First Jumps Print

Jumping With the Kite

Prerequisites:
Basic kite flying skills.  The ability to ride upwind, unless you are riding a planned downwinder.

Jumping can be tried very early on while riding.  However, keep in mind, jumping is a downwind maneuver.  Whether you land the jump or not, you will always end up going downwind with every jump, completed or not.  Plan on going downwind and your jumping, practice session will be more likely to end with a smile.

Step One:
Start with the kite at either 11 or 1 o'clock.

Step Two:
Aggressively steer the kite up to 12 o'clock by pulling the bar with your backhand and pushing the bar away from you with your front hand.

Step Three:
Let the kite lift you off the water.

If it doesn't, that's ok, notice the timing of the kite pulling up, even if it wasn't enough to lift you off the water.

Step Four:
Once you reach your highest point, pull on the control bar with your front hand and push with your back hand to bring the kite back to the 11 or 1 o'clock position where the kite started from.  Time it, so that the board hits the water right before, or at the same time as the kite gets back to 11 or 1 o'clock point.

 

Watch Out:
Practice the timing and develop a good feeling before moving to bigger jumps.  If your first jumps are like the ones described above, you shouldn't be able to get into much trouble.  However if you start swinging the kite to the opposite side of the wind window without mastering the timing, you could end up jumping higher than you expected and then drop like a rock.  If you are not getting lifted out of the water on step three, I would continue to practice jump timing, or practice doing other skills like "load and pop" before attempting greater kite jumping related maneuvers.