First 10 Tricks for Kiteboarders (hooked in, twin tip, light wind skills)

Following are the First 10 Tricks for kiteboarders that they should learn.

First 10 Tricks for Kiteboarders

Twin Tip- Learning to ride Toeside

Your backhand must control the kite, holding the kite around 45 degrees and adjusting bar position to maintain speed. Steer with the backhand because you swing the front arm behind you to start the rotation, then turn your body to follow. To switch stance, you need to apply weight to your kiteboard correctly. After that, begin as normal, with slightly more weight on the back foot and the back leg bent.

As you slide around, apply weight to both heels. As you change stance, you then apply weight to your new back foot. You bend the new back leg and straighten the front leg. Once you have changed your stance, you then lean your chest towards the water and pressure your toes to engage your toe side rail.

Pop 

One part of a good pop is line tension, ride crosswind with decent speed. You then use that speed to ride up winds sharply. This quickly increases line tension, which lifts you.

The second part of a good pop is a stomp down on the board. As line tension builds, kick down hard on the board, especially the back foot. Your leg strength pushes your body up, and pushing with the back foot angles the board upwards for a clean, take off from the water.

For the next trick, combine your toe side and pop skills. You edge and stomp on the board as normal. However, as you launch, swing your front arm behind you and turn your head and body to follow. It would be best if you launched rotating and land in the toe side position.

Carving Transition

It feels good to ride around the turn without stopping in the light wind like this. Then steer the kite first turn the kite about 180 degrees, so it changes direction. Once the kite is turned, lean on your toes to ride downwind. While riding downwind, you may feel the lines go slack in light wind.

Keep leaning on your toes to edge crosswind in the new direction. You may prefer to start by switching to the toe side stance. That way, you can do the carving turn using your heel side rail.

Small Jump 

A small jump is quite a simple trick. Ride in keeping your normal upwind edge. Steer the kite up to 12, but don’t pull in the bar as the kite climbs. When the kite hits 12, pull in the bar to be lifted. Keep the kite close to 12, with the bar in during hangtime. This supports your weight and prevents you from dropping. Just before you land, steer the kite forwards.

Jump & Tail Grab 

A grab might seem flashy, but it’s not much more complicated than a basic jump. The kite control is precisely the same as a small jump. The only difference is that you must hold the kite at 12 during hang time, with only the front hand, so that you can grab it with the backhand. Focus on keeping the kite near 12 as you hold the tail. It is easy to steer forward by mistake.

Jump Transition

Steer the kite up to 12. Edge and pop harder than for an average jump. This will help you lose the speed you had in the original direction. Pull in the bar, just as the kite is reaching 12, then make sure the kite stays at 12. If the kite drifts past 12, you may need to steer forwards. Just as you land, steer very firmly in the new direction. You have to steer a little firmer to land a jump transition, as you need that extra pull to help you change direction.

Jump Transition + Nose Grab

You can also add a grab to a small jump transition. It’s simplest to add a nose grab with the original front hand. Then, during hang time, your original backhand must lock the kite at 12.

Down loop Transition

It’s around this point you might be ready to try a down loop transition. It might seem scary to loop, but there are ways to reduce the power it. First, try this in such light winds, you can barely ride. Make sure to steer down hard with the front hand for a quick down loop and keep steering until the kite is climbing again. Finally, you can soften the loop’s power by riding downwind early. See how gentle this down loop is when the kite is already moving downwind. Whereas here, the down loop has much more kick because the kiter isn’t yet moving downwind.

Basic Back Roll 

The basic back roll is based on the same kite control as a small jump. The kite goes up to 12 and stays there to support you during rotation. It must not move forward again until you’re ready to land. The rotation itself is initiated on takeoff. For a beginner back roll, the rotation comes almost entirely from the board.

You ride about 90 degrees upwind as you take off, which gives plenty of rotation. You will only need a tiny jump for a single back roll.

Double Backroll

If you combine this rotation with a slightly higher jump, you may end up doing a double backroll. It’s easy to get disorientated during this larger rotation. Whatever happens, don’t steer the kite from 12 until you are confident of landing.

 

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