Author: Matt and Keegan Myers, with PASA Examiner Chris Moore
Published: Kiteboarding Magazine, www.kiteboardingmag.com
The most important aspect of getting upwind is to have a physical point of reference. Have a goal of where you would like to go upwind, and edge as hard as possible to get there. Keep in mind that if you always look straight downwind at the kite, that’s where you will go, downwind. While edging, your leading leg should be straight and your back leg bent. Weight should be distributed over your back leg. You should never be going fast; edge harder if your speed increases and relieve your edge if you need more speed to keep planing. Going upwind is all about edging, finding the balance of speed and power, and looking in the direction that you want to go.