PRO – Jump insights
Want to jump higher?
PRO Jump Insights will get you there with to the point analysis of every session and tips to get you higher!
Want to jump higher?
The ultimate jump formula
A high jump is a product of several factors. Obviously it has to be windy, you should be powered properly on the kite. The kite needs to be the right size, e.t.c. Beside the obvious we distinguish 4 of the most important factors that we can measure: (1) speed on approach of your jump, (2) your heading on approach, (3) your board angle and (4) your pop.
- Speed on approach is the speed when going into the jump. In general the more speed (till a certain limit) you have, the higher jump potential you have.
- The heading is the direction that you are taking relative to the wind. You are probably already familiar with the terms going upwind and going downwind. We learned that the ideal heading for a high jump is perpendicular to the wind (so not upwind, and not downwind, but exactly perpendicular).
- Edging. No we’re not talking about some advanced bed techniques, but with edging we refer to the angle that your board is making against the water. A 0 degree angle is a flat board while a 90 degree angle is the maximum you can reach. Based on data analysis we realized that in most conditions 60 degrees is ideal!
- Edging/Pop. The way you pop of the water is essential in jumps. Are you popping downwind or upwind? Is your pop fast or slow? Do you keep your edge while going into the pop? These factors can all be measured by Surfr when you use the Surfr board mount and is visualized in a comprehensive POP chart.
The triple happy faces should already be a clear indication that a lot is right in this 20m+ jump. This is a jump from a real session of Erik Blokker @ Wijk aan Zee. Let’s zoom in a little bit.
- Speed on approach. In this case the approach speed is 54 KMH which is even faster than our recommendation, so great! Erik is clearly a fast kiter.
- Heading on approach. In this case the rider went exactly perpendicular to the wind on the ideal heading, only 1 degree difference. The white line represents the ideal line, the blue arrow represents the Riders approach. The gray arrow is the wind direction. Couldn’t be better!
- Board angle on approach. When going with a board mount this gives you the maximum angle that we measured in the seconds before the take-off. In this case Erik hits our recommended 60 degrees, perfect!
- Board angle/POP chart. This chart gives extra information about the board angle and POP. The number 60 as given by (3) in itself does not say everything. In this case you see that Erik hits the green line (the recommendation) right before take-off. The steep drop in the chart is his pop of the water. As you can see the angle becomes negative, because the board goes upside down when popping aggressively off the water.
Let’s compare the mega boost of Erik to a more beginner jump and see if we can spot key differences. Already it’s clear by the smiley indicators that there is room for improvement here. But let’s zoom in again.
- Speed on approach. It is obvious that the approach speed is too low. It’s 19 KMPH lower than the recommended 45 KMPH.
- Heading on approach. The heading is too much upwind. This riders goes 14 degrees to much up wind during the jump approach and has to ride more downwind to get a higher boost potential.
- The board angle. The board angle is only 41 degrees maximum. This is not enough and just a bit more than halfway of the optimal angle.
- Board angle / POP chart. The chart gives a nice summary of what can be optimized. Especially when comparing to Erik’s chart we can spot some key differences. Notice how Erik hits the Green recommended line by riding on a 60 degrees edge while this rider get’s stuck on a maximum of 41 degrees. Not less important is another key difference? Can you spot it? Read more about the POP chart and all the information hidden in this amazing chart by scrolling down.
By comparing your self to the recommended values or other riders you will soon realize where you can improve on. Beginner jumps often show the same mistakes and Speed – Heading – Edging are all closely related. You will see that once you start changing your speed for example the other values will change as well.
It's in the numbers
To the left and to the right, Right?
In the PRO session summary we have split up Left foot forward and Right foot forward jumps. In this way you now can see:
- How many jumps you made on the Left / Right.
- The highest jump per side & the average height per side.
After these statistics it gets really interesting because Surfr PRO will give you direct recommendations on how to jump higher. Let’s look at the left side jumps of this session:
- Gives you the average approach speed. In this case you see that the rider is almost spot on with our recommended speed on approach which is 45 KMPH.
- Shows you the average difference between the optimal direction/heading and the actual heading in approaching the jumps. In this case the rider goes, on average, slightly too much upwind. 3 degrees to be exact, which is negligible and means his approach heading is nearly perfect.
- Gives you the maximum board angle reached in the seconds leading up to the jump. We recommend reaching a peak of 60 degrees as a board angle, this rider averages an angle of 54 degrees, which is only slightly below our recommendation. Well done!
The key to jump higher
Want to stand / pop out?
The POP / edging chart is one of our coolest features and provides a lot of information. A proper pop of the water is maybe the single most important factor for getting a good boost. But what does a good pop mean? By visualizing your whole POP approach and actual POP off the water we can no finally see the difference between the good, the bad and the ugly pops.
Data driven coaching
A story about a clinic in Caraubas, Brazil
Your POP is one of the most crucial factors for jumping higher. To distinguish the good and the bad Surfr is the first app to introduce the POP chart. This charts contains lots of information as long as you know how to read it.
Let us tell you a short story about the clinic that Mike Mac Donald did in Caraubas, Brazil in 2021. In this clinic every participant also made some sessions with a board mount in order to be able to analyze their edging skills. The next day I, Herbert, came to the clinic and presented the participants the results of my analysis. I didn’t even see them kiting all the time, I just had a look at the data – the same data that is now available in Surfr PRO.
I made personalized recommendations for everyone and my recommendations regards speed, heading and edging aligned perfectly with the Mikes recommendations based on visual coaching.
An example was the participant Fred. Here you see a few of his POP charts. Do you see the pattern?
I saw a pattern. Fred is losing his edge right before take-off off the water. In the charts you can see the board goes (right before the drop) close to 0 degrees, which means a total flat board on the water. I shared my insights with the group and Mike and Fred came forward that this was exactly what they had discussed that morning already based on video analysis. How cool is that? Even without seeing Fred riding I could get some essential mistakes out of the session based on the data.