Front Loop Hand Wash Transition

Technique / Intermediate

Introduction

Yes another hand wash. These moves are always popular crowd pleasers and on clinics everyone one wants to get involved in some water tickling. This is the front roll or front loop variant and it has its roots firmly placed in the more traditional popped front loop nose grab transition from yesteryear as featured in Issue 31! There is quite a lot going on a short amount of time, so you’ll not have the luxury or hindrance to worry about flying the kite, it’s more pop and go and until you’ve nailed a few the kite will seemingly dictate when everything happens. This is another move that will be far easier to learn on a bigger kite and much trickier on a 7m.

The Approach

Your approach into this is similar to that of a dark slide or back roll hand wash if you already have those nailed, If not fret not, your principal aim is to stay low whilst maintaining your edge. Normally to pop we explode upwards and naturally as you sit you will bend your knees and come up over the board. So get your cheeks down low whilst keeping your edge. This way you’ll have an edge to kick up and off, whilst being low enough to get your hand in the water.

You can see Christian is approaching with his kite about 11 o’clock, bar trimmed out so that he can keep tension on the lines with an extended arm, plenty of speed and he is sitting low but still with plenty of edge. From here Christian takes his front hand off the bar, turns further into wind to check his speed and very gently pulls the bar in with his centred back hand.

Kick Edge

Timing wise your moment to go is the same in all these pop trick transitions, you must go early, that is to say before you feel the kite lift. As long as you pre-empt the lift your kite is less likely to fly too far back in the window and you’ll be able to stay low.

In Pic B. Christian is really kicking off and against his edge, not up. This fortunately is the standard kick off for a forward rotation but here you must exaggerate the action. Christian leans forward and stretches his free front arm out in front of him as he kicks. This will both initiate the front roll and plant his hand into the water. It is important to get your hand out in front as you’ll soon overtake it without the resistance and drag it’ll produce once buried in the water.

Hand Plant Front Roll

Not a delicious Ionian snack but your next port of call. If you get your hand down on a straight and stiff arm you will rotate no matter what, as your hand becomes the axis for your rotation. This means that you can try and concentrate your efforts on your kite or rather your other hand, the one holding the bar. You need to keep tension on the lines by holding the bar in on the sweet spot, whilst trying your best not to send the kite steaming off behind you. Three things will help: hand in the centre of the bar, sweet spot trimmed out and big kite…

Here in Pic C. you can see that Christian’s kite has still not reached 12 o’clock and he is already well into the move. He has his hand in the water and is making an effort to resist by keeping his arm locked out. Simultaneously Christian keeps the bar in and as such the kite will be slowing drifting back whist Christian pendulums underneath.

Upside Down

As mentioned earlier there is an element of just going with this move as you learn it. However if you can you should try and invert yourself as much as possible to get some extra style points. You’ll see some folk banging these moves out totally straight and stiff. As your head is down it is a matter of getting your hips, feet and board up, and the simplest method is to keep your hand firmly planted and straighten your legs. With the drag from your hand they’ll be forced up!

You can see that Christian is pushing his feet up in an attempt to get inverted. Worth noting though is that his hand is only just in contact with the water so he is about to loose resistance and his opportunity to get fully upside down. Whilst trying to straighten up Christian has to keep the bar in and be ready for the moment that he gets lifted and his hand releases from the water.

Turn Dive & Land

Once you feel yourself lifted, this is your cue to finish your front rotation as the kite has passed through 12 and is effectively jumping you up off the water. If you can get yourself around, then you’ll be able to see where you’re likely to land and balance yourself against any awkward pull from the kite.

Looking at Pic E. you can see that the first two things that Christian has done are allow his legs to drop and get his free hand back on the bar, as both these movements will give him more control of the situation. By dropping his feet Christian has his undercarriage and landing gear down, and with two hands on the bar he can better control how quickly the kite is moving. Christian is also looking back and down wind, so that he can turn his body and board to where he should be landing. What he does now will depend on how far back the kite is and how far out Christian has pendulumed. If the kite is still relatively high Christian will dive hard with his new front hand (the right one) to pull himself out of the move. If the kite is quite far behind Christian will have to dive it harder, aiming for a late kiteloop, so that he’ll have the power to keep moving once he lands. Whilst learning this we recommend that you go for the first diving option, as it’s better to get wet and water start than get thrown around backwards.

Top Tips

It’s a good idea to start off with some gentle popped front loop transitions with both hands on the bar to ease yourself into the kite timing and see how far back the kite goes. If it is going a long way back go earlier.

Once you feel confident get low and give it a go, not much can go wrong as you shouldn’t be more than an arms length off the water:)

Now have a good look at the Sequence and Videos.

Common Problems

Main problem that you’ll have is the kite ending up too far behind you, so go early and keep your edge whilst you get low, and let the bar out a bit to stop the kite drifting too much.

You may also have trouble getting the hand in and keeping it planted in the water. Really reach forward and throw yourself down into the water. Once it’s in resist the pull against it. This may take a few goes to get your head around.

Keystones

  1. Get low but keep your edge
  2. Release your front hand and kick forward early
  3. Reach your hand forward and down into the water
  4. Resist and try to straighten your legs up
  5. As you lift drop legs and turn to dive

This technique article was in Issue 44 of IKSURFMAG.

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Christian and Karine have been working together as a coaching team, running improver to advanced kitesurfing clinics since 2003.

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