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Kiteboarding Camp- Powered Moves to Blind

Feeling comfortable in an uncomfortable situation

Author: Matt and Keegan Myers
Published: Aug/Sept 2005 issue of Kiteboarding Magazine, www.kiteboardingmag.com

Attempting to land blind for your first time will make you feel like a total kook.  The blind rotation is very unnatural, requires full commitment, and often leads to dropping your kite as often as a beginner.  Under-rotating, catching your heel edge, and smacking the back of your dome piece on the water are just part of paying the dues.  However, once you master landing blind you will be hooked forever.  Remember to stay focused on your hand placement and on correctly passing the bar. Attempt your blind landings in this particular order for quick progression.

Toeside 360
Step 1: Keep your kite at 45 degrees, place your lead hand on the center of the bar, unhook and hop to toeside.

Step 2: Once you hop to toeside, quickly edge against the kite to load your lines.

Step 3: Pop and throw your new lead shoulder back.

Step 4: Once you begin your rotation, release your trailing hand commit all the way to the blind landing.  Tuck your lead hand down and into the small of your back.

Step 5: Quickly pass the bar, hop back to your heel edge and ride away.

Raley to Blind
Step 1: Keep your kite at 45 degrees, place your lead hand on the center of the bar, load and pop.

Step 2: Throw your legs behind your head into a raley.

Step 3: Release your trailing hand from the bar and commit to the blind rotation.  This will take a few attempts until the rotation begins to feel natural.

Step 4: Prepare to land.  Do not lean too far back and catch your edge, keep your weight more forward.

Step 5: Land and quickly pass the bar, hop back to your heel edge and ride away.

Back to Blind
Step 1: Keep your kite at 45 degrees, place your lead hand on the center of the bar, load and pop.

Step 2: Exit the water as you would for a simple unhooked backroll.

Step 3: At the peak of your jump, stop your backroll rotation by letting go of the bar with your trailing hand and forcing your body to stall by pulling in with your lead hand.

Step 4: Prepare to land by making sure your rotate all the way back around.

Step 5: Land, pass the bar and ride away.

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