Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Double Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Double Grab
Back Loop Double Grab

Hard to believe, it’s more than two years ago that we took you through the Front Roll with two grabs! Time to rectify the situation. So here it is, a sent back loop/roll spiced up with both a nose and a tail grab. A must for your aerial repertoire, double embellishments ooze style points. Prerequisites for this are an ability…

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

Everyone loves a decent toe to heel carve, pushing against the back foot, throwing up a wall of spray like Andy Mapple on the slalom course. Funnily enough, we don’t often witness people wanting to light it up heel to toe. Odd when you compare it to other sports where toe edge carving is the dream, a searing frontside bottom…

Kitesurfing Technique - Heelside Hand Drag
Kitesurfing Technique - Heelside Hand Drag
Heelside Hand Drag

We thought we'd start this edition with a bit of simplistic, or so it would seem style. Elegantly stroking the water, followed by a plume of spray, was one of the original kiting money shots, and one that is still oft revered and pulled out the bag by many a guest on our clinics. However, as has been the experience…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Gybe Part 2
Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Gybe Part 2
Surfboard Gybe Part 2

As promised in the previous instalment of the Surf Board Gybe we’re now back with the other variation. This time we’ll be challenging you to change your feet from heelside to toeside before carving the board around as in the Video. This method of course has its uses. First off if you’re new to riding a surfboard the chances are…

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 inversion, the one foot and all manner of transitions and pops, but this issue we’ll set the record straight and deliver an…

Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Front Loop to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Front Loop to Toeside
Popped Front Loop to Toeside

A while back we went through the sent, jumped version of this, and now it’s time for the next step, the popped one. If you haven’t yet tried this using the kite we suggest you do, as you’ll have more time and be in a more balanced position from which to land toe side. If you have and therefore have…

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, doomed to never pushing yourself to learn anything new or fancy, and a hobby involving much more swimming and faffing…

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 a carve, popping into a rotation or just getting some daylight under your fins changing direction is fun and shows your peers…

Kitesurfing Technique - Kite Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Kite Loop
Kite Loop

It’s often the way with kitesurfing that you can get focused on certain moves. Come rain or shine, you will not go in until you’ve stuck one. Sometimes this is a positive sign, a gentleman’s handshake with your learning curve, but sometimes it’s quite the opposite. Take for example your latest powered pop move, maybe a Raley to blind. It…

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