Kitesurfing Technique

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

Way Back in Issue 60 we introduced you to a life of high kicks and frilly knickers. We’re heading back to the ways of the Moulin Rouge, and although we can’t claim that this trick will be as visually stunning as the film, it’ll undoubtedly be pleasant on the eye and a giggle to perform whilst humming Orpheus in the…

Kitesurfing Technique - Board Off Dismount
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Off Dismount
Board Off Dismount

Whilst pondering all the moves, grabs, transitions, airs, washes, strokes, tweaks, pops, passes and loops that we’ve covered on these hallowed pages, it struck us that we haven’t been particularly generous on the dismounts. To make amends, here is the board off dismount. Actually, a very achievable trick, since there’s no need to get it back on, it works in…

Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless No Grab Air Gybe
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless No Grab Air Gybe
Strapless No Grab Air Gybe

With a never-ending supply of media showing you just how easy it should be to defy physics and casually stomp you first 10m strapless back roll or double to blind, it can prove mildly frustrating when even a controlled air seems like a longshot. However, fear not, if you didn't spend your youth wearing out trainers imitating Rodney Mullen, or…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Body Dragging Upwind
Kitesurfing Technique - Body Dragging Upwind
Body Dragging Upwind

Being able to get back to your board or back to the beach is just as important as being able to ride. Without the confidence which this skill gives you, you’ll be sentenced to a life wearing a board leash, doomed to never pushing yourself to learn anything new or fancy, and a hobby involving much more swimming and faffing…

Kitesurfing Technique - Jump with Tweaked Boned Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Jump with Tweaked Boned Grab
Jump with Tweaked Boned Grab

Having recently returned from what can only be described as a grab-tastic clinic, we hunted through the back catalogue of moves and realised that we’ve never offered any guidance on how to add a grab to a stock jump. Grabbing is the simplest method of adding that certain “je ne sais quoi” to any move. A jump is no different…

Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Toeside
Back Loop to Toeside

For those of you already happily sticking your popped back loops, it’s time to add the killer combo and land them to toe side. This is also a great reason to learn your pop tricks and your toe side on both sides as some of you will no doubt pop back loops in the opposite direction to which you’d like…

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

Way Back in Issue 60 we introduced you to a life of high kicks and frilly knickers. We’re heading back to the ways of the Moulin Rouge, and although we can’t claim that this trick will be as visually stunning as the film, it’ll undoubtedly be pleasant on the eye and a giggle to perform whilst humming Orpheus in the…

Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop Kiteloop
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop Kiteloop
Front Loop Kiteloop

This is a stunning move for those that like ballsy tricks where it’s all about setting everything up correctly, then holding onto your eyeballs as the kite does the rest as Karine does in Video 1. For sure there is more to it than that, but this trick is all about commitment, once you’ve set the wheel in motion you’re…

Kitesurfing Technique - Darkslide Front
Kitesurfing Technique - Darkslide Front
Darkslide Front

It can be easy to take kiting for granted, a bad session when you don’t feel comfortable, perhaps the wind’s not quite right, you’re off you’re A Game, and in the end, the lawn gets a pretty good mowing. Sometimes it’s worth giving ourselves a nudge and remember just why kiting can have such a strong hold and just why…