Upwind body dragging
Upwind body dragging is a essential skill you should master before getting up on the board riding. This skill will help you get back to your board once you fall of the board, this happens to everyone at various points. You crash into a wave, jump too high and kick of the board, do a backroll and your foot comes out of the footstrap.. You will definately notice that you are going to loose the board many times during your progression as a kiteboarder.
Upwind body dragging can also come in handy if there is a strong shore break and you want to use the kite to drag yourself and the board out through the waves before you try a waterstart.
Watch the video below to see upwind bodydragging in action. For more detailed instructions, continue reading below the video.
Upwind body dragging back to your board broken down into a few simple steps:
- Locate your board.
- If your board is to the left from you, guide your kite to around 10:30. Keep your kite there with your right hand and use your left hand as a keel to slice trough the water. Try to angle your left hand in a 45° angle upwind from your kite lines so you slice through the water slightly upwind. Align your whole body in a line with your left hand to improve your upwind performance.
- If your board is to the right from you, guide your kite to around 14:30. Keep your kite there with your left hand and use your right hand as a keel to slice trough the water. Try to angle your right hand in a 45° angle upwind from your kite lines so you slice through the water slightly upwind. Align your whole body in a line with your right hand to improve your upwind performance.
- If you do not make it to your board with your first attempt, go a steady bit past your board and change direction by slowly guiding the kite up to twelve and over to the opposite side and then change steering and “keeling” hands and repeat the process until you make it.
- If you have strong waves, never body drag in front of your board, it could get caught in the power of a wave and hit you in the head. In this case make the direction change before you get in front of your board.