Boosting is a lifelong skill and I still feel like I can improve it. In my first few years of riding I believed that "more speed = higher boost." Recently I've started to go much slower and really focus on pushing as much of my board into the water as possible. For me, too much speed prevented this and after looking at some videos it was really apparent. So, I now try and find that sweet spot between speed and pop. This is my new mantra with boosting. My woo stats have improved a bit with height but more with hangtime and control. I am not sure about you all but I have found that if I go into a trick with too much speed its much more difficult (hooked in tricks that is).
So, there you have it. What's made a big difference for your boosting ?
Better board edging for me. Helps in marginal winds as well. Mainly better edging means I don't have such a narrow sweet spot on a kite so I can keep control throughout its wind range.
Its funny watching people locally on big kites struggling to get upwind because they are sat over the back of the board and then jumping maybe 6 foot - when you have seen them go twice that height on the same kite when the wind is much less.
I haven't got the timing down for ramps yet. I jump pretty much the same height regardless. Depends though if you count your outliers on your device. I normally try to remove them as if your typical jump is 5-6m but you do a single 8m jump, you don't really jump 8m do you?
Yes, too much speed is not good for a good pop.
Speed is needed though, but has its limit.
An excellent pop were you dig in hard is important, since it will yank you up with control. With more speed you will have less control.
For Airstyle you want a calm flight, where you are under the kite, it stays in zenith, floats and you do your thing.
I recently had a "break through" session where I tried to follow MAC Kiteboarding's tutorial, and especially his emphasis on the importance of taking off/popping. Before, I just released my edge and flew pretty high, 8-9m would be average good jump when well powered up. Since I've started concentrating on really popping clean off the water, I fly significantly higher, every time, and also much less downwind. Another important improvement I discovered is really sending the kite FAST to 12 (quick confident yank on 1 side of the bar), bar sheeted out but still with good tension on the lines by leaning back a bit but keeping hips pointing towards the kite (so no poop stance right before take off), and then cranking in the bar upon take off aggressively. This was all in flatish water, so am looking forward to giving this newly refined technique a try on clean ramps in 25+ knots.