How To HELI LOOP / DOWNLOOP / LANDING LOOP FOR BIG JUMPS BIG AIR Kitesurfing | Get High with Mike


yo what’s up guys Mike here! today I’m gonna
teach you how to do a sick heli loop! this maneuver is why I got into coaching in
the first place. I was asking people how do you do a heli loop but I kept
getting vague and abstract answers so here I’m giving you my focal points for
making sure you can come down safely and land like it’s no problem. so this is my
hometown cape town this is where I learned to jump and just like everybody
else who’s learnt to jump we learn to go really high before we learns how to come
down safely so I’m dedicating this video to you guys
who are from Cape Town and I hope this video helps you guys take it to the next
level. N’yeeoww! if you’re landing most of your 6 to 8 meter jumps but you’re struggling
to land your 10 meter plus jumps you would benefit from learning to heli loop. Heli loops only become beneficial once you’re jumping eight meters plus because
this is the height where your kite typically starts going up window of you. if
you aren’t landing most of your medium jumps yet then I recommend you watch
this video from kitesurf College rather than introduce a potentially dangerous
loop into your landing. before you attempt heli loops you
should make sure you can do a really smooth transition down loop like the one
in this video. now let’s get started! the direction in which your loop pulls you
is determined by the axis about which it orbits.
when you’re doing a powered kite loop we want that access to be in front of us
like this. when you’re doing a heli loop want that access to be directly above
you. picture a line pointing straight up out of your head. you want the kite to orbit
about that axis. go cook yourself some eggs while you wait for me to land 😛
this
is what happens when you don’t swing under the kite completely and that axis
is in front of you rather than above you Now there are two ways to do a heli loop –
with the front hand or with the back hand. the backhand method is much harder
because you gain more speed in flight so we’ll start with the front hand method!
so how do we do the heli loop correctly the three key points are 1) getting the
kite to stay still in other words parking the kite, 2) swinging under the kite
and 3) steering it around. So you’re doing a big jump. after you reach the top
of your jump, steer the kite back in the direction from which you came. this will
ensure that the loop gives you more upward lift, whereas looping the kite
from directly above you is going to give you more sideways lift. on the way down from
your jump you want the kite to stay parked where it is. you swing under the
kite and it ends up upwind. this can happen naturally but you can aid the
process by slightly sheeting out the bar on the way down. when you sheet the
bar in you’re pulling the kite down into the window. when you sheet the bar
out you’re taking tension off the back lines allowing the kite to fly towards
the edge of the window keep the bar out slightly and wait until
you’ve swung under the kite. once you’ve swung under the kite, sheet the bar in
again then you steer it around slowly with the
front hand. fuck yeah! you want to steer it slowly in order to get a sustained,
predictable lift. if you loop it too fast you will make a tight loop without much
pull and get dropped quickly. also yank will kick in all of a sudden and you
won’t be able to orientate your body to the pull. land riding downwind being
careful to lean back slightly and only to get back on edge once your speed is
under control. aim to pull your loops 2 to 3 metres above the water. too soon and
you’ll still have some distance to fall after the loop. too late and you’ve
already crashed. it’s best to practice heli loops on a bigger kite and on a
lighter day. something like a 10 or 12 meter the goal is to jump high and get
familiar with getting the kite upwind start by landing without a heli loop. have someone watch you to see if the kite is going upwind. to sum it up
park the kite over your back shoulder, wait until you swung under the kite, loop
it around slowly and ride out downwind some common mistakes you’d do well to avoid are ‘fish poling’ or looping it too fast not riding downwind when you land and
pulling too early before you’ve swung under the kite. the first step of a back
hand heli loop is to just fucking send it! We’re going to apply the same approach as
you did with the front hand heli loop with one key addition. you start out by
sending the kite forward. before we continue please take a second to
subscribe and let me know what you want to learn next in the comments. you then
proceed to park swing under and steer it around, only this time with the back hand. as you’re reaching the top of your jump
steer the kite forward – you might get an additional lift – but you’ll certainly get
pulled forward as the kite goes down in front of you, into the window. be sure to
leave the kite over on the side of your front hand. release the bar slightly so
the kite remains still and you swing under it. sheet in again and steer it
around with the back hand. be sure to apply all the same principles you
learned with the front hand method being sure to steer it slowly and land riding
downwind. again it’s best to start small on a lighter day with a jump like this if you’re doing a board off, you obviously
need to do a loop with your hand that’s still on the bar. so if I’m doing a
board off with the right hand I need to leave the kite over my right shoulder
so I can loop it around above me with the left hand. if you’d like to cover
more distance such as to clear an obstacle or just because it’s fucking
sick then you want to send the kite forward and do a heli loop with the
back hand. if you watch the pros doing kite loops you’ll notice that after the kite
loop they put the kite over to the side rather than putting it straight over
their heads. before you attempt to kite loops with rotations it’s really
important to know how to heli loop in both directions because sometimes you’ll
come out of a rotation and your kite’s on the other side to what you were
expecting. on supermassive jumps where you’re going 20 meters plus or in very
gusty conditions it can help to do multiple heli loops to get you down
slowly and safely. the trick with these is not to just keep holding bar in but
rather to park the kite again and repeat the swinging and steering for each
loop if by the end of this video is still
feeling like you don’t know how to do a heli loop, be sure to come to me for some
coaching I can help you get them waxed after I leave Cape Town this season I’m
gonna be heading to Tarifa Dhakla, Masirah Island and Brazil, to give you
guys worldwide kite clinics. so if you want to join one of my clinics head over
to my website gethighwithmike.com you can sign up over there. N’yeowww!
thanks to my brother Michal for the countless hours he spent helping me film
and animate this video. ladies, he’s a fucking legend and he’s single to mingle
so slide into his DMs N’yeowww! be sure to subscribe if you want to
catch future how-to videos and if you’ve got any questions leave them in the
comments below and rider of the episode goes to Ryan de Witte for his crazy
innovation with this sick blind to boogie loop to blind landing! thank you so much
for watching

69 thoughts on “How To HELI LOOP / DOWNLOOP / LANDING LOOP FOR BIG JUMPS BIG AIR Kitesurfing | Get High with Mike”

  1. Nice Mike! Heli loops are awesome. Getting 8-11 seconds airtime sometimes now on jumps, even jumps around 10-15 meters are now sick. Getting lifted up a bit by a heliloop is the best feeling, especially when you than land it with 1-3G. Nice and clear vid! I will try the tip on letting go of the bar a bit to swing faster underneath 🙂

  2. thx for the great video.. exactly where I am right now, I am looping the kite like crazy recently, just trial and error type. It’s much more technical as shown in the video.. all depends where u are in relation to the kite.. its not just only.. committing to it 🤙👍😎Thx again

  3. started heli loops by the end of last season and was searching a good tutorial like for this forever… finally found this one right in time before season starts again! thanks!!

  4. Very much instructive vid Mike! It reflects your passion for the sport and teaching. Suggestion; show tips on ways to proper move or orientate the body while up there. very little vid out there on this. cheers!

  5. Great video! Thanks!! Any plans to come to the east coast/Boston anytime soon? Personally I work on my board offs so keen to get some tips form a pro like you!

  6. Grate video, finally all kite piloting explained for heliloop. Would have needed to watch this one before my Cape Town visit😁

  7. Hey Mike, great video! Could you do a video about the thenique of doing a small bounce right before the pop? I’ve seen a lot of pros like Janek doing it , but never found a clear explanation.

  8. This is really great content – thanks for being so technical and talking about specifics in terms of what, when and why. The diagrams on bar position and timing, and kite position are a huge help! Perfect!

  9. Hey man. Great video. I've been trying to learn the heli loop this season without much success. Your video is the best one out there and offers tips that others seem to have gotten wrong. Gonna give it a bash. Would love some personal coaching but the Rand vs USD is a not kind to us 😁

  10. Great job!
    Is there a difference of heli looping XR vs GTS? I feel like GTS do not hurry to go backside so it needs more time to get into a start position for heli loop or I do something wrong. Please do a video how to take off from a wave stable and DO NOT start rotating – it is the scariest part for many 😉

  11. Fuck Ya, nice video Mike.
    Need your advice:

    In medium wind I control the heliloops (front hand) very well. But when the wind pics up to 30-40 knots and I get really well powered up on my 8 Rebel the timing seems to change and my control seems to disappear.

    My jumps in really strong wind comes with more hangtime and downwind speed. Feels like the kite in the end of the jump gets behind me and when I pull the downloop the lines are a bit slack and the downloop only brings me more speed in the landing and I can´t control it and crashes. Any idea how I can try to “wax” that?

  12. Yeah, Mike, Amazing Video!
    Great Footage, well-demonstrating graphics and, of course, absolutely incredible sound-effects! Yieeewwww!
    Thanks again for giving me that board a few days ago. Keep up the good work!
    Cheers,
    Flo

    P.S. Some Katarina was watching me on the beach and asked for coaching. I gave her your contact info, hope she reached out!

  13. Awsome video! Question! If i jump right, and mi kite is at 1 oclok it`s easier to do a front hand right? And if i sent it to 11 it`s better to do a back hand?

  14. Subscribed, what about a dangle pass Martin vari style???? No one else other than progression kiting has made a dangle pass tutorial, believe me I've searched…… And did you have to use so many cuss words….

  15. Howzit bru, do you charge a local rate in cape town for someone who stays here for lessons or is your 240$ per lesson thing for everyone?

  16. These videos are amazing! Love the diagrams and how you explain all of it from a technical point. Much easier to understand and to put into practice. Keep it up!

  17. I've been trying to heliloop all season without much success. I thought the video posted last month by @kite-surf-college was great, but it missed some key points you have provided such as swinging under the kite and releasing the bar a little. No wonder I've been accidently power looping. While I'm a bit discouraged by just how technical the heliloop is, this video has inspired me to get somebody to video what I'm doing and look for the new elements described in the video. Thanks Mike 🙂

  18. DUDE I have been searching for YEARS for this video!!!!! All the "landing big jumps" videos I've seen did not take Cape Town into account! Deffo hitting you up for a coaching sesh next time I'm in CT.
    Especially useful: 4:45 where you see the kite AND the bar!! Even if you just filmed yourself with a bar in the garden. Showing what to do with the bar in the corner, and the kite on the main screen, is amazing.
    Thanks boet

  19. Mike! Landed my first heliloop jump today in Dubai after watching your video. Just gave me that little bit of extra confidence 😀

  20. Well this is defnitely on my … have to learn … list.. just last Oktober i tried my first landing loops.. so ill go on with your tutorial in my head..

    but befor .. i still have to learn how to get a bit more hight.. because usualy i dont get above 5 m..

    so a tutorial on how to improve hight. would be welcome.. i also would like to know if a smaler bord would make higher jumps in stronger winds easier…

  21. Awesome video mate. I could not get proper explainations from friends on why my downloops are wrong, now I know ! Question on the landing: in terms of body position and ease, do you recommend landing the same way of jump, or using kite movement to transition ? Cheers !

  22. Nice work Mike, thanks for putting the time in to share this knowledge. We also love that your light wind reco is a 10 or 12m day – wish we lived in CT!

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