Saturday, November 18, 2017

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.  


Level: basic-intermediate

Before trying this trick
Before trying this trick you need to know how to ride toe side as well as the classic transition.

Gear and wind
Like with all new tricks, use your usual set-up and make sure wind is not too strong.


CARVING TURN from heel side to toe side
1.    Ride at normal speed with your kite in the 45 degree position with your weight on your heels.
1. Ride at normal speed with your kite in the 45 degree position with your weight on your heels
2.    Check if no one is around so you don’t crash into anybody. Once the coast is clear and you want to turn, start edging less and straighten your body, while slowly turning and putting the kite at 12.
2. Check if no one is around so you don’t crash into anybody. Start edging less and straighten your body while slowly turning and putting the kite at 12
3.    Keep turning until the board is flat on the water (no edge) and the kite is at 12 o clock.
3. Keep turning until the board is flat on the water and the kite is at 12 o clock
4.    Transfer your body weight onto your toes, while keeping your overall body weight on your back foot and steering the kite past 12 o’ clock in the other direction.
4. Transfer your body weight onto your toes, while keeping your overall body weight on your back foot and steering the kite past 12 in the other direction5. Keep on turning6. Keep on turning
5.    By now your kite should be at a 45 degree angle; start edging hard on your toes and continue riding.
7. By now your kite should be at a 45 degree angle; start edging hard on your toes and continue riding8. Keep on riding9. Keep on riding

Easy tip
To keep your balance while riding toe side look into the distance.

Common mistakes
•    You transfer your body weight too fast so your turn is too short and too tight, that doesn’t work! Just start off by making a wide half circle and let the kite guide you. Once you’ve got it you can start making your turns tighter and tighter.
•    You’re doing the transition with your kite too fast and you don’t have enough time to make transition with your body and board.
•    After turning you don’t take enough edge and lose tension on the lines, which means you lose speed and sink.
•    After turning you lose speed because you’re not going fast enough. In the end this trick is as much about style as turning. Give it a go, you’ll figure it out fast enough!


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Photos by Ole Andreas Lervåg, copyright 2015

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