Board Between Legs 1 Foot Kitesurfing Technique

Board Between Legs 1 Foot

Technique / Intermediate

Introduction

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 that this is when the fun can really start. With a bit more hang time, your box of tricks suddenly expands exponentially. This time around it’s the one-foot rodeo, which is an utterly splendid move especially if you haven’t yet mastered the board off, as it looks impressive, but you don’t need to be a Yogi to execute it.

Before taking you through it, we’ll assume that you’re proficient at getting off the water, can hold a decent edge and are not opposed to the idea of wanging the kite for a bit of extra lift.

Blast Off Pic A.

Knowing that you’ve come in with the greatest of edges, a solid back leg and the kite parked below 1 or 11, before sending it positively this is the moment we’ll focus on, the actual moment of take-off. As the saying goes, there are a million way to skin a cat, and so long as you can get decent and controlled height, we’ll not mess with your method in these pages, or at least not right now.

We’re aiming for a vertical take-off for maximum height, but we also want some downwind drift for extra time, while having the kite positioned so that we’re free to fiddle about with the board without any unwanted nasty surprises. In the first photo, you can see that Heliarde has pulled the bar in hard, way past his sweet spot as he kicks off. This will help him drift further and for longer.

You can also see that his kite has gone quite a long way back and he’s in no rush to level the bar and bring the kite forward. This means that he’ll have all the time in the world to grab and faff, knowing that if anything he’ll pendulum back under the kite because he’ll be “quite” high.

Early Grab Pic B.

When you’re happy with your jumps, and you know what to expect, these moves will always be easier and look better if you grab early. The earlier you grab, the earlier you can free the foot and the longer you can embellish for. Now that he’s on the way up Heliarde has pulled his back leg up towards him so that he can grab the tail. There’s no need to pull the front leg up as you’ll want it extended later anyway.

Standing Room Only Pic C.

Once you’ve got your foot out, let your front leg extend fully so that the nose of your board hangs low, and then straighten your back leg so that you're standing tall. This will put the board vertically in front of you.

Knock Knees Pic D.

Now all that’s left is to grab the board between your knees, gripping it well so that it won’t slip forwards which wouldn’t be very comfortable for your front ankle. Once you’ve got it locked in place, you can take your back hand off and wave at the admiring grannies on the sea wall. Heliarde is probably looking for someone’s lost board in the mangroves at this point!

Undercarriage Down Pic E.

Once you feel that you’re descending it’s a good idea to get the board out from between your legs. Coming in hot in such a position is not going to please anyone but the rider you’ve been short taking all afternoon. Once you’re fully up to speed, you can leave the board there as long as you deem sensible. Keeping the bar in for float, move the tail of the board back behind you and lift your front leg slightly. This should give you enough room to slide your foot back into the strap.

Touch Down Pic F.

Once your foot is back in it’s just a matter of getting yourself down softly. Wait for the moment and then dive the kite for a marshmallow downwind landing.

Top Tips

If you’ve not the most flexible person on the planet or you ride with your foot-straps very tight may we recommend loosening your front strap. This will allow the strap to twist around your foot as you lift your board into the vertical position. It also means that if you do mess up the board can fall off your foot.

Another great thing about this move is that even though you have to commit to the grab early, you can still abort the board between your legs if you feel that the jump is not worthy.

Time for a gander at the sequence and videos to see just how Heliarde does it.

Common Mistakes

This one is all about your jump, if it’s high enough and/or floaty enough you’ll have all the time in the world. If you don’t have time, take a step back and work on the fundamentals, edge and wang.

Keystones

  1. Good solid edge and plenty of send
  2. Bar in for extra lift and downwind drift
  3. Grab early to free the back foot
  4. Straighten legs, grip board and wave
  5. Get your foot back in with plenty of time

This technique article was in Issue 66 of IKSURFMAG.

Related

Related

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
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 - Board Between Legs 1 Foot

×