Friday, September 22, 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.
 




Level: Intermediate
 
Before trying this trick
Before trying this trick you need to be able to pull frontloops perfectly, and be able to unhook and hook back in without a problem.  You also need to be able to 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. This is very important to make sure that the kite remains controllable while unhooked.
 
 
UNHOOKED FRONTLOOP
1.      Ride with your kite at 45 degrees and go a little downwind. This will flatten your board and take the tension of your lines so it’ll become much easier to unhook.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

2.      Once unhooked, increase your edge by going back upwind.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

3.      While going back upwind, lean back and at the same time increase the pressure on your heels.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

4.      Make sure you keep the kite in the 45 degree position and keep on riding until you think you can’t hold it anymore.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

5.      Then move your board upwind quickly so you’ll pop high out of the water.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

6.      Once in the air, look over your back shoulder and start spinning.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

7.      Make sure your kite stays in the 45 degree position by keeping the pressure on both arms.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

8.      Keep spinning until you’re facing the spot where you want to land.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

9.      Prepare for landing by transferring your body weight onto your back leg.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

10.  Spot your landing and land.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

11.  Once you’ve landed ride a bit downwind so you have time to hook yourself back in.
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

12.  Once hooked back in, take some edge and keep on riding!
 
Damiens kiteboarding blog, how to do unhooked frontloop

 
Common mistakes
•         You’re not keeping the same pressure on both sides of the bar, meaning your kite during the trick either goes to 12 o’clock or crashes into the water.
•         You’re taking too much of an edge before popping and lose all your speed.
•         Your straps are too loose and you lose your board while spinning.
•         Your kite is not trimmed correctly so when you unhook you can’t control your kite the way you should.
 
 
 
Check out other kite tricks and tips
 
Contact Damien for further tips or lessons
 
 
 
Photos by Ole Andreas Lervåg, copyright 2015

 

 

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