Pendulum Effect

May 11, 2016

This is something that you will experience when you first start to go big. This feeling of swinging is actually initiated when you take off from the water, but the kite has so much power on it that you don’t feel it until the power of the kite weakens after your apex in the jump. This feeling usually causes you to fall on your back or butt. This can also be caused by not letting the kite fly in a fluid motion. Maybe you go for the jump and then you pull on the front hand then a little on the back hand then the front hand in an effort to save yourself. So this is how to get rid of that feeling of swinging and build a little style in the process.

The easiest way to do this is to take the back hand off. So set up for a big jump. Go into it with speed, both hands near the middle of the bar with in a thumbs distance or less of the center. We’ll be going to the right for this explanation. Kite is above 45 degrees and you send it back fast, feel the lift and pop the board. Look at the water and keep a look out for the landing. Once you pop off the water try to take that back hand off and bring your feet up under you like a bird perching. You want to try to tag the tail of your board with your left hand, while your right hand just pulls down on the bar. Now when you put those legs back out for the landing, you will actually be throwing your body weight into the landing and the swing effect will be under your control. Eventually you’ll be throwing all your spins with one hand and going for board grabs at the same time. Start off with just trying to do the grad or just touching the tail of the board quickly but watch out for the fins. Eventually you’ll get comfortable and you’ll be holding and tweaking the grabs.

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