Today I thought I should learn some tricks to blind and some handlepasses, starting with Raley to blind, followed by S-Bend to blind, Flat 3, and Backroll + 360. I could now write a book about how to fail in making handlepasses and blind-riding. I think that everything just failed. But it was fun, and I will continue, maybe I one day might write a tutorial for how to do handlepasses as well.
5 things to learn before starting to try (fail) handlepasses and jumping to blind
- It looks easy on YouTube and when other people are doing it. It is not.
- Have the leash on the right side! Otherwise the leash will end up completely around you, when you let go of the bar and the kite chrashes in the middle of the powerzone, the leash will squeeze the guts out of you. And if you are heads down in the water, only fish will hear you scream, and they are not helping.
- Turn your freaking head. If you turn your head unnaturally much into the direction you are spinning, the body will end up following. If you do not turn your head, the body will not spin at all.
- The workouts that you skipped the last 5 months would have been needed. At least the for the arms. Start doing some chins. Now. (Here is some training especially made for kitesurfers. Check it)
- Every single kilo or pound that you have, that are not muscles or bones, are completely worthless in this kind of activity. Lesson learned.
Some memories from failing blindpops and handlepasses
This whole failing excercise took place at Bulabog Beach in Boracay, Philippines. Here are some pictures from today, enjoy.
// Best regards, Jonathan