Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Barefoot Water Ski
Kitesurfing Technique - Barefoot Water Ski
Barefoot Water Ski

It’s not that long ago that the Jesus walk was the Don of support moves, but now the stage light and emphasis certainly shines bright on the art of barefooting under your kite. Back in the day slalom skiers turned their noses up at the barefoot brigade, please don’t deny it, but who is laughing now eh:) Once you have…

Kitesurfing Technique - Toe Side Front Roll Hand Wash Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Toe Side Front Roll Hand Wash Transition
Toe Side Front Roll Hand Wash Transition

It seems that our technique this issue is perhaps leaning towards a harmonious blend of skills. This move features no tyrannical part dominating the agenda, with other embellishments pushed aside into supporting roles, but instead kneads every detail into a languid roll from beginning to end. The toe side front roll hand wash transition is based on the wonderful pop…

Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Nose Grab Down Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Nose Grab Down Loop Transition
Back Roll Nose Grab Down Loop Transition

Last issue we very much lauded rotations, we’re not shy to praise a grab or two, whilst our undying love for transitions is anything but a secret. Our fondness for killer combos is shared by many, and when you can squeeze all three bears into one move it’s the holy trinity of practicality, style and downright dynamite. The only enduring…

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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.…

Kitesurfing Technique - Kite Loop to Wrapped
Kitesurfing Technique - Kite Loop to Wrapped
Kite Loop to Wrapped

The kite loop to wrapped is a desirable move in its own right which shows good control and is a pleasure to land. However it is also the ultimate stepping stone and building block to a kite loop 3. The advantages of learning the wrapped version first are many. Firstly you have more time to concentrate on the kite loop…

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 - Jump Roast Beef
Kitesurfing Technique - Jump Roast Beef
Jump Roast Beef

Now this is a good grab, and one that’ll dazzle on a plethora of tricks. Our sage advice would of course be to start at the beginning, so we’ll introduce this one with a regular jump. The idea being that you’ll have ample time to both ponder and practice grabbing in the right place, as it is quite different from…

Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Backloop
Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Backloop
Popped Backloop

Some time ago in issue 6 we introduced you to the back loop. Those of you who followed it will remember that we advised you to learn the jumped version. Hopefully now you have that in the bag, the actual rotation should come fairly naturally. So let’s move on to the popped variation, which simplistically should just entail a bit…

Kitesurfing Technique - Water Skiing
Kitesurfing Technique - Water Skiing
Water Skiing

When you’re as helpful as Heliarde, you’ll often find yourself with two boards, having just fished one out of the mangroves from the last person who tried to jump them. As such there are a few ways to return to sender, and this one is a firm favourite well worthy of a cheeky grin and a nod from the great…