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Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe
Air Gybe

The Air Gybe done well is the King of smooth: just freezing mid flight, maybe throwing in a cheeky grab, whilst hanging in the wind then casually changing direction before powering off back out to sea. Once fu...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop
Back Loop

The backloop has often been the defining moment in many a riders kitesurfing history. The first genuine “trick” to really wow the masses and motivate ones belief to keep learning, keep tacking time off wor...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition
Back Loop Transition

There comes a time in every kiters life when suddenly all the hours of battling the elements really starts to pay dividends. Once you have mastered the many basic fundamentals you will have a solid foundation...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start
Beach Start

Being able to jump on your board and ride off into the sunset without dipping your derriere into the chilly April drink is a veritable pleasure. In it’s simplest form, and attempted in the right conditions,...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Body Dragging Upwind
Kitesurfing Technique - Body Dragging Upwind
Body Dragging Upwind

Being able to get back to your board or back to the beach is just as important as being able to ride. Without the confidence which this skill gives you, you’ll be sentenced to a life wearing a board leash, d...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Deep Water Board Carry
Kitesurfing Technique - Deep Water Board Carry
Deep Water Board Carry

We thought we’d include how to carry a board for a couple of reasons: firstly no end of kiters comment to us about how hard it is to carry a board now that so many people don’t use handles. Secondly it’s...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop
Front Loop

Guaranteed to spice up ones armoury, the front loop is the base move for so many kiting tricks, that it be often regarded with awe and fear. Perhaps because it looks so smooth, and some how un-dangly, it seems...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Heel to Toe Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Heel to Toe Carve
Heel to Toe Carve

Carving from your heels to you toes with grace whilst throwing up a wall of spray feels divine and looks pretty darn good too. Most of us stumbled from our toes back around to our heels, but somehow this turn...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Jumping
Kitesurfing Technique - Jumping
Jumping

Jumping Most of us would find it hard to deny the fact that it was jumping that originally flew the flag of appeal and suckered us into this amazing sport. No matter how much we improve, no matter how many craz...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Kit Set Up
Kitesurfing Technique - Kit Set Up
Kit Set Up

A few pages later in this issue we will be covering the all-important wonder of stance. It’s all good and well discussing which hernia inducing, twister-mimicking positions you should be moulding yourselves...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Pop Back From Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Pop Back From Toeside
Pop Back From Toeside

Last issue we looked at the rather swanky way of popping to toeside. So it’s probably only fair to give you the equally impressive method of styling back from toeside to heelside. It’s all good and well ha...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Pop to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Pop to Toeside
Pop to Toeside

Some time ago back in the annals of history, or issue 2 to be precise, we looked at how to slide the board from heelside to toeside. Probably one of the first tasty moves any of us learnt. Now it’s time to t...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Backloop
Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Backloop
Popped Backloop

Some time ago in issue 6 we introduced you to the back loop. Those of you who followed it will remember that we advised you to learn the jumped version. Hopefully now you have that in the bag, the actual rotat...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Popping
Kitesurfing Technique - Popping
Popping

The ability to get some pop is unquestionably one of the most useful, polyvalent skills known to a kitesurfer. We discussed it to a degree in the air gybe, but it leads to many other glorious moves and is the...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Popping off a Wave / Chop
Kitesurfing Technique - Popping off a Wave / Chop
Popping off a Wave / Chop

Popping off a wave, wavelet or steep bit of chop as in Video 1, in many locations, is an inevitable and often unavoidable consequence of meeting one of the oceans naturally formed stunt ramps, as you speed out...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Slide Turn
Kitesurfing Technique - Slide Turn
Slide Turn

There are many life-changing moments in kiting, from the first planing runs, through coming in with a dry kite, to the virginal moment of silent airtime. Once we’re up and running, being able to change direc...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Stance
Kitesurfing Technique - Stance
Stance

Stance, body position, posture: the way in which we hold ourselves on the board is the ultimate foundation, principle numero uno, THE fundamental of everything that we try and achieve in kitesurfing. From the...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Beach Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Beach Start
Strapless Beach Start

Continuing on from last issue’s strapless fest you’re probably more than ready for this. The beach start is a useful tool as it means that not only can you delay the inevitable dunking, but you can also ge...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Heel to Toe Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Heel to Toe Carve
Strapless Heel to Toe Carve

Carving a surfboard successfully, throwing up a wall of water and exiting with speed feels absolutely divine. It is the basic building block for all things wave riding. And once you are confident changing from...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Riding
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Riding
Strapless Riding

We’re going to keep this one relatively brief, as it is not rocket science, or rather it doesn’t have to be, apologies Mr Bernoulli. However pretty much everyone who stands on a surfboard for the first tim...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Toe to Heel Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Toe to Heel Carve
Strapless Toe to Heel Carve

Continuing on from last issue’s heel to toe carve, we can now add the other half to complete the basic requirements of wave riding. Once you can link these two turns together you are wave riding, however myt...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Water Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Water Start
Strapless Water Start

Last month during a series of clinics in Egypt, many of our guests often commented on how impressive it looked to be riding around on a surfboard without straps, and of course how much fun it looked even on fl...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Foot Change
Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Foot Change
Surfboard Foot Change

Whether you are riding strapless or strapped, the necessity to change your feet will eventually come knocking. Back in the dark ages when three strap directionals were in mode, it was not unusual to see kiters...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Switch to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Switch to Toeside
Switch to Toeside

Whether you are already attempting to ride toe side or are now contemplating the possibility, hopefully there should be a few helpful hints in the next page or two. As mentioned in the last issue, switching to...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Toe to Heel Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Toe to Heel Carve
Toe to Heel Carve

We recently took you through carving onto your toes, so now we’ll add the second piece of the puzzle and carve you back round onto your heel as in Video 1. To many riders this will feel like a more natural w...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Toe to Heel Spray Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Toe to Heel Spray Carve
Toe to Heel Spray Carve

There is something deeply satisfying in kicking up buckets of spray regardless of sports. Whether it be fanning deep powder on a mountain, annihilating the lip of a wave, chucking dirt on a bike or walling a s...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Surfboard Water Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Surfboard Water Start
Toeside Surfboard Water Start

You may be interested in riding a surfboard because your mitts can no longer grip the bar for out and out freestyle, or perhaps you just dream of carving beautiful faces on your new Christmas present. Either w...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Under Turns
Kitesurfing Technique - Under Turns
Under Turns

Once you have giggled yourself senseless riding across the grand bleu, you know that the once unsure world of kitesurfing is in fact your true calling. With that knowledge comes the endless quest for hacking u...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Unhooking
Kitesurfing Technique - Unhooking
Unhooking

Having watched with great amusement the bursting veins of many friends as they wrestled to hold their “classics” and “surfboards” down, we patiently waited, deep within our subconscious, for the advent...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Walking With a Kite
Kitesurfing Technique - Walking With a Kite
Walking With a Kite

This one is for anyone who has just had their first lessons, or had their lessons last year and may need a reminder on the best and safest method for walking around whilst attached to a flying kite. So whether...

Beginner

Featured

Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Front Foot 1 Foot
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Front Foot 1 Foot
Back Loop Front Foot 1 Foot

These front foot one foots are a fun way of adding some unusual style to your moves and as our third instalment we’ll be adding it to a back loop, or back roll, depending where you’re from. This variation a...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Unhooked Down Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Unhooked Down Loop
Unhooked Down Loop

The unhooked downloop is a satisfying morsel that unfortunately doesn’t get enough airtime these days. Some time ago you would have seen the editor of this very publication throwing these down left, right an...

Advanced
Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Popped Front to Blind with Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Popped Front to Blind with Grab
Hooked Popped Front to Blind with Grab

Grabbing always adds that extra touch of style, if you’ll excuse the pun, so adding one into an already technical move should feel pretty awesome and will definitely give you some extra kudos. Here you’ll...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Toe Side Double Front Loop Down Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Toe Side Double Front Loop Down Loop Transition
Toe Side Double Front Loop Down Loop Transition

It is all well and good having a plethora of moves in your box of tricks, but you need to make sure that you keep up with the transitions too. Having more ways to change direction is never a bad thing so here...

Advanced
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Popped Indy Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Popped Indy Grab
Toeside Popped Indy Grab

This is a fun little addition to your toeside box of tricks which works equally well on flat water as it does off chop and kickers. If you’ve ever felt, yourself bereft of things to try on a downwinder this...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start
Beach Start

Being able to jump on your board and ride off into the sunset without dipping your derriere into the chilly April drink is a veritable pleasure. In it’s simplest form, and attempted in the right conditions,...

Beginner
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