Kitesurfing Advanced Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Blind with Air Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Blind with Air Pass
Back Loop to Blind with Air Pass

After last issue’s take on the back loop to blind we thought it only fair to continue on from where we left off. Needless to say you really should be sticking the blind landing on your back loop before moving on to this cherub. That said the air pass on this trick is heavily dependant on timing and technique, not…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Blind with Surface Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Blind with Surface Pass
Back Loop to Blind with Surface Pass

For the truly courageous amongst you our final move this issue is a real gem. Not only is a back to blind with a surface pass, see Video 1 out an absolute show of control and a beautiful move in it’s own right, it is also the final building block to a couple of world class air pass moves. Once…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Back Mobe
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Mobe
Back Mobe

Seeing as its getting much warmer up this way, and holding onto the bar is now genuinely possible and even enjoyable, we thought it high time to throw a real cherub of a move at you aspiring unhooked freestylers. So here and beyond lies the A-Z of how to learn the jolly Back Mobe. Just to clarify this is not…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Back to Wrapped
Kitesurfing Technique - Back to Wrapped
Back to Wrapped

The back to wrapped is a fairly funky move in it’s own right, although you don’t get to see them much. Most riders skip it in preference of going straight into the back mobe, and once they land that then they’re unlikely to go back to the wrapped version. However if you’re not one of the better riders in the…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Barefoot Water-ski Dismount
Kitesurfing Technique - Barefoot Water-ski Dismount
Barefoot Water-ski Dismount

Unsurprisingly here is another fun filled move from Heliarde. The water-ski or barefoot dismount. Not only does this look the absolute shizzle, but it’s also a good way to train yourself for the joys of the Jesus Walk should you be so inclined. The beauty is that even if you consider yourself to be on the wrong end of the…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start Pass
Beach Start Pass

This is an audacious move that you’ll often spot in fun-filled videos of distant shores. A jumped beach start looks mighty fine but throwing a pass in as well, that’s the icing on the cake. If you’ve ever tried it but not yet succeeded, you’ll agree that it’s not as simple as first appears. However, rest assured with a few…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge
Blind Judge

Simply put - a great move, looks the biz and definitely one that once you have it nailed, rewards with a high percentage return rate. In English the blind judge is an unhooked raley to blind but with an air pass rather than a surface pass, see Sequence 1. Now without wanting to slow anyone in their tracks or piddle…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge 3
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge 3
Blind Judge 3

We’re expecting that you can already stomp the blind judge, and therefore we’ll tweak what you have to move you towards the full monty. In tech terms, considering that you should land a blind judge pretty much down wind, you’re only going to have to turn just over another 90˚ to claim this one, but that’s a bit like saying…

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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…

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

This is a personal favourite on the transition side of life, as it has a lazy feel and an almost slow mo appearance, thanks to the fact you don’t need to turn the full 720˚ as the downloop does a lot of the work for you. As a basis for this we’d suggest having the front loop downloop transition in…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Double Heart Attack
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Heart Attack
Double Heart Attack

Here we go, something for those of you who like a challenge and don’t mind kissing the water occasionally! The Double Heart Attack or in ye olde English, a double S-Bend 3. Either way, it’s an absolute cracker and not exactly for the faint-hearted. As such it’s a pleasure to welcome back Heliarde to the technique pages this issue, and…

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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…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Down Loop S-Bend
Kitesurfing Technique - Down Loop S-Bend
Down Loop S-Bend

We’re throwing this in just in time for those winter gusts and/or trips abroad. We’ve noticed quite a bit of down looping this summer, and this is a fairly simple add-on. In itself the move opens up a plethora of possibilities, done super powered up it can deliver some seriously arching height, looks great off a wave and is a…

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Kitesurfing Technique - F16
Kitesurfing Technique - F16
F16

True or False? The F16 is aptly named as a result of the horrendous G forces the body must endure whilst attempting it. Well to be honest it is surprising a certain Mr Bertrand Fleury, or his peers such as Tobias and Vari took so long to calm their insane, ahead of the game, riding styles in favour of the…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Front to Blind
Kitesurfing Technique - Front to Blind
Front to Blind

Front to Blind Our front loop love bubble just would not be complete without adding the sublime blind landing and a cheeky surface pass out. Tricks to blind look phenomenal, feel sensational, and once you get the hang of landing blind, they’ll all start collecting in your box of tricks. Having just taken you through the unhooked front, this is…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Front to Wrapped
Kitesurfing Technique - Front to Wrapped
Front to Wrapped

Here’s a blinding move for you aspiring freestylers. The front to wrapped is an achievable pop move for anyone landing Shiftys to wrapped, and it also doubles as a great way to get into the non-inverted slim. Theoretically at least if you can perform a controlled unhooked front to toeside, then this move is but a step away…. The Foundation…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Handle Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - Handle Pass
Handle Pass

The beloved dangle pass, as seen in video 1 is a fabulously satisfying move, which now seems to be almost as outdated as the once awe-inspiring dead man. That said it looks fabulous, can be done super high, and even when all your other unhooked moves have been well and truly grounded by too much wind, can be pulled out…

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

Finishing up this issue we have an absolute cracker of a freestyle move, the Hinterburger Mobe, also known more descriptively as the Late Mobe. This rather fun and exceptionally stylish mobe is not to be confused with a straight Back Mobe. In this version, what makes it both unique and achievable is that it comprises two moves, which are beautifully…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Back to Blind Ole
Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Back to Blind Ole
Hooked Back to Blind Ole

Been featuring a few of these Ole endings recently, as they are a fine way to finish off a hooked move to blind as it makes the whole trick smooth and is great alternative to getting your shoulders hammered when there is just that bit too much wind for us mere mortals to freestyle. Without wanting to be overly presumptuous,…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Back to Blind Tail Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Back to Blind Tail Grab
Hooked Back to Blind Tail Grab

Here’s a beauty. Those of you who have been following our technique for some time will recall how we used to bang on about going for moves which the conditions allow (saves a lot of frustration), and how learning so many of the more advanced moves hooked in will stand you in good stead and allow you to show some…

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

We’ve always been massive fans of transitions. There’s something hugely rewarding in making the simple act of changing direction into something more personal, different, showy, challenging and downright groovy. Who didn’t want to BLT as soon as a back loop was possible and who doesn’t love that moment of hang and weightlessness of an air gybe. So to continue the…

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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…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Kite Loop 3
Kitesurfing Technique - Kite Loop 3
Kite Loop 3

The KL3 is a genuine pleasure to tame. Having a bit of pull from the kite and chucking a pass in to boot should get you cheering yourself on even without witnesses. Best bet before trying this would be to get your shifty 3 down, as that way you’ll be used to the rotation and muscle memory should prevail when…

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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…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Krypt - Raley to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Krypt - Raley to Toeside
Krypt - Raley to Toeside

We all love a Raley, and funnily enough most of us learn on our preferred side, favourite foot forward, leading to a solid heelside touch down. It seems a shame to ignore the other side and deny yourself the kudos of flicking your board both ways. Hence the Raley to toeside, and just to prove it is a genuine move…

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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…

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Kitesurfing Technique - One Foot Front Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - One Foot Front Loop Transition
One Foot Front Loop Transition

This move is a bit of a classic from the archives. Reminiscent of huge four line kites, powered up with the bar wedged against the knot of the oh so effective trim strap, solid no flex mutant strapped onto your feet whilst aimlessly trying to snap your ankles, all the while hoping not to dump the kite lest you need…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Hooked Indy Front to Blind
Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Hooked Indy Front to Blind
Popped Hooked Indy Front to Blind

For you pop masters this issue we thought we’d take you through a lovely, tasty, smooth and flowing hooked in, popped front with an Indy grab. These hooked moves are both fun and practical. They give you the chance to learn something new and good looking while polishing your skills and preparing you for more boom in the future, and…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Raley to Blind with Surface Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - Raley to Blind with Surface Pass
Raley to Blind with Surface Pass

This is a killer combo! As far as non-big air tricks go, landing an unhooked move to blind and surface passing out of it is the shizzle. What’s more, once you can throw it to blind like Andre Phillip, it’s just another way to land any trick, and a rocking way to build up to powered passes. The cherry on…

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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,…

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Kitesurfing Technique - S-Bend
Kitesurfing Technique - S-Bend
S-Bend

Without wanting to open up a tin of worms and start some huge debate here’s a look at how to learn the S-Bend. It’s a fairly controversial move in its own right, as the definition of an S-Bend will vary depending on whom you speak to. Purists will expect boots and a lot of inversion throughout the rotation which is…

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Kitesurfing Technique - S-Bend Pass
Kitesurfing Technique - S-Bend Pass
S-Bend Pass

The S-Bend Pass, or aggressively popped front loop pass, is your next stage on from landing blind. It’s a blind judge tagged onto the end of an S-Bend in much the same way that blind is tagged onto an S-Bend. Herein lies the secret, as once again you’ll be tying together two moves that you can hopefully/presumably already land, as…

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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…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Shifty 3
Kitesurfing Technique - Shifty 3
Shifty 3

Some time ago we covered the shifty to wrapped. If you’ve got that down you’ll have no doubt thought about or even tried its big sister, the shifty 3. This is another dynamic move that feels sweet, looks chipper and even more stunningly happens to be the base and therefore holds the key to so many moves. Get this nailed…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Shifty 5
Kitesurfing Technique - Shifty 5
Shifty 5

The constant, sometimes seemingly small progressions in kiting are often the most rewarding challenges. In freestyle the possibilities seem endless, moving from a blind landing with surface pass, to an air pass blind judge and then adding that extra bit for a blind judge three and then a five and then a seven – one can but dream or admire…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Shifty Indy Jump
Kitesurfing Technique - Shifty Indy Jump
Shifty Indy Jump

To finish off this issue another sent move which you can enjoy in the cold, hanging on with gloves just as much as you can somewhere warm. The Shifty Indy is a sent grab with a look back and twist which you can hold for a while in the air, and which you can tweak by either extending the legs…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Underturn Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Underturn Transition
Blind Underturn Transition

Often it’s welcome to have something (potentially) low impact, low altitude, but still high on satisfaction and fun, and in this case practicality as it’s a transition. It’s been a while since we covered anything hooked in blind, so now’s the time to right the wrong. Ladies and gents the moment has come to reverse into the blind underturn (read…

Kitesurfing Technique - Pop to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Pop to Toeside
Pop to Toeside

Some time ago back in the annals of history, or issue 2 to be precise, we looked at how to slide the board from heelside to toeside. Probably one of the first tasty moves any of us learnt. Now it’s time to take the Lucky Luke step even further and actually pop to toeside, which could also be your first…

Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Front Roast Beef
Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Front Roast Beef
Popped Front Roast Beef

There is something hugely satisfying in trying to improve or perfect things that you can already do, whether necessary or not. There’s probably more than one of you reading this that spent time as a youngster fashioning their signature into what it is today, who had an extra “hour or two” of driving lessons to convince the examiner of your…

Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge
Kitesurfing Technique - Blind Judge
Blind Judge

Simply put - a great move, looks the biz and definitely one that once you have it nailed, rewards with a high percentage return rate. In English the blind judge is an unhooked raley to blind but with an air pass rather than a surface pass, see Sequence 1. Now without wanting to slow anyone in their tracks or piddle…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Nose Grab Pop Front Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Nose Grab Pop Front Loop Transition
Nose Grab Pop Front Loop Transition

Here’s one for the purists among you, harking back to the days of no de-power, no releases, no leash, no donkey dick and the silkiness of riders like Mr Shinn (although admittedly he’d probably spin the board around a few times for good measure). Pop transitions were all the rage – the pendulum feeling of swinging out under your kite…

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,…

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