Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Back to Wrapped Hooked
Kitesurfing Technique - Back to Wrapped Hooked
Back to Wrapped Hooked

When you hear the name back to wrapped, you likely cast your mind back to bygone days of unhooked freestyle (if you've been around long enough) and what was often considered the precursor to the back mobe. What we're looking at here with the hooked version is potentially a softer, kinder and generally more friendly relative that requires no unhooking,...

Kitesurfing Technique - Learning to Loop Part 4 - Jump Transition Late Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Learning to Loop Part 4 - Jump Transition Late Loop
Learning to Loop Part 4 - Jump Transition Late Loop

We're sneaking this one into our learning to loop series because it really is the ultimate get out of jail card. If you want to pass go and collect 200, it's an absolute must-have. In fact, it's so good and handy that, at times, you could practically consider it as cheating. Anyway, enough of the hyperbole and excitement; we need...

Kitesurfing Technique - Learning To Loop Part 3 - Heel to Toe Downloop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Learning To Loop Part 3 - Heel to Toe Downloop Transition
Learning To Loop Part 3 - Heel to Toe Downloop Transition

Part three of our learning to loop series is the final on water move! You'll add your new love of a downloop onto a heel to toe carve. We've said it before, but it remains true: there is nothing sweeter than exiting a carve with some oomph. There are so many variables that can scupper the perfect heel to toe,...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Kite Loop Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Kite Loop Grab
Back Roll Kite Loop Grab

At a time when you could be dressing up a Turkey, tarting up an evergreen or decorating for some yuletide festivities, how about adding some glitz and glam, a fairy light and some tinsel to a timeless classic. There won’t be anything finer to unwrap (Fortnum and Mason’s brandy butter being the one exception) than a fully embellished back roll...

Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Toeside Duck Tack
Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Toeside Duck Tack
Surfboard Toeside Duck Tack

This no foot change duck tack variation is a fun, achievable challenge and a different way to change direction on a surfboard which will sit nicely in your box of tricks. Have a quick look at the sequences and the videos to give yourself an idea of what you’ll be aiming for. You’ll see that all you need to attempt...

Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce Transition
Beach Bounce Transition

You’ve all probably seen someone do this, whether onto and off the beach, or some solid looking object, and thought that it’d be a fun one to add to your list, with the minor exception of potentially looking a bit of a plonker whilst mastering it. In all fairness, this is no more or less showy than any other trick...

Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Heel to Toe Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Heel to Toe Carve
Strapless Heel to Toe Carve

Carving a surfboard successfully, throwing up a wall of water and exiting with speed feels absolutely divine. It is the basic building block for all things wave riding. And once you are confident changing from edge to edge, or rather rail to rail and throwing the kite about, you’ll soon be ready to challenge waves that once seemed intimidating. All...

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 - Air Gybe with Late Kite Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe with Late Kite Loop
Air Gybe with Late Kite Loop

This move is really as much a cheat as it is a trick, and a very useful one at that. If the title doesn’t give away what it is have a look at Video 1. A late kite loop in this case means that the kite loops once you are on the water, not in the air. You’ve probably seen...