Kitesurfing Beginner Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe
Air Gybe

The Air Gybe done well is the King of smooth: just freezing mid flight, maybe throwing in a cheeky grab, whilst hanging in the wind then casually changing direction before powering off back out to sea. Once fully mastered even the biggest air can be a mere method of turning, and any obstacle a plant. If you have conquered the...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe Tweak
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe Tweak
Air Gybe Tweak

Here's a nice little add-on to give your jump transition a point of difference. Nothing too shouty, rather some subtle substance that will feel fresh and look on point! Adding some flare onto your air gybe should be within reach of anybody who is happy getting off the water and changing direction with a modicum of control. The game plan...

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

The backloop has often been the defining moment in many a riders kitesurfing history. The first genuine “trick” to really wow the masses and motivate ones belief to keep learning, keep tacking time off work and keep spending money. However it does not have to be the starting point. If you can already jump and have the front loop sorted,...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition
Back Loop Transition

There comes a time in every kiters life when suddenly all the hours of battling the elements really starts to pay dividends. Once you have mastered the many basic fundamentals you will have a solid foundation on which to build many blocks. The backloop transition is without a shadow of doubt the first funky add on to the beloved foundation...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Transition One Foot
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Transition One Foot
Back Roll Transition One Foot

You know how we love our transitions, and we know that you love them too! So, we've got another one for you to add to your list of funky ways to change direction. This one is a variation on the very foundation of great transitions, the Back Roll Transition, or if you've been in the game as long as we...

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

Being able to jump on your board and ride off into the sunset without dipping your derriere into the chilly April drink is a veritable pleasure. In it’s simplest form, and attempted in the right conditions, the beach start in Video 1 is well within every up winders grasp. As with so many elements of kiting, most of the skills...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Board Rescue - How to Carry a Board
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Rescue - How to Carry a Board
Board Rescue - How to Carry a Board

We've all been there. You spot a fellow kiter body dragging far downwind of their board, which just so happens to be near you. You go to do your good neighbourly deed, and then it all goes Pete Tong. You manage to pick up the board, but you can't ride, or at worst, you start riding and then crash your...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Body Dragging Upwind
Kitesurfing Technique - Body Dragging Upwind
Body Dragging Upwind

Being able to get back to your board or back to the beach is just as important as being able to ride. Without the confidence which this skill gives you, you’ll be sentenced to a life wearing a board leash, doomed to never pushing yourself to learn anything new or fancy, and a hobby involving much more swimming and faffing...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Deep Water Board Carry
Kitesurfing Technique - Deep Water Board Carry
Deep Water Board Carry

We thought we’d include how to carry a board for a couple of reasons: firstly no end of kiters comment to us about how hard it is to carry a board now that so many people don’t use handles. Secondly it’s a bloody good way of keeping karma on your side, a bit like not eating Shark Empanadas, and we...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Fix Your Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Fix Your Toeside
Fix Your Toeside

Toeside is wonderful. It's an enjoyable skill and an absolutely fundamental part of kitesurfing. It opens the door to a myriad of tricks and other playful worlds such as carving, wave riding, surfboards, and even foils. Being able to use, enjoy and ultimately harness the benefits of both sides of your trusty steed can only make your time on the...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Front Loop
Front Loop

Guaranteed to spice up ones armoury, the front loop is the base move for so many kiting tricks, that it be often regarded with awe and fear. Perhaps because it looks so smooth, and some how un-dangly, it seems to scare prospective freshers away, who then seem intent on focusing all their efforts on the back loop. Well fear ye...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Heel to Toe Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Heel to Toe Carve
Heel to Toe Carve

In the last issue, we guided you through the process of improving your toe to heel carve on a twin tip. It seems only right that we should now shine some light on turning back the other way, from heel to toeside. This carve is often considered a tad more tricky than its counterpart, based on the fact that you...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Heel to Toe Carve with Spray
Kitesurfing Technique - Heel to Toe Carve with Spray
Heel to Toe Carve with Spray

Everyone loves a decent toe to heel carve, pushing against the back foot, throwing up a wall of spray like Andy Mapple on the slalom course. Funnily enough, we don’t often witness people wanting to light it up heel to toe. Odd when you compare it to other sports where toe edge carving is the dream, a searing frontside bottom...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Heelside Hand Drag
Kitesurfing Technique - Heelside Hand Drag
Heelside Hand Drag

We thought we'd start this edition with a bit of simplistic, or so it would seem style. Elegantly stroking the water, followed by a plume of spray, was one of the original kiting money shots, and one that is still oft revered and pulled out the bag by many a guest on our clinics. However, as has been the experience...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Pop from Toeside to Heelside
Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Pop from Toeside to Heelside
Hooked Pop from Toeside to Heelside

Instructions To continue our quest of all things toeside, it’s time to throw the pop from toeside into the mix. Now that you’re getting more comfortable, having dialled in your toeside and added the pop to toeside, it’s surely time to have a tasty way to get back to heelside. Not only that, once you master this, you’ll have popping...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Popped Front Roll
Kitesurfing Technique - Hooked Popped Front Roll
Hooked Popped Front Roll

The popped front roll. A move which is well within your reach if you can rotate forwards under a kite, yet a move which can appear so utterly incomprehensible and/or terrifying. Seemingly defying physics, trying to pop up whilst throwing yourself down into a front rotation. The mind boggles, and the body hesitates. Well, fear not; we're going to have...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Jumping
Kitesurfing Technique - Jumping
Jumping

Jumping Most of us would find it hard to deny the fact that it was jumping that originally flew the flag of appeal and suckered us into this amazing sport. No matter how much we improve, no matter how many crazy powered this or that’s we can pull, there is still nothing quite like airtime. From that first moment of...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Kit Set Up
Kitesurfing Technique - Kit Set Up
Kit Set Up

A few pages later in this issue we will be covering the all-important wonder of stance. It’s all good and well discussing which hernia inducing, twister-mimicking positions you should be moulding yourselves into. But it could all prove so unachievable or at the very best extremely difficult, if you are wrestling with a kite and board determined to resist your...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Learning To Loop Part 1 - Body Drag Under Turn and Down Loop Sliding Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Learning To Loop Part 1 - Body Drag Under Turn and Down Loop Sliding Transition
Learning To Loop Part 1 - Body Drag Under Turn and Down Loop Sliding Transition

To kick off our series of all things loop, we're going to have a look at the very foundation, the under turn. First, it is employed while body dragging to get the mechanics and understanding in the bag before we then move on to the slide turn. Cracking this is a game changer and, with time, will give you both...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Learning to Loop Part 2 - Toe to Heel Downloop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Learning to Loop Part 2 - Toe to Heel Downloop Transition
Learning to Loop Part 2 - Toe to Heel Downloop Transition

If you've joined the ranks of under-turners and downloopers from our Learning to Loop #1, it's time to build more confidence, practise more, get more comfortable, and while you're at it, add another string to your bow. This time around, it's a veritable killer combo. Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to marry a toe to heel carve...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Learning To Loop Part 3 - Heel to Toe Downloop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Learning To Loop Part 3 - Heel to Toe Downloop Transition
Learning To Loop Part 3 - Heel to Toe Downloop Transition

Part three of our learning to loop series is the final on water move! You'll add your new love of a downloop onto a heel to toe carve. We've said it before, but it remains true: there is nothing sweeter than exiting a carve with some oomph. There are so many variables that can scupper the perfect heel to toe,...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Learning to Loop Part 4 - Jump Transition Late Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Learning to Loop Part 4 - Jump Transition Late Loop
Learning to Loop Part 4 - Jump Transition Late Loop

We're sneaking this one into our learning to loop series because it really is the ultimate get out of jail card. If you want to pass go and collect 200, it's an absolute must-have. In fact, it's so good and handy that, at times, you could practically consider it as cheating. Anyway, enough of the hyperbole and excitement; we need...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Pop Back From Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Pop Back From Toeside
Pop Back From Toeside

Last issue we looked at the rather swanky way of popping to toeside. So it’s probably only fair to give you the equally impressive method of styling back from toeside to heelside. It’s all good and well hammering into a carve, or timidly sliding the board back from toeside, but if you’re intending to carry on in the same direction...

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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...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Popping
Kitesurfing Technique - Popping
Popping

As Kellogg’s so rightly said, “once you pop you just can’t stop”. Popping is an absolutely fundamental skill in kiting, and as far as fundamentals go, it’s potentially one of the most bamboozling. That’s not to say that popping is super difficult, but there’s a lot going on and when you come to learn it, you’ll be bombarded with all...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Popping off a Wave / Chop
Kitesurfing Technique - Popping off a Wave / Chop
Popping off a Wave / Chop

Popping off a wave, wavelet or steep bit of chop as in Video 1, in many locations, is an inevitable and often unavoidable consequence of meeting one of the oceans naturally formed stunt ramps, as you speed out from the beach. When you know what you’re doing these obstacles become joyous kickers, but when you don’t know how to handle...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Slide Turn
Kitesurfing Technique - Slide Turn
Slide Turn

To kick off proceedings, this issue, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Slide Turn transition. Unquestionably the first transition on your radar and, unless you plan on crossing an ocean, a move that will top your frequency charts along with launching, landing and body dragging. The Slide Turn comes in many shapes and forms, long ones, sharp ones,...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Stance
Kitesurfing Technique - Stance
Stance

Stance, body position, posture: the way in which we hold ourselves on the board is the ultimate foundation, principle numero uno, THE fundamental of everything that we try and achieve in kitesurfing. From the outset of getting up on the board, rocking upwind, resisting for take-off, popping, getting out through the lumpy stuff and anything else which requires you to...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Beach Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Beach Start
Strapless Beach Start

Continuing on from last issue’s strapless fest you’re probably more than ready for this. The beach start is a useful tool as it means that not only can you delay the inevitable dunking, but you can also get off the beach quickly, which is a godsend when the waves are pumping. Water starting is all good and well but if...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Heel to Toe Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Heel to Toe Carve
Strapless Heel to Toe Carve

Carving a surfboard successfully, throwing up a wall of water and exiting with speed feels absolutely divine. It is the basic building block for all things wave riding. And once you are confident changing from edge to edge, or rather rail to rail and throwing the kite about, you’ll soon be ready to challenge waves that once seemed intimidating. All...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Riding
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Riding
Strapless Riding

We’re going to keep this one relatively brief, as it is not rocket science, or rather it doesn’t have to be, apologies Mr Bernoulli. However pretty much everyone who stands on a surfboard for the first time, having been riding twin tips makes the same basic mistakes. To understand how a board works and how this effects the way you...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Toe to Heel Carve
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Toe to Heel Carve
Strapless Toe to Heel Carve

Continuing on from last issue’s heel to toe carve, we can now add the other half to complete the basic requirements of wave riding. Once you can link these two turns together you are wave riding, however mythically it may appear to onlookers, and all you need to add is a genuine curl of water chasing you and before you...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Water Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Strapless Water Start
Strapless Water Start

Last month during a series of clinics in Egypt, many of our guests often commented on how impressive it looked to be riding around on a surfboard without straps, and of course how much fun it looked even on flat water. On top of this the general consensus was that it must be very difficult. Au contraire mes amis! In...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Dismount
Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Dismount
Surfboard Dismount

Surfboard Dismount The surfboard dismount is one of those moves that works, it really is as stylish and practical as a well-tailored, colourful hat. Fun and functional, nonchalantly plucking your board from the air obviously has its aesthetics, but it also trumps fumbling around in the shallows as the backwash bulldozes your board and fins against your shins or the...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Foot Change
Kitesurfing Technique - Surfboard Foot Change
Surfboard Foot Change

Whether you are riding strapless or strapped, the necessity to change your feet will eventually come knocking. Back in the dark ages when three strap directionals were in mode, it was not unusual to see kiters dropping into the water, turning their planks around and then sailing back whence they came. However those with a slight thirst for progress took...

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Kitesurfing Technique - Switch to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Switch to Toeside
Switch to Toeside

Whether you are already attempting to ride toe side or are now contemplating the possibility, hopefully there should be a few helpful hints in the next page or two. As mentioned in the last issue, switching to toe side is a fairly natural step forward from the slide turn. If you are now sliding around like Torvill and Dean you...

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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 - Beach Start
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start
Beach Start

Being able to jump on your board and ride off into the sunset without dipping your derriere into the chilly April drink is a veritable pleasure. In it’s simplest form, and attempted in the right conditions, the beach start in Video 1 is well within every up winders grasp. As with so many elements of kiting, most of the skills...

Beginner
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...

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

The backloop has often been the defining moment in many a riders kitesurfing history. The first genuine “trick” to really wow the masses and motivate ones belief to keep learning, keep tacking time off work and keep spending money. However it does not have to be the starting point. If you can already jump and have the front loop sorted,...

Beginner
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...

Kitesurfing Technique - Roll Tack
Kitesurfing Technique - Roll Tack
Roll Tack

Many moons ago we covered the Duck Tack. Although similar to this both visually and practically, there are a few differences to the Roll Tack which we’ve found have made this the choice when coaching guests on clinics and achieving a much higher rate of continued success. Whether this is down to boards, kites, them or us we can’t say,...