Kiters often don’t know the importance of proper stance and how to find it. Here are some simple tips.
The stance is the position of the bindings on the table. Often even average expert kiters do not completely understand how to position the bindings to improve and make their body position more comfortable and functional in navigation and landing from the jumps.
The easiest way to find your own personal stance is to stand up on a chair or the like, make a leap and land in a crouch. The width of the legs and the rotation of the tips of the feet must be shown on the table through the bindings.
Experimentation should not be neglected or underestimated in order to improve one’s comfort.
This research must, however, follow some principles of bio-mechanics . What are these principles:
1) The more I stretch the legs, the less I can keep my toes open. This is because when I navigate I must be able to rotate my hips in the direction of navigation and therefore a very open leg position and very duck feet prevent this rotation.
2) The more I tighten my legs the more I can keep my toes a little more open .
Then of course it also depends on the technical level of the kiter. If you are still a beginner and our goal is to improve our upwind tread, it is advisable to take a position with legs a little closer and peaks rotated to facilitate the twisting of the hips.
If instead we are already experts in the bowline and we begin to approach the jumps or we already have climbed a certain height it is advisable a more open stance to guarantee a landing in greater balance and control. Remembering to keep your toes lightly open.
Don’t underestimate the importance of what is written and try freely adjusting the bindings is a matter of a moment.