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UNSTRAPPED TOESIDE JIBE MADE EASY

Many kiteboarders have discovered how much fun riding a surfboard-style directional board can be, but many of those who haven’t are intimidated by having to learn how to jibe. Fear not! It’s really not as hard as you might think it is.

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ETIQUETTE: Why You Need to Be a Responsible Kiteboarder

It’s time to face a simple truth about kiteboarding: it’s growing, and local beaches everywhere are getting crowded. A few years ago, when it was rare to see more than 20 kiteboarders on the water together, there was almost always enough room for everyone to do their own thing and not bother anyone else

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SLIM CHANCE Instructional Sequence

Why is this move called the Slim Chance? Because that’s your chance of pulling it off – slim! The Slim Chance (also known as a Front Mobe) is an inverted front roll with a backside 360. Master this one and you will be the envy of all others.

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DIAL IN YOUR CONTROL BAR

Your control bar is your connection to your kite. It’s how you control its steering and power, and it’s what transfers the power of the kite to you. Your bar is a relatively small piece of equipment, but it can ruin your session if it does not work right.

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SIMPLE SPINS: Add Some Variety to Jumps

Rotations are easy and they will add a lot of variety to your jumps, as you can spin frontside or backside for either one or multiple rotations. The key to rotations is all in your head, and we don’t mean your brain.

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JONESING TO JUMP: Basic Kiteboarding Jumps

Let’s face it – a lot of people want to get into kiteboarding so they can jump. You should learn how to stay upwind and do transitions before you start trying to jump, but we know that the reality is that you want to learn how to jump as soon as you are able to go 10 feet on a kiteboard.

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LOOP THAT KITE: How to Kite Loop

The kite loop is one of the less technical tricks in kiteboarding. In fact, as a beginner, you might have looped your kite on accident, regretting the action as you were heading head first into the water! Looping your kite isn’t hard – they’re all about control and commitment, but you must also follow a few important key points to be successful.

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WHEN THINGS GO WRONG: How to Get out of the 13 Most Common Kitemares

Getting into trouble is a part of kiteboarding. Every kiteboarder has either had or will have an OH SH!T moment and how you handle the situation will determine whether you pick yourself back up and continue your session, or find yourself in the back of an ambulance. We have compiled a list of the most common kitemares and how you should react when caught in that situation.

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TOP 10 QUESTIONS About Kiting in the Surf

For kiteboarders who have already been surfing for years before they picked up a kite, the progression into the surf is a natural and relatively easy one. However, not every new kiteboarder is an experienced waterman. For some riders, kiteboarding is their first ocean sport. The surf can be an intimidating place for those who do not have any experience there, but the fun that can be had is well worth the effort.

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Load and Pop: Intro to Wakestyle Kiteboarding

Learning a few unhooked load and pop tricks adds a whole new realm of possibilities to your riding. Unhooking is not just for young riders and is actually a lot easier than you think.

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I’m Faster than You! KITEBOARING COURSE RACING BASICS

As simple as it might seem initially, course racing is actually very technical and involves much more than just being able to handle your kite and board.

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TKB Beginner to Advanced Kiteboarding Instructional Guide

Rather than bore you with the same regurgitated newbie beginner information, we enlisted the help of many of the top instructional coaches in the country to share their expertise with you and also added some new sections to ensure The Kiteboarder Instructional Guide is both up-to-date and useful to every level of kiteboarder.

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Parking Lot Kiteboarding Repair Kit

There may be nothing more frustrating than broken gear. If you have never had any gear problems, you have not been kiting for very long.

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Launch and Land By Yourself

While it’s always best to launch and land your kite with the help of a fellow kiteboarder, there are many times when you need help with nobody around to assist you.

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The Exception: Kitesurfing with a Leash

In Santa Cruz, California, some of the best reef breaks are not kite-friendly with variable wind shadows and waves smashing directly onto rock cliffs, often with no beach in sight. In these spots, separation from your board is not an option.

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