Our next kite girl in our kiteclub

A new kite girl in our kiteschool

She has taken some kite lessons and in spite of the “too light wind days” we lately had, she has progressed and managed to stand on the kiteboard and have her first kite rides.

The following images are of her first rides in one and the other direction, in full rush of adrenaline …

Now, allowe me to follow this blog entry with some lines that only the ones that have passed through our teaching will be able to make sense of it. There we go! …

 

The process of control the kite

It is assumed that thoughts can act as electrical impulses, running through the nerves.

But not, this doesn’t seem to be the case, our sophisticated brain is going to take care of flooding our body with all sorts of subtle adjustments, a matter of hormones and neurotransmitters, phenylalanine, etc

Probably this is not working that way, simply, because thoughts do not necessarily happen one at a time. You can have several thoughts at the same time, and these thoughts probably happen in bursts which take place on parallel tracks, in a fierce and rampant race, pushing themselves, competing, struggling to get to the brain first …

 

Now let’s go back to business

In our case, during our kitesurfing lessons, until we can synthesize all the information our teacher has provided and we are able to act, immediately, efficiently, without abruptness … we are a bit lost

Our eyes, the most important of our five senses, vission, the source of recognition of all situations, will not be able to help us … not this time.  Actually it will only delay us on our final objective:  Efficiency

This is just about one thing, make our thoughts to arrive in time, and what is even more difficult, to do all we have to do within the next 2 seconds … and of course, do it well

 

 

 

 

Marta – a new kitesurfing club member in Mallorca

 

AAA Navegar – kitesurfing club in Mallorca

Every 8th of June, since 2009 it is celebrated the World Oceans Day, what a great chance to celebrate kitesurfing too …
Mallorca is an island, water all around it, beautiful clear blue water …

Let’s see more about the oceans. Oceans and seas generate most of the oxygen we breathe thanks to the great photosynthetic activity of phytoplankton, also oceans absorbs a large amount of carbon emissions, which is helping its acidification. The oceans offer us food and nutrients and also regulates the climate.

Oceans cover approximately 71% of the earth’s surface, which amounts to an area of ​​361,000,000 km².
Oceans have an average depth of 3,900 meters. The deepest point lies in the Marianas Trench. It reaches 11,034 meters deep in a place known as the Challenger abyss.

hey! … I’ve got a question: How much water is in the sea?
It seems impossible to calculate how much water is in the seas and oceans, but some scientists have estimated that the oceans has 1.370 trillion liters.

Of all the water we have on the planet, 97% of it, it is salty and it is found in seas and oceans. The sea currents, waves, tides, etc, keep the seas in continuous movement, this serves to oxygenate, transport food or distribute the energy that oceans store. Although we often talk about different oceans and seas, they are really all connected and united.

What else to say about oceans? … oceans are economically important for countries that rely on fishing and other marine resources for their income, also for tourism, countries such as Spain

World Oceans day motto is: “our seas and oceans are our future.”
On this post entry we are going to add one more important fact: oceans and seas are the perfect background for … kitesurfing!

And now … after so much talking about water, let’s talk a bit about our thing: kitesurfing.

Lately we have had a new member arriving to our kiteclub Asociacion Aprende a Navegar.

 

This is what is about – take profit of so much water around us and learn kitesurfing

I am refering to Marta. A lovely sevillan young lady which spends summer time here in Mallorca.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACHti-MyW5o&feature=youtu.be

The next kitesurfing  photos shows our dear friend Marta on her firsts waterstarts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Es0feIveXg&feature=youtu.be

I must admit that Marta is a very sportive and skilled girl and it has take her really little effort to learn kitesurfing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMlGwWMCiT0&feature=youtu.be
This few lines be an homage to Marta and let’s hope to have many more new members this summer which, besides enhance and enlarge our kite group also embellish the kite scene, undoubtedly …

Marta – a new kitesurfing club member in Mallorca

Danish couple kitesurfing learning Mallorca

Light wind day kite lessons

Last month we received a young couple from Denmark. They became a kite club members of Asociacion Aprende a Navegar and they took 2 day kite lessons in which the first 3 hours of lessons are included in the membership fee.


sometimes you fall, that’s included in the ticket 🙂

Both of them had a great time, enjoying their kite lessons and performed very well from the early stages of their training and, on the second day of it, the guy started with his first waterstarts.

It should be noticed that there were two really light wind days but thanks to our extra light kite equipment we could have the kite lessons in spite of the poor wind conditions.

Through the following pictures we will see both of them starting the kite lessons, progressing with ease and standing up on the kiteboard.

The equipment used during their -light wind days kite lessons- was a Flysurfer kite, Peak model of 12 mts size and the kiteboad, a Flysurfer XL model.

We are very proud to see how well both performed and took advantage of their kite holidays in Alcudia.
We wish to have them back with us this summer.

Danish couple kitesurfing learning Mallorca

REDBULL KITE RACING 2017-KITEMALLORCA COM REPORT

Ragnarok 2017 kite racing

One month was held the snow kiterace with mega participation in the spot of Ragnarok in Norway.
This year, the outcome spoke vigorously for our friends from Czech Rep and the Flysurfer kite team in definitely despite tougher conditions than in previous years.

Norwegian Hardangervidda plateau has run the legendary racing RedBull Ragnarok, which attracted more than 300 of the best world’s kitesurfing in snow riders.

The route for the competition was built in harder areas, more demanding than last year and one round has been set for 26km and an opened timeout 5 hours. Unlike earlier low wind conditions, this year wind conditions were in the range of 5 m/s to 20 m/s in the valleys along the top hills.

Fastest athletes coped 5 rounds, which in these conditions required a very good physical condition, and the 350 riders on the start line had a good chance to measure their strength and skills among the 29 nationalities that took part in the contest.

Brightest success rate was achieved by Mr Schutz in the category of snowboard men scoring a brilliant 3rd place! In the category of crack SKI men, like last year the three brave Jenky (5th) Kekert (6th) Lafoun (7th) scored in excellent place.

 

 

Video from the event:

 

REDBULL KITE RACING 2017-KITEMALLORCA COM REPORT

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Is it possible to learn kitesurfing in 2 or 3 days?

Here it is an interesting question. Which would be the right answer?
Ok. Too much wind is equal to disaster.

You will put yourself at risk.  It is easy to damage the equipment and in any case, you will understand nothing because things happen so fast that you will be absolutely overwhelmed.

As important as the right wind force is the right kite spot.
A wavy spot and/or deep water will complicate things very much
it is almost impossible to control the kite when waves are crashing against you, and deep water will provoque you to lose control of the kite as you will have no balance

Equipment … to have the right equipment will simplify things highly
never underestimate the power of a kite, a small kite will not make things easier.

A small kite acts somehow as a whip, it will be very hard to control, also it will move much too fast for you to be able to dosificate the tension on the kite lines.

In the next photos and video we will see our kite club member Ron how position himself on the kiteboard, how waterstarts, how gain distance and how returns to the starting point
Want to learn kitesurfing in Mallorca?

The kite, a 9 mts Peak Flysurfer, a special easy handling 0 risk kiteschool kite
The board a Flysurfer XL 170×50 cms

We are waiting for you in Asociacion Aprende a Navegar
our kite club and www kitemallorca com/ www edmkpollensa com our kite school.

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Winds in Spain – kitesurfing blog Mallorca

 

kitesurfing blog Mallorca -winds in our country

Air weighs … and so does atmospheric pressure. A cubic meter, by instance, an space of 1mx1mx1m of dry air at 20ºC and at sea level weighs 1.205 kilograms.
Fortunately we are accustomed to bear over our shoulders a weight of 20,000 kg, without any harm because of it, and, this happens because of the pressure exerted by the column of air of 300 km of height on top of us.  We don’t notice this because we do not only receive this air pressure from above, but from below and even from within, getting it all balanced in that way.

Cold air weighs more than warm air and moist air more than dry air. This greater weight translates into higher atmospheric pressure, which is physically defined as the weight exerted by that column of air per unit area.

It is a magnitude that helps us to understand the movements of masses of air in a much more graphical way than for example temperature or humidity.

I propose a pair of mental associations that will help us understand the maps of time. An High Pressure Area is a kind of “inverted spring”.
 

 

Thus in the High Pressure Areas we have a column of air that weighs quite a bit and slowly expels part of that air at its base, while a Low Pressure Area more closely resembles an “inverted sink”, this low pressure center absorbs the air to make it rise as a sort of chimney.  All that implies descent of air equals tranquility, whereas all the air ascent favors bad weather.

Thus among the various layers of the atmosphere there are important air movements that conditions the weather.

 
 

The differences in pressure

Air flows from the High to the Low Pressure Areas. The more pressure difference, the more flow we will have, and therefore, stronger wind. The high pressures are difficult to move and often only leave narrow corridors so that these storms can circulate.

If the wind finds no physical obstacle on its path, for example when it travels over the ocean, simply, will have to overcome the obstacles of pressure, bordering the high pressure areas.

The Galician coasts and the Cantabrian coasts are often a good example of such winds effect, but when the wind arrives on land it is with obstacles, that makes it go up or channel between mountain ranges, as an example of it on the valley of Ebro river.

 

 

Here is a chart of maximum wind gusts recorded in Spain, record by communities according to a series of data extracted from AEMET (some series span from 1938 to 2016).

In addition, our latitude is affected by the Azores High Pressure Area. The northeast winds (trades) practically define the weather and the winds affecting the Canary Islands. Wind that it channels between this islands.

The High Pressure Area which has its center on the Azores islands, also favors the rising wind which is frequently channeled in the Sea of Alborán, and also having a closed and not excesively deep sea, as the Mediterranean Sea, this definitely has a great influence on the Balearic Islands and the whole Mediterranean basin.

 

 

It is expectable for any cloud front to end up generating a Low Pressure Area near the Gulf of Leon, which propels particularly intense northern winds to the north-east of Girona.
There is much more to talk about all this topic but the post is already long enough.

Unfortunately most of the data belong to capitals or airports and some strategic spots such as the Ampurdà or the peaks of the most notorious mountain systems are not displayed.

It is also interesting to take a look at the chart on the wind map on the first photo of this blog entry to confirm that the higher wind areas in Spain are in the northeastern coast of Galicia, the region of Ampurdà in Girona province coasts, in the Sea of Alborán, in the Strait of Gibraltar and on the islands, especially in the Canary Islands.

 

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Learn kitesurfing!

Kitesurfin what is that?

Kitesurfin, no, kitesurfing! with ggggggg!

Oh okay, so what?

So, learn kitesurfing!
what for? … how dumb this sounds! … Nonsense!

Nonsense not, it’s really cool …
Look, it’s a sport, it’s a lot of fun, you’re going to exercise, get in shape, actually you’ll fly over the water,
You’ll make a lot of friends, you’ll never feel alone anymore, you’ll have a great time, beleive it!

I am not feeling alone right now though, but, however … that must be expensive, right?

Expensive? no man! … no way! Mmm … well … maybe a little …

How much is a little?

I do not know, a couple of hundred … or three

three? three what?

three hundred euros

three hundred euros? for what?

for lessons …

for lessons? Jesuschrist! this is not cheap …
And … how much cost the equipment?

well, it depends …

What depends on?

On what you want to buy
A new kite cost real money, but … there are also used kites

And … they will not be broken?

Well, sometimes, a little bit … some yes, some not …
That’s why you have to choose well when buying a kite

And you’re sure this is fun?
Some bad part this must have …

Not man, no! … don’t worry!

Well, to be honest … sometimes you have to wait a little for the wind to start blowing …
Other times, when you are kiting, the wind just fades and that is the end of the navigation …

Ah! … and some times when you are pumping the kite … a valve fails, and, fiiissssshhhhh … it deflates
And sometimes you’re riding too fast or you jump and you lose control and … guashhhh!!! … big crash against the water!

Apart from the fact that when wind is light, all kiters start to get downwinded and everybody must try to reach shore because, as people kite with small kites and also small boards, of course … the lack of proper wind create big masifications of kiters crossing ways and annoying each other …

And … oh! yes! … sometimes when you are kitesurfing everybody is crossing each other’s way, provoquing lines to cross, tangle and that is a big mess …
therefore, when people get downwinded and end up sailing inside the buoys which mark the bather’s area … if in that moment pass the Guardia Civil, you may get fined with 3000 euros penalty …

Hey!, you’re starting to convince me, do not stop now …

Do not stop now what do you mean?

I have a friend who is masochist and when I will tell him about that, I’m sure he’ll be veeeeery interested!
It sounds as a real bitchy activity and it seems to me, the perfect ground for real suffering …

Author’s Note:
Come on, relax, that’s all a joke. It is a very cool sport
Considering that, if you live in Mallorca and want to kitesurf in summer, which is when the kiting appeals, do not get wrong!
Better buy a large board, or at least a medium to large one, and, if possible, a Flysurfer kite – better a 15 meters size or even bigger

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Most frequent kitesurfing injuries – kiteblog KITEMALLORCA

 

IS KITESURFING A DANGEROUS SPORT?

If we decide to practice our sport, kitesurfing, we may subject our body to evident physical strain. Obviously, we must be careful and know always our limits when we practice kite surfing, especially when we are beginners.

In the next línes we will describe throroughly the most common ways to get injured.
The most frequent injuries are generally caused by:

1.- the loss of control of the kite
2.- by lack of attention to the specific details of all the variables
3.- by lack of technique
4.- by using equipment in poor condition
5.- if you are practicing in powerful winds.

 

The most common injuries when practicing kitesurf are abrasions, lacerations and bruises. Ankle or knee sprains, fractures or twists. This, usually is taking place when the kiter is losing control of his kiteboard or when the kiter is having a bad landing after a jump.
If the latter occurs in shallow water the impact can multiply its effects and cause even a spine fracture.

 

List of the most common injuries practicing kitesurfing

Lower extremities

1.- Sprained ankle
2.- Ligament distension
3.- Lisfranc joint fracture
4.- Bone injuries
5.- Patellar chondropathy -knee-
6.- Meniscopathy
7.- Break of the anterior cruciate ligament

 

Upper extremities

1.- Shoulder dislocation
2.- Tennis elbow
3.- Golf Elbow
4.- Bone injuries
5.- Dislocation of the wrist or the thumb

 

Head and Body

1.- Chest contractures
2.- Sternocostal osteochondritis
3.- Cervical whipping
4.- Bone injuries
5.- Low back pain

On a smaller scale is the discomfort caused by prolonged postures over time or muscular overload. In this group of reasons are cervical overexertion as a logical consequence of constantly looking up at the kite.

Inguinal or lumbar damage due to a poorly attached chest harness and other typical injuries are tennis elbow or epicondilitis, golf elbow and shoulder dislocation caused by the constant sudden movements to which you are subjected while practicing.

http://www.edmkpollensa.com/es/epicondilitis-2/

 

Prior warm up and stretching are very important, same as avoiding overexertion and do not surpasse the limits of your knowledge, technique, and, most of all, avoiding to practice on excess of wind, considering this situations can save you from most of these injuries.

As a precaution it is a good idea to have horsetail infusions., because of its content in Silica.

This herbs are recommended when it is necessary for the body to repair tissues. Silica helps to fix calcium, so the body can store more quantity of this mineral and then use it to repair bones, collagen and other body tissues.

Here are some real bad crashes … not for the faint of heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK0PodR63b0
Although, unfortunately, a horsetail infusion can not do much if you had one of those bad crashes …

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