Upwind Body Drag
Every kitesurfer should be able to body drag upwind, it will allow you to get past any waves at a dumpy beach, and also allow you to get back to your board if you lose it. As a beginner upwind body dragging will give you an idea of apparent wind and how you can use your body in the water to help move you in the direction you want to go.
Even some advanced riders will not have these key skills but knowing you can retrieve your board will give you the extra confidence to try new tricks so its worth the time practicing.
* Keeping the kite between 10-11 or 1-2 on either side of the wind window, let go of your front hand and point it upwind perpendicular to the kite.
* Keep your back hand towards the centre of the bar, to stop unwanted movement
* Push your hips towards the chicken loop to increase resistance against the kite and drive you further upwind
* If you are on a wavey beach keep you kite slightly higher to avoid it dropping in the waves due to a lull in the wind or being pushed towards the kite
* Remember to keep your mouth closed to avoid swallowing water
Change of direction
To allow you to move on each side of the wind window you will have to learn how to change direction, if this is not done in a slow manner you can get pulled downwind. As a learner doing this in your lesson will aid with kite control but also give you the basic kite skills you will need when starting your first sliding turns.
* Slowly bring the kite to 12
* When the kite is moving to 12 bring your front hand back on to the bar.
* Bring your legs underneath you
* Slowly change the direction of the kite releasing your front hand to allow you to body drag back upwind again.
* The key to doing this successfully is a slow movement of the kite so you do not get pulled downwind to far
* Make sure you keep that mouth closed