Trick Tips: Hooked In Front Roll To Blind
The hooked in front roll to blind has been one of our favorites. It requires finesse of the kite and control of your body. The following will help make this trick easier.
- Front Roll
- Pop to Blind
Make sure you have complete control of your front rolls. You want to feel comfortable enough that you can do a tail grab. Doing a tail grab during a front roll to blind will help prevent you from over rotating.
Pop to Blind
Practice riding hooked in blind to the left and to the right. One side will feel more comfortable than the other, when learning front roll to blinds, practice on whichever side you feel more comfortable riding blind. Ideally you should be able to pop to blind, then ride blind for an extended period of time.
Hooked In Front Roll to Blind
There are two key parts to this trick, kite control and body position.
Body Position: Go for a normal front roll. As you come around to spot your landing, wait until you’re about one foot from the water to make the motion to blind. If you’re over rotating, go for a tail grab during the front roll to slow your rotation and keep you level. The motion to blind is a simple 180 degree rotation so you don’t need too much more speed to get around to blind.
Kite Control: Maintain the same kite control as a regular front roll. The key part to landing blind and getting the center line around your body when you land is to keep the kite high, 11 o’clock when going left and 1 o’clock when going right. If the kite is too low, it’ll be more difficult to swing the center line around your body. If the kite is too high, you’ll land but the kite won’t be in front of you so you’ll lose power and sink. Make sure the kite is in the right spot, once you land, flick the kite down (in the direction you want to go), push out on the bar and bring the bar around your head. At this point you should still have power in the kite to ride off!