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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, ensuri...

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. Mo...

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...

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...

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 unh...

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...

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 a...

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 th...

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...

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 s...

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 oo...

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...

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...

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 looki...

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 lau...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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 whi...

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 fie...

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 be...

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...

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 fro...

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...

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...

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 wit...

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...

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 coul...

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 mowin...

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 extr...

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 co...

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

This jump really typifies what kiting is all about, both getting air and adding together moves, marrying them, adding parts on like a text bundle and coming out with something new and exciting. The constant ch...

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

Adding an extra rotation is a sure fire way of stepping up a move that you already have mastered, and the double back roll transition is definitely up there as one to learn, so here it is. One word of warning...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Loop
Double Front Loop

It’s an unwritten fact, that to really prove yourself as an accomplished front looper, you must learn to slow your rotation down, so that your complete 360 matches perfectly the time you spend in the air. Th...

Intermediate
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Grab - Tail to Nose
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Grab - Tail to Nose
Double Grab - Tail to Nose

Forever on the search for that little bit extra, something to challenge yourself and add a touch more zest to your airtime? Then here’s another stylish combo which should keep you busy for a while and lookin...

Intermediate

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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...

Intermediate
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 ca...

Advanced
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 t...

Beginner
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Loop
Kitesurfing Technique - Double Front Loop
Double Front Loop

It’s an unwritten fact, that to really prove yourself as an accomplished front looper, you must learn to slow your rotation down, so that your complete 360 matches perfectly the time you spend in the air. Th...

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

We’re starting this issue with the front loop to toeside as although it is in fact quite easy to achieve, it is not something you see very often, and therefore could help you stand out now that those pesky u...

Intermediate
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 Tob...

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