IKO CERTIFICATION!

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IKO CERTIFICATION!

Postby Like To Kite » Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:45 pm

Hello!

Looking forward to certifying many Chicago area kiters in the near future! Having an IKO card is essential if you would like to ride at Montrose Beach, the only kiting beach within Chicago, or Crandon Park, Miami. It is also needed to rent equipment almost anywhere in the world. In order to provide IKO certification cards, I would be happy to do skill assessments and check rides while I am in town!

My availability:
June 22-26
July 1-5

My hope is to do the skill assessments next weekend on the 22nd or 23rd. At the moment, it looks like we'll have Southerly winds so Montrose will be offshore if that is the case. I am happy to organize a day wherever we have the most ideal conditions. More to be announced closer to the time when we have a better idea about the forecast. I will also be watching the forums and I am open to suggestions from all you wind experts out there please!

Mike from 3ME Kite Sports - eus@3mekite.com, 708-341-0003 - has been kind enough to volunteer his assistance for the day. If there are any others that could take some time to watch out for everyone it would be very much appreciated. It will be safer for all involved if we have a few experienced people out there on the lookout for trouble, good karma points too ;)

Below are the skills that are needed to receive your IKO Level 3 Certification. Montrose Beach riding requires an IKO Level 3L or above.

Level 3J
□ Control the riding speed by edging
□ Consistent riding in both directions

Level 3K
□ Consistent riding in all directions including upwind
□ Ride amongst other riders and water users and respect right of way rules

Level 3L
□ Change of direction without stopping
□ Self- rescue and full pack-down in the water

Level 3M
□ Risk assessment and awareness of the riding area
□ Self launch

Level 3N
□ Make a toe side turn
□ Knows the theory and the safety rules for jumping.
□ Land a basic jump

This year the self rescue demonstration will be made to me on the beach. That way, I am able to better observe your technique and offer corrections if needed. Also, this will increase safety for riders, observers and the public. However, I still recommend getting in the water in nice easy conditions at least once a year to practice this technique. That way when you do need to rescue yourself, you will be more comfortable, confident and calm.

Skill assessments will cost $50 for any skill level. Please come to the assessments prepared for Level 3L minimum. If you feel as though you need further practice/instruction please do so before coming to the assessment. If you only need a little assistance, it will turn into a lesson and I will charge my normal hourly rate of $75 which will include the certification.

Here are some links that you may find useful in preparing for your check ride:

Self-rescue technique demonstrated with an Ozone C4 Kite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGyQ4pQ5OwM&feature=related

Anchor method of Self-landing and Self-launching
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wslhh8Jr7Q&feature=related

Activating safety release Self landing - please note: you need a large clear open safe space as the kite naturally goes downwind of you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ia-CmjKvUAI

Self launch and self land similar to water relaunch, demonstrated on a Cabrinha
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2W4fNVq6S4&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLCE9D54AB69FFA3F6

Please remember to always use a leash connected to a flag out line! The Cabrinha kites seem like you don't need a leash but you do need one. This is in case the chicken loop comes off resulting in a loose kite endangering others and yourself.

Please review and memorize Montrose guidelines:
http://www.chicagokitesurfing.com/ridinglocations/rules/montrose.html

Thank you so much for your effort in complying to the rules. It is for the safety of yourself and the innocent people around you. Also, access to a city beach is precious and everyone must contribute to keeping it that way please. I don't think we'd have kiting at a city beach without the efforts of Skysurfer Mike and other dedicated folks. Also, Surfrider has been doing an amazing job contributing to keeping our beaches clean. I will be making donations to both the Montrose fund and Surfrider following the certification day.

Clean Up Montrose Day June 21!
http://chicagokitesurfing.com/kiteboarding_messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11839

I'll host a kiter party at my place on July 6th so please save the date! More on that later.

I have a few items for sale too:
http://chicagokitesurfing.com/kiteboarding_messageboard/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11840

Thanks so much and looking forward to seeing you soon! Best way to reach me is at Amanda@LikeToKite.com
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Re: IKO CERTIFICATION!

Postby Like To Kite » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:29 pm

At the moment, looking kind of light this weekend. Might try for early next week unless the forecast improves. Keeping an eye on it, thanks!
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Re: IKO CERTIFICATION!

Postby Like To Kite » Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:10 pm

Hello again,

Looking at doing a certification day either tomorrow (Sunday) or on Wednesday. Any IKO candidates available on those days please? Looks like we'll be going to the Michigan side of the lake or up North of Chicago possibly. Thanks so much!
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Re: IKO CERTIFICATION!

Postby Like To Kite » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:45 am

Hello IKO Candidates!

It's a tough call today but going to try for Waukegan this afternoon. Hoping that it gets stronger and goes more South just like it did yesterday. I plan on getting there around 2pm. I've already emailed the candidates that I know of. If you are interested and we haven't talked please email me ASAP - Amanda(at)LikeToKite.com.

Hopefully see many kiters either today or at my party July 6th!

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11848

Thanks!
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Re: IKO CERTIFICATION!

Postby Like To Kite » Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:25 am

Only have one student confirmed for today (Sunday 6/23) so postponing until Wednesday 6/26. Please let me know if you are available for Wednesday. Thanks so much!
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