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29-12-11 // How to Low Mobe ?

Foreword: Nowadays the Low Mobe has become very popular, certainly because it produces really nice pictures where you can get the rider and the kite as well in the shot. Actually it is quite a particular trick. It’s very technical because it asks to be very precise in the rotation. In facts, it’s quite subtle to find the good inertia where you will perfectly land on your board and you are not going to over or under rotated.
This article aims to thoroughly describe the Low Mobe, contraction for Low Back Mobe. It will detail the movement step by step and I will give you my personal hints which could be the key for you to land your first Low Mobe.

Prerequisite: Back-roll to Wrapped. 

Step by step:

There are a lot of different possible executions for this trick. Every rider has its own and I will describe mine.

1) Take off (Photo 1, 2, 3, 4). It is quite special for the Low Mobe. From the start your kite has to be low and will stay low throughout the move. Usually you don’t need as much speed as a normal power handle pass. Depending on the execution, it is usually a move where you don’t travel a long distance. Thus you don’t need to ride downwind too much before edging as you normal riding speed is certainly enough to execute the trick. This time you edge much more with you back foot as the rotation is a back roll. In facts, the end of the edging trajectory is completely upwind.
I like to begging the move straight (my own execution). First because the boost you get during the take off is very likely to straighten your body. Second I really look for being upside down when passing the bar and being straight makes it look nicer. The take off is quite similar from a Back Roll but you just want to bring your legs up the sky and keep your body straight. Remember to push the bar down toward the water to lift your body and get your hips close to the bar.        

My hints: Two things will certainly make you kite going higher. First, the move involves a Back Roll rotation. Second, you will let go your front hand which means that only your back hand will stay on the bar during the handle pass. Because of this, your kite will be sent toward the zenith. Consequently, I am used to softly pull on the front side of the bar before take off, in order to anticipate the fact that the kite is very likely to go higher during the move.

Key points:

  1. Don’t go too fast
  2. End of edging is completely upwind
  3. Push the bar down
  4. Keep your body straight (my execution)

2) Passing the bar (Photo 5, 6, 7). For the Low Mobe you usually wait much more than a normal mobe to pass the bar. When you are upside down and your Back-roll rotation is completed, spin in a front side 360 handle pass. To start the spin use your hips and look over your front shoulder. Keep pushing the bar toward the water.
This is the critical part of the move where is quite subtle to find the perfect inertia you have to give for your 360 front side spin. Either you throw it too much and you end up in a painful face plant, or you don’t spin enough and you finish on a painful ribs first crash…you choose the ribs or the face ;) !
Something quite uncommon usually happens while passing the bar during a Low Mobe. In facts, the bar doesn’t really go from one hand to the other but there is actually a moment where you let go completely the bar to catch it up with the other hand. Thus, it exists a really short time where the bar is floating in the air with no hand on it. This is why it’s very important to pass the bar in a very smooth and controlled motion.

My hints: What your legs are doing can really control your speed rotation. If you feel that your 360 front side spin is not quick enough, throw your hips and straighten your legs. The rotation usually starts from your hips/legs and then your shoulders will follow.

Key points:

  1. Look over your front shoulder.
  2. Start the 360 front side handle pass by spinning your hips
  3. Be smooth to pass the bar from one hand to the other.

3) Landing (Photo 8, 9, 10). It happens almost right after you have passed the bar. Looking over your front shoulder will help you to prepare your landing as you already look at the direction of the spot on the water where you are going to land. As soon as you grab the bar to the other side keep pushing it down, it will help you to slow down the rotation. Your second hand will naturally come back to the bar with the inertia. Finally put your board flat and bend your knees to absorb the landing.

My hints: Pushing the bar down toward the water is the best way to control the over rotating issue.

Key points:

  1. Pushing the bar down.
  2. Bend your knees for landing.

Photos : Nate Appel
Credit : Naish Kiteboarding
Location : Antigua aboard Zenith Ocean Voyages