Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Twin Tip Beach Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Twin Tip Beach Start
Twin Tip Beach Start

Come on, admit it, it’s something we all want to do. Casually stroll up to the water’s edge, drop the board, hop on and sail off into the great blue yonder with hardly a hair out of place and a completely dry derriere. So here it is, the beach start. As with all great moves, it’s not just stylish but…

Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Pop from Toeside to Heelside
Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Pop from Toeside to Heelside
Hooked Pop from Toeside to Heelside

Instructions To continue our quest of all things toeside, it’s time to throw the pop from toeside into the mix. Now that you’re getting more comfortable, having dialled in your toeside and added the pop to toeside, it’s surely time to have a tasty way to get back to heelside. Not only that, once you master this, you’ll have popping…

Kitesurfing Technique - The No Slide Turn
Kitesurfing Technique - The No Slide Turn
The No Slide Turn

We could have called this article something along the lines of transition like a pro, or turn around without losing any ground, but neither of those quite capture the character of this transition quite as well as the name we've plumped for. Having had a detailed look at the slide turn in our first CK'ssentials and having been plagued by…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Pop Nose Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Pop Nose Grab
Pop Nose Grab

We’ve covered the sent version so now for the pop! This is however going to be more than slightly different, as here you’ll be popping the board up behind you, reaching down for the board whereas if you’ve learnt the sent variation you could bring the board up in front of you whilst reaching for it. The good news is…

Kitesurfing Technique - Riding Downwind
Kitesurfing Technique - Riding Downwind
Riding Downwind

There is no better place to start than the beginning, so what do we kiters mean by riding downwind? Simplest way to think of it is to imagine that you want to go from point A to point B. For theory’s sake, if you look at Pic 1 you can see that the kite school, Point A, is on a…

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 to scare prospective freshers away, who then seem intent on focusing all their efforts on the back loop. Well fear ye…

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 front loop/roll brings about a new set of challenges, namely controlling both the kite and your rotation. So let’s not beat…

Kitesurfing Technique - Twin Tip Toeside Duck Tack
Kitesurfing Technique - Twin Tip Toeside Duck Tack
Twin Tip Toeside Duck Tack

It’s a while ago now that we covered the original twin tip duck tack. To kick off the New Kiting Year with fireworks, Champers and a full compliment of bells and whistles we’re going to celebrate. 2017’s first move, drum roll please, is its rather attractive cousin, the twin tip duck tack from toeside. Much like the former variant, this…

Kitesurfing Technique - The Stiffy
Kitesurfing Technique - The Stiffy
The Stiffy

Here’s one from the dark ages, bringing back memories of two line kites, wrist leashes, long twin tips and even longer swims. The Stiffy is an inverted jump, but compared to today’s boner here both legs are used to push the board up high, kicking the lines with your toe side edge. To really claim it and make it more…