The Art of the Kiteloop
I think the first thing that is worth mentioning is that there are many different types of kite loops. What do I mean by that? Well, I mean the size of the loop itself can vary greatly. Alter the position of the kite Loop in the air relative to the rider can be very different.
If you loop at kite closer to 12 o’clock then you will have substantially less pool driving you to the water. Over the years I have done many types. These days I really don’t do any. This is because I have just hit the water so hard and I recognize the fact that at my age, I might not be a recover quickly from any type of injury that I sustained from doing them. The risk outweighs a reward in my case. But, if you were young and strong, and you’re probably thinking about adding this to your repertoire.
I won’t judge.
The beauty of a perfect kite Loop is actually twofold. The first part is that it looks amazing from the shore. Seeing the writer in the air while a kite is looping is an impressive sight. But for the rider it’s even more impressive because it is the closest thing to being strapped to a extreme ride like a roller coaster that you can get without the admission to a themepark.
So what are the steps?
Remember if you do it wrong you can hit the water really hard.
Step one: without too much speed start bringing your kite up to 12 o’clock.
Step two: fishing pole one side of the bar. That means that you pool on one side of the bar and you hold it like a baseball bat or a fishing pole. This will cause your kite to loop. The closer your kite is to 12 o’clock the less power it will have to yank you off the water. While you’re learning this is the best way.
Step three: make sure that you commit to the kite Loop and you don’t let go of the fishing pole grip until the kite has looped all the way around.
Step four: land safely and right away.
Remember that the smaller the kite the faster it will turn. You’ll notice that most of the pros when they do the mega loops are on very small kites. I always think of it like you need a mosquito to be able to spin it around the past. What are the things that people don’t know how to do well is if you attempt to do a mega luke, you will need to make sure that you know how to download the kite on the way down to the water. This is similar to a drag racer using a parachute to slow down after acceleration.
One way to practice down loops is to get a very high jump and for this example we are going right foot forward. You would bring the kite to 10 o’clock and your jump and on your way down you would fishing pole your forward hand and the kite would come across the top of the window and lube downwards. If you time this just right, it will actually snap you back up off the water and break your fall. This is the same motion that pro-kite boarders use when they do mega loops.
Notice if you watch a YouTube video of a mega loop, you’ll notice that there are typically more than one loop. Usually there is a mega loop which catapults the rider forward and as the kite border swings underneath the kite, he has to then loop at the opposite direction to slow himself down.
Take a look at the video below. You get a really nice view at eight minutes and six seconds.
Just to close out. Make sure when you are out there you are always thinking safety first. Check out this video of a kiteboarder that got struck by lightning.