How to do a Raley (Kitesurf)

Step 1: depower the kite

First things first, make sure you’ve depowered your kite by shortening your centre lines a few inches before unhooking. Failing to do this will lead to your kite falling, trailing-edge first towards the water when you have the bar fully pulled in.

Step 2: check your leash

The second thing to make sure is that your leash isn’t only attached to your safety line – if this were the case and you let go of your kite it would go into emergency pack down mode and become very difficult to relaunch. The best thing to do is ride what is known as ‘suicide’, this is when you attach your leash directly to the chicken loop.

So, once you’re up and riding, slip the ‘donkey dick’ out of its cozy spot in your harness so that it’s easy to unhook the chicken loop when the time comes. Then spot a nice stretch of flat water and get ready to go for it.

How to do the Raley kitesurfing trick tutorial flickr image by boost-kiteboarding

Step 3: come off your edge

There will be too much pressure from the kite for you to unhook when you are going up wind. The best thing to do is to come off your edge and let yourself ride downwind so that your lines become slack for a few seconds.

Step 4: unhook

At this point it’s time to unhook. Once you do this you’ll feel a sudden rush of power. This is what’s supposed to happen so don’t worry. It is, though, important to avoid sending your kite up past 12 o’clock like a normal jump – keep it steadily at either half past one or half past ten, depending on which side you’re jumping on.

How to do the Raley kitesurfing trick tutorial 2 flickr image by boost-kiteboarding

Step 5: let the pressure build

So, once you feel this pressure the time is right to begin edging away hard from the kite, making sure to put pressure on your heels – especially your back heel. Keep your back straight, lean hard away from the kite and you should feel a large amount of pressure building up.

Step 6: the fun part

Now comes the fun part of the trick. Release your edge, throw your legs out behind you and let the pull of the kite stretch you out in a superman-esque movement. All the while make sure most of your bar pressure is on your front hand  –  to stop your kite looping back towards twelve and beyond.

Step 7: landing

When you start to descend back to the reality of the water below, drag your legs back under your body, point your board down wind and prepare yourself for what will hopefully be a smooth landing. Having nailed the Raley ride away like a thug.

Step by Step guide

  1. Ride half wind, with a fair amount of speed and unhook. Your kite flies at 45 degrees. Keep your arms centered on the bar and keep them low and close to your body.
  2. Edge hard upwind and throw your legs over your head up in the air. In fact you release the edge just for a very short while and directly after that edge hard.
  3. Pull your arms back to your waist and close to your body. Bend your knees to absorb the landing. Land downwind.
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How to do a Raley (Kitesurf)

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