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Re: North Kiteboarding Academy - Strapless How To Videos

Postby Toby » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:52 pm

Backroll tack - Strapless

The Backroll Tack is a cool and very smooth transition if done well.

The kite steering is similar to most transitions, moving between 11 and 1 o’clock, or 1 and 11 o’clock. Correct timing is key for this move, so let’s have a look in more detail.

Slowly start by flying the kite up and back. Once the kite is above you, lift your back foot and bring your back hip forward.

Whilst rotating your upper body, push the nose of your board into its new direction.

Once the rotation of the board is complete, place your new front foot in its new position. Step back with your back foot, flatten off the board and push the nose downwind with your front foot.

The kite steering should be smooth and slow from 1 to 11 or 11 to 1 o´clock. Once your feet are set in their new position steer the kite down to regain power and speed.

Let´s remember the key elements:

slowly fly the kite up and back
start the rotation when the kite is above you
place your front foot in its new position and push the nose of the board downwind
fly the kite down to regain power and speed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y77uZe0Dp9c

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Toeside Air Reverse - Strapless

The Toeside Air Reverse is a good exercise for aerials in the waves, but it´s also a cool flat water trick on its own.

To start, let go your back hand and fly the kite up for some decent lift. Popping off is similar to a small Toeside Air or Ollie: quickly bend your front knee and pull your toes up to get the windward rail higher.

Your back hand and and leg initiate the momentum for the rotation.

The most important key element is that your back foot leads the tail up and forward. Once you’ve completed the initial 90 degree rotation, your front foot starts to push the nose down and back under your body. Doing this you will land nose first with more weight on your front foot.

In your first attempts the board will most likely slide back on its own directly after landing.

If you want to keep on riding fins first, try to rotate the full 180 degrees or even a bit more. After landing, push your new front foot downwind whilst simultaneously pulling your new back foot back under your body.

To slide back to Toeside, initiate a small carve upwind and then shift your weight forward. Doing this the fins will touch the water and speed up the slide.

Let´s remember the key elements:

Initiate the rotation with your free back hand and back leg
Your back foot pushes the tail up and forwards
After 90 degrees, your front foot should start to push the nose of the board back and down under your body

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thlTCp7Ll7U

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Toeside Tack - Strapless

The toeside tack is a really fun way to change direction with your strapless kiteboard.

The motion with your kite is similar to most tacks or transitions: slowly briniging the kite from 1 to 11 or from 11 to 1 o´clock.

Let´s have a closer look:

Start on a slight downwind course.

While steering the kite up switch to toeside and with your new back foot step far back on the tail.

The first key point is to wait until your kite has reached 12 o´clock or just a bit further and then initiate a tight carving turn upwind.

The second key point is to push the bar all the way up and support the rotation with your back hand.

When you finished the tack pull the bar and steer the kite down to regain speed.

Let´s remember the key elements:

switch to toeside and slowly steer the kite up
with the kite a 12 o´clock or just a bit further initiate a tight caring turn upwind
push the bar all the way up and support the rotation with your back hand
flatten the board and steer the kite down to regain speed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CqlUDpZzXg

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Re: North Kiteboarding Academy - Strapless How To Videos

Postby Toby » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:01 pm

Ollie 180 - Strapless

When you Ollie 180, you need to rotate slightly more than 180 degrees in the air, using the additional momentum to slide out and complete a full 360 rotation.

To start, steer the kite up and back for some decent lift. Popping off is similar to a normal Ollie:
Remember to shift your weight onto your toes during take-off which will bring the heelside rail higher for better control. Like in a normal Ollie, bend your front knee quickly.

Now let´s have a look what’s important for this move: Use your back foot and back hand to initiate the rotation. After take-off , use your back foot to push the tail of the board up and forwards.

Once you’ve completed the initial 90 degrees, start to push the nose down with your front foot. Doing this, you will land on the nose of your board with more weight shifted onto the front foot. Spinning further than 180 degrees before the fins touch the water will help a lot in sliding round t and completing a full rotation. Shifting the weight onto your heels will also help to initiate the slide.

One of the key points is that you push the bar all the way up after take-off .Like in most strapless rotations, this will help to rotate vertically and not get off-axis during the rotation.

Let´s have a look at the kite steering: Like a normal Ollie,you don´t need a lot of lift, but nevertheless you will still need to steer the kite all the way up to 12 o´clock as this will help to rotate vertically around your center lines. To regain speed steer the kite down at the end of the move.

Let´s remember the key elements:

Use your back hand and back leg to initiate the rotation.
Push the bar all the way up to rotate freely
Land nose first on your front foot
Edge the board at the beginning of your slide and flatten it once the rotation is finished

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlqcLgSmzgU

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Board off 360 - Strapless

If you’re confident doing a Backside Air with a Grab, then the Board Off 360 is for you.

Start by carving the board upwind and fly the kite up to generate decent lift. When the kite is above you it’s time to pop off.

The harder you pop, the easier it will be to grab the board, so kick down hard with your back foot and pull your front knee up and in. Try to avoid leaning down and forward to reach the board as this will disrupt your balance. Wait for it to come up to you, this will make the grab much easier.

Aim to grab the board slightly behind the middle as this will make the spin more fluid.

To complete this move it´s important to lean back and bend your knees and hips. This will give you more freedom and space to maneuver the board infront of your body.

Use your front arm to initiate the spin. You can stabilise the rotation with the toes of your front foot.
Grab the other rail after the board has rotated 180 degrees and add some momentum for the rest of the spin.

As you approach your landing stabilize the board with your feet.

Land downwind and steer the kite down to regain power and speed.

Let´s remember the key elements:

Pop the board high so you can grab it easily
Grab the board slightly behind the middle for easy spinning
Bend your knees and hips and use your front foot to stabilize the board through the rotation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUsoNOmLGHI

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Toeside Air - Strapless

The Toeside Air Reverse is a good exercise for aerials in the waves, but it´s also a cool flat water trick on its own.

To start, let go your back hand and fly the kite up for some decent lift. Popping off is similar to a small Toeside Air or Ollie: quickly bend your front knee and pull your toes up to get the windward rail higher.

Your back hand and and leg initiate the momentum for the rotation.

The most important key element is that your back foot leads the tail up and forward. Once you’ve completed the initial 90 degree rotation, your front foot starts to push the nose down and back under your body. Doing this you will land nose first with more weight on your front foot.

In your first attempts the board will most likely slide back on its own directly after landing.

If you want to keep on riding fins first, try to rotate the full 180 degrees or even a bit more. After landing, push your new front foot downwind whilst simultaneously pulling your new back foot back under your body.

To slide back to Toeside, initiate a small carve upwind and then shift your weight forward. Doing this the fins will touch the water and speed up the slide.

Let´s remember the key elements:

Initiate the rotation with your free back hand and back leg
Your back foot pushes the tail up and forwards
After 90 degrees, your front foot should start to push the nose of the board back and down under your body

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS4uEWiQEoA

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Barefoot Slide - Strapless

The Barefoot Slide is a stylish move where knowledge of board off tricks and precise steering of the kite is required.

The key is to fly the kite so it delivers enough constant lift to keep your body floating just above the surface of the water.

The movement of the kite is slow and similar to a transition. Flying from 11 to one o´clock or from one to eleven o´clock - depending on which direction you are riding. A kiteloop at the end gives you enough extra airtime to help you get the board under you feet and regain speed.

As already mentioned the kite movement is quite slow.Fast kite steering will generate too much power and lift you up and away from the board. Fine adjustments by pulling the bar down will help to keep your body floating a constant distance from the waters surface.

Let's have a closer look:

Slowly start to steer the kite from 1 or 11 o´clock up and back to generate moderate lift. When you feel the kite starting to pull you up, pop the board out similair to a small Ollie.

To get your feet off the board bend both knees very quickly and lift your feet up or in other words: Don’t pop too much, just let the kite pull you up.

It helps to lean forward with your upper body to grab the board more easily.

Now it´s time to feel like Jesus walking on water: extend your feet and slide over the waters surface. Flat water will make this move easier than choppy water.

When the kite has reached 1 or 11 o´clock get the board back under your feet.

Finally pull with your backhand to add a kiteloop and regain speed.

Let´s remember the key elements:

The kite movement between 11 and 1 o´clock is slow to generate constant & moderate lift
Quickly lift your feet off the board and grab the rail after a tiny Ollie
Keep on steering the Kite while sliding
Pull down on the bar for some extra lift from your kite
when your kite has reached 11 or 1 o´clock get your board back under your feet and add a kiteloop to maintain speed and ride away.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xW6iuLRgZQ

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