THE VERY FIRST KITESURF CENTER IN VIETNAM
Warning! Learning how to kitesurf should be taken seriously with a lot of emphasis on safety. Please be aware Jibe’s Beach Club is one of the few officially licensed centers for teaching Kite-surfing in Vietnam, we only use qualified teachers with a vast amount of teaching experience.
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.
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 short cutting 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 fourteen years of teaching thousands of students and seeing what works. No shortcuts, no teaching in marginal or insufficient wind conditions, no wasting time during viable 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 judgment 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! For more information please click Kitesurfing FAQs.Kitesurfing FAQs
Chief Kitesurf instructor
“Jibe’s instructors are all dedicated, experienced and well-rounded sports professionals”.
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 launching and landings (unhook immediately each time your kite is caught)
Sheeting effectively to manage luffing and back stalling and to control power and speed
Moving the kite smoothly along the edge of the window and in 2m increments (minimize power)
Power stroke (sine) the kite to generate power from the direction you want
Keeping the kite steady at 10/2 o’clock with one hand
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.
Body dragging and Preparation for Water start. Mastering these skills will get you ready to practice the water start 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 shore break
Getting maximum power without losing control: time your sheeting for acceleration and sharp turns
Body dragging 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 water start position (head and shoulders drill)
Water start form in both directions: effective power strokes and board control (Develop the habit of checking 360 degrees around you before each water start attempt)
Recovering and sorting yourself out after the kite falls: regain control of the kite first, then get the board
Water start and Riding. All the skills you’ve been working on come together here.- Getting used to longer lines and fine-tuning the power stroke 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 judgements 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.
Jibe’s Beach Club and our team will be happy to safely teach all aspects of kitesurfing to keep you safe, confident and riding in style.. For all inquiries please contact: School@windsurf-vietnam.com or Adie@jibesbeachclub.com