Saturday, November 18, 2017

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.

 

 

Level: intermediate

Before trying this trick
Before trying this trick you must be comfortable with doing backloops and landing them well. Grabbing your board does not require much skill but you need to be able to control your kite with one hand as you use the other hand to grab your board. Before starting, consider doing some stretching as being more flexible makes this trick much easier and makes it look so much better. Also, some find it easier to practice doing backloops while keeping just your front hand on the bar to get used to doing backloops one-handed before trying to grab and hold the board.


Gear and wind
Like always when you try new tricks, use your usual set-up. Make sure the wind is not too strong.


BACKLOOP INDIE GRAB
1)    Ride at normal speeds with your kite at 45 degrees and your hands at the center of the bar.
1 - Ride at normal speeds with your kite at 45 degrees and your hands at the center of the bar
2)    Send the kite to 12 o’clock as if you were to do a normal jump and edge hard by pushing your board into the water with your back leg to pop out of the water and look over your back shoulder, which will start spinning your body.
2 - Send the kite to 12 o’clock as if you were to do a normal jump3 -  Edge hard by pushing your board into the water with your back leg to pop out of the water and look over your back shoulder, which will start spinning your body
3)    Once you’ve popped out of the water and started rotating, bend your legs and keep your body small.
4 - Pop out the water5 - Once you’ve popped out of the water and started rotating, bend your legs and keep your body small
4)    While rotating take your backhand off the bar when your board is at its highest in the rotation, grab the toeside edge of your board between your feet.
6 - Let go of your backhand and reach for your board7 - When your board is at its highest in the rotation, grab the toeside edge of your board between your feet8 - Hold on to the grab
5)    Keep this position and smoothly pull down your front hand to put your kite at 75 degrees in the direction you are going.
9 - Keep this position and smoothly pull down your front hand to put your kite at 75 degrees in the direction you are going10 - Keep this position and smoothly pull down your front hand to put your kite at 75 degrees in the direction you are going
6)    The kite will finish the rotation for you and pull you back towards the downwind landing position.
11 - The kite will finish the rotation for you and pull you back towards the downwind landing position
7)    Spot your landing and put your backhand back onto the bar.
12 - Spot your landing
8)    Extend your legs and get ready to land with your body weight on your back leg.
13 - Extend your legs and get ready to land with your body weight on your back leg
9)    Make sure you land downwind and put your kite back at 45 degrees so you will have enough speed to continue kiting.
13 - Extend your legs and get ready to land with your body weight on your back leg


Common mistakes
•    You pull too strongly on the bar with your front hand, making the kite go too low which makes it impossible to land.
•    You spin during the first part of the trick, grab the board but can’t do the second part of the trick. This is because you don’t pull your front hand down to make the kite go to 75 degrees, which will help you finalize the rotation and get you ready for landing.

 

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