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Turning

Turning

You have to turn round when you want to change the direction in which you are heading. Position the kite up in a slow motion, to avoid being lifted out of the water. You will slow down once the kite is above you. Now you need to shift the weight from the back foot on the front one. At the same time you must dive the kite down towards the other side.

The kite will pull you in the new direction and your riding stance will change around. You can also perform a toe side turn. This means that the kite performs the same movement as above, but the board speed is higher through the turn. You can also switch to toe side and afterwards perform a heel side turn. To switch from toe to heel side keep the kite above your head and lean back before making the switch to toe side. As you make the switch make sure you stand up. Pull the kite down on the other side and carve around the heel side edge.

To perform the move on a directional or mutant board can be a bit more difficult as you need to jibe or switch your feet. You need to take the back foot out of the strap and position it beside the front strap. Then pull the front foot out of the front strap and position it near the back strap. Insert your back foot (now front foot) inside the front strap and when you are ready insert the other foot in the back strap. The move is easier to make if you head downwind with the kite in a high position. The foot switch can be made before the turn.

Another way to turn on directional and mutant boards is to tuck. The board makes a 180 degrees rotation and the body a 360 degrees rotation while you switch feet.

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