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THE STRAIGHT AIR Everything must have a beginning and the beginning of strapless freestyle tricks starts with the straight air, as this trick is the start to all other tricks. Having the ability and being able to recognize when the board is secure to your feet without straps is essential to progressing your strapless abilities. 1) Like any jump, whether it’s strapped or strapless, to leave the water you must load up the kite and board by setting a rail and edging against the kite. This creates added tension in the lines that you will use to lift you off the water. 2) As you load up your board, turn the nose of the board slightly into the wind, just enough so as you leave the water the bottom of the board is faced into the wind. You may point the toes of your feet to help you do this if you feel necessary. 3) Though out the air, make sure to keep the bottom of the board facing into the wind; if the upwind rail goes low enough for the wind to hit the top of the board, the board will fly off your feet. 4) Spot your landing and land like you would a normal strapped jump. TIPS 1) Take you back hand off the bar, it is easier to rotate your body to a position that allows you to get the bottom of the board up and facing the wind. 2) Use the chicken loop to speed up or slow down to stay connected with your board in the air. 3) If possible, time your take off with a ‘kicker’ such as a small wave or chop to help you initiate your jump. Learn more at www.reostevenscoaching.com
Correct kite positioning is the first thing you need to master when riding waves but when you're ready to progress further you need to start focusing on your body positioning. Two key areas to focus on: 1. Your back arm. Your back arm serves as a counterbalance and is crucial throughout your bottom and top turns. The proper technique can be compared to driving an outboard engine, elbow no lower than your shoulder and move it in the opposite direction that you want to turn. 2. Knees bent while keeping your weight centered on your board. There are a lot of unexpected bumps on waves and keeping your legs bent will keep you prepared to absorb them while allowing you to stay balanced and centered over your board. Want to learn more? Sign up for my week long coaching camp on the North Shore of Oahu. #kitesurfing #reostevenscoaching #kiteboarding #tips #gopro #linemount #goprooftheday #goprowars #schaper #surfboard #surfingwithkites
Happy to announce the launch of Reo Stevens Coaching! I am offering a variety of kitesurfing coaching camps and adventure clinics. Whether you want to buckle down and improve your waveriding and strapless skills or just looking to "get away" and enjoy one of the most beautiful kitesurfing destinations in the world. Check out all the options available at www.reostevenscoaching.com Don't forget to like Reo Stevens Coaching on Facebook for more specifics and up to date trips, tips and offers! #kitesurfing #adventure #clinic #coaching #fun #northshore #tuamotus #marshalislands #travel #trips #kiteboarding #holiday
Winter has arrive and hasn't disappointed if you don't mind the wind sports! Shot in the new @kiteworldmag riding my favorite board from @fcdsurfboards the #shrike. Photo: @john_bilderback #kitesurfing #kitesurfingsucks #fcd #surfboard #northshore #solosesh #someonewasblowingitwearingclownoutfitsinSA @keahideaboitiz @patagonia_surf @dakine @dakine_surf @dakinekite @patagonia
WOW. Couldn't be more proud to represent this company ・・・ LoveOurPlanet. This year Patagonia will donate 100% of its global Black Friday sales to grassroots organizations working in local communities to protect our air, water and soil for future generations. These are small groups, often underfunded and under the radar, who work on the frontlines. The support we can provide is more important now than ever. For decades, Patagonia has demonstrated that caring for our planet is not in conflict with running a successful business. We are always looking for ways to reduce our manufacturing footprint, including our company’s reliance on fossil fuels. We also fund grassroots environmental organizations by giving away one percent of our sales. To date that amount is $74 million. But during a difficult and divisive time, we felt it was important to go further and connect more of our customers, who love wild places, with those fighting tirelessly to protect them. This we know: if we don’t act boldly, severe changes in climate, water and air pollution, extinction of species, and erosion of topsoil are certain outcomes. The threats facing our planet affect people of every political stripe, in every part of the country, of every demographic. We all stand to benefit from a healthy environment – and our children and grandchildren do, too. By getting active in communities, we can affect local change to protect the food we and our children eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the treasured places we love the most. And we can impact global priorities, too, by raising our voices to defend policies and regulations that will reduce carbon emissions, build a modern energy economy based on investment in renewables, and, most crucially, ensure the United States remains fully committed to the vital goals set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement. At Patagonia, we will grow and deepen our resolve to protect what we love. We will fight harder and smarter, and use every means at our disposal to prevail for the sake of the country, the planet and the wild places and creatures that need our voice. We are here and we’ll keep fighting.