Kiteboarding Board Grabs
Kiteboarding board grabs are a fun way to add style or take your tricks to the next level. Similar to regular kiteboarding tricks, board grabs have a progression as well. There are basic kiteboarding board grabs that are easy to add to a trick or a boost. But then there are more advanced grabs that are technical and take a bit of skill. This article will cover the more basic and intermediate level kiteboarding board grabs.
List of Grabs
- Crail – Back hand reaches across body to grab the front of the board.
- Indy – Back hand grabs the toeside edge by the back foot.
- Melon – Front hand grabs the heelside edge of the board by the front foot.
- Mute – Front hand grabs the toeside edge of the board by the front foot.
- Nose – Front hand grabs the front of the board.
- Seatbelt – Front hand reaches back across body to grab the back of the board.
- Stalefish – Back hand grabs the heelside edge of the board behind the back foot.
- Tail – Back hand grabs the back of the board.
Even More Board Grabs
Kiteboarding board grabs originate from other sports like wakeboarding and snowboarding. There are many other variations of grabs that are more complex and technical. For a more comprehensive list of grabs check out this list of wakeboarding grabs.
Times to Add Board Grabs
There are certain times where adding kiteboarding board grabs are fun and add style. Simple tricks can be made more difficult by adding different types of grabs to them. For example, adding a seatbelt grab to a backroll makes this trick more difficult than a regular backroll. Different types of grabs add different levels of technicality towards a trick. An example of this is a tail grab on a backroll is easier than a seatbelt grab on a backroll. Start off with a grab that is easier or feels more natural then progress into one that is more difficult.
Now Add Style
Once a kiteboarding trick with a board grab feels natural, add style to it. This can be done by tweaking out the grab. One way to do this is by bending one leg and straightening the other leg. Another way to tweak out a grab is to reposition the board. For example, most tail grabs are done with the board below the rider’s body. Try doing a tail grab with the board above the body for a little more style and complexity. Adding a bit of style this way shows mastery of a trick or grab.
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