Read about kitesurfing harnesses from the latest blog posts from Brighton Elementary Kitesurfing School’s IKO qualified instructor Chris Miles.
There are two types of harness – one is a seat harness which is strapped around your waist and between your legs and the other is a waist harness which reaches around the waist only. The advantages of having a waist harness is that you will have much better flexibility and range of movement and of course it is more comfortable.
It will cause you to develop your core strength more and because of this they can cause strain to the lower back. The big downside for a beginner is that they will ride up your chest more easily.
The seat harness will not ride up and is kept down by the leg straps. It also allows the rider to edge more easily with less physical effort. It is actually easier to do rotational tricks with the seat harness as it pivots just below the centre of gravity but it won’t look so cool!
It is advisable as a beginner to use the seat harness for lessons until up and riding but after that you will more than likely switch to a waist harness. Read more details about kitesurfing harnesses below on our kitesurf blog.