Kitesurfing Intermediate Technique

Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe from Toe Side
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe from Toe Side
Air Gybe from Toe Side

Here’s a little something for everyone, an achievable mix and match, adding a little twist to your standard transition, at least on one side. The air gybe or jump transition from toe side is both a funky move in its own right, but also seriously good practice for pretty much anything from toe side. As it requires a good solid…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe Nose Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe Nose Grab
Air Gybe Nose Grab

Another splendid way to make the essential art of turning around both exciting and aesthetically pleasing. There must surely be enough transition variations to keep you busy during a reasonable session, ensuring that you never need to pull off the same move twice. Now that’s something we can all appreciate. Before adding this feather to your bow, we should perhaps…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe to Toeside
Air Gybe to Toeside

Rather than being an extension to one of the most popular transitions, the Air Gybe landed to toeside is in fact a very good way to learn an Air Gybe. Why? The answer is all about playing to your strengths. Most of us have a stronger or preferred side, the foot that we like to have leading. This side was…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe with Late Kite Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Air Gybe with Late Kite Loop
Air Gybe with Late Kite Loop

This move is really as much a cheat as it is a trick, and a very useful one at that. If the title doesn’t give away what it is have a look at Video 1. A late kite loop in this case means that the kite loops once you are on the water, not in the air. You’ve probably seen…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop from Blind
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop from Blind
Back Loop from Blind

Some time has passed since we last covered a move that fits into the loosely labelled hooked-in freestyle category. Not everyone is keen on unhooking for various reasons, whether it be the conditions they ride in, the kit they own, the potential consequences, or even that it just doesn’t rock their boat - but that doesn’t mean that freestyle moves…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop From Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop From Toeside
Back Loop From Toeside

This is another great hooked in trick, which leads on to a world of opportunities once you crack it. And even for those more advanced riders this will give you something else to do when it’s too windy to unhook. Once again you can hang it on to any move you land toeside for a tasty combo. It’s also a…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop From Toeside to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop From Toeside to Toeside
Back Loop From Toeside to Toeside

Yup, the name gives it away, and if you’ve done your homework from the last issue, you’ll be ready and primed. We’ll keep this one pretty brief, as it is an extension of the back loop from toeside, using the kite to jump, from last time, so if you need reminding of the A-B please read the last one. If…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Front Foot 1 Foot
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Front Foot 1 Foot
Back Loop Front Foot 1 Foot

These front foot one foots are a fun way of adding some unusual style to your moves and as our third instalment we’ll be adding it to a back loop, or back roll, depending where you’re from. This variation actually fits very smoothly together, the natural action of leaning back into the rotation raises the nose of the board and…

Intermediate
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…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Kite Loop from Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Kite Loop from Toeside
Back Loop Kite Loop from Toeside

Another celebration of the diversity that kiting offers by the mere action of marrying a couple of skills that you have down, to make yet another enchanting move. These next few pages will see you cavorting with your toeside back loop (or roll) and kiteloop with the net result hopefully rewarding you with a stunning new move with a somewhat…

Intermediate
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…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop to Toeside
Back Loop to Toeside

For those of you already happily sticking your popped back loops, it’s time to add the killer combo and land them to toe side. This is also a great reason to learn your pop tricks and your toe side on both sides as some of you will no doubt pop back loops in the opposite direction to which you’d like…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition From Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition From Toeside
Back Loop Transition From Toeside

This is a fun one. We all need transitions to turn around, and lets be honest the better they look the better we feel. The BLT in its true form is one of the most popular transitions out there. Done well it oozes style, a casual rotation, effortlessly floated around with control. Old boys do them, kids in boots do…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Transition to Toeside
Back Loop Transition to Toeside

Here’s a fun variation on a theme. Everyone loves a BLT (perhaps with a sausage roll chaser) and sticking it to toeside adds an extra dimension. As a move it will force you to control your rotation speed and therefore help you to improve your transitions in general. Having a floaty BLT will be of benefit, but it’s not a…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Grab from Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Roll Grab from Toeside
Back Roll Grab from Toeside

A cheeky embellishment on a classic. Adding a tail grab to a sent back roll from toeside sums up the joys of kiting, so many possible variations to spice up any move. This is a great one to add to your armoury. You can bang it out in pretty much any conditions and it’ll keep your toeside foundations strong for…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce BLT
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce BLT
Beach Bounce BLT

For want of a better expression, there is more than one way to skin a cat, and this translates tokiting as there is more than one way to change direction. This in fact would be a British understatement at its most quintessential, for there are possibly too many types and variations of transitions to bother counting. Suffice to say here…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Bounce Transition
Beach Bounce Transition

You’ve all probably seen someone do this, whether onto and off the beach, or some solid looking object, and thought that it’d be a fun one to add to your list, with the minor exception of potentially looking a bit of a plonker whilst mastering it. In all fairness, this is no more or less showy than any other trick…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start from Two Feet
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start from Two Feet
Beach Start from Two Feet

Many moons ago we covered the beach start where you anchor the board by putting one foot in a strap to stop it misbehaving and running off whilst you fly the kite. As effective a method as that may be, the launch can often be preceded by a game of hop scotch as you hop around on one leg waiting…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start Front Roll
Kitesurfing Technique - Beach Start Front Roll
Beach Start Front Roll

We spend a lot of time offering up different alternatives to a full plethora of moves, often ignoring a few areas. As such we relish the chance to give you a brassy alternative to jumping off the beach. Thus, we have the front loop or roll beach start. As the name suggests, we intend to marry two of your skills.…

Intermediate
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,…

Intermediate
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…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Behind Front Loop Waterstart
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Behind Front Loop Waterstart
Board Behind Front Loop Waterstart

We often encourage new moves as variations, but if the truth be told they are merely building blocks upon a solid foundation. The old adage holds true; you have to earn the right to progress. This can be viewed as a negative motivation. However you see it, the candid fact is, that without the base you can’t build. Fortunately for…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Behind Waterstart
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Behind Waterstart
Board Behind Waterstart

Stylish and practical, definitely two words that fit this down to a T. Stylish because what better way can there be to regain your pride after a wipe-out, other than just boosting back up into the air from which you fell and scooting gracefully off. Practical as most of us spend a lot of time getting back on the board…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Between Legs 1 Foot
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Between Legs 1 Foot
Board Between Legs 1 Foot

Even if you’re not an air-style aficionado and prefer smaller kite options, there is always a place for big air and its plethora of embellishments. If you’re akin to sailing more towards the relatively fiercer end of the Beaufort scale, there is a point when unhooking and competing against kids who don’t yet shave seems unwise. The good news is…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Off Varial
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Off Varial
Board Off Varial

Here’s a blast from the royal competition past. Four line kites were the latest thing; Martin Vari wasn’t throwing down any handle passes in a heat, Shinny was winning both world titles with a customary beer and ciggie and even Dre, the godfather of all things wakestyle had straps and was throwing the board about with gay abandon. The point…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Swap Back Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Board Swap Back Loop
Board Swap Back Loop

There are subtle ways to impress and more swanky ways to enjoy yourself. This, however, is a smooth hybrid in true Heliarde style. Someone loses their board, why not try it out! What better way to switch craft, than mid-flight during a sent back rotation. Who wouldn’t? Skills needed. Realistically a grabbed Back Loop Transition would be ideal as at…

Intermediate
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…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Boned Back Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Boned Back Loop
Boned Back Loop

Another fun variation, taking the humble back loop and pepping it up with a cheeky boned grab for more style points and extra satisfaction. We’ll be boning it out with a tale grab here, so extending your front leg whilst pulling the back one in towards you. All whilst slowly rotating around a sent back roll. If this move isn’t…

Intermediate
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…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 1
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 1
Chicken Gybe Part 1

The Chicken gybe is often used but rarely celebrated. It serves surfboard riders well as a method of changing direction quickly when time, space or both are limited. The chicken gybe is particularly useful if you are yet to master the tack as it will enable you to turn on a dime and not loose ground down wind. That said,…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 2
Kitesurfing Technique - Chicken Gybe Part 2
Chicken Gybe Part 2

Continuing on from the last issue in which we covered part one, here is the toe to heel version of the Chicken Gybe. The idea is much the same as before, you’re aiming to pivot the board from toe to heel without it carving downwind, effectively sinking the upwind rail first, and then using the kite and your feet to…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Dark Slide Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Dark Slide Grab
Dark Slide Grab

The Dark Slide is definitely one of those tricks that appeals to a lot of folk, whether kids in boots or the more laid back lady and gent usually content with some boosting. Perhaps there is an element of show boating that lies concealed in all of us, and who can argue that gliding effortlessly over the water with but…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Dark Slide with a Back Roll
Kitesurfing Technique - Dark Slide with a Back Roll
Dark Slide with a Back Roll

If you’re mildly infatuated with dark sliding, spending endless sessions trying to eke out an extra few milliseconds suspended under your kite, indulging yourself in fantasies of sliding yet further, it could conceivably be time to take a step back, press reset and try something else using the skills that you’ve honed so well.Enter the dark slide back roll. It’s…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Darkslide Front
Kitesurfing Technique - Darkslide Front
Darkslide Front

It can be easy to take kiting for granted, a bad session when you don’t feel comfortable, perhaps the wind’s not quite right, you’re off you’re A Game, and in the end, the lawn gets a pretty good mowing. Sometimes it’s worth giving ourselves a nudge and remember just why kiting can have such a strong hold and just why…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop
Double Back Loop

Lets start with the potential simplicity of the double back loop. You should only really being going for this if you can already do a jumped back loop, and if you can, it’s merely a matter of getting an extra rotation in under your kite before landing. Surely can’t be that tricky. What’s more you don’t need to be getting…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop Down Loop Transition
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Back Loop Down Loop Transition
Double Back Loop Down Loop Transition

This is a fine transition, and with the down loop pulling you out at the end, you’ll get a lovely surge of power and exit with as much speed as you took into it. Down loop transitions are all about having confidence with the kite, as you need to keep flying it throughout the move, so this will be your…

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Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Front Foot 1 Foot
Kitesurfing Technique - Back Loop Front Foot 1 Foot
Back Loop Front Foot 1 Foot

These front foot one foots are a fun way of adding some unusual style to your moves and as our third instalment we’ll be adding it to a back loop, or back roll, depending where you’re from. This variation actually fits very smoothly together, the natural action of leaning back into the rotation raises the nose of the board and…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Front Loop To Blind with Ole
Kitesurfing Technique - Toeside Front Loop To Blind with Ole
Toeside Front Loop To Blind with Ole

Hopefully there is a better name out there for this trick, but for the moment we’ll stick to the descriptive version. Essentially this is a pop trick, but a subtle drifting up of the kite is more than acceptable to ease you into it. For those of you confident with your toe side edge this is a great trick and…

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…

Kitesurfing Technique - Sent Back Loop Indy Grab
Kitesurfing Technique - Sent Back Loop Indy Grab
Sent Back Loop Indy Grab

Here’s another grab that’ll keep your back rolls/loops feeling fresh. The Indy is a good variation as it requires both legs to be lifted, and thus is a very different style to your boned out tail variant. The other beauty about an Indy is that if you’re riding boots it’s still easy to reach the grab, as you’re not trying…

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Front Loop to Toeside
Kitesurfing Technique - Popped Front Loop to Toeside
Popped Front Loop to Toeside

A while back we went through the sent, jumped version of this, and now it’s time for the next step, the popped one. If you haven’t yet tried this using the kite we suggest you do, as you’ll have more time and be in a more balanced position from which to land toe side. If you have and therefore have…

Intermediate
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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