A jump transition is where you change direction
during a jump. This tutorial explains the jump transition in detail.
First let’s begin with some small jump transitions. Ride at a medium speed.
Steer the kite up towards 12. Bar out so you don’t get dragged.
Just before the kite hits 12, pull in the bar to launch.
While in the air, keep the kite near 12 with the bar in.
As you land, dive the kite firmly to the right. You need to steer firmly to change direction.
After you land, you may need to work the kite up and down to pick up speed in the new direction.
Let’s look more closely at that left to right transition.
You must keep a firm edge as you steer the kite up. You should be producing plenty of
spray from the board. Just before the kite hits 12, you edge and
pop harder than you would normally for a jump. At the same time, you pull in the bar to launch.
Hold the bar straight to avoid steering mistakes. Steer right very firmly just as you land.
Point the board towards the kite and touch down with back of the board first.
Let’s review all of that with a right to left transition.
Medium Speed, firm edge. Steer the kite up to 12. Just before the kite hits 12, edge
and pop as much as you can, then pull in the bar to launch. Lock the kite near 12. As you
come in to land, dive firmly in the new direction. Edging is the most common issue with a jump
transition. Looks at what happens if you don’t pop firmly
during take off. You launch still travelling in your original direction. This makes it
very difficult to change direction. To avoid this, you must edge and pop so much
that you loose almost all of your crosswind speed. Another common issue is allowing the kite to overshoot 12 during take off.
Here the kite has crossed 12 significantly as the kiter launches. As a result, there
is not enough room to dive the kite in the new direction.
For higher jump transitions, you may need to use an extra kite movement to avoid heavy
landings. You launch a higher jump. Keep the kite above
your head. Then after the peak of the jump, creep the kite over in the original direction.
Moving the kite over like this has 2 benefits. It gives more room to dive the kite in the
new direction. And because this dive will cross 12, it provides extra lift and softens
your landing. Timing is crucial. Send the kite on its run
up a few seconds before landing. Then dive the kite firmly so it crosses 12 just before
you touch down. Practising in light wind will improve your timing with less risk.
To launch this higher jump you ride a bit faster, edge a lot harder, steer the kite
up quickly, and pop as much as possible to loose crosswind speed.
Good luck improving your jump transitions. If you’re looking for an extra challenge
the kite can be controlled using only the back hand like this.
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