Step One - Park your Kite
Park the kite around a 45 degree angle. This applies whether you are going to your right or left. Keep the kite stable partially sheeted out. Park it high but not too high. If the kite is near noon, It will pull you off your edge.
Step Two - Edge and Twist
Twist into the wind so that your chest is facing upwind. While doing this, engage your heel edge and shift your feet so that your toeside edge is now digging in. As you twist you should naturally feel the need to engage that toeside edge so don’t overthink it.
Step Three - Push and Pull
You will need to pull with your front leg and push with your back leg. As you turn into the wind, bring your front knee to your chest and push your back leg out.
Step Four - Transfer your Weight
As you come around you will need to shift your weight from your heel edge to your toeside edge. With your chest facing the wind, lean a bit forward, dig your toes and lift your heels.
Your weight will be over your back leg and you will want to fight the urge to ride downind.
Step Five - Square Up
Square your shoulders with the board. If you stay square with the kite, you will go downwind. If you turn too much, it will overfly the kite to the edge of the window. Be mindful of your angle. Try to line up with the nose of the board. It helps taking your front hand off the board to square up a little better.
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