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 - 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…

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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…

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

Some time ago back in the annals of history, or issue 2 to be precise, we looked at how to slide the board from heelside to toeside. Probably one of the first tasty moves any of us learnt. Now it’s time to take the Lucky Luke step even further and actually pop to toeside, which could also be your first…

Kitesurfing Technique - Inverted Grabbed Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Inverted Grabbed Front Loop
Inverted Grabbed Front Loop

Funnily enough some of the most pleasant to watch and pleasing on the eye kiters are not necessarily the most radical, but simply the most stylish. Obviously there are the golden few who combine both and have as a result forged a decent career out of kitesurfing. So with that in mind here’s another way of adding the mustard onto…

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