If you’re looking to get started with unhooked kiteboarding, the raley will be one of your first tricks. A raley is a full extension of your body where your feet are thrown behind your head in a ‘Superman’ position.
When doing unhooked tricks you’re going to want little movement of the kite. This will help you create slack and will give you control. The kite should be positioned at either 11 or 1 and kept in that position throughout the duration of your trick.
Controlling Your Power
The key point in executing a laid out raley and progressing further is understanding that the board controls your power. The more you point your board downwind or towards the kite, the less power you will feel. The harder you edge away from the kite the more tension you create. Get comfortable riding and understanding the timing while being unhooked.
When you initiate the raley, keep your core tight and when you release off the water, keep an even distribution of weight between your feet. Keeping your core tight and balancing your weight will help you to keep level in the air. You can begin with smaller uhooked load and pops and work your way up to a proper raley. The key point to remember with your body is keep your core tight and stay balanced.
To land a raley with control point the front of the board downwind towards your kite. Spot your landing and as you make contact with the water, bend your knees to absorb the impact.
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