MOTORDRIVE

THE TOESIDE BACK ROLL IS A FUN AND PLAYFUL WAY TO PRACTICE BOTH YOUR TOESIDE RIDING AND TOESIDE POP. YOU’LL NEED TO BE ABLE TO POP FROM HEELSIDE TO TOESIDE AT PACE AND RIDE TOESIDE WITH CONFIDENCE AND SPEED.

MOVE: TOESIDE BACK ROLL / RIDER: STEVEN AKKERSDIJK / PHOTOS: BRAM BAST / SPOT: WITSAND, SOUTH AFRICA

Maintain a decent amount of speed on your heelside and pop to toeside with your kite at 45°. As you prepare to take-off make sure to continue riding on a crosswind course. Steer your kite up a little towards 11 or 11:30 (don’t let it get to 12). As you steer the kite up start putting all your weight on the toes and lean in to the wind to carve on your toeside edge. Concentrating on steering the board towards the wind with speed is the key for good pop. As you take-off pull in on the bar and look over your back shoulder to initiate a back roll rotation. Just as you come off the water it’s also important to grab the bar with your second hand so that you can start steering the kite down a little bit.

Keep looking over your back shoulder as you rotate. Depending on your kite position you might have to steer the kite down (back to 45°). If the kite stays too high you’ll over rotate. When you spot your landing it’s time to prepare for a heelside landing. You can do this by pulling in on your front hand (the hand that steers the kite down). The trick here is trying to pull on the bar without steering the kite. You can do this by pulling / pushing the bar sideways instead of pulling it towards you. You can either speed up or slow down your rotation as you come down by extending or pulling your legs in. Bend the legs on the impact and absorb the landing. Continue riding on your heelside edge.

EXTRA TIPS:

- If you keep over-rotating this probably means that your kite is too high. - If you find it hard to keep an edge on your toeside, practice carving hard with a lot of toeside rail pressure by doing lots of sharp gybe turns riding to the right. You’ll go from riding heelside to the right, turning the kite and carving all the way round on your toes to riding toeside towards the left. Try to hold your toeside rail throughout. Turn your head through the turn to where you want to go, bend your legs and really put pressure on your toes. - If you’re missing height in your jump, keep the kite a little higher so it gives you more lift, but then be prepared to send it back down again harder to 45 to give you forward momentum out of the trick. Steven is a regular Red Bull King of the Air and MegaLoop competitor and is sponsored by Core Kites, Carved boards and Mystic accessories.

MOTORDRIVE

THE TOESIDE BACK ROLL IS A FUN AND PLAYFUL WAY TO PRACTICE BOTH YOUR TOESIDE RIDING AND TOESIDE POP. YOU’LL NEED TO BE ABLE TO POP FROM HEELSIDE TO TOESIDE AT PACE AND RIDE TOESIDE WITH CONFIDENCE AND SPEED.

MOVE: TOESIDE BACK ROLL

RIDER: STEVEN AKKERSDIJK

PHOTOS: BRAM BAST

SPOT: WITSAND, SOUTH AFRICA

Maintain a decent amount of speed on your heelside and pop to toeside with your kite at 45°. As you prepare to take-off make sure to continue riding on a crosswind course. Steer your kite up a little towards 11 or 11:30 (don’t let it get to 12). As you steer the kite up start putting all your weight on the toes and lean in to the wind to carve on your toeside edge. Concentrating on steering the board towards the wind with speed is the key for good pop. As you take-off pull in on the bar and look over your back shoulder to initiate a back roll rotation. Just as you come off the water it’s also important to grab the bar with your second hand so that you can start steering the kite down a little bit.

Keep looking over your back shoulder as you rotate. Depending on your kite position you might have to steer the kite down (back to 45°). If the kite stays too high you’ll over rotate. When you spot your landing it’s time to prepare for a heelside landing. You can do this by pulling in on your front hand (the hand that steers the kite down). The trick here is trying to pull on the bar without steering the kite. You can do this by pulling / pushing the bar sideways instead of pulling it towards you. You can either speed up or slow down your rotation as you come down by extending or pulling your legs in. Bend the legs on the impact and absorb the landing. Continue riding on your heelside edge.

EXTRA TIPS:

- If you keep over-rotating this probably means that your kite is too high. - If you find it hard to keep an edge on your toeside, practice carving hard with a lot of toeside rail pressure by doing lots of sharp gybe turns riding to the right. You’ll go from riding heelside to the right, turning the kite and carving all the way round on your toes to riding toeside towards the left. Try to hold your toeside rail throughout. Turn your head through the turn to where you want to go, bend your legs and really put pressure on your toes. - If you’re missing height in your jump, keep the kite a little higher so it gives you more lift, but then be prepared to send it back down again harder to 45 to give you forward momentum out of the trick. Steven is a regular Red Bull King of the Air and MegaLoop competitor and is sponsored by Core Kites, Carved boards and Mystic accessories.

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