After months of on again off again weather conditions I really feel like my jumping on the board is starting to come along. I had a great session with dudley up at the local the other night, about an hour or so of consistent jumps and more importantly, consistent landings which have never been my strong point
I had a few jumps higher than the photos, somewhere between chest and head height, but the landings were a bit dodgy to say the least so they don't really count
There is just an incredible feeling when it all comes together and you find yourself gliding through the air and transitioning into a smooth landing. Even though my successful jumps were only around waist height, when I got the outlaw in the right spot above me I just seemed to float and glide for ages.
Those four days I spent at speed week talking with other kiters and watching them in action has made a real difference, I think I must have taken a lot of stuff in via osmosis. One big change I've made since getting back is redirecting more aggressively. Previously I'd set myself up, send the kite back hard and get in the air but once I was there I'd hesitate a bit on the redirect, invariably stuffing up the landing. The apex of a jump is not the spot to be doing this LOL, and being more aggresive has made a big difference to my landings.