How to do a Kiteboarding Handle Pass

July, 2014   //   by Chase Hasch   

Doing a “Handle Pass” is the first step to doing bigger freestyle tricks. Once you can do both back and front rolls unhooked it’s time to step it up!

Here are a few pointers and evolution steps that helped me along the way.

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Step #1) Going to Blind

– What is it:
Going to Blind is a backside 180° landed with the bar behind your back – this the first step to doing a handle pass.

– Prerequisite:
Before trying a backside 180° you are going to want to have a solid raley – if you don’t things will take a lot longer.

– How to do it:
Once you have reached the top of your raley you get a bit of “slack” – at this time it’s the easiest to pass the bar because there is a lot less bar pressure. As soon as you start to come down you are going to pull the bar towards your front hip. Once there you would let go with your back hand turn your head and spin into a 180°. If you don’t want to commit to it then don’t take your back hand off the bar.

– Troubleshooting and Tips:
The most common problem is not spinning enough then getting pulled over backwards(because you are facing to far upwind). By keeping your kite lower and landing straight downwind the landing will be much easier.

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Step #2) Landing a Blind Judge

– What is it:
A Blind Judge is a backside 180° passing the bar in the air landing toe side

– How to do it:
Passing the bar isn’t that hard the main thing is going bigger and practice. I had a solid raley to blind for quite awhile before I started passing the bar in the air. One day when a random guy on the beach asked me if I was turning my head. Since then every time I don’t rotate enough I focus on letting my head lead the way. To really land a Blind Judge get enough height, turn your head, pull your hip to the bar and commit.

– Troubleshooting and Tips:
Remember you’re trying to catch the bar so when you let go keep your arm in a good spot to catch the bar.

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Step #3) Going from a Blind Judge to a Blind Judge 3

– What is it:
A Blind Judge is a backside 360° the 3 really stands for 360 as 5 will stand for 540 and so on.

– How to do it:
The key to landing a Blind Judge 3 is over rotating, getting enough height, and making the rotation smooth. If you pass the bar like in a Blind Judge you will have anther whole 180° to finish the 360° Instead of pulling the bar to your hip, spin until its at your opposite hip then pass this way you can be almost facing the kite when you catch the bar then you only have about 100° to go.

– Troubleshooting and Tips:
Look into the rotation and where you want to go – your body will follow.

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The video below shows a basic kiteboarding handle pass and how much air is needed for a clean one. If you look closely, you’ll see how I don’t pass the bar until more of the rotation is complete.

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