Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Tail Grab Board Off
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Tail Grab Board Off
Back Roll Tail Grab Board Off

There is no set course in kiting. Once you’re up and riding, the world is your oyster, kiting your canvas. Different craft, moves, priorities. Whatever lights you up from cruising to quite literally bruising. That said, there are some logical paths which you can follow as you improve, and in this case, we’re following the jumping path. You get confident…

Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Double Front Roll to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Double Front Roll to Toeside
Toeside Double Front Roll to Toeside

Let’s be honest, spinning once is undeniably brilliant! Does that mean spinning twice is doubly brilliant? What if it’s from toeside? And what if it’s to toeside? There’s only one, sorry, two ways to find out. Give it a go and nail it. Perhaps a tenuous motivational tactic, but any excuse to try something new is gold dust in our…

Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Roll Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Roll Grab
Double Front Roll Grab

To self-quote from an earlier article – “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. This, of course, shows great control, adds oodles of style, and concerning this next move, teaches you…

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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 outset of getting up on the board, rocking upwind, resisting for take-off, popping, getting out through the lumpy stuff and anything else which requires you to…

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 crazy powered this or that’s we can pull, there is still nothing quite like airtime. From that first moment of…

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 slalom ski around a buoy, the inner kid in all of us can’t resist it and the ensuing look back to check, regardless…

Kitesurfing Technique - Surf Board Duck Tack
Kitesurfing Technique - Surf Board Duck Tack
Surf Board Duck Tack

A few issues ago we took you through one variation of a directional tack, now its time for the other, the duck tack. If you wanted to compare the two the easiest way to appreciate the difference is to picture the way in which you turn. Previously we turned 180˚ by turning our head downwind and back. In the duck…

Kitesurfing Technique - Board Between Legs 1 Foot
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Between Legs 1 Foot
Board Between Legs 1 Foot

Even if you’re not an air-style aficionado and prefer smaller kite options, there is always a place for big air and its plethora of embellishments. If you’re akin to sailing more towards the relatively fiercer end of the Beaufort scale, there is a point when unhooking and competing against kids who don’t yet shave seems unwise. The good news is…

Kitesurfing Technique - Indy Pop to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Indy Pop to Toeside
Indy Pop to Toeside

This one shouldn’t take to long to master as it is really just a way of adding some extra style points to something you can already do, that is of course assuming that you can pop to toe side without a moments thought. Realistically though to make the grab, especially after the indulgences of Christmas, it’s more about polishing your…