Icantdecideonakite wrote: ↑
Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:50 pm
Im not really a big air guy. Im big in to my wakestyle.
But speaking to allot of big air guys they say the key is board control.
Right now your high wind max is not limited by the depower in your kite but your ability to hold the power and drive the kite towards the edge of the wind window with your board. Don't worry though i'm in the same boat.
From here you need to be rigging bigger kites in stronger wind and develop your high power board control. But please be safe.
Another technique i've used to coach people to jump higher is to rig a kite size so that you can only just hold your upwind ground(underpowered). Then go out and practise sending the kite super hard and redirecting hard(downloop landing).
This method of practise is fantastic. You have to really dial in your technique to get height and you can also experiment with sending your kite back as aggressively as you want and you wont get spanked. It'll also improve your balance suspended under a kite as you'll have to counter against the erratic kite movements.
Ive used this method with people and as soon as i put them back on to a powered size kite they make massive improvements on where they were before.
Let us know how you get on and if you do jump 20m please film it. Good luck!
Thank for this, it's great stuff. A couple of comments from me.
Your proposed method I discovered by chance, though I did not have your experience to know it's full potential. So thank you for this one. I busted my 12m recently ... i know, much sadness.. anw, so last weekend I was out most of the time on my 9m, with semi powered to borderline under-powered conditions. Let me tell you, I was throwing the 9m around with EXTREME prejudice, looping for the Gods of loop etc. I can also confirm that it makes a MASSIVE difference persisting in these conditions with a smaller kite.
Regarding high power board control. I personally think this is the main distinguishing factor, that takes one from Oh Wow.. to OMFG! .. too many reasons and ways I have observed this. But my best example is that last month Adeuri Corniel was on our little island, Cyprus, for a kite festival. I gave him my 9M RRD Passion to play in 30+ kn conditions. After he was done blowing our minds with his skillz, he gave it back and I swear to the Gods (of Loop) it was fully powered. I am bigger, heavier, but cannot keep it down like that no freakin way 9 (Had it at about 60% and thought I was Mr. Extreme) .. Adeuri is a BEAST !! So I became more aware of high powered board control, but lacked the experience to appreciate how important this is. Thanks for helping me confirm !
The last bit about edging at the last moment, I sort of knew cause of observation and reading about KOTA riders comparisons etc. For me this came naturally for some reason. I understand others have a much harder time. Personal opinion, it's a sudden significant change in force, so best to have a well conditioned body. It comes more easily if your are decently conditioned.
Overall, with time I realize that kiting past a certain level is extremely technical. In many ways this is a good thing, cause it means there is method to the madness. Consistent application and well thought out actions will always deliver results. Also you can cut and compartmentalize your goals, so as to attain them procedural and not just pray and shoot, and hope for as less pain as possible ..
But fear. Fear I have nothing on. My way of dealing with the fear is to think through everything logically. But tbh... i cannot stop being afraid...