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AIR CONTROL





AIR CONTROL

Going fast in choppy water inevitably results in a little air time, desired or not. Here's how to control it:
Pushing out a little with your back foot as you come up to the bit of chop/wave to control your speed. Ideally you don't want to be moving your kite about too much. Try leaving the kite where it is, going with the flow and landing with the same speed that you took off with. If careering off a little kicker petrifies you, then lift your kite a little higher in the window so you have less power in it. You will have more float by doing this, though.
Edge into wind slightly as you go up the chop/wave and use your legs like shock absorbers, tucking them up into your body as you leave the water. Keep your core stomach muscles tight and 'heavy', balancing everything around them so that you don't start rotating. Maintain your 'square' riding position - shoulders square to the board and the bar still in the sweet spot. Sheeting out will only make you drop and will look messy. Instead, focus on looking forward at your landing spot, anticipating any rough water.
Point your board towards the pull of the kite and get ready to straighten your legs out a bit as you land so that you can bend them again to take the shock.
Dig in your edge and ride away at full speed.

Read issue #37 HERE

Added: 2012-09-10

Category: Technique

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