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How To Predict The Wind

For those with flexible schedules this has been a great season so far for Kiteboarding. So what is the outlook for the second half? Well, Kiteboarder’s and fellow sailors; it looks good. Great news for us but not so much for those looking for calm days on the boat (which can be equally as fun)
There is no possible way to truly predict what will happen wind wise over the next few months. However, based on the patterns thus far. We may have even more wind coming this winter.
As we have discussed in past articles, our wind is mainly driven by  cold fronts and low pressure systems. Currently, there are many active low pressure systems and fronts that have been approaching from both the west coast and the North East. As we get deeper into winter. The temperature gradients will only grow stronger, creating more powerful cold fronts. 
So how can you plan your days to maximize enjoyment? Often, you can look at the weather map and start to see the systems long before the wind forecast sites start to predict with any accuracy. I can often see wind potential 10 days out. That said; nor you or the experts wil be able to predict wind speeds that far out. However, you can give yourself an idea of what’s coming and judge the potential of good wind. 
It will take lots of practice and along with a mental or physical storm journal to really learn the patterns. That said, to get started, look at the “frontal boundary map” on your favorite forecasting site. Look for cold fronts mainly in the Great Lakes to New England region. Next look at the gradient between the temperature in front of the cold front, behind he cold front and the current temp here at home. The stronger the gradient (larger the difference in temperature) the stronger the wind is likely to be. 
There are so many more factors than this but you can really get an idea of what’s coming this way. With a combination of local forecast and your growing knowledge, you can often second guess the computer generated wind models and get an idea of what to expect long ahead of time.

Here comes the wind!

November marks the beginning of so many different exciting things for so many Floridians. Most people find pleasure in the ability to simply sit outside without breaking a sweat and being eaten alive by bugs. Fisherman look forward to the return of larger pelagic fish and for others the season brings return of business to their family owned shop. However, I don’t think anyone is more excited for October in Florida than my fellow Kiteboarder’s. For Kiteboarder’s, October marks the beginning of the first wind bearing cold fronts. The wind generated by these fronts can create world class Kiting conditions. To get the most out of these approaching weather systems, Kiters will need to make some preparations.

 

During the summer months, light southerly sea breezes dominate. The equipment used for these conditions is usually quite large and bulky as it usually requires the kiter to use a larger kite and larger board in order to generate enough power to ride. During the fall and winter months, higher wind equipment will be needed. This usually consists of smaller kites and smaller boards. A smaller kite generates less lift and a smaller board does not plane as easily. This allows the rider to maintain lift and speed more effectively. A common misconception is that higher winds are more dangerous and more difficult. Actually, higher winds up to about 20 knots make kiting easier and in some cases even safer than lighter winds, given the kiter has the proper equipment and training for the conditions.

 

For kiters reading this article, I strongly recommend pumping up all of your smaller kites and letting them sit for a few hours. It is very common for the glue on the valves and seems to fail in the summer heat. it is a horrible feeling when those world class conditions make their appearance and you are stuck on the beach watching your kite deflate in front of you.

 

It is important to check that all of your emergency releases are functioning correctly. Even stainless steel and nylon release systems can become seized. I recommend going through the system and performing any recommended manufacture maintenance. This usually includes changing elastic parts and checking for build up of salt or corrosion.

 

Next, check all of the bolts on your board, especially the screws holding your bindings or straps. often, due to the summer heat and passage of time, the materials on the board will compress and this will cause the hardware on your foot straps and fins to become loose. I recommend removing any fasteners, adding some blue lock tight, and then tightening to proper torque.

 

If you find that any of your equipment is in disrepair our simply outdated, this is the best time of year to find deals on equipment. Manufactures are starting to release all of their 2018 equipment and 2017 equipment will be on closeout sales. As always, never kite outside of your abilities, and always be sure to give wide birth to other beach goers and water sports enthusiast. I hope you have a great start to the season!

– Jeremy Lund

Owner of NWK

Serving, Stuart, West Palm Beach, Jensen Beach

How to perform single and multiple rotations

Multiple Rotations

Before attempting to perform Double Backroll’s, 720’s, 1080’s, ETC. It is important to be able to comfortably land jumps both regular and goofy foot. Once this is mastered the next step is to master 360’s or Backroll’s.
Now that you have mastered Single Rotations lets take it to the next level by turning that 360 into a 720 and eventually a 1080.

The 720:

– With the Kite high (45 deg Plus), pop off the water
– While popping off of the water, tuck your elbows and shoulders in close to your body
– As you leave the water, turn your head quickly over your forward or back shoulder (depending on the direction you would like to spin)
– Keeping your head turned, allow your body to follow (first your shoulder, then your hips/waist, followed by your legs). You should now be rotating with your body in a tight, corkscrew position.
– When you are about 3/4 of the way through your second rotation, open up your shoulders and elbows, This will slow your rotation.
– Just prior to landing, let go with your back hand and turn your head back to the center of your body allowing your shoulder, hips and legs to follow. This will stop your rotation.
– Lightly pull on the forward hand, point the board downwind and spot your landing. Pulling on the forward hand will dive the kite building “apparent wind” and allowing you to get some more lift out of the kite while slightly accelerating so that you stay on plane when you land.

The 1080+:

Can be accomplished in two ways

Hooked in – Following the same steps as the 720, aggressively load and pop to achieve higher altitudes allowing more time for additional rotations.

Unhooked – Believe it or not, it is actually easier to rotate when “unhooked”. This, however, requires that the rider be comfortable riding unhooked. It is easier to rotate because you are able to bring your arms closer by hanging on to the bar above your head. Think of a figure skater, when they are spinning, they bring their arms above their head. This more compact body position will allow you to spin faster and achieving more rotations in less time. Due to the fact that it is difficult to widen your elbows and shoulder when unhooked, you will need to let go with your back hand, pushing your arm away from your body to stop the rotation. This should be done just before landing. Note, this is a risky but rewarding maneuver. Always let go if you are going to have a bad landing. This will allow the leash to de-power the kite.

Notes:

– When initially learning to do multiple rotations keep the kite high. As you become more proficient, practice bringing the kite lower and lower to ad style and speed to the trick.
– If you over rotate, just go with it. Try to complete an additional rotation. This is what I call a happy accident and you may land your first 1080 this way. Fighting it will almost certainly lead to a wipeout!
– If you become disoriented, try not to steer the bar. This could cause the kite to dive or loop, causing an extremely dangerous landing/wipeout.
– When first learning, put your kite on its “slowest” settings. This will make it easier to control the kite when spinning.
– Choose your conditions, 12 or 14 meter conditions are ideal because large kites move slower and are more forgiving.

– Jeremy Lund
Team Rider for Cabrinha Kiteboarding, Kurtis USA, Hyperflex wetsuits, Quivers.com
Owner and Lead instructor of NewWaveKiteboarding.com

How to Perform Load and Pop Jumps

Load and Pop: Ad style to your riding

Load and pop jumps should first be practiced hooked in. Once this is mastered, try learning to Load and Pop while “unhooking”. This will ad style and open the doors for a whole new series of tricks. In this How To, we will discuss both methods.

Hooked In:

Creating Load:

1) Slightly edge upwind while building speed. As you do so, you will notice that you are able to sheet the bar further and further out while maintaining the same amount of power. This is due to your increase in “apparent wind”.
2) As you gain speed gradually, increase your angle of attack (edge harder into the wind) and park the kite at 45 deg (9:30 or 2:30 in the wind window). Again you will notice that you are able to sheet out further while maintaining power. Be careful not to over edge or you will actually lose power and feel the need to sheet in.
3) The goal here is to combine steps one and two until you are riding fully powered with the bar slightly sheeted out.

The simplest way to Pop off the water is as follows-
1)  With your kite between 40 and 45 degrees, load the Kite
2)  With a snappy motion, slightly look over your forward shoulder and edge hard against the kite. You should dig the edge of your board into the water as hard and as fast as possible. This creates additional load against the kite that will help drive you out of the water.
3) You should feel the board fight back and try to release its edge. This is the board wanting to “Pop” out of the water. The second this starts to happen, push off of the water with a quick snappy motion. As you push off of the water sheet in on the bar. This will offer additional pull and help “snap” you off the water and into the air. At first it may only be a few feet. But as you get your timing and technique down, you will be able to use Pop to get over obstacles such as waves and debree with out slowing down or moving or kite.

Unhooked:

1) While at a normal riding speed, flatten your board and slightly veer down wind. This will allow you to pick up additional speed as well as taking some of the load out of the lines making it easier to unhook.
2) Unhook the bar
3)  Load the kite by leaning back and edging hard against the kite. You should dig the edge of your board into the water as hard and as fast as possible. You should feel the board fight back and try to release its edge. Again, this is the board wanting to “Pop” out of the water. The second this starts to happen, push off of the water with a quick snappy motion.
Note- Because the kite is pulling from a higher leverage point then when hooked in. The force will try to put your body into a railey position. Be ready to pull your legs back underneath you to prepare for landing.

Common mistakes:
– While generating load and pop, be sure to edge in an extremely quick and snappy manner. If you edge to slow the kite will creep forward in the window causing you to loose speed.
– When initiating your jump, avoid jumping straight up or towards the kite. This will cause temporary slack in the lines and instantly take the “load” out of the kite. The goal is to push away from the kite.
– Make sure you are on an appropriate kite size. Being overpowered will make it difficult to hold a proper edge and generate load/pop.
– Keep your kite at 40-45 degrees, to high and you will not be able to hold a proper edge. To low and you will not leave the water.
– Keep your hands close to the center of the bar to keep the kite from moving while in the air
– When loading the kite while unhooked you will need to lean back harder then while hooked in.

As the old saying goes, take off is optional but landing is mandatory. Make sure to pick your days and to move at your own pace!

– Jeremy Lund
Team Rider for Cabrinha Kiteboarding, Kurtis USA, Hyperflex wetsuits, Quivers.com
Owner and Lead instructor of NewWaveKiteboarding.com