As a lover of waveriding I want to offer you this interesting video that expresses much better what I have been telling for years to many surfer friends: kitesurfing in the waves is very similar to surfing in movements and can help improve one discipline with the other.

Stephan Figueiredo was an excellent surfer who started kitesurfing to go overboard when surfing conditions were not good due to the wind.
After his first day in the water, he was hooked, even if he could only tack out and had no idea how to get back to land. From that day on he dedicated himself to kitesurfing as much as he has dedicated his life to surfing.

He found out that all he wanted was to kitesurf like he surfs. Use the qualities of one to compliment the other. Use the speed of the kite to make his sections, and the fluidity of surfing to crank out his turns. It’s a tricky business, a maneuver you can do so smoothly surfing you will completely botch kite surfing. And things you can do kite surfing such as aerials, make speedy sections, and like spitting out of impossible barrels – it doesn’t exactly happen surfing.

The idea of the video came from Stephan himself wanting to analyze how close he was getting to what he wanted and to see how he could improve.

If you love waves I would add to your favorites..

source L/F productions

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