great advise! thank youGetHighOrDieTrying wrote: ↑Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:50 pmmy guess is it's not the kite but your edging technique and timing. every kite is different and it's normal that you need a couple of sessions to get used to the model and find the specific sweet spot.
for a good jump you need a clean as possible pop. that gives you height and control in the air. it's also what i see most beginners/intermediates struggle with.
you say you drifted a lot downwind and felt out of control. i think you struggled to hold the edge and hence couldn't pop correctly. in that case you jump rather forward/downwind and not high. you also risk swinging under the kite which makes you feel out of control. try to improve your edge and pop together with overall timing. just before the jump you have to edge hard upwind, really lean into the edge of your board, pop off the water, stomp down with your back foot, lift your front foot high and jump into the wind (not downwind).
the 2nd ingredient is the timing of pop and kite, which is highly dependent on kite size, line length, water conditions etc. time the pop when the kite is above you at 12 or ideally still slightly in front of you. sheet in when you pop off the water. once in the air try to keep the kite slightly in front of you.if timing is off the kite is either too far in front of you and pulls you forward/downwind or the kite is behind you when you pop and holds you back. your really wanna hit that sweet spot. go easy in the beginning and focus on your technique over your actual height. ask a buddy to film a couple of your jumps and analyze them after your session.
enjoy the ride!
If kite is above you when you leave the water it is not possible to hold the edge. Quite opposite you must edge hard against kite when it is quite deep in the window, then you can push against it because there is that horizontal component still available. After take off kite has to have room to climb higher in the WW to the zenit, that is what gives you the height.SENDIT! wrote: ↑Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:21 pmGetHighOrDieTrying gave some great pointers there. One thing I’ll add that is simple to remember and should help. The higher the kite is in the window when you leave the water, the more vertically you’ll go and less distance you’ll travel horizontally. The lower the kite is in the window when you leave the water, the more horizontally you’ll go and get less height. And the more horizontally you go, the FASTER you will travel, which usually results in a wipeout on landing. . Good luck on your journey for higher jumps and keep us posted. As long as I’ve been at this, it has never grown old!
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