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Powered Backroll

Powered Backroll Kitesurfing

The Powered Backroll is probably one of the first freestyle tricks that you will attempt, when you got the basic jumps figured out.
Now it is time to start spinning! This is the powered backroll or Freestyle backroll. There is also a freeride backroll. 

This is probably one of the first tricks that you will attempt when you got the basic jump figured out. Now it is time to start spinning!

Kitesurf skill level

Semi advanced Kitesurf trick

Type: Freestyle

Backroll to toeside

Previous Tricks for a Backroll

Before trying the Backroll you can start mastering the following tricks:

  • Pop
  • Jump
  • Turn

Variations backroll

After landing the Backroll you can start with the following variations:

  • Backroll Switch
  • Backroll nosegrab
  • Backroll Tailgrab

Next trick after backroll

After mastering the backroll you can try expending is by the following tricks:

Backroll to Toeside:

  • Unhooked Backroll
  • Backroll Kiteloop

How to do a powered Backroll

Lets take the trick step by step:

  1. Get a comfortable riding speed while edging firmly
  2. Keep your kite at 45 degrees and try to hold it there during the whole trick
  3. Release your edge and go a little bit down wind
  4. Start your backroll by steering your board hard upwind
  5. Bring the tension in your body and rotate your head over your front shoulder
  6. Pop off the water
  7. Keep your head turning over your front shoulder and the rest of the body needs to follow.
  8. Bend your knees in the air for a fast rotation.
  9. Keep looking as far as possible over your shoulder, till you spot your landing. 
  10. Spot your landing and slow down your rotation by opening your body en stretch your legs
  11. Absorb your landing by bending your knees
  12. Don’t edge directly but try to remain your speed
  13. Rotate the bar back in normal position (turn to the direction you ride)

This is the step by step backroll. We hope this is useful and get you guys spinning those backrolls. If you have some tips or tricks you want to share, contact us on: Info@kitestars.com

Tips and tricks for the Powered Backroll

  • Keep the Kite steady, so you get the power from the Pop not the kite.
  • Keep your hand in the middle of the bar, next to the powerline to prevent steering the kite.
  • Start in light wind with a big kite. Because bigger kites can’t over steer that easily.
  • Aim to pop on a small wave or ripple in the water.
  • Bend your knees in the air for spinning faster
  • Stretch your legs in the air to stop rotating.
  • Fully commit to the trick and turn your head far over your front shoulder.
  • Try the Powered Backroll on flat water, so you can control your speed and edge.
  • Pull the bar after the pop to get a little bit more pull upwards.