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Full Story: GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle 2016 Men's Season

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How to kitesurf: Ollie - Strapless - North Kiteboarding Academy

The Ollie is your first step into the world of strapless jumps. There’s not a lot of movement with the kite except sending it ‘up’ before takeoff, and redirecting it back ‘down’ for the landing. The main focus is on the board and your feet. Start by carving a small turn upwind and kicking the heels of your back foot into the water. Now comes one of the key points: while kicking the tail of your board into the water, shift the weight from the heels, to the toes - this will lift the windward rail of the board which is essential for most jumps with your strapless board. When the windward rail is higher, the wind presses the board to your feet. The second thing that helps to not lose contact with the board is the fact that the nose of the board is facing into the wind and higher than the tail - to get into this position it's important to quickly bend your front knee during takeoff. After takeoff, use the toes of your back foot to pull the tail of your board up and into the wind. Directing the tail upwind will turn the nose downwind - this is exactly what you want: carve upwind for takeoff, turn during the jump, and land downwind. And finally for the landing, try to shift your body weight slightly onto your front foot. Let´s remember the key elements: During takeoff shift the weight from the heels to the toes of your back foot to get the windward rail higher After takeoff, use the toes of your back foot to direct the tail of your board up and against the wind. Turn downwind and shift your weight to the front foot for landing

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How to kitesurf: Backside Air - Strapless - North Kiteboarding Academy

If you know how to do an Ollie and a jump on a twintip board, this will help you a lot when learning your first backside air. The kite stearing is very similar to a jump on a twintip board. Before takeoff you steer the kite up to around 12 o´clock and for landing you send it back down again. For your first backside airs, try to steer the kite less aggressively than with twintip jump and no further back than 12 o´clock. This will make it easier to keep the board on your feet! Let´s have a look at the backside air in detail. Step back to the tail of the board and carve a small turn upwind. Popping the board out of the water is key for the backside air, so while pushing the tail of your board into the water, shift the weight from the heels to the toes - this will lift the windward rail of the board which is essential for most jumps with your strapless board. When the windward rail is higher, the wind presses the board to your feet. The second thing that helps you to not lose contact with your board is the fact that the nose of the board is facing into the wind and is higher than the tail - to get into this position it's important to quickly bend your front knee during takeoff After takeoff use the toes of your back foot to pull the tail of your board up and into the wind. Directing the tail upwind will bring the nose down and downwind - this is exactly what you want: carve upwind for takeoff , turn during the jump, and land downwind And finally for the landing, try to shift your body weight slightly onto your front foot. Let´s remember the key elements: step back to the tail and make a small carving turn upwind With the kite nearly at 12 o´clock, pop the board out and shift the weight from the heels to the toes of your back foot to get the windward rail higher also pull down on the bar on takeoff after take off bend your front knee and use the toes of your back foot to direct the tail of your board up and against the wind. before landing, let go the bar half way turn downwind and shift your weight to the front foot for landing

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How to kitesurf: Backroll - Strapless - North Kiteboarding Academy

The Backroll is a good place to start if you want to learn strapless rotations. The motion with the kite is similar to a transition, with medium speed from 1 to 11 or 11 to 1 o´clock. To regain speed it helps to add a kiteloop at the end. Let's have a look at the Back Roll in detail: Start with good speed and the hands placed close to the center of your bar. Send your kite up and make a tight carving turn upwind. With the kite nearly at 12 o´clock, pull down on the bar and kick down with the heel of your back foot to initiate the take off. At the same time bend your knees fast so the nose of the board can rise up. Once in the air, your back foot should be used to push the tail of the board in the desired direction. By bending the front knee, you direct the nose down and under your hips. The key to this move is to make sure that the bottom of your board always faces into the wind. This way the board is pushed to your feet which gives good control. Once in the air, bend the hips and try to keep your body in an upright position. If you need to balance yourself, let go of the bar with your front hand. As you approach the landing, start to pull in with your back hand. Sometimes it helps to add a kiteloop after landing to regain speed. Landing with the nose of the board first will ensure a smooth landing. If you’re having problems keeping the board on your feet, try grabbing the board with the front hand directly after take off. Stay upright with your body and try grabbing the front section close to the nose. Let´s remember the key elements: fly the kite up to initiate take off push down on the heel of your back foot and bend your front leg push down on the tail with your back foot and bend your front leg to direct the nose of the board up. try not to rotate too off axis as this will make it hard to get back over the board land on the nose first and and in a kiteloop to regain speed.

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How to kitesurf: Handstand 360 - Strapless - North Kiteboarding Academy

The Handstand 360 is a real crowd pleaser. The motion of the kite is similar to a transition, with it moving from 1 to 11 o’clock, or 11 to 1 o’clock at medium speed. To start, carve slightly upwind letting go of your front hand, and gently steer the kite up to generate moderate lift. With the kite almost at 12 o'clock, shift your weight from your heels to your toes in order to lift the windward rail. With your body weight hanging down through the lines, throw your feet into the wind and grab the windward rail of your board. Rather than jumping off the board in an uncontrolled way, wait until the kite naturally lift you up. Jumping of the board would pop the board out in an uncontrolled way - so rather wait until the kite lifts you up. While rotating, direct the board downwind and spot your landing. If you need to regain speed after the Handstand 360, try adding in a Kiteloop. To do this, just before landing, pull down your backhand to initiate the Kiteloop. With practice, try to invert the rotation for added style. If you decide to loop the kite for more speed, you can choose to finish the move as a transition or just ride out. Let´s remember the key elements: fly the kite up to generate moderate lift flatten the board Hang your weight in the lines and throw your feet into wind. grab the board with your front hand and direct it under your body Enjoy the Handstand 360 with North Kiteboarding Academy!

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GKA Men's Strapless Freestyle Competition - Mauritius

The GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle boys were back in action on Saturday, putting on a show for the crowds at Le Morne with a Big Air Strapless Freestyle comp. They know how to keep the tempo high.  Here's the action! Featured riders: Paulino Pereira, AIRton Cozzolino, Matchu Lopes, Jan Marcos Riveras, Ralph Boelen & Matt Elsasser

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When Airton Went Out...

When the favourite is dumped out of international competition early by a local rider, things change, throwing the event wide open. Here’s the reaction from Mauritius when Airton went out of the GKA Wave & Strapless Freestyle event at One Eye, allowing Matchu Lopes to jump ahead in the championship with one event to go.

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