Picking up where we left off in our series of progression tutorials, you will now learn how to do a board grab.
This tutorial continues from the first and second in our series of kitesurfing tutorials, Riding Upwind and learning How to Jump. If you missed these lessons, and you are learning to kitesurf, you might want to read them as well.
Now that you’ve mastered your jumps, start to throw a bit more style into it by getting a grab in. The easiest grabs to start with are the Tail Grab or Indy Grab.
Keep your hands closer to the centre of the bar so that you don’t turn the kite once you take your one hand off. As soon as you are in the air and you have your kite in position above your head, take your back hand off the bar, bend your knees and grab the tail of your board. To start with just grab the part of the board that feels most comfortable to you.
Hold the grab for as long as you can and preferably through the highest point of your jump. Once you start coming down put both hands back on the bar, spot your landing and once you are close to the water, redirect your kite in the direction you want to ride away in.
With the Indy Grab, you grab the board on the toeside edge (the side of your board your toes point to) directly between your feet.
Indy Grab Instructional Video
Once you master the Tail Grab and Indy Grab, start thinking about grabbing the board in other areas of your board (see diagram below), or extending one of your legs once you’ve grabbed the board to tweak it out and add more style.
These grabs can be combined with any other aerial trick, taking your kitesurfing progression to new heights.
As always, we love hearing from you, so feel free to ask questions in the comments below and we will happily help you.
Calvin Da Silva (Kitesports)
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