Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Hand Drag Back Roll
Kitesurfing Technique - Hand Drag Back Roll
Hand Drag Back Roll

Kite tricks are much like cakes, once you’ve got the foundation you can add to and embellish it in any number of ways, combine it with another skill and the keep the ever growing endless game of learning alive. Here is one such combination, the Hand Drag Back Roll, a bit of a twist on the Hand Drag from a…

Kitesurfing Technique - Twin Tip Heel to Toe Carve with Downloop
Kitesurfing Technique - Twin Tip Heel to Toe Carve with Downloop
Twin Tip Heel to Toe Carve with Downloop

There is nothing sweeter than exiting a carve with some oomph, whether it be full back burners boosting to the max or a more mellow constant pull to drive against. There are so many factors that inhibit the perfect turn, but there is one addition that can pretty much guarantee an excellent score – adding a downloop. If the mere…

Kitesurfing Technique - Riding Blind
Kitesurfing Technique - Riding Blind
Riding Blind

Looking back in annals of kitesurfing history, riding blind had a similar standing as the darkslide does today. It was considered a decent showy move and was much sort after. Casually skimming across a bay or lagoon in reverse gear, waving at your adoring fans with a Cheshire cat smirk etched on your face was a wonderful sight to behold.…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Front Loop To Blind with Ole
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Front Loop To Blind with Ole
Toeside Front Loop To Blind with Ole

Hopefully there is a better name out there for this trick, but for the moment we’ll stick to the descriptive version. Essentially this is a pop trick, but a subtle drifting up of the kite is more than acceptable to ease you into it. For those of you confident with your toe side edge this is a great trick and…

Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Riding
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Riding
Strapless Riding

We’re going to keep this one relatively brief, as it is not rocket science, or rather it doesn’t have to be, apologies Mr Bernoulli. However pretty much everyone who stands on a surfboard for the first time, having been riding twin tips makes the same basic mistakes. To understand how a board works and how this effects the way you…

Kitesurfing Technique - Deep Water Board Carry
Kitesurfing Technique - Deep Water Board Carry
Deep Water Board Carry

We thought we’d include how to carry a board for a couple of reasons: firstly no end of kiters comment to us about how hard it is to carry a board now that so many people don’t use handles. Secondly it’s a bloody good way of keeping karma on your side, a bit like not eating Shark Empanadas, and we…

Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Pop to Blind with Ole
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Pop to Blind with Ole
Strapless Pop to Blind with Ole

It’s been a while since we proffered up any strapless fun so here’s a personal favourite. Also to any surf aficionados, apologies for the name, using the twin tip equivalent means that it’ll make sense for those coming from a non-surfing background. If you do surf or at least know the names this could almost be a backside air reverse,…

Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe
Air Gybe

The Air Gybe done well is the King of smooth: just freezing mid flight, maybe throwing in a cheeky grab, whilst hanging in the wind then casually changing direction before powering off back out to sea. Once fully mastered even the biggest air can be a mere method of turning, and any obstacle a plant. If you have conquered the…

Kitesurfing Technique - Grabbed Back Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Grabbed Back Loop Transition
Grabbed Back Loop Transition

Adding a grab to any move will instantly add style, spicing it up to stand out just that little bit more. Trying to add a grab will also unfortunately reveal any weaknesses, those flaws in technique that we are aware of, which are hidden convincingly behind those subtle adjustments made on the fly, during a move. Therefore working on your…

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