benefit from free learning time every day regardless of the amount of time spent with us, instead of being locked into a package with set hours.
We are well aware that with kitesurfing, the details do matter– assimilating a large body of technical information, acquiring muscle memory and reflex skill sets, developing situational awareness, and learning how to make judgement calls based on conditions. Our mission at Jibes is that each student who passes through here gains a deep understanding of the tremendous possibilities as well as the limitations of the equipment- your future kiting fun depends on it!
INTRODUCING JIBE’S 2011-2012 INSTRUCTOR TEAM – OUR BEST ASSET
Jibe’s instructors are all dedicated, experienced and well-rounded sports professionals.
|Steve Baraka (Hawaii) is a veteran ocean sportsman. He’s been teaching kitesurf for a decade, and windsurfing, surfing, and yachting since the ‘70’s. Steve has developed his teaching skills over the years as a windsurf, kitesurf, tennis, and scuba instructor.||Darko (Slovenia) has been teaching windsurfing in Mui Ne for the past 6 years. He has a background in dingy sailing and Catarmaran sailing. He has been teaching in Crotia, Greece and Canary Islands. He like to travel and explore new undiscovered windsurf destinations.|
|Drew Parsons (Wales) has been an IKO level 2 Instructor for 5 years and has been kitesurfing for 7 years. He has taught and kitesurfed in various places around the world including Egypt, Madagascar and Sri lanka. Drew has a background in teaching which has been useful in his instructor career. He is also a keen Stand Up Paddler ready to offer you any tips.||Twan Van Lieshout (Netherlands) has been an IKO Level 2 Senior Instructor for 9 years and been riding since 1999. Twan is a seasoned instructor in Mui Ne and has expert local knowledge of kitesurfing in Vietnam. He has taught and kited in most of the windy spots around the world.|
PHASE I: Ground School and Intro to 4-line Kite Control. Here you will first learn the basics of managing your equipment and flying your kite safely, then we’ll start increasing the power.
- Judging beach, water, and wind conditions
- Kite and Line Setup (set up lines upwind of kite)
- Using the main and “Plan B” (safety leash) emergency quick releases
- Launch Procedure (S.P.L.A.T.)
- 360 Degree Awareness and keeping your danger zone as clear as possible
- Kite Recovery procedure on land, followed by:
- Line Check/ Untangling Lines (from downwind)
- Controlling the kite throughout the wind window:
- Smooth launchings and landings (unhook immediately each time your kite is caught)
- Sheeting effectively to manage luffing and backstalling and to control power and speed
- Moving the kite smoothly along the edge of the window and in 2m increments (minimize power)
- Powerstroke (sine) the kite to generate power from the direction you want
- Keeping the kite steady at 10/2 o’clock with one hand
The following procedures are necessary for you to become independent in the water:
- Self-Rescue Deciding what to do with your lines will depend on the conditions and on your location.
- Relaunching In light wind it can be an art; in strong wind the kite might relaunch unexpectedly.
PHASE II: Bodydragging and Preparation for Waterstart. Mastering these skills will get you ready to practice the waterstart effectively with the kite’s power under your control. As you work on these, you’ll also be improving your reflexes, accuracy, timing, and confidence.
- Smooth transition from launching to entering water & getting past shorebreak
- Getting maximum power without losing control: time your sheeting for acceleration and sharp turns
- Bodydragging upwind
- Controlling the direction you’re moving (upwind, downwind, crosswind) using the kite and your body
- Board recovery: strategies to get back to your board quickly and efficiently
- Managing board and kite at the same time, getting a stable waterstart position (head and shoulders drill)
- Waterstart form in both directions: effective powerstrokes and board control (Develop the habit of checking 360 degrees around you before each waterstart attempt)
- Recovering and sorting yourself out after the kite falls: regain control of the kite first, then get the board
PHASE III: Waterstart and Riding. All the skills you’ve been working on come together here.- Getting used to longer lines and fine-tuning the powerstroke for control and accuracy
- Right-of-way conventions (priority rules)
- Combining board control (edging and weight distribution) with powerstroke to get riding
- Stopping and changing direction (do a 360 check first)
- Riding upwind (Once you’ve learned to stay upwind consistently, the sky’s the limit!)We will be covering important safety information at each stage of our lesson. Throughout the course, both you and the instructor will be respecting safety rules and making the judgments calls required for each situation you are in.
Safety rule #1: Keep your downwind area clear and always be aware of the area 360 degrees around yourself.