After you have performed a nice jump you also need to land. Landing can be tricky at the beginning, but once you practice it you won’t find it difficult at all. Remember to steer the kite forward with your front hand as you reach the highest point of the jump and start to descend while the kite reaches the 1 o’clock position.
When you are jumping it is possible to glide downwind. Normal jumps can get you around 30 meters downwind, while big jumps can get you over 50 meters downwind. That is why you have to make sure that there is enough space for landing. A nice jump will lift you around 10-12 meters. A jump that lifts you more than 10-12 meters is very high one, and recommended to experienced riders.
Lean back a bit and bend your knees to reach a better balance in the air and assure a smooth landing. It is recommended to land in a downwind direction than carve upwind. Avoid to land with the board squared to the wind direction. If you pull back your kite harder and have extra speed you will jump higher.
Beginners can experience small issues, like going into a forward rotation and ending up landing on the back or sideways. To prevent these issues carve the board upwind a bit as the kite starts to pull you off the water and then lean back.
Remember that landing issues need to be fixed from the moment you start the jump. This way you will land smooth and safely. Don’t worry f you don’t land perfectly from the first time. With practice landings will become a piece of cake.
Previous kiteboarding tutorial: Jumping Techniques. This is the last article from The Newcomer’s Handbook to Kiteboarding series intended to teach you basic kiteboarding maneuvers. Intermediate and advanced kiteboarding tutorials will follow.