Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start Back Roll Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start Back Roll Grab
Beach Start Back Roll Grab

If you want to kick off your session completely mad dog, hair down, guns blazing, look at me, who’s the Daddy, then this far from subtle entry into the ocean is defo your tipple of choice. However, it is possible to underplay it as if nobody is watching, but that forced cough before lift-off, might just arouse suspicions. We’re spicing…

Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Front Roll to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Front Roll to Toeside
Toeside Front Roll to Toeside

Toe to toe, a front roll with a difference. It’s funny how so much of kiting is based off one’s heels, when there are parallel universes out there comprised of all things toes, and if your name’s Tom Bridge, all things blind. It’s certainly a way to increase your trick count, but probably the best part is the different feeling…

Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Dismount
Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Dismount
Surfboard Dismount

Surfboard Dismount The surfboard dismount is one of those moves that works, it really is as stylish and practical as a well-tailored, colourful hat. Fun and functional, nonchalantly plucking your board from the air obviously has its aesthetics, but it also trumps fumbling around in the shallows as the backwash bulldozes your board and fins against your shins or the…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge
Blind Judge

Simply put - a great move, looks the biz and definitely one that once you have it nailed, rewards with a high percentage return rate. In English the blind judge is an unhooked raley to blind but with an air pass rather than a surface pass, see Sequence 1. Now without wanting to slow anyone in their tracks or piddle…

Kitesurfing Technique - Handle Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - Handle Pass
Handle Pass

The beloved dangle pass, as seen in video 1 is a fabulously satisfying move, which now seems to be almost as outdated as the once awe-inspiring dead man. That said it looks fabulous, can be done super high, and even when all your other unhooked moves have been well and truly grounded by too much wind, can be pulled out…

Kitesurfing Technique - Hand Drag to Blind
Kitesurfing Technique - Hand Drag to Blind
Hand Drag to Blind

We can get quite energetic when discussing the merits of combining skills in kiting. It is at the heart of the sport, both deliberately and mistakenly bodging things together and ending up with something to be pleased with. So here’s another from the Encyclopedia of killer combos. Hand dragging smokes, landing blind rocks, why on earth wouldn’t you! And just…

Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Surfboard Water Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Surfboard Water Start
Toeside Surfboard Water Start

You may be interested in riding a surfboard because your mitts can no longer grip the bar for out and out freestyle, or perhaps you just dream of carving beautiful faces on your new Christmas present. Either way riding a surfboard, whether a kite specific strap design or and old short board is well within everybody’s reach. If you’ve spent…

Kitesurfing Technique - Blind to Toeside Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind to Toeside Carve
Blind to Toeside Carve

Continuing along the path of hooked in moves to keep you busy and anything to and from blind here is a cheeky blind turn. Blind is sometimes described as toeside backwards, and this demonstrates it nicely. At the beginning it’s basically a slide turn from blind, which you come out of carving on your toes, but once you perfect it,…

Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Beach Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Beach Start
Strapless Beach Start

Continuing on from last issue’s strapless fest you’re probably more than ready for this. The beach start is a useful tool as it means that not only can you delay the inevitable dunking, but you can also get off the beach quickly, which is a godsend when the waves are pumping. Water starting is all good and well but if…