Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Hand Plant BLT
Kitesurfing Technique - Hand Plant BLT
Hand Plant BLT

Here’s an absolute banger of a transition from the main man himself, Heliarde. No skateparks in the vicinity, but if this move isn’t straight out of some old school, dried out pool skater bowl action, we’ll eat our board bags. Parental advisory, not suitable for most wind directions! Cross off in some sandy lagoon is obviously ideal, you can at…

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 - Toe Side Hand Drag
Kitesurfing Technique - Toe Side Hand Drag
Toe Side Hand Drag

A while back we took you through the heelside holiday shot. Seeing as things are warming up and liberty in the sense of ocean dips is returning for many, it must surely be time to enjoy the simple (ish) things. Casually gliding atop the wet stuff on your toes, caressing the water as you take the opportunity to smell the…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Raley to Wrapped
Kitesurfing Technique - Raley to Wrapped
Raley to Wrapped

Raleys and Wrapped are not always the most popular of bedfellows. When we think of wrapped or 3s, 5s and even 7s rotating that way, the Shifty is more often favoured as the proceeding movement due to it’s more dynamic leg pull. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t. Your only pre requisite for this is the Krypt,…

Kitesurfing Technique - One Footed Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - One Footed Front Loop
One Footed Front Loop

Before going any further we’ll start by saying that if you’re about to try this then we assume that you already know how to front loop. Therefore we don’t need to painstakingly go through the front loop again, but rather just touch on the important bits and pieces that will make this work. If you need refreshing look back to…

Kitesurfing Technique - Nose Grab Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Nose Grab Front Loop
Nose Grab Front Loop

It’s always a pleasure to add a bit of extra panache to a move that you can already do, even if it is sometimes mildly frustrating to complicate a high percentage move, but hey the learning is fun and the rewards are worth it. We’ll call this the Nose Grab Front, to some of you’ll it’ll be a nose grab…

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

Finally the homework for all you unhooked and unhinged riders out there. In it’s most basic form we have the unhooked popped front to toe side. Once you have it nailed you could add a cheeky pop out to wrapped, or flick more on take off for a bone fide S-Bend to toe side, a front to wrapped, an NIS,…

Kitesurfing Technique - Front Roll from Blind
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Roll from Blind
Front Roll from Blind

Gosh, it has been a long time since we featured a move from blind. Last time around it was the back roll from blind, so it seems only right to bring the front roll out of the bag now. These are great tricks to have in your armoury whether you’re a freestyle veteran or an old school flag bearer. The…

Kitesurfing Technique - Board Behind Waterstart
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Behind Waterstart
Board Behind Waterstart

Stylish and practical, definitely two words that fit this down to a T. Stylish because what better way can there be to regain your pride after a wipe-out, other than just boosting back up into the air from which you fell and scooting gracefully off. Practical as most of us spend a lot of time getting back on the board…