Kitesurfing is the exhilarating sport that blends wind and waves, offering a unique and unforgettable experience shared with mother nature. If you aspire to lifting your kitesurfing adventures to new heights, then mastering the art of jumping is top of the list. In this guide, we’ll take you through the steps to jump high and land with finesse.
1. Preparing for the jumps
Master the Basics First
Before you take flight, it’s crucial to have a rock-solid foundation in kitesurfing. Make sure you are proficient in the basics, including:
- Riding in both directions
- Maintaining precise control of your kite
- Executing fundamental manoeuvres like turns and stops.
Check Your Equipment
Safety first. Before embarking on your jumping journey, meticulously inspect your kitesurfing gear. Ensure everything is in top-notch condition:
- Check the lines, control bar, and harness.
- Make sure that all your safety systems are functioning correctly.
Prioritize safety and be aware of others around you, this is always the most important. Watch and always be aware of the movements of fellow kitesurfers, especially during jumps, we want to avoid accidents at all costs.
Choose the Right Location and Conditions
Jumping in unpredictable or overpowering winds is a recipe for disaster. Opt for moderate wind conditions with steady and consistent cross shore wind conditions that will allow you to gain enough speed. Make sure that the water depth is adequate, preventing you from landing in water less than thigh deep.
Visualize Your Jumps
Mentally prepare for your jumps. Visualize yourself flying high through the air and landing smoothly, focusing on control and confidence.
2. Improve your jumping technique
Approach your jumps with the right body posture. Keep these tips in mind:
- Maintain a slight knee bend.
- Centre your weight
- Extend your arms while keeping them relaxed.
- Adopt an athletic stance to absorb the impact upon landing.
Timing and Loading
Timing is everything and practice is key. As you ride towards a jump, edge hard and anticipate the moment of take-off. Load up the kite by gently pulling on the control bar to generate power and create tension in the lines.
Sending the Kite
To launch yourself into the air, pull in hard and fast on the bar as the kite reaches 12 o’clock or just past it. Release your edge and pop off the tail end of the board while keeping the kite bar sheeted in. This prevents the kite from going upwind and continues to lift you up.
Staying in Control
While soaring through the air, maintain control. Keep your eyes locked on the kite and ensure it remains at a consistent height. Avoid oversteering or understeering to maintain stability.
Spot the Landing
As you reach the peak of your jump, look for your landing spot in the water. This gives you time to prepare for the descent and adjust your body position accordingly.
Prepare for Landing
Utilize the kite as much as possible to ensure a soft, smooth landing. As you descend from the jump’s apex, sheet out slightly and steer the kite back gently behind you.
As you descend, be ready to absorb the landing impact. Bend your knees and maintain balanced body position. steer the kite forward and sheet in before landing. This technique allows for a soft and smooth, downwind landing, giving you much better control.
After a successful landing, regain control of your kite and your riding stance. Gradually resume your normal speed and direction.
Practice to Progress
Mastering the art of kitesurfing jumps requires a lot of time and dedication. Perfecting the timing of your kite steering, your pop off the waves, and sheeting in on the kite is all crucial. The faster the kite moves and the harder you edge, the higher you’ll soar up into the air. While you can jump on a variety of different kiting equipment, choosing the right gear is essential for those aiming to go big.
Explore our Kitesurfing pages to get the right gear, give us a call, drop us an email or stop by the shop and we’ll happily assist you. Also remember to give us a follow on Instagram and Facebook for regular updates.
Remember to go BIG and jump high you need good wind, so check out check out the wind and waves for the perfect conditions.
If you want to see the guy that have mastered ” Flying High” check out the Red Bull King Of The Air 2023 which will be taking place between the 25th November – 10th December
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is kitesurfing suitable for beginners?
Absolutely! Kitesurfing is accessible to beginners, but it’s essential to start with lessons and master the basics to ensure safety and enjoyment. Check out our lessons page to get you going.
2. How do I choose the right kite size for jumping?
The ideal kite size depends on your weight and wind conditions. Consult with the local kite shop, experienced kitesurfers or instructors for the right recommendations based on the location.
3. What’s the best way to practice kitesurfing jumps?
Practice, practice, practice is the key. Start with small jumps and gradually work your way up to going big, focusing on timing and control.
4. Are there any safety tips for kitesurfing jumps?
Safety is paramount. Always wear the appropriate safety gear, stay aware of your surroundings, and try to avoid crowded areas whilst practicing. Learn and practice self-rescue techniques. Helmets and Impact Vests are highly recommended.
5. Can anyone participate in the Red Bull King Of The Air competition?
Participation in the Red Bull King Of The Air competition is typically reserved for professional kitesurfers who have earned their place through qualifying events. It’s a high-level competition showcasing incredible kiteboarding skills.