Strapless transitions

When you start riding strapless and discover there is a whole new world of kitesurfing there you have 2 main issues to challenge. Riding upwind and transitions. Here we will focus on transitions. There are 2 types of transitions for strapless riding:

a.) The Tack

  • 1. When you are ready to turn start with turning the board upwind (the more you turn the easier you can do the tack) and slowly move the kite above your head.
  • 2. Gently pull the bar until you feel just enough lift to reduce your weight on the board
  • 3. This will make it easier for you to turn the board even more into the wind with your front foot. Keep more weight on the back foot so it will be easier to turn the board. At the end of turn change your body position(your back facing the wind).
  • 4. Power up your kite if needed and adjust your legs and body into riding position.

b.) Jibe

  • 1. Riding in your natural direction will be much easier to Jibe and then switch your feet. In the opposite direction its generally easier to switch your stance first and then Jibe.
  • 2. It is very important to start turning the kite before the board, so you keep the power through the whole turn. If you move the kite after you start the jibe you will most likely lose power.

Here is a video to help you with the aboveā€¦..

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