While strapless airs are becoming commonplace in defining progressive kitesurfing, we still appreciate the flow and finesse of a good old-fashioned frontside snap. Airush team rider, Reider Decker, who’s front and center in the strapless freestyle scene, also knows a thing or two about a good frontside hit; he’s got the combination of classic wave riding and strapless freestyle down packed. Below, he breaks it down and shows you how to get the most out of your hack.

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1. LINE IT UP: Get your kite placement correct and eye the section down the line for the hit.

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2. LEAN INTO IT: Lean in and shoot up the face of the wave. If it’s a small meaty wave like this one, you don’t want to lean in to hard or you’ll fall out the back of it.

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3. CONNECT WITH IT: Connect with the lip off the top and let your body start to rotate for the hit.

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4. THROW IT OUT: Keep your body rotating and let your fins slide out with the wave.

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Learn more about what to do in the waves by downloading our Surf Instructional Guide here.