Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Double Hinterburger Mobe
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Hinterburger Mobe
Double Hinterburger Mobe

Assuming that you’ve done your homework and nailed the Hinterburger Mobe, here’s another challenge. The joy of freestyle obsession and learning tricks is that you never get to sit on your laurels, there’s always something else waiting in the wings. This time round we’re adding another back rotation before the pass, squeezing out every nanosecond of airtime from your pop…

Kitesurfing Technique - Body Dragging Past the Shorebreak on a Surfboard
Kitesurfing Technique - Body Dragging Past the Shorebreak on a Surfboard
Body Dragging Past the Shorebreak on a Surfboard

Unless you’re Olympic quick at beach starting and an absolute legend at getting over waves, body dragging out to calmer waters is never a bad idea, regardless whether you’re on a twin tip or a surfboard. So often one witnesses frustrated kiters who are constantly getting washed back up the beach, getting knocked off their boards before they’ve managed to…

Kitesurfing Technique - Getting Out, Over and Through the White Water on a Surfboard
Kitesurfing Technique - Getting Out, Over and Through the White Water on a Surfboard
Getting Out, Over and Through the White Water on a Surfboard

Enjoying the waves, especially if you are strapless, also entails the often tricky challenge of first getting out over the foamy stuff and steeper walls. Once you’re confident at this, you’ll be able to relax, which in turn will make it simpler, you’ll save a load of body dragging back to the beach to retrieve your board and you’ll have…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Kite Loop to Wrapped
Kitesurfing Technique - Kite Loop to Wrapped
Kite Loop to Wrapped

The kite loop to wrapped is a desirable move in its own right which shows good control and is a pleasure to land. However it is also the ultimate stepping stone and building block to a kite loop 3. The advantages of learning the wrapped version first are many. Firstly you have more time to concentrate on the kite loop…

Kitesurfing Technique - Cat’s Cradle - Untangling Lines
Kitesurfing Technique - Cat’s Cradle - Untangling Lines
Cat’s Cradle - Untangling Lines

Untangling your lines while they’re still attached to your kite is one of those useful skills that can save hours of faffing on the beach. Once you know how to do it, you’re almost obliged to become a good Samaritan of the kiting world. No longer able to observe a fellow enthusiast struggling when you know that with your intervention…

Kitesurfing Technique - Fin First Beach Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Fin First Beach Start
Fin First Beach Start

Mucking around on a surfboard is as much about becoming more instinctive, and understanding how your board and kite work as it is about deliberately learning new skills. So here we’ve got a move that can come in useful if the waters a bit shallow and you don’t fancy scuffing your fins, but that will also get you freeing your…

Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop Kiteloop
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop Kiteloop
Double Back Loop Kiteloop

This one harks back a bit, watching some of the early adopters pulling the trigger on one of these back in the day was a sight to behold, large kite, no depower, heavy mutant strapped to their feet, and serious landings! Fortunately things have moved on and tricks like this are open to anyone and everyone, so certainly worth a…

Kitesurfing Technique - Twin Tip Heel to Toe Tack
Kitesurfing Technique - Twin Tip Heel to Toe Tack
Twin Tip Heel to Toe Tack

It’s funny how moves that are the norm on other kite craft are not so often practiced on the trusty twin tip. The Duck Tack and Toeside Duck Tack were legitimate rip offs from the surfboard collective. This issue we’re unashamedly borrowing from kiting’s most recent, at least in popularity terms, evolution. Not quite loyal to the foil, but cheers…

Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Stalefish Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Stalefish Grab
Back Loop Stalefish Grab

If ever there was a perfect embellishment to spice up a back loop/roll this must be it. Like love and marriage these two combine for the sweetest company. A lot of you no doubt love to bone out a straight air or a front loop, and now this really is the reverse, a boned out back loop, in which you’ll…

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