Double Heart Attack Kitesurfing Technique

Double Heart Attack

Technique / Advanced

Introduction

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 to keep it inclusive there are no boots in site:)

As always with Freestyle moves, it’s worth noting that each move is a progression of a previous move, so at the very least you’ll be wanting to have the S-Bend pass down, and if you can already get a couple of spins in even better. Although this has a 3 at the end, we’re sure that most of you would be happy getting an air pass in there somewhere, so read on and let’s see what is possible.

All About Pop - Pic A.

It pretty much goes without saying that if you plan on getting a couple of rotations in and then plan on adding a pass with a full 3, you’ll need some height and a fraction of time in which to complete the aforementioned combo. Two things will help immensely with this plan, oodles of pop and some help from the kite.

The Pop will come from your approach, your kite and your stamp. For a move that requires time and therefore drift in the air, that is to say, you’ll be travelling some, you will need sufficient power. If you trim your bar all the way to your chicken loop, you won’t get this, as a bit of kite stall and the resultant pull is what you’re after.

On top of that for the pop, you’ll need good speed, decent off the wind before take-off to drop the kite back and a solid, hefty carve and stamp, using every ounce of resistance that you can muster. Heliarde reckons it’s all in the breathing – don’t hold your breath but use it. You can see how Heliarde is fully extending popping hard against his edge, while his kite is definitely not super low. A small tweak up as you pop will help.

Final point here is to concentrate on the pop. Don’t start to rotate too quickly as then you’ll sacrifice some pop.

First Bend – Pic B.

This one should be common knowledge if you’ve got this move in your sights. What makes an S-bend an S-Bend, and what also helps with the subsequent pass is that you lead the rotation with your head, hands and shoulders. It’s no problem, in fact, it’s advisable that the board gets left behind, trailing in your wake. This way you can easily lead into the 2nd rotation and then into the pass. If you try and rotate with your hips and pull your front knee up to lead, it’ll all go horribly wrong. It’s worth noting that at this stage the kite is probably at its highest point. It’s not high but as Heliarde lifted it slightly on take off this is where it must stop. Any higher and the rotation will become a spin.

Second Bend – Pic C.

Here we see Heliarde finishing his first rotation, and he’s initiating his second. If you didn’t know this could easily be his first as the position is so similar, just lacking spray. The beauty of leading with the head is that you know you’re coming to the end of your first which means you can initiate the second in just the same way. Here Heliarde has seen that he’s completing number one, so he turns his head and throws his shoulders again. You can see that the bar is level, so the kite is staying put.

Pass Prep – Pic D.

Again, we see the need to lead with the head. It’s the only way to know where you are and when to strike. As you rotate around number two, you will be losing the pull from the kite that you gained from your pop, and as such your legs will start to drop. This means that as you feel your feet dropping it’s time to get the bar in close, otherwise you’ll have to pull yourself up, which will make everything much harder. As Heliarde looks for his landing spot, he already starts to pull his hands down towards his chest.

Throwing It – Pic E.

This bit should hopefully be familiar territory. Having spotted your landing, you need to throw your pass. This isn’t just another rotation as you need to be in control and you have to make sure that both the bar and the kite are where you want them to be. Throwing it is the same 3 things as always. A hefty tug on the bar past your back hip with both hands while already twisting the bar. Turning the head aggressively so that the rest of the body follows. And kicking the back knee up and through, so that you lift yourself and the board up towards the bar and give yourself that extra rotation to complete the 3. It’s obvious to the eyes that Heliarde has not waited to finish his second rotation before throwing it, he’s halfway around number two and already giving it the full Fejao...

The Pass – Pic F.

The reason and therefore advantage of throwing and twisting early is that you’ll be able to pass the bar earlier in your rotation and therefore have more time to finish as you want. It also means that you’ll roll onto the bar, and as such it’s more about technique and less about grunt. If you’ve ever watched the little young freestyle aces around the world, banging out huge passes with stick thin arms, you’ll know this to be the truth:) Once you release your front hand the kite will steer down slightly. Here Heliarde has his board up from his throw, and he’s rolled onto the bar making the pass easier and earlier. And finally, as he’s passing, he is keeping his head up. This allows him to continue rotating his shoulders and gives him room to bring the trailing (his front) leg up towards his chest. All this makes the final rotation to claim the 3 possible.

Boom - Pic G.

If everything went according to plan, your last job is to stick the landing! It’s essential to get around enough that you’ll be chasing the kite downwind as just stomping and resisting the compression will be enough without having to hold onto a pulling kite. The kite will hopefully have dipped a touch from the pass, and as such, it won’t be lifting and extending you, which will make the landing much harder. Heliarde brings his front foot all the way through, guaranteeing a solid downwind landing. Job done!

Top Tips

As with so many freestyle moves your takeoff is key. Getting good pop, but also having some controllable pull through the move is key. The base and therefore the foundation for this is really your double S- Bend. If you can happily rotate while controlling the kite, adding the blind, the pass and eventually the 3 should be possible. So, make sure that you practice that as much as possible. If you don’t have to think about the rotations, then adding the “ending” will be considerably simpler.

Now have a look at the Sequence and the Videos to see how Heliarde does it in real life...

Common Problems

To execute this move successfully, you need the height, pull and time. More often than not you’ll see plenty of double s-bends, and then there’s just room to skim in a quick blind. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time. This is often a case of power and pop. You need to hold a lot of power to get the flight and time. If you’re used to trimming so that you’re comfortably unhooking, you may need to trim less so that the kite is bullying you slightly more.

If you’re missing the pass, chances are that you’re lifting the kite too much on take-off. As you carve up, you can move the kite slowly for extra lift, but it doesn’t want to move above 11 or 1 o’clock, as you’ll lose forward drive and dangle, making the pass harder.

If you’re getting the height but crashing on your heelside edge post pass. This is a classic of throwing the pass too late. Remember how early Heliarde passed. One and a half and then go.

Keystones

  1. Powered and aggressive pop
  2. Lead with head, hands and shoulders
  3. Anticipate second rotation so that there is no lag
  4. Pull and throw early during the second rotation
  5. Keep head up and lift front leg through

Oh yes, and make sure you keep your cap on ;)

This technique article was in Issue 71 of IKSURFMAG.

Related

Related

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 movin...

Advanced
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 rig...

Advanced
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 freestyle...

Advanced
By Christian and Karine
www.ckperformanceclinics.co.uk
Christian and Karine have been working together as a coaching team, running improver to advanced kitesurfing clinics since 2003.

Problems? Ask Below

×

Subscribe it's Free!

Win a Compact Series Surfboard from ODO Kiteboarding this issue in our FREE subscriber prize draw.

By subscribing you will not only be first to read the mag but automatically entered into the prize draw every issue!

Draw closes on Sun 10th Feb, 2019
First name is required.

By subscribing you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy

Subscribe Another
Compact Series Surfboard from ODO Kiteboarding

Issue 71 Fri 7th Dec, 2018

A 2019 Mercury 6/4 Freezip and Vex Harness from Prolimit

Gary

Issue 70 Mon 8th Oct, 2018

CrazyFly Raptor LTD Neon Board

Martin

Issue 69 Tue 7th Aug, 2018

GoPro Hero 6 Black Action Camera

John

Issue 68 Tue 12th Jun, 2018

GoPro Hero 6 Black Action Camera

Simon

Issue 67 Wed 11th Apr, 2018

Mystic Majestic X Harness

Andrew

Issue 66 Fri 9th Feb, 2018

6m Flysurfer Stoke

Ross

Issue 65 Tue 12th Dec, 2017

7m Cabrinha Drifter + Fireball Bar Set Up

Chris

Issue 64 Wed 18th Oct, 2017

Board You Desire From Shinn

Dave

Issue 63 Tue 8th Aug, 2017

GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera

Adam

Issue 62 Sat 10th Jun, 2017

CrazyFly 2017 Sculp 9m and Sick Bar

Dale

Issue 61 Mon 10th Apr, 2017

GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera

Sam

Issue 60 Sun 5th Feb, 2017

GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera

Steven

Issue 59 Mon 5th Dec, 2016

GoPro Hero 5 Black Action Camera

Edward

Issue 58 Thu 13th Oct, 2016

Fireball Set Up with an Apollo Kite from Cabrinha

Paul

Issue 57 Tue 11th Oct, 2016

Blade Trigger 10m Kite

Andrew

Issue 56 Sun 12th Jun, 2016

Board and Boot Set Up from Liquid Force

Peter

Issue 55 Sat 9th Apr, 2016

Nobile NHP Split Kiteboard

Andrew

Issue 54 Sat 6th Feb, 2016

Wetsuit and Harness from Manera

Gary

Issue 53 Tue 10th Feb, 2015

Ride Engine Harness!

Grahame

Issue 52 Wed 7th Oct, 2015

Prize Pack from TSHOTSH

Guy, Vince

Issue 51 Thu 13th Aug, 2015

Wainman Hawaii ManiaC Kite

Rich

Issue 50 Thu 4th Jun, 2015

Liquid Force Legacy Board

Daniel

Issue 49 Fri 10th Apr, 2015

Slingshot Vision Board

Michael

Issue 48 Fri 30th Jan, 2015

Blade Mist Kite and Bar

Gary

Issue 47 Mon 8th Dec, 2014

2015 Core GTS3 8m Kite and Bar

Wayne

Issue 46 Wed 8th Oct, 2014

Ozone Reo Wave Kite

Daan

Issue 45 Mon 4th Aug, 2014

Brunotti Board and a Pair of Sunglasses

Sean

Issue 44 Mon 9th Jun, 2014

Dakine Harness and Travel Bag

Matthew

Issue 43 Wed 2nd Apr, 2014

Manera EXO Harness and Goodies!

Ruben

Issue 42 Thu 30th Jan, 2014

North Gonzales Kite Board!

Johnny

Issue 41 Mon 2nd Dec, 2013

Best Spark Plug Kite Board

Christophe

Issue 40 Wed 9th Oct, 2013

Kiteloose Fatty Surfboard

Ben

Issue 39 Fri 2nd Aug, 2013

GoPro HD Hero 3 Silver Edition

Dave

Issue 38 Sun 2nd Jun, 2013

CrazyFly Sculp 9m Kite and Sick Bar System

Clara

Issue 37 Mon 1st Apr, 2013

Kitesurf Holiday Experience with Kirsty Jones

Vix

Issue 36 Sat 2nd Feb, 2013

2013 F-One Bandit 6 9m Kite

Paul

Issue 35 Mon 3rd Dec, 2012

Soul Drysuit by Ocean Rodeo

Ian

Issue 34 Mon 1st Oct, 2012

2013 Mystic Wetsuit and Harness

Mike

Issue 33 Sun 5th Aug, 2012

Wainman Joke Kitesurfing Board

David

  1. The Promotion is organised by IKSURFMAG and the participating brand stated on the subscribe page. You are providing your information to IKSURFMAG, not the participating brand. The information you provide will only be used for the purpose of facilitating the Promotion and notifying you when new issues of our totally free magazine are released. We will never sell or supply your details to any 3rd parties.
  2. You can opt out of any future emails by clicking the unsubscribe link within the footer of the email at any time.
  3. The winner will be notified by email shortly after the closing date shown. Previous winners will not be eligible to win again until at least three new Promotions have run.
  4. Winners must reply to our email within two weeks or a new winner will be drawn. Please check all spam folders to avoid loosing out.
  5. Participants only need to enter once in order to be eligible for all future prize draws.
×

Share - Double Heart Attack

×