Do you consider yourself skilled kiteboarder and you are ready for some new moves, but not really sure where to start? We want to give you some ideas with our 11 favorite tricks that look and feel really great, but are surprisingly easy and achievable, let’s go!
1. Double Backroll
I guess everybody can make a simple backroll but why not double it down? In the past multiple spins were all what kiteboarding was, but now we value execution over numbers. Still nicely performed and powered double rotation with the kite lower and landing is speed looks and feels sick! Even better, if you can add a grab and get compact while rotation.
PRO Tip: When learning keep your kite higher and keep looking into the rotation with your head
2. High Jump Crail to Tail grab
High jumps with a grab are a must, not only they look better but grabs also helps you to stay compact and balanced in the air. So change things up and add a second grab! Our tip is to make back hand grabs, since they are easier to land. Start with he harder crail grab by placing back hand on the nose and then move that hand to your boards tail.
PRO Tip: Start with the harder grab first, bend your front leg and straighten your back leg, this will bring nose of the board close to your hand
3. Inverted Frontroll
Frontroll is another standard move that you should have in your quiver by now, so lets upgrade it with stylish tailgrab and inverted rotation! In order to do that you need to jump a little higher and activate your core muscles, no way around some hard work.
PRO Tip: Look down on the water and activate your core in order to get board over you
4. Frontroll Nosegrab transition
Frontroll transitions are not that common so whay6 not surprise your local beach? Really not that difficult as they seem, especially when you grab a nosegrab that will keep you compact. After this trick you may try it with a kiteloop or handrag.
PRO Tip: Just keep holding grab and loop into the rotation with your head
5. One Foot transition
Transition jumps are fun way how to change the direction and a perfect way how to capture nice photos. If you can already make the basic transition with tailgrab, try sticking one foot off and move things to another level. The hardest part is the landing, but give it a few tried and you will have it.
PRO Tip: Set your back strap a bit looser, try this trick with bigger and slower kite first
6. Backroll kiteloop transition
Backroll transition is one of the easiest moves out there but often lacks “spice”. Luckily there is a simple solution – add a kiteloop! First start easy with baby heliloop with the landing, but later you can progress to a huge loop in the air. Also looping with transitions is much easier and safer than full speed megaloops.
PRO Tip: Try with moderate wind first and for starters loop with the landing, not too early
7. “James” handdrag
If you open any of the latest Cabrinha catalogue or watch their product video, you cannot miss James Boulding performing his signature hand drag. A great pose for shots, but also really simple trick so give it a try next time you are out. You will need a bit stronger wind since this trick is best performed powered on and also activate your core to shoot your legs up.
PRO Tip: Try this trick fairly powered and keep the kite bit higher
8. One foot slide
One of the harder but really cool transition trick is one foot slide. Basically similar movement to a darkslide, but with one leg dragging in the water. Reward is really unique and amazing feeling.
PRO Tip: Master darkslide and one foot jump first, try this trick with a bigger kite
9. Surface pass
If you want to venture into more advanced unhooked trick, we highly recommend you to start with a surface pass, which is often left out neglected and riders just try to smash their railies to blind. This move will prepare you for all the advanced handlepasses, but in a simple & easy way. Just unhook, go downwind and pop to toeside and then continue the rotation on water with passing the bar behind your back.
PRO Tip: Go really downwind while surface passing in order to have loose lines
10. Unhooked Tantrum
One of the biggest WOW unhooked trick out there! But prepare for some workout, this move requires your strength, since you need to hold the unhooked kite with one hand while spinning. If you can get over that, the move is fairly simple, just imagine doing backflip!
PRO Tip: Imagine yourself doing a backflip to the water after takeoff
11. Unhooked Kiteloop
One of the most scary looking unhook trick is unhooked kiteloop, which we don’t see that often anymore, but in the past it was the big deal. The kiteloop part is actually just during your pop and afterwards the kite springs you forward, so really easy to make air passes. Try it first with a lighter winds, just good enough for a solid railey jumps.
PRO Tip: Try with moderate wind first and make a “fishpole” grab: place your front hand under back hand on the bar to loop faster
Do you already have few tricks you want to try yourself? Come down to Sicily and practice in our huge flat lagoon www.prokitealbyrondina.com 😉