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Level IKO

Voici les détails des 3 différents niveaux proposés par l’IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization):

Discovery – Kiteboarder Level 1 on land (2-4 hours)

Level 1A – Site Selection

  • Know safe wind directions and conditions for kiting
  • Know hazards on a spot
  • Set up a trainer kite
  • Know the use of safety systems
  • Carry and handle the kite properly

Level 1B – Basic Piloting

  • Have basic flying skills with trainer kite
  • Launch and land the trainer kite with an assistant
  • Twist and untwist the lines while flying the kite
  • Walk and change directions while flying the kite
  • Know the wind window

Level 1C – Control Systems

  • Set-up a 4/5 line kite with a full de-power system
  • Pre-flight check of equipment and settings
  • In flight check of equipment and settings
  • Pull quick release and activate leash
  • Understand and use the international communication signals
  • Launch and land the kite to an assistant and as an assistant (4/5-line de-power kite)

Level 1D – Power Control

  • Control the kite hooked into the harness
  • Understand the de-power system and can use the safety systems
  • Advanced flying skills with the de-power kite
  • Show full control of de-power systems in flight

Level 1E – Self Landing

  • Self land
  • Recover the bar and kite


Intermediate – Kiteboarder Level 2 in the water (6-8 hours)

Level 2F – Downwind Drag

  • Enter and exit the water independently and safely while controlling the kite
  • Water re-launch the kite
  • Body drag downwind
  • Maintain correct kite position in the wind window
  • Change direction to the left and right while body dragging
  • Self-rescue and full pack-down in deep water

Level 2G – Upwind Drag

  • Upwind body drag to recover board
  • Upwind body drag holding the board with one hand
  • Enter and exit at the same point while upwind body dragging

Level 2H – Steady Pull

  • Know the power stroke for a water start
  • Know the safety rules and theory for water start
  • Can put the board on the feet and maintain the correct position for water start

Level 2I – Waterstart

  • Water starts in both directions and ride a short distance
  • Come to a controlled stop
  • Understand weather forecast, tidal- and wind effects
  • Determine the wind strength, direction and quality
  • Know the right of way rules
  • Know equipment set up and choice according to the weather conditions

Independent – Kiteboarder Level 3

Level 3J – Edging

  • Control the riding speed by edging
  • Consistent riding in both directions

Level 3K – Upwind Riding

  • Consistent riding in all directions including upwind
  • Ride amongst other riders and water users and respect right of way rules

Level 3L – Turns

  • Change of direction without stopping
  • Make a toe side turn

Level 3M – Self Launch

  • Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
  • Self launch

Level 3N – Basic Jump

  • Know the theory and the safety rules for jumping.
  • Land a basic jump

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