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Intermediate instruction by Real Kiteboarding
Welcome to the second installment in the 5 DVD instructional series from Real Kiteboarding - the largest lesson center in the world. The first DVD, Zero to Hero took you from rank beginner to the self-sufficient riding level. Now you're on the water and are ready to step up and do some more serious riding. What may be the most unique aspect of Evolution is not the specific moves and techniques within kiteboarding it teaches you, but that it lays out the most effective way you should go about learning these things. Other DVDs probably wont teach you the specifics of circuit training, or doing downwinders, or how to practice your boardriding, but if you really want to learn quickly and correctly, pay attention to these early sections. Plan out your sessions and stick to your plan - that's the way to get to the next level safe and fast.
Evolution goes into detail about riding both ways - regular and switch, the stop, slide, heelside, and toeside transitions, sheeting and safety systems, riding stance, and finally, the holy grail of kiteboarding - riding upwind. And just like Zero to Hero, the bonus sections are extensive. There is an Evolution level Coaches Tips sections where all the Real coaches share their kiteboarding learning and teaching experiences, giving you several different perspectives. There's massive tech sections on both kites and boards, which will be very helpful as you get to the point in your riding where you can understand the differences in equipment. The kite tech section is especially helpful as it lays out the differences and similarities between 4-line, 5-line, and bow or SLE kites. It teaches you how each are rigged, tuned, and relaunched from the water. At the moment, Evolution is the only kiteboarding DVD that addresses and utilized the new bow kites.
Helpful graphics and every conceivable POV angle - trackingcam, helmetcam, overheadcam, barcam - is used to best demonstrate both proper, and improper techniques. Keep your learning curve vertical with Evolution.
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How to Snowkite
Volume One, Instructional Snowkiting DVD
by Morten Gjerstad
Who better to make a great new (and sorely needed) snowkiting instructional video than the maker of the amazing snowkite DVDs like Entropy and Something Stronger - Morten Gjerstad. He is not only an accomplished filmmaker (using all high-definition footage) but also has access to the top riders in the world who are on the cutting edge of what is happening in snowkiting.
This is 2 hours of the most thorough introduction to snowkiting you can imagine. There are chapters on terminology, equipment, location and conditions, kite flying basics, using foil kites, using tube kites (each kite chapter includes information on setup, safety systems, launching and landing, relaunching, and even packing), riding basics (like edging, turning, and going upwind), back country riding, expedition kiting, kite repair, and basic jumping. This is definitely the complete course to becoming a safe and confident snowkiter. When volume 2 is released it will take off from the basic jump and go into all the trick types of jumps and many other specialized advanced snowkiting skills.
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Intermediate to advanced instruction by Real Kiteboarding
Welcome to the thrid installment in the 5 DVD instructional series from Real Kiteboarding - the largest lesson center in the world. The first DVD, Zero to Hero took you from rank beginner to the self-sufficient riding level. Then, Evolution improved your on-the-water riding with valuable and hard to find instruction on learning techniques, kite control, stance, and transitions. Now comes the good stuff - jumping.
Everyone loves to jump. It certainly is the main draw that gets people into kiteboarding in the first place. But before Joyride jumps into jumping, you'll reinforce techniques like proper stance, which in turn lead to doing more powerful turns, downlooping the kite, riding faster with more power, riding in control, and riding in a crowd - all things you'll need to know first before hucking your first successful 20 foot air.
In the jumping section you'll learn the mechanics of jumping, progressive edge (kind of teching out with that one but it's key), load and pop jumps, boosting jumps, air transitions, and, of course, troubleshooting. Then it's on to the tricks - boosting grabs, load and pop grabs, hooked in front and back rolls and spins, and an intro to unhooked tricks.
Finally, there's tips for your continued education in kiteboarding. Finally, that is, except for the huge bonus section. There's the Joyride stage Coaches Tips section, the sure to be popular Sleazy-J Grab Tutorial, Gear Tuning, BVI Action, etc., etc., etc.. No effort was spared in bringing on the bonus sections.
You'll notice the filming location for this DVD was moved from Cape Hatteras to the incredible British Virgin Islands. While Hatteras may be the easiest place in the world to learn to kiteboard, guaranteed you'll be booking a flight for points south next winter after keeping your learning curve vertical with Joyride. Keep your learning curve vertical with Joyride, and then Surf, the 4th DVD in the series.
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And entry-level instructional kiteboarding DVD
Check out this brand new entry level kiteboarding video by Mike Foy, producer of the classic action kite DVDs Sick Days and Small Craft Warning.
Learn to Kiteboard with style as Leading Edge Productions & Elevation Kiteboarding
coach you through the key steps to riding upwind.
By focusing on fundamental skills like kite control & body position, My Session helps speed up the learning curve, & prevent bad habits - before they start.
The lesson plan includes discussion of some general characteristics of wind, like speed and direction. Then we compare different kites based on aspect ratio, de-power, relaunch, and safety. There is also a discussion on the general evolution of kite design over the history of the sport. After that we move on to kite control, first using a trainer kite to go over basic kite flying skills and kite positions, showing how each is linked to flying the larger, more powerful kites. This will give you the knowledge and flying skills required to get up and riding.
But before you can ride it you need to know how to rig it. Rigging may sound easy but pumping up and laying out your lines can get messy, fast. Then we coach you through both assisted and self-launching techniques. Then we wak you into the water for your first downwind bodydrag, followed by body dragging upwind. The next step is the waterstart. Once you are up and riding we go over basic stance, hand, and kite positions for all types of wind conditions. Then we show how to turn around on a twin-tip.
Somewhere along the way you are going to crash your kite, so we show you the basics of water relaunching. And finally, the lesson ends with assited landing and self-rescue.
Learn to be independent, & safe - while still having fun.
Starring IKO instructor Marie Leclerc and Mark 2 Dog.
Approx. 40 minutes
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By Fat Sand Productions
Fat Sand's third in their acclaimed instructional series - Progression Advanced. You'll get the same top-level instruction on advanced tricks such as kite loops, board-offs, riding blind, unhooked kiteloops, raleys, s-bends, plus surface, dangling, and powered handlepasses. A good way to avoid some bruises. Shot in Egypt with top British pros Lewis Crathern, Neil Hilder and Jo Wilson.
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