If there’s not enough power to pull you up, move the kite slightly back before diving it forward. When you get the kite going and you are moving forward do not bring the kite back to neutral, this will kill your power. Instead keep the kite lower and more forward. If you continually getting yanked back, check that you are not heading the kite in the reverse direction, and try to edge the board and kite to cut more across the wind.
Practice the following different ways of stopping/slowing down on open water so when a situation arises where you need to stop in a hurry it is an instinctive reaction. This is accomplished by bringing the kite up into neutral. Anticipate possible future problems that may arise. Also know the standard “who has the right of way” rules:
1.) Starboard or right hand forward has right of way.
Example: A guy is coming toward you and you are on port tack or left hand forward. Pick a line away from him. You may even need to go well down wind of him.
But if you pick your line, you can usually steer clear of everyone.
Tail stall – weight the tail and point hard upwind until the kite reaches the edge of the window. (This is difficult when overpowered but is essential).
Gently steer the kite to neutral. Put your butt and side on the water, slide the board to a halt in a plume of spray. Only drop the bar to activate the safety release if absolutely necessary. And only use the emergency safety release in the event of real emergencies, i.e. the bar could hit someone.
Always give yourself plenty of room to maneuver and slow down before you get close to anything, the shore and other people included. Awareness to your surroundings is vital for safe riding.