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How to Kitesurf: Jumping, Part 1: small jumps, medium jumps & mistakes


This tutorial explains:
-small practice jumps -how to progress to medium jumps
-and looks at common mistakes First we look at the kite control for a small
jump. Raise the kite slowly. At 12, pull in the bar to launch. As you land, steer the kite back to its original
position, to continue riding. Let’s review that with a jump to the left..
-Raise the kite -At 12, pull in the bar for lift.
-Dive the kite forward as you land to continue riding. Now, let’s look more closely at the small
practice jump. To jump you don’t need to ride quickly. BUT, you MUST lean back and keep your upwind
edge. Keep hands close together to reduce accidental
steering. Raise the kite slowly. Keep your edge. Pull in the bar at 12 to launch. When you’re about to land, steer the kite
forward to keep you moving. Point the board downwind and touch down with
the back foot first. The height of your jump is primarily controlled
by how quickly you raise the kite to 12. This is useful for training. If you’re new to jumping, raise the kite very
slowly. You will barely leave the water, but it’s good practice. As you progress, raise the kite to 12 slightly
quicker. When you’re ready, steer the kite up to 12
quickly, and you will jump much higher. Now we’ll look closely at a medium jump, as
there are some important differences in technique. For medium jumps, you don’t need to ride quickly,
BUT you must keep your upwind edge. Steer the kite up a little quicker. At 12, pull in the bar to launch – and pop
upwind if you can. As soon as you launch a medium jump, you must
immediately focus on the kite. Make sure the kite is at 12 and the bar is
in. This gives the most lift from the kite, and stops you from falling quickly. You only move the kite from 12, just before
you touch down. A late firm dive to 1 o’clock will keep plenty
of lift, and give you enough sideways pull to ride away. Be careful not to dive the kite too early
during a medium jump. If you dive early, the kite will reach a low
angle. Which gives almost no lift, and results in
heavy landings. On the other hand, if you dive too late, you
will sink … as you have no sideways pull from the kite. Another problem with leaving the kite at 12
as you land, is a high chance of stalling. As you descend, the kite can actually fly
upwind of you. So when you land the kite drops. This is known as a front stall, and can be
prevented by gently steering your kite on landing. As you progress beyond small jumps, it is
more likely that accidental rotation will affect you. Firstly, try not to panic. Keep the bar straight
and avoid steering, so the kite sticks near 12. You can also fix minor rotations. Drop your
legs and shoulders back and push the harness forwards. The kite’s pull on the harness,
will then turn you to face downwind. As mentioned, you must keep your upwind edge
into the jump, or even pop upwind. Riding upwind at take off, makes you launch
vertically. If you loose your upwind edge – you take off
horizontally. This makes a big difference. When you take off without edging, you launch
downwind, and the kite flies quickly upwind, out of the power. The best you can hope for is a long low jump. Sometimes, loosing your edge is a result of
pulling in the bar early. If you bring in the bar as the kite climbs, the power drags
you off your edge. This is why we keep the bar out as the kite
is raised. Good luck learning to jump. In the 2nd part
of this tutorial we focus on how to jump higher.

Reader Comments

  1. Very interesting! I was waiting this video! but a doubt remain, what about the role of the Pop? after edging I need to Pop or only edging is enough? Is Pop a monoeuvre only for freestyle jumps with kite fixed at 45° or it's necessary also for high jumps taking the kite at zenith like in this video?
    Thank you for all your video again!

  2. good one guys! Shared on http://se.kiteforum.com/videos and http://www.kiteforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=2396597

  3. What I love about your videos is the opposite of what I hate about most kiteboarding tutorials. I can watch 10,000 videos about "how" to jump or exactly "what" to do, and still suck at it. You guys talk a lot about how it "feels" to do it right, and that's way more valuable than the details about the exact steps involved. Great work again!

  4. Awesome video and good explaination as always! Do you think when jumping higher a heli loop would be better then redirecting the kite? I crash quite allot(mostly when riding goofy since im regulair) and I actually landed some nice high jumps when doing an heli loop instead of redirecting the kite which felt quite good.

  5. Such a good video, the aerial camera angle where you can see everything is massively helpful, good work 🙂

  6. the jump at 2m:58s was perfect bar and board control. pull it in a little as you angle left, let it out as it starts loading up, boost your board windward, then pull the bar as you jump and pull in the bar! skyward, yeah 🙂

  7. when I try to jump, my body starts rolling backward or forward… how can I fix it? it's not easy to coordinate both movements (popping and moving the kite at the same time). Any tips? Tanks!!!

  8. Just before he jumps he pushes the bar all the way out then immediately pulls it in. Does pushing the bar out stop the kite at 12 o'clock?

  9. You guys honestly have the most comprehensive kiteboarding guide videos out there, pleas keep up the work! I would love to see a video on loop progression steps resulting in a full kite loop/mega loop.

  10. I was so inspired by your videos, so i made a russian translate in subtitres, hope it helps many russian guys to learn jumping, thanks to you for the quality you make!

  11. Best instructional
    Video for jumping helped me out a ton. I was pulling in on bar too early wasn't waiting for kite to reach twelve and it was always pulling me off my edge which was frustrating me. Long lower jumps is all I could achieve until I watched this vid thanks. Now sending it fast and flying high.

  12. Hey Guys! Really well teaching Video. But the second Part is still missing 🤔 Is it still in the Pipeline ?

  13. Great video !!! Very clear and easy to understand ! It will probably help me a lot with the mistakes I made doing jumps. Where is part 2 though ? Waiting for it with impatience ! Keep up the great job !

  14. Переведите на руский язык, или начать учить английский)))

  15. I hope you enjoyed learning to jump. If you're looking for what to do next, and want to learn some tricks to add to your basic jump, these are all covered in our hang-time tricks movie:
    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/oldschool101
    It covers one handed jumps, grabs, one footers, board offs etc. It's a detailed one-hour tutorial, guiding you step-by-step into old-school, hang-time tricks.

  16. Should be titled: How to Kiteboard. I was looking specifically for Kitesurfing with a surfboard. good video anyway. thanks

  17. Great video. Thanks. Shouldn't you be slightly go downwind just for a second before you edge hard, pop and jump? I can see this movement in the scene for higher jumps, but this movement is not explained in the video.
    Or shouldn't it be done?

  18. Nice video, all i'd say isn't quite right is when you say "about to land redirect the kite" as I think it's better to redirect as you just pass the maximum height and start to drop. On a big foil (15-18m Chrono3) I redirect a second or 2 before I've even reached maximum height, or I'll pendulum.
    In fact what you're saying doesn't match the video. You're saying you only move the kite from 12 just before you touch down, but reading this riders hand position, just before he touches down he's already steering the kite back up 🙂

  19. i still cannot find the reason why wouldnt you jump while your kite is in mid or even high power zones? wouldnt it result in much higher or atleast longer jumps?

  20. This video is awesome! Thanks for much for making it. Where is part 2? I can't find it on your channel

  21. This is without a doubt the most concise video on jumping!!! I have been jumping for a month now but my consistency has been lacking. Some good & clean and others poor & piddly. I see now that it is most likely my timing and also that I am not holding my upwind edge enough. Seeing the jump from the overhead perspective with the bar movements
    really helps me understand the mechanics! Very grateful for this tutorial!!! 😘

  22. there's a small piece of information that I could note after watching your video (again….) carefully. Right before you raise the kite to twelve, you sheet out the bar (1:27 or 2:45)… I suppose you do this to allow for the kite raise faster and vertically while gaining more room for the sheet in movement to take-off, right?! Another question is regarding the power adjust in the bar. On my first attempts, it seems the kite didn't had enough power to make me take-off the water…

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