Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe from Toe Side
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe from Toe Side
Air Gybe from Toe Side

Here’s a little something for everyone, an achievable mix and match, adding a little twist to your standard transition, at least on one side. The air gybe or jump transition from toe side is both a funky move in its own right, but also seriously good practice for pretty much anything from toe side. As it requires a good solid…

Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Heel to Toe Side Duck Tack
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Heel to Toe Side Duck Tack
Strapless Heel to Toe Side Duck Tack

We’ve covered this on a twinny, now it’s time for the surfboard challenge and at a later date the foiling version will be explained. Regardless of craft this is a fun move, which looks brilliant, feels brilliant and let’s be honest, is brilliant. Perfecting this strapless is admittedly a fraction more tricky than on a twin tip with straps, but…

Kitesurfing Technique - Hand Wash
Kitesurfing Technique - Hand Wash
Hand Wash

Oddly enough it’s possible that you already know how to back roll hand wash, maybe even front roll hand wash, but chances are you’ve not even considered a simple, no frills approach to the cleanest of moves. This seems to be a popular photo choice at the moment, and as there’s nothing more in than being en mode, lets get…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Chop Hop
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Chop Hop
Strapless Chop Hop

Strapless airs, what’s not to like? We all have to start somewhere and this humble chop hop is pretty much the best place to work on all the necessary ingredients. Get the approach, take off, inflight entertainment and landing down and the sky is your oyster… Velcro, super sticky wax and the dark arts. None of these will be necessary…

Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Kite Loop from Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Kite Loop from Toeside
Back Loop Kite Loop from Toeside

Another celebration of the diversity that kiting offers by the mere action of marrying a couple of skills that you have down, to make yet another enchanting move. These next few pages will see you cavorting with your toeside back loop (or roll) and kiteloop with the net result hopefully rewarding you with a stunning new move with a somewhat…

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 - Back Loop Transition From Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition From Toeside
Back Loop Transition From Toeside

This is a fun one. We all need transitions to turn around, and lets be honest the better they look the better we feel. The BLT in its true form is one of the most popular transitions out there. Done well it oozes style, a casual rotation, effortlessly floated around with control. Old boys do them, kids in boots do…

Kitesurfing Technique - Sliding Surface Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - Sliding Surface Pass
Sliding Surface Pass

Ladies and Gents here’s a move that although we don’t teach very often, does have a place in your box of tricks as it leads you towards other things and can still look pretty smooth because you’re passing from blind, so it flows. The idea is basically to slide your board to blind, breaking out the tail and then adding…

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…

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