Board grabs are a very popular move in kiteboarding. They look impressive and can be used to show off your skills to other riders.
In this guide, I will teach you how to do a board grab in kiteboarding. We will go over the basics of the move, as well as some tips on how to make it look even better.
So whether you are just starting out in kiteboarding or you are looking to add a board grab to your repertoire, this guide is for you!
What is board grabbing in kiteboarding and why do you need to know how to do it?
Board grabbing is a move in kiteboarding where you grab the board with your hands while riding. This can be done for both practical and aesthetic reasons.
For example, if you are riding in choppy water, board grabbing can help you keep your balance. Or, if you want to show off your kiteboarding skills, board grabbing can be used to impress other riders. either hand.
You can also use both hands to grab the board if you want. Just make sure that you have a firm grip on the board so you don’t lose control and fall off.
The different types of grabs and when to use them
There are two main types of board grabs that you can do in kiteboarding:
Frontside board grabs are done with your leading hand, while backside board grabs are done with your trailing hand. Which grab you use will depend on the direction you are riding and what looks best.
For example, if you are riding a switch (that is, with your opposite hand in front), a backside board grab will look best. Experiment with both grabs and see what looks best for you.
There are also several different ways to grab the board. You can grab the board with just your fingers, or you can use an overhand grip where you wrap your whole hand around the board. Again, it’s up to you what looks best and feels most comfortable.
One last thing to keep in mind is that board grabs can be done on either the heel side or the toe side of the board. Heelside board grabs are done with your backhand, while toe side board grabs are done with your front hand. Again, which one you use will depend on the direction you are riding and what looks best.
Now that we’ve gone over the basics of board grabbing, let’s take a look at how to actually do it.
How to Execute a Basic Grab?
There are two things you need to do in order to execute a board grab: jump and reach.
First, you need to get some air by jumping off the water. You can do this by using the kite’s power or by doing a small jump on your own. Once you’re in the air, reach down and grab the board with. As we mentioned before, you can use either hand to grab the board, and you can also experiment with different grips. Once you have a firm grip on the board, tuck your knees into your chest and bring the board up close to your body.
One thing to remember is that you need to be quick when grabbing the board. If you wait too long, you will start to lose height and won’t be able to complete the board grab. So as soon as you leave the water, reach down and grab the board.
That’s all there is to it! With a little practice, you’ll be board-grabbing like a pro in no time.
Advanced Grabs for More Experienced Riders
Once you’ve mastered the basic board grab, you can start to experiment with more advanced grabs. For example, you can try grabbing the board with both hands or behind your back. You can also try different grips, such as an underhand grip or a one-handed grip. Just remember to be quick and have a firm grip on the board so you don’t lose control and fall off.
Tips for Improving Your Grabbing Technique
There are a few things you can do to improve your board-grabbing technique. First, make sure you jump high enough so you have time to reach down and grab the board. If you don’t get enough air, you won’t be able to complete the board grab. Second, practice reaching down and grabbing the board quickly.
Board Grabbing Safety Tips
As with any kiteboarding trick, board grabbing can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. So before you try it, make sure you practice in a safe area away from other riders. Also, be sure to keep a firm grip on the board so you don’t lose control and fall off. If you start to feel uncomfortable or lose control, let go of the board and let yourself be pulled back to shore.
With these safety tips in mind, board grabbing can be a fun and exciting way to add some variety to your kiteboarding. So get out there and give it a try! You might surprise yourself with what you can do.