Kitesurfing rules for wave riding
In addition to the general right of way rules for kitesurfing, a different set of rules applies to kitesurfing in the waves.
1. The kiter riding the wave has right of way over the incoming kitesurfer
Situation: you are riding out through the surf or waves and encounter a kiter already on a wave
Definition: the kiter already on the wave has right of way over the kitesurfer coming into the waves. De incoming kitesurfer should give way so the kiter already on the wave can finish the section.
What to do: if you are coming from the beach and into the waves, try so go around the surf rather than through the line up.
2. The kiter who gets on the wave first has right of way
Situation: two kitesurfers are trying to ride the same wave
Definition: the kiter who is on the wave first should get right of way. Usually this is the kiter far out the back that’s trying to catch the wave from the beginning.
What to do: the kiter on the wave should stay on it. The other kitesurfer should stay well clear of the kitesurfer riding the wave.
3. If two kitesurfers are on a wave, the one closest to the peak has right of way
Situation: two kitesurfers catching the same wave at the same time
Definition: the peak is the point where the wave is breaking.
What to do: the kiter closest to the peak has right of way. The other kiter should stay clear.
4. If case there is no clear peak or breaking point, the upwind kiter has right of way
Situation: two kitesurfers catching the same wave at the same time but there is no clear peak or breaking point
Definition: if two kitesurfers are on the same wave and there is no clear peak, the upwind kitesurfer has right to ride the wave
What to do: the down wind kitesurfer should give way to the upwind kitesurfer.