How to jump kitesurfing?
Your first kitesurfing jump will give you the real rush of kitesurfing! Jumping is an easy move but does require the right preparation. Before you start jumping you have to be able to ride upwind, relaunch your kite when you crash and bodydrag back to your board.
Your first kitesurfing jump I how to prepare
- Pick a suitable spot. Make sure you stay clear of other kitesurfers! Best is to practise downwind of other kitesurfers so you don’t risk the chance of crashing into them.
- Find a spot with flat water or little waves. Jumping is harder when the water in choppy.
- Make sure you have the right wind direction. The best direction for beginners is side shore. As you are practising jumping, NEVER jump when the wind is onshore!
- Make sure you practise in deep water! Never jump in anything less than waist deep water. You risk serious injuries is you land is shallow water!
- Tighten your foot straps. As a beginner you usually have you foot straps a bit looser. Make sure to tighten them a bit more so your board doesn’t come off when you leave the water of make your landing.
- Practise in lighter wind. The safest way to practise jumping is in lighter wind around 12-28 knots using a bigger kite.
Kitesurfing jump: 4 essential steps
Step 1: quickly steer the kite to 12 o’clock
Step 2: immediately edge upwind
Step 3: pull the bar all the way in
Step 4: redirect the kite to 2 or 10 for a soft and smooth landing
Kitesurf jump: take off
Step 1: make sure you have sufficient power
Step 2: Put you kite on 10 o’clock for jumping left and and 2 o’clock when jumping right
Step 3: Maintain you riding speed. Going to slow won’t give you the power needed to jump.Remember that more speed equals more height.
Step 4: Keep riding upwind. If you go downwind you will lose the necessary tension in your lines.
Step 5: Quickly steer your kite to 12 o’clock
Step 6: Edge upwind even harder and pull the bar all the way in.
Step 7: Takeoff! Pull in your legs for more stability in the air and enjoy the jump!
Kitesurf jump: in the air
- Make sure you keep the bar all the way pulled in
- Make sure to keep tension in your core and keep your legs pulled in
Kitesurf jump: landing
- Spot your landing
- As soon as you come down from your highest point, start redirecting the kite back down in the direction of riding
- Point the nose of your board in the down wind direction
- Bend you knees before you land to absorb the impact
- Riding away with a big smile
Common mistakes jumping kitesurfing
- Landing without speed and hence sinking = redirect the kite faster
- Riding too slow before jumping = maintain your speed
- Pulling the bar and letting go = keep the bar pulled in when in the air
- Using a board leash is dangerous and can cause injuries = make sure you can bodydrag upwind
- Not edging upwind = before steering the kite to 12, keep riding upwind and egde even harder when the kite hits 12
Want to learn how to jump?
There is plenty of theory and video tutorials online to prepare for your first jump. But maybe you feel more comfortable with an instructor by your side giving you all the tips and tricks you need. Our senior instructors can coach you real time using waterproof radio helmets. Before you know it you too will fly high!