The first exercise when learning how to unhook is to learn how to unhook, ride and hook back in. The key point for this exercise is knowing that your board controls your power. The harder you edge away from the kite, the more tension you create. You reduce that tension by riding towards the kite.
How To Start
Make sure you know how to set up and prepare for unhooking. You want to start this exercise with the kite somewhat high, 11:30 if left or 12:30 if right. Hold a comfortable edge with the kite parked.
Step 1: Ride Downwind
Ride downwind to unhook from the harness. Once you’re unhooked, practice riding. You can carve into the wind a little or ride downwind more. If you ride downwind too much you’ll lose speed and may sink. If you ride upwind too much you may become overpowered and skip out. Find your balance and be aware that your board controls power. Make sure you keep the kite parked in one spot throughout this exercise.
Step 2: Ride Downwind More
When you want to hook back in, ride downwind. Riding downwind will take power out of the kite and make it easier for you to hook back in. If you’re riding downwind and still cannot hook in. Steer the kite up slightly, let go of the bar and grab the chickenloop to hook back in. As a bonus tip to more advanced unhooked riding, steer the kite down right before you hook back in.