Jumps are fun and spectacular kiteboarding moves and all riders love them. They are not very difficult maneuvers, but they require some skills and practice. Timing and kite control are very important for a great jump.
You don’t need big waves to perform jumps, but they help by adding altitude. The kite will lift you pretty high even on flat waters. Ride in one direction and then steer the kite in the opposite one and the kite will lift you from the water. Timing is the most important thing. If you get it right you will experience increased hangtime.
Position the kite in a steady position. Try to set it at around 11 o’clock and at the same time edge the board so it will resist the pull of the kite. With the back hand pull firmly on the control bar until you steer the kite up and backwards over your head. When the kite starts to ascend you need to edge the board harder by leaning back. When you feel the kite is ready for the lift pop out of the water. The kite will continue to move backwards while you are lifted up.
When you consider that you have reached the top of you jump and the kite is positioned at around 1 o’clock, steer it forward with your front hand. The kite will help you descend smooth and safe as it goes forward over your head. While you land steer the kite down and forward. This maneuver helps you maintain the forward speed and ride forward. When landing make sure you have plenty of space to avoid crashing into other water users.
A small, powered up kite is perfect for learning the jumping technique. A large, depowered kite won’t help you too much if you want to perform nice jumps.
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