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Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe to Toeside
Air Gybe to Toeside

Rather than being an extension to one of the most popular transitions, the Air Gybe landed to toeside is in fact a very good way to learn an Air Gybe. Why? The answer is all about playing to your strengths. Mo...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe with Late Kite Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe with Late Kite Loop
Air Gybe with Late Kite Loop

This move is really as much a cheat as it is a trick, and a very useful one at that. If the title doesn’t give away what it is have a look at Video 1. A late kite loop in this case means that the kite loops...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop From Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop From Toeside
Back Loop From Toeside

This is another great hooked in trick, which leads on to a world of opportunities once you crack it. And even for those more advanced riders this will give you something else to do when it’s too windy to unh...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop From Toeside to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop From Toeside to Toeside
Back Loop From Toeside to Toeside

Yup, the name gives it away, and if you’ve done your homework from the last issue, you’ll be ready and primed. We’ll keep this one pretty brief, as it is an extension of the back loop from toeside, using...

Intermediate
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 - Back Loop Kite Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Kite Loop
Back Loop Kite Loop

Ruben Lenten has pretty much made this move his-own, which is just as well because it could do with a bit of a revival. This is very much an advanced move and done well looks phenomenal (see above). Back in th...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Toeside
Back Loop to Toeside

For those of you already happily sticking your popped back loops, it’s time to add the killer combo and land them to toe side. This is also a great reason to learn your pop tricks and your toe side on both s...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition From Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition From Toeside
Back Loop Transition From Toeside

This is a fun one. We all need transitions to turn around, and lets be honest the better they look the better we feel. The BLT in its true form is one of the most popular transitions out there. Done well it oo...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition to Toeside
Back Loop Transition to Toeside

Here’s a fun variation on a theme. Everyone loves a BLT (perhaps with a sausage roll chaser) and sticking it to toeside adds an extra dimension. As a move it will force you to control your rotation speed and...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce BLT
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce BLT
Beach Bounce BLT

For want of a better expression, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and this translates tokiting as there is more than one way to change direction. This in fact would be a British understatement at its...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce Transition
Beach Bounce Transition

You’ve all probably seen someone do this, whether onto and off the beach, or some solid looking object, and thought that it’d be a fun one to add to your list, with the minor exception of potentially looki...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start from Two Feet
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start from Two Feet
Beach Start from Two Feet

Many moons ago we covered the beach start where you anchor the board by putting one foot in a strap to stop it misbehaving and running off whilst you fly the kite. As effective a method as that may be, the lau...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind to Toeside Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind to Toeside Carve
Blind to Toeside Carve

Continuing along the path of hooked in moves to keep you busy and anything to and from blind here is a cheeky blind turn. Blind is sometimes described as toeside backwards, and this demonstrates it nicely. At...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Underturn Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Underturn Transition
Blind Underturn Transition

Often it’s welcome to have something (potentially) low impact, low altitude, but still high on satisfaction and fun, and in this case practicality as it’s a transition. It’s been a while since we covered...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Behind Waterstart
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Behind Waterstart
Board Behind Waterstart

Stylish and practical, definitely two words that fit this down to a T. Stylish because what better way can there be to regain your pride after a wipe-out, other than just boosting back up into the air from whi...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Boned Back Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Boned Back Loop
Boned Back Loop

Another fun variation, taking the humble back loop and pepping it up with a cheeky boned grab for more style points and extra satisfaction. We’ll be boning it out with a tale grab here, so extending your fro...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 1
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 1
Chicken Gybe Part 1

The Chicken gybe is often used but rarely celebrated. It serves surfboard riders well as a method of changing direction quickly when time, space or both are limited. The chicken gybe is particularly useful if...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 2
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 2
Chicken Gybe Part 2

Continuing on from the last issue in which we covered part one, here is the toe to heel version of the Chicken Gybe. The idea is much the same as before, you’re aiming to pivot the board from toe to heel wit...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Dark Slide Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Dark Slide Grab
Dark Slide Grab

The Dark Slide is definitely one of those tricks that appeals to a lot of folk, whether kids in boots or the more laid back lady and gent usually content with some boosting. Perhaps there is an element of show...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Dark Slide with a Back Roll
Kitesurfing Technique - Dark Slide with a Back Roll
Dark Slide with a Back Roll

If you’re mildly infatuated with dark sliding, spending endless sessions trying to eke out an extra few milliseconds suspended under your kite, indulging yourself in fantasies of sliding yet further, it coul...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop
Double Back Loop

Lets start with the potential simplicity of the double back loop. You should only really being going for this if you can already do a jumped back loop, and if you can, it’s merely a matter of getting an extr...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop Down Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop Down Loop Transition
Double Back Loop Down Loop Transition

This is a fine transition, and with the down loop pulling you out at the end, you’ll get a lovely surge of power and exit with as much speed as you took into it. Down loop transitions are all about having co...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop to Toeside
Double Back Loop to Toeside

This jump really typifies what kiting is all about, both getting air and adding together moves, marrying them, adding parts on like a text bundle and coming out with something new and exciting. The constant ch...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop Transition
Double Back Loop Transition

Adding an extra rotation is a sure fire way of stepping up a move that you already have mastered, and the double back roll transition is definitely up there as one to learn, so here it is. One word of warning...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Loop
Double Front Loop

It’s an unwritten fact, that to really prove yourself as an accomplished front looper, you must learn to slow your rotation down, so that your complete 360 matches perfectly the time you spend in the air. Th...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Grab - Tail to Nose
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Grab - Tail to Nose
Double Grab - Tail to Nose

Forever on the search for that little bit extra, something to challenge yourself and add a touch more zest to your airtime? Then here’s another stylish combo which should keep you busy for a while and lookin...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Down Loop Air Gybe
Kitesurfing Technique - Down Loop Air Gybe
Down Loop Air Gybe

Transitions may not be the coolest thing in competitions, but for most of us they are a decent opportunity to actually do something at the end of a run, which yielded no rewards. Whether it be slashing around...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Fin First Beach Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Fin First Beach Start
Fin First Beach Start

Mucking around on a surfboard is as much about becoming more instinctive, and understanding how your board and kite work as it is about deliberately learning new skills. So here we’ve got a move that can com...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Foot Plant Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Foot Plant Transition
Foot Plant Transition

In keeping with recent themes, here we have yet another cheeky transition. This one is an utter joy, nothing too flash, a mere modest planting of the front foot before springing back up and off. If you’ve al...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Foot Wash Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Foot Wash Transition
Foot Wash Transition

We’re sure that this move has a multitude of apt names, but seeing as it fits into the “support” bracket of tricks such as the BLT Handwash, Darkslide, FLT Handwash etc. we’ll keep the clean theme. Thi...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Foot One Foot
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Foot One Foot
Front Foot One Foot

This is one fun move for sure, you’ll confuse your peers, and most likely yourselves at first, but rest assured that the Triple F is surprisingly easy and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face – it’s...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Foot One Foot Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Foot One Foot Front Loop
Front Foot One Foot Front Loop

A few issues back we covered the front foot one foot jump, this time round we’ll be looking at adding a front rotation into the mix. Although based around this most cheeky of foot outs, combining it with a f...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop 540 Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop 540 Transition
Front Loop 540 Transition

It’s been a long time since we took you through the front loop (or roll) air gybe, so now it must be time to encourage you to try this 540 version - a toe side landing. Coming around to toe side is effective...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop Down Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop Down Loop Transition
Front Loop Down Loop Transition

Perhaps we need to make more of an effort with names, the longer they get the more complex they may seem. Maybe all the rad beach talk has some weight after all! However we seem to return from each clinic with...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop From Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop From Toeside
Front Loop From Toeside

The front loop from toe side is an extra bit of fun for anyone who fancies themselves as proficient on their toes. It’s a very achievable move and can lead into a plethora of other tricks and combos, both ho...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop Grab
Front Loop Grab

It was recently brought to our attention that we had yet to cover one of the first and potentially simpler of front loop (or front roll) variations - the grabbed sent front loop. We’ve talked you through the...

Intermediate

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Kitesurfing Technique - Pop Front Nose Grab to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Pop Front Nose Grab to Toeside
Pop Front Nose Grab to Toeside

This is a fun to do and picture friendly grab, which will also lead you on to a host of other stylish chestnuts. We’re deliberately offering this up with a toe side landing, as it is simpler, and looking for...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge 3
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge 3
Blind Judge 3

We’re expecting that you can already stomp the blind judge, and therefore we’ll tweak what you have to move you towards the full monty. In tech terms, considering that you should land a blind judge pretty...

Advanced
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 1
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 1
Chicken Gybe Part 1

The Chicken gybe is often used but rarely celebrated. It serves surfboard riders well as a method of changing direction quickly when time, space or both are limited. The chicken gybe is particularly useful if...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Unhooked Pop Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Unhooked Pop Front Loop
Unhooked Pop Front Loop

Continuing our front loop fest we thought it high time to introduce the baby brother of the much-respected s-bend, the popped unhooked front loop. Not only does this move dazzle, but also it is a base for a wh...

Advanced
Kitesurfing Technique - S-Bend Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - S-Bend Pass
S-Bend Pass

The S-Bend Pass, or aggressively popped front loop pass, is your next stage on from landing blind. It’s a blind judge tagged onto the end of an S-Bend in much the same way that blind is tagged onto an S-Bend...

Advanced
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
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