Saturday, November 18, 2017

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.

 

Level: Intermediate

Before trying this trick
Before trying this trick you need to be able to pull backloops perfectly, as well as pop out of the water without using the kite to lift you up. Riding a little downwind and then edging back upwind will help you get the pop you need to get height.

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

Gear settings
•    Your leash should be in suicide mode, which means that you attach your safety leash not directly to the safety leash attachment ring on your bar, but rather attach it to the safety leash attachment ring after it is threaded through the chickloop. Like this, if you fall and the chicken loop, which is no longer kept in place by the donkey dick, pops off your harness, the leash doesn’t release the safety release system and you can just pull on your leash to get to the chickenloop and hook back in.
NOTE: in suicide mode, your kite will remain powered at all times, unless you open your chickenloop.
•    Use the depower strap of your bar to adjust the kite so that it flies nicely with the bar pulled all the way down.

UNHOOKED BACKLOOP
1.    Ride with your kite in the 45 degrees position and make sure you have enough space around you to do this trick.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

2.    Go a little downwind and unhook yourself by disengaging the donkey dick.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

3.    Lean back and edge back upwind to help your get that pop with some height.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

4.    Pop out of the water while keeping your kite in the 45 degree position.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

5.    Once you’re out of the water, look over your front shoulder to start your rotation.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

6.    Keep spinning until you spot your landing.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

7.    Place your board in the downwind position.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

8.    Put your body weight on your back leg and prepare for landing.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

9.    Land riding downwind and hook yourself back in by engaging the donkey dick.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

10.  Take a little edge again to keep on riding.

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked backloop

Common mistakes
•    Your kite moves towards 12 o’clock as with a normal jump (it must be in the 45 degrees position).
•    You take too much edge and stay stuck on the water.
•    Your kite is not properly trimmed.

 

 Photos by Ole Andreas Lervåg, copyright 2015

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