Kitesurfing is a dangerous sport. A strong gust of wind can force the surfer to be lofted, carried off, dashed against the building, terrain, and water, resulting to injuries. Most fatalities are the result of being dragged out of control or being airborne and land or hit hard surfaces including sand.
To avoid any injuries and maximize safety, here are some things you should remember:
Gear up! You never know when accidents will happen. And when they do, make sure that you are fully protected while kitesurfing. Wear a helmet and impact vest. While these gears will not assure you that you can walk away (or swim away) from accidents unharmed, they will definitely reduce the risk of fatality and severe injuries.
Do not remove or disable factory-installed safety harnesses in your equipment. Helmets and vests have straps and quick-release systems to ensure that these gears will be fastened securely and will be used safely and properly all the time.
Ride with side-shore winds. Onshore winds and offshore winds can be dangerous as both push you either toward the sand or toward deep waters.
Do not ride in crowded areas. Collision on water can be as fatal as collision on land, more so at a considerable speed. Never attempt to kitesurf on places near boats, swimmers, surfers, or buildings, trees, rocks, or areas with permanent obstructions. In general, a minimum of 100 meters of safe distance from all obstructions should be observed.