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Kiteboarding Tricks and Riding Tips

 

Kitesurfing tricks

 

One of the most appealing things about kiteboarding is that, no matter your level, there's always something new to learn. If you're content to stick to mellow sessions and just enjoy the water and the scenery, that's great, but if you're the sort that likes to push boundaries, your next trick is just waiting for you.

 

How Can I Progress with New Tricks Faster?

One of the reasons I have become so enamoured with the sport of kiteboarding is the ability to constantly progress, and, relatively speaking, the ease of doing so. This article is designed to help identify and remove barriers that are holding you back from progressing. Read more...

How To Improve Your Board Skills

If you have some experience riding sideways on a wakeboard, snowboard, skateboard, surfboard, windsurfer, or mountain board, then you likely have some board skills. But what if you have no board skill and want to progress quickly? Read more...

How to Do Toeside Transitions (includes video)

The basic slide transition is one of the first kiteboarding tricks that you'll be learning after you're travelling in both directions. From slide transitions, you'll start to do some board repositioning in the air, so you'll actually jump over to toeside. Read more...

Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

At one point or another, I'm sure you've heard someone talk about getting out of your comfort zone in order to progress in given areas of your life. I'm going to tell you the same thing when it comes to progressing in kiteboarding. Yes, the magic does indeed happen outside of the comfort zone. Read more...

How to Go For It

Ok, so you have seen your buddies do it, you have read about it online, asked your questions on the forums and reviewed the videos. Now you are ready to GO FOR IT. Read more...

Boosting 101 (includes video)

Jumping is a really neat and unique aspect of the sport because it allows you to leave the water at such an accelerated rate and jump so high that it's not like any other sport. Read more...

How to Jump

It's truly amazing to see a rider flick themselves 20-30 feet or more up into the sky, fly through the air, then glide smoothly back to the water again and ride on. Read more...

How to Throw a Raley (includes video)

Once you can jump, continue your progression by adding the Raley to your bag of kiteboarding tricks. This impressive-looking but easy-to-learn trick forms the basis for many other tricks. Read more...

How to Do a Front Roll

The front roll is a relatively easy trick to learn. Here are a few simple steps to learning a front roll in which you do not need to send the kite. Read more...

How to Do a Back Roll

The backroll is easily achievable and feels incredibly satisfying to land. It is also a foundational trick that later moves of varying complexity will build off of and be built around. Read more...

How to Butter Slide/Nose Slide

This kiteboarding trick is quite easy to execute, given you have the right equipment, conditions, and a good sense of balance. Even more importantly, it looks really flashy, especially if you hold it for a long slide. Read more...

How to Ride Upwind

Learning to ride upwind becomes so much more than dodging the embarrassing "walk of shame", but rather is directly correlated to your rate of early progression. Fortunately, by focusing on a few simple steps, you can be riding upwind in no time and maximizing your sessions! Read more...

How to Self-Launch

I've run into previous kiteboard students of mine in the past who've talked about "that one day" where they showed up to a given spot to go kiteboarding, but no one else was there so they didn't even set up their kite. That was a complete and total waste of a great opportunity to learn and progress. Read more...

How to Self-Land

While having a friend to catch your kite is always preferable, any kiteboarder looking to maximize their time on the water will inevitably have to learn how to self-land. Read more...

How to Ride in Waves

Riding on a big day in Lake MI is a completely different experience compared to a nice buttery/bumpy day you may be used to riding in. The waves can be relentless as they just keep rolling in. Read more...

How to Make It Past the Break on a Surf-Specific Kiteboard

Everybody who has kitesurfed in wavy conditions understands how tough it can be to make it past a large break, even on a twintip. Approaching that same obstacle while riding without straps adds an entirely new degree of difficulty. Read more...

How to Use the Back Hand Drag

While this definitely looks cool in the photos, there is a very functional reason for it. When riding, it is very easy to get just ahead of the wave and therefore miss it by a small amount. Read more...

How to Teach Others Tricks

Joe B pulled me aside one day and said that it was time to learn to back roll. Two hours later I was hitting them fairly consistently. Wow - Joe spent an hour with me and amped me up for days - Thanks Joe! Read more...