How to jump with a kite?
You that start kitesurfing will sooner or later discover the beauty of jumping with the kite. You may have seen videos where various maniacs make kitesurfing look more like parachuting than surfing. Learning to jump requires a bit of practise but above all technique and to play it cool!
Perhaps have you already been kitesurfing for a while and have started to try jumping. You have noticed that by quickly steering the kite up to 12 o’clock a vertical force is generated that lift you up from the water, so far so good! Then what happens? Well, you drop down like a stone and make a splash in the water, even though you were only a few feet above the surface. Thousands of times I’ve seen people splash into the water simply because the do not know how to jump and even less how land softly onto the water. Are you one of these? Then continue read for here follows a thorough guide in how to jump with a kite!
Why can we jump?
Jumping requires a lot of energy. We have a good amount of kinetic energy as we are kitesurfing on the water as a direct result of the kite’s propulsive movement through the air. We can transform the kinetic enegy into potential energy by taking control of aerodynamical forces. The difference between kinetic energy and the potential energy is that kinetic energy is an exponential function of the wind speed while potential energy is a linear function of the height. Hence, we can theoretically perform a jump of a certain height by using these two fysical functions. This theoretical height can be achieved by using the right technique with a kite.
So how do you do it?
We have found that some amount of kinetic energy is needed to jump. Assuming that there is enough wind to make a decent jump, then the jump can be divided into three steps; the take off, the jump and the landing. In this guide we’re jumping with regular stance (most people prefer to jump with their left foot forward).
Start – This is about maximizing the induced wind, that is to increase the kinetic energy. This can be done by using some techniques.