Saturday, November 18, 2017

How to do… a raley

The perfect raleyRaley is a pretty radical trick where you jump, unhook and extend your legs above your head. Looks super cool and is great fun to do. This week’s blog describes how to do a raley step by step.





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How to do… your first jump

Learn how to jumpOne of the main reasons why a lot of people want to start kiteboarding is because they saw someone doing an awesome jump with the kite and landing smoothly afterwards. That’s impressive when you’re watching and most people understand that the feeling while you’re doing it is pretty magical.

So, this week’s blog is about how to do a classical jump. Nothing too high to start off with. After all you need to learn how to walk before you can run…


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How to... self-rescue

Knowing how to self-rescue is importantKnowing how to self-rescue is a very useful technique to have. Imagine you’re kiting and suddenly a line breaks. Or maybe the wind unexpectedly drops and there is no way you can relaunch your kite. Or maybe there was an emergency and you had to let go off the quick release. These are all scenarios that can happen and the following self-rescue technique will help you get both yourself and your equipment safely back to shore.



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Do a... transition frontloop nose grab

How to do a...transition frontloop nosegrabDAMIEN'S" KITEBOARDING BLOG: This week Damien is showing you step by step how to do another cool trick in beautiful Cabarete.

This really cool variation of the simple frontloop trick is relatively easy to learn and sure to impress! Make those transitions more fun!




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How to do... a tail grab

Ride with more style - throw in a tail grabOnce you figured out how to jump and land well, start throwing in some style! A tail grab is pretty easy and looks good. Check out the full explanation below. Look forward to seeing you on the water!

Level: Intermediate

Necessary skills: You need to know how to jump and land before trying this trick

Wind and gear: Before attempting any type of trick make sure that the wind is not too strong (i.e. that you are not overpowered with the kite you will be riding) and that the forecast remains stable for the next coming hours.
Use the kite you usually ride with, as well as the same settings.

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Kitesurfing priority rules

Priority rules on the water are important to avoid collisions and other dangerous behaviourLike any other sailing sport, kitesurfing has some specific right of way rules to avoid collisions. Unfortunately there are a lot of kiters out there that either don’t know the rules or have forgotten them, so for this week’s tip I’m going to highlight the basic priority rules of kitesurfing.




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How to do a… backloop

backloops are easy and funLevel: easy

A backloop, sometimes also called backroll, is a relatively easy trick to learn. Once you’ve mastered the backloop you can use it as a transition, or at a later stage, throw in a kiteloop to get some mad air with your rotation.

A simple backloop is done at little height and as it’s just a rotation there is little danger involved. This is the first trick everyone learns together with the easy jump. You can even try this one if you don’t know how to jump yet. If something goes wrong just let go off the bar.

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16 tips on kite safety

Know your hand signals for launching and landingNew kiteboarding students often come to me with all kinds of questions about kite safety. The internet highlights a number of fatal kiting accidents and people tend to be anxious about the sport in the beginning.
So the first thing people need to know is that kiting is considered a dangerous sport if you don’t know what you are doing. That’s why it’s so important to get some kite lessons under your belt before you even attempt to fly a kite. Once you have been taught the safety aspects of the kite and know how to handle it both on the beach and in the water, you can safely learn how to waterstart and progress from there.

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