Advanced Trainer Kite Techniques:
Now that you can fly your trainer kite, here’s a list to practice to permit your abilities and muscle memory to develop more fully. The more time expended on these abilities, the less time you may spend swimming and the more time you may spend riding. Power Stroke : The power stroke is the key to getting up on a board and riding. The target of these motions is to develop your muscle memory of turning the kite around before crashing on the land or water. Sliding during the power stroke of a trainer kite As you’re employed on the power stroke, work to keep your center of balance behind your feet and not to be pulled forward into a running position. Take your trainer kite to the 12 pm position in the wind window.
Fly the kite down to the 3 o’clock position and then fly at once back to the 12 pm position. Now move the kite to the eleven o’clock position and fly to three o’clock. Now work on doing this from 12 pm to 9 and 1 to nine. You must be ready to fly the power stroke confidently, in both directions, without brooding about turning the kite back up in the sky. Now you can fly the power stroke while keeping your feet under you it’s time to.
This may develop your muscle memory for leg and hip positioning for getting up on your board.
The objective of this practice is to make certain you point your board downwind when attempting to get up and ride.
Riding to your right side : Put your kite in neutral ( hovering straight above your head ), sit on the ground, extend your right leg forward and bend your left leg in a little bit. Now send the trainer kite into a power stroke toward your right side. You must stand up ( if you have enough power ) on your right foot with your body turned at roughly a forty five degree angle to the wind. Now move your trainer kite to the 1 o’clock position for your power stroke ; notice how your hips and body naturally point your leg more down wind. One of the #1 issues for new kiteboarders isn’t keeping their kiteboards pointed down wind when attempting a water start. If you choose to learn how to snow or land board, make efforts to use the same system of pointing the board downwind.
Use any of the cars noted above to help work on this. The more that you become used to being pulled around, the better you may do when hanging on to a huge power kite.
Try spinning your body under your bar, fly while looking backwards ( yes, this could happen to you in the water ), fly with your eyes shut, and if it is actually gusty do some tiny jumps as you send the kite up the middle of the power section. If you can hold the bar in one hand and fly with one hand, this is an ability which will build your confidence and get you used to hanging onto the middle of the bar. To get the full advantage of a trainer kite, get a harness and add a fixed loop to the bar. Now you can start to practice flying while being “hooked in” and work on kite control with one hand. You’ll need to fly one-handed while carrying your board to the water and attempting to put it on your feet.
Another great thing about adding a loop and harness is that you can snow or land kite for hours when you get hooked in. If you spend the time learning these things before a kiteboarding lesson, you’ll be making an attempt to get up on the board in almost no time.