And so many more options, it's crazy. To do list has another 1500 trick combinations on it, and if I would go really exact after all, another 1500 easily.
Now add kiteloops, switch and blind to all, we have another 5000 (which I won't do, others can do).
It doesn't stop. There is only one discipline who can offer this: AIRSTYLE.
Right if you start doing all your tricks as regular, you can double your tricks
Maybe that lagoon works better as Goofy? Most of my offshore laggon/sandbar setup works well for goofy but occasionally it's better regular side, I try both ways but of course for some tricks it's easier one way.
50 crashes??? Oh my, I don’t think I’ll crash 50 times in my lifetime. Way over my head. But super interesting to everyone who is filming high tech tricks!!!
My respect! This is hard, dedicated work and it looks beautiful!
This is something I've thought alot about recently and a great point - the price we pay to learn a new trick - aka the "ticket to admission for trick mastery." I think crashing is a skill that is every bit as important as riding. Having an acute awareness of the kite's position in the window is key and without that intuition, it can be very dangerous. That said, its definitely something you should pursue if it inspires you. I am a TOTAL newbie Airstyler - nowhere near Toby - so I simply started out by working on the actual tricks in lighter wind (less than 16kts) and then in powered conditions (18 to 25kts) I will just get used to flying my big kite, boosting, and developing comfort with flying horizontally. It is true - you need at least 18kts to get the float to do most of Airstyle stuff but you can still get alot done and benefit from working on stuff in lighter wind. The most challenging part of Airstyle stuff for me is simply getting used to having a big kite up in 20 kts, especially at 155 lbs. But its coming along slowly but surely, injury free so far with the exception of some minor tendonitis that arises after riding several days in a row. Like all things, if it something that is inspiring you should definitely pursue it but take it one very small incremental step at a time. Then, you will stay safe and have a blast. Good luck
This is how one should approach it. Lighter winds, bigger kite. Then stay out of wind picks up...learn how to control the kite with more power to find your limits.
Don't launch a bigger kite in stronger winds if you are not really experienced and know your limits and know how to be safe at launch and landing.
With more and more airtime more tricks are possible. Crashing is as important as landing. You need to feel your kite and the tricks. Then you will understand quickly what's going wrong and correct it immediately.
And knowing how to crash is also key to less injuries. That's why I added the section "how to crash" to my Airstyle DVD. It's important. We want as little risk as possible to be able to keep pushing further and further.
I once watched Toby kiting for about one and half hours in San Andres in somewhat lighter winds. He did crash many times working on tricks but what was interesting to me that his kite never hit the water when he crashed. Kite was always overhead. Comes I guess with great kite control
Thanks, Lindsay! That’s really sweet and encouraging. Finally someone who hears what I’m saying! Yes, I need to be mentally prepared for a crash. I’m terrified of crashing, especially of dropping the kite while crashing. It happened once, I totally lost control & direction & never tried again. But I can hold down bigger kites in 18-25 Knots with my 55kg (that’s wet!) and I try not to drop my kite, ever, so if you have any tips on how to crash without dropping the kite I’m all ears! Thanks, guys, this is a very helpful discussion!
The slower the kite the more control you have. Plus if you have good bar feedback you feel where the kite is.
A small kite is hard to control, one little steering mistake and you get accelerated, which leads to bad crashes. That's what I am saying: the slower the kite the more you will progress, since you have trust in your kite that even if you crash it does not destroy you.
If I would fear to get injured badly I wouldn't do any tricks neither...that's why most people don't progress.
But what can happen with a 16 sqm kite in 15 knots? But what happens with a 7 in 30 knots? I would fear a crash every time I would approach a trick...then better do nothing.
In 6 years of filming I hurt my rib and foot for a week. Plus my thumb for 1 month. That's it. But pushing the limits to land 2000 tricks. Thx to my 18s.
This is something I've thought alot about recently and a great point - the price we pay to learn a new trick - aka the "ticket to admission for trick mastery." I think crashing is a skill that is every bit as important as riding. Having an acute awareness of the kite's position in the window is key and without that intuition, it can be very dangerous.
True that learning to fall and crash is important, now I am not afraid to try anything I didn't get hurt in a long time wiping out and I crash pretty hard pretty often with no issues. I think I get hurt more on 3 feet high unexpected failure than on huge messed up kiteloop.
Butt checking landing, recovering from uncontrolled rotation, keeping track of kite, late loop on side of window to slow down, learn to skip on top of water while avoiding board to catch an edge and tumble ...
Maybe those Judo's lesson as a kid help me out First thing you learn is how to fall.
Somehow after a while you just know how to minimize damage.