Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Unhooked Toeside Pop to Blind with Surface Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - Unhooked Toeside Pop to Blind with Surface Pass
Unhooked Toeside Pop to Blind with Surface Pass

A couple of issues back in IKSURFMAG 87, we enthusiastically dangled a carrot in front of your noses, with the prospect of goodies to come as long as you promised to do your homework on the Unhooked Pop from Toeside. Hopefully, you’ve had sufficient wind and time to complete it! If you have, it’s well and truly time to start…

Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Tail Grab Board Off
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Tail Grab Board Off
Back Roll Tail Grab Board Off

There is no set course in kiting. Once you’re up and riding, the world is your oyster, kiting your canvas. Different craft, moves, priorities. Whatever lights you up from cruising to quite literally bruising. That said, there are some logical paths which you can follow as you improve, and in this case, we’re following the jumping path. You get confident…

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

Let’s be honest, spinning once is undeniably brilliant! Does that mean spinning twice is doubly brilliant? What if it’s from toeside? And what if it’s to toeside? There’s only one, sorry, two ways to find out. Give it a go and nail it. Perhaps a tenuous motivational tactic, but any excuse to try something new is gold dust in our…

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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 - Unhooked Popped Front Nose Grab to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Unhooked Popped Front Nose Grab to Toeside
Unhooked Popped Front Nose Grab to Toeside

Final trick this issue brings us back to some fanciful unhooking with this nose grab popped front to toe side. This is a fun move, which leads on to further tricks, and that can reward you with a decent photo. You’ll be grabbing the nose of the board with your front hand, so it should be reachable! This grab goes…

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 - Heel to Toe Carve with Spray
Kitesurfing Technique - Heel to Toe Carve with Spray
Heel to Toe Carve with Spray

Everyone loves a decent toe to heel carve, pushing against the back foot, throwing up a wall of spray like Andy Mapple on the slalom course. Funnily enough, we don’t often witness people wanting to light it up heel to toe. Odd when you compare it to other sports where toe edge carving is the dream, a searing frontside bottom…

Kitesurfing Technique - NIS
Kitesurfing Technique - NIS
NIS

Even if you already have an inverted Slim Chance in the bag, adding the non-inverted variant to your repertoire will be both satisfying and worthwhile. It’s likely that many of you and in particular some of the “old timers”, went on to master the Slim as the next step after the long forgotten dangle pass. As a result you may…

Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop Down Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop Down Loop Transition
Front Loop Down Loop Transition

Perhaps we need to make more of an effort with names, the longer they get the more complex they may seem. Maybe all the rad beach talk has some weight after all! However we seem to return from each clinic with a trick of the trip. In Cape Verde it was last issue’s tongue twister, this time returning from Coche,…