Kitesurfing Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Board Off
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Board Off
Double Front Board Off

Heliarde is back with some big air shenanigans for you all. This time with a lofty double front roll with a rather casual board off. Nothing beats a biggy, except a biggy with some form of embellishment, and a board off double certainly does add more than a hint of spice. May we suggest that a decent double front is…

Kitesurfing Technique - Front Roll Foot Wash Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Roll Foot Wash Transition
Front Roll Foot Wash Transition

Most of us change direction more often that we do anything else, and that’s why transitions should be celebrated. Here’s one to really tickle your pinkies. The front roll foot wash transition is the antithesis of less is more, squeezing as much into a transition as possible. The base for this move is the popped front roll transition, as it’s…

Kitesurfing Technique - New Nose Grab BLT
Kitesurfing Technique - New Nose Grab BLT
New Nose Grab BLT

It would appear that there must be more possible variations of your typical Back Loop (or roll) Transition than the average combination lock. This one is a little bit like playing twister after a week on a boat. It’s not the simplest grab combination, but well worth the effort, especially if you enjoy a challenge. So what exactly is a…

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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 - Back Loop Kite Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Kite Loop
Back Loop Kite Loop

Ruben Lenten has pretty much made this move his-own, which is just as well because it could do with a bit of a revival. This is very much an advanced move and done well looks phenomenal (see above). Back in the day the back loop kite loop separated the men and women from the boys and girls. Obviously the kids…

Kitesurfing Technique - Toe Side Front Roll Hand Wash Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Toe Side Front Roll Hand Wash Transition
Toe Side Front Roll Hand Wash Transition

It seems that our technique this issue is perhaps leaning towards a harmonious blend of skills. This move features no tyrannical part dominating the agenda, with other embellishments pushed aside into supporting roles, but instead kneads every detail into a languid roll from beginning to end. The toe side front roll hand wash transition is based on the wonderful pop…

Kitesurfing Technique - Blind to Toeside Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind to Toeside Carve
Blind to Toeside Carve

Continuing along the path of hooked in moves to keep you busy and anything to and from blind here is a cheeky blind turn. Blind is sometimes described as toeside backwards, and this demonstrates it nicely. At the beginning it’s basically a slide turn from blind, which you come out of carving on your toes, but once you perfect it,…

Kitesurfing Technique - KGB
Kitesurfing Technique - KGB
KGB

The KGB is the next step on from a back to blind with an air pass. Much like the excitement of a Blind Judge 3, the add on is the final 180 of rotation so that you land heel side, therefore completing the move. It’ll have you laughing on the inside for weeks once you claim it, as that final…

Kitesurfing Technique - S-Bend to Blind
Kitesurfing Technique - S-Bend to Blind
S-Bend to Blind

Throwing a decent S-Bend and then stomping it to blind is always going to look tasty. Best bet before you tackle this is at least to have your Raley to Blind sorted, and it’ll make it even more achievable to nail the front to blind first too. That said if you want it to be the real deal, your S-Bend…