Orewa

Auckland, New Zealand

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improving jumping/landing skills

Orewa, Auckland
Kite Surfing: freeride
5 pm - 6 pm Monday. January 15. 2018
my rating 3 star rating
Wind Direction: NE Wind Strength: powered

  Orewa - North Dice 9 meters, Twin-tip Jaime 136cm.

  Orewa was full of kiters all day long, I get there around 5pm, wind was pretty good, I saw some people on 12 meters but some on nines and tens, I had my 12 meters outside but I changed to the 9 meters, was a good decision. The wind was not that strong but was good for what I was doing.

  The firsts minutes kiting was not that good, was choppy and my jumps was wrong, I was losing the pop because was hard to carving right on the choppy and my landing was always wrong. For a few sessions I can't landing right, always was a bad landing even when I was not falling was not a good landing. I decided to use this choppy condition to improve my landing skill, but to improve my land skill I need to jump.

  First step was try not to carve so hard, get some speed down wind and carve gently, after a few attempts I was getting some air but was not going high enough to have time to pay attention and try something, was kind a one second jump. The second step was use the waves as a ramp to get a little bit more air time, this start to work, after maybe 2 or 3 jumps I was getting the correct time and get some more air time. I was not jumping high and was not breaking record but was enough to try improve my landings.

  Now I had the jumping more or less right I can focus on my landing skills, I was trying to look at my hand to see what I was doing, if I was pulling and pushing the bar at the correct time and I tried many different combinations and nothing was working, I did a lot of jumps, each port tack I was jumping at least one time and some 3 to 4 times, on the starboard tack I was going upwind and I thinking what was wrong and what I can change, was upwind of everyone because I didn't want be on someone way or have someone on my way. I realize two thing, first I need to pull the bar all the time, if I push it when I was jumping I came down very fast and hit the water much harder, second the kite position make a big difference in the way I hit the water but doesn't matter what I was doing was not working.

  On one of the starboard tack I was trying to remember what I have watched on "how to jump" videos to see what I was doing wrong and I remembered that I need to land with the board flat, ok let's pay attention if I am doing this. Off course I was not! I was trying to slowdown the landing speed putting the board side ways, two thing wrong, the board was not pointing downwind and was not bottom flat. The point was I was trying to not fall slowing down the landing speed and was falling, this means was not working I need to embrace the landing speed.

  My landing start to get right, I believe I landing 8 of 10 jumps, some was kind of out of balance, some I was landing but the kite was to high, others I was going to downwind that I had no kite control, but I was improving.

  The other thing I learned was that a higher jump is easy to control the kite, you can fell the kite moving and you have time to move back and forward to control your landing speed.

  A few thing I learned today, first we need to embrace the jump, higher is better, landing speed is more about kite position than anything else, if is choppy is easier use a wave to get some high than carving and pop(this one I believe with more practice I will be able to do both), when landing with speed need to decrease the speed slow carving, any abrupt movement means fall.

  The next days the wind will be a bit stronger, let's see if I could really learned my lessons.

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