Monday, August 21, 2017

How to do… an unhooked frontloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloopFollowing up from last fortnight’s unhooked backloop, the next trick in the unhooked repertoire is the unhooked frontloop. As with the unhooked backloop, the most important part of this trick is getting that pop, and really making it POP! So practice generating that horizontal power by going downwind and then quickly upwind with your board, and the rest of this trick will follow like a dream.
 




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How to do… an unhooked backloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloopIf you’re at that stage in your kiting where you want to go into pulling tricks unhooked, then this trick is the best one to start with to start building up your unhooked tricks repertory. The principles remain the same as with a hooked backloop, except that this is a pop-trick and you don’t use your kite to get your board out of the water. Everything is in the pop so that’s what you need to practice.

 

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Easy fixes and maintenance of your kite

Damien DageThose no-wind days are a real bummer but also present the perfect opportunity to take care of your kite equipment. Some maintenance will help extend the lifetime of your equipment and small problems can be fixed with easy fixes. So, your kite doesn’t fly the way it used to… that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to buy a new one. Check out the checklist below before going on an unnecessary spending spree, unless of course you really want that latest model... then by all means go treat yourself!



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How to do... a carving turn

Carving turns are great fun!With this transition you don’t lose any speed, just keep on riding while turning without stopping: such a great way to change direction while kitesurfing! The principle behind this transition is that you first ride heel side, make your turn and end up in the toe side position. It’s a cool transition and once you get the hang of it it’s a great way to show off by carving hard and creating impressive spray. You can also try this transition the other way around; that is to say starting off riding toe side, making your turn and ending up back in the normal heel side position.  

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How to do… a frontloop

Damien trick tips how to do kiteboardingFrontloop, sometimes also called frontroll, is a basic trick in kitesurfing. It’s good fun, easy to learn and looks even better, with its smooth natural rotation. If you want to improve your kite skills then you must learn this trick. Once you know this, you can do all kinds of variations, like for example landing blind, adding a grab, use it in a transition or do various rotations.

As a matter of fact, it’s one of the most popular tricks around and I’m sure that you’ve already seen others do this trick, or variations of it, many times. Now, you too can become part of the club after reading how to do it and trying it.

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How to do a... one foot off

Damien one foot kiteboardingThe one foot off is the beginning of making those aerial tricks look really cool and is great fun to do! Jump, grab the nose of your board and take out your front foot, do a backloop, grab the tail of your board and take out your back foot… the number of combinations is unlimited. Get good at this and you can progress to grabbing the board while you take both feet out of the straps. This week we’ll look at a normal jump with the back foot off.  

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How to do… a backloop indie grab

Backloop indie grab - just to make things interestingAdding an indie grab is just one way to make a backloop look even cooler. Basically while you do your backloop you need to grab the toe edge side of your board between your feet with your backhand and hold on to it as long as possible.  Once you got this nailed you can start thinking about doing it strapless, which will definitely add a new dimension to the trick.

 

 

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How to… repair small kite leaks

Repairing small holes is easy - find out how in this blogDepending on how often you use your kite and how you use it, you’ll most likely get to a point in the kite’s life when you need to do some repairs on it. At one stage or another your kite will start slowly loosing air, be it because you crash your kite a lot or because of normal wear and tear.

Once it starts losing air the kite won’t be as stable or precise as the flying properties of your kite very much depend on the kite being pumped up at the right pressure. Once it starts losing air the kite is also much more vulnerable to being flipped inside out or flipping even further leaving you with a crossed line set. If you lose air in just one strut that really affects steering.

One way of solving the air problem is going back to the beach and pumping it back up every so often, but you’ll get tired of that pretty soon. So this week’s blog entry will look at how to repair small leaks.

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