Wave height is only one ingredient in a great wave session. Another is wind direction and it can turn an OK session into an epic everlasting memory. Everyone has their own preferred wind direction and mine is an 18 to 25 knot side shore wind.

I often dream about those sunny days pumping up my 7m Section and ...

heading out with my buddies on a Ripper 2 looking for those perfectly shaped, long, peeling waves. There is nothing better than parking my kite to focus on riding the waves like a regular surfer. On those perfect days, my sunscreen will be caked on an inch thick and I will ride for five or more hours before calling it a day. Unlike surfing, though, kiting saves me paddle time, let’ me ride more of the wave and gets me on ten times the number of waves. And my trusty Section gets me out of those sticky spots like a poorly timed top turn off the lip.

Rob Kidnie

The connection between you and your kiteboard generally falls into three broad categories: bindings, straps or strapless. So what makes kiters choose boots over straps? Or strapless over straps?

Not so long ago, fixed bindings were quite exotic. Today, they are a common sight. It makes you wonder whether fixed bindings have suddenly become fashionable. Are they more functional than straps? Or, is strapless the holy grail of kiteboarding?

I’m asked these questions often. And the answer is simple. They all work for different reasons. The question you should be asking is which method is best for your riding style? Now that we have a better question, let’s discuss some considerations.

The fixed binding trend can be seen at...

the Virgin Kitesurf World Championships and just about any other freestyle competition. And there is a reason for this. Boots work best for extreme unhooked freestyle. Just like wakeboarding, you can edge much harder in boots. This provides huge pop with a low kite. The additional leverage boots create also explains why bigger boards and smaller fi ns are used. I am a good example. I ride a 140cm Bolt with fixed boots. Yet, I ride a much smaller 134cm Choice with straps.

pro rider marilou lavallée on big airs

August 12, 2016  -  Author: teamCORE  -  Categories: SESSION & TRICKS

No other watersport lets you fly like a bird. With today’s modern kites, you might ask yourself whether a pilot’s license is in order. Well, maybe not but a flying lesson may help you reach new heights with your CORE kite.

How high you jump depends on technique, timing and practice. Whereas experienced kiters easily jump 20+ feet in height, professionals may jump double that or more. How do the Pros get that high? With kite and board speed. So practice safely and have fun trying!

Let’s for a moment discuss kite choice.

Some say go one or two sizes bigger. I disagree. An oversized kite might feel powerful, but it also loses some controllability. So it’s better to use good technique and a controllable kite like the XR4 or Free for big hangtime. To select the right kite, you need to find a size where the kite “powers up” when you pull the control bar approximately a third of the way. To check this, fly your kite in a safe location at twelve o’clock and pull in the bar. The sweet spot is where you feel progressively more bar pressure and you start standing on your toes. If this spot is in the upper third of the bar range; then it’s perfect for your big air session. If not, you can adjust your bar by shortening the back lines or extending the front lines. If that doesn‘t work, go one size larger.

CORE Pro Rider Marilou with Free