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Dual line tricks - Fades
Fade/Fade-In/Inverted backflip/Fractured Axel
The fade starts with a half axel
leaving the kite stalled on it's belly. After that do the standard
Pop turtle movements to flip the kite on it's back, nose towards you.
Another way is to pancake the kite from a dive and pop both lines.
Yet another way is to snap stall the kite at the edge of the wind
window and then pull the outside wing towards you (not an axel pull,
just keep going). When the outside wing is pulled far enough the kite
will drop, but also starts to roll onto it's back, nose towards you.
This trick is also known as "Poisoned-Ivy or Grapevine". With the
kite in an inverted backflip position jerk both lines generating a
belly float and again generating an inverted backflip and again
Another description and a way to start the move:
Start with a half axel. When the nose points directly away from you
pop both lines sharply but evenly and then let them go slack. your kite
is now in a fade (at least it should be). Once in the fade pop both lines
and slacken them out again putting you into a belly float. Repeat this
rythmicly until you run out of space or do something wrong.
Do a Belly landing.
(The nose of the kite points away from you.) Strongly pull both lines.
The kite will lift up backwards. Immediately release the lines
generating an Inverted Backflip/Fade. Now gently pull one of the lines
generating a 180 degrees spin. (The kite will have normal Backflip
position.) Pull both lines to recover from the backflip. Kites
known to do this trick are: Total -, Vented - and Eclipse.
If you do not succeed in getting into the Fade position, try this:
Step back smoothly so that the kite lifts from the ground. When the tip is
about 2 inches off that is the moment to flick the lines.
Flattening the kite with the nose away from you, on it's belly. Flying
the kite downward bring both arms behind you and before the nose-diving
kite reaches the ground, throw both hands forward (just like a reverse
turtle). The kite will then float on it's belly. This works best in
light winds. Some kites like fast arm-throws, others like slightly
Another way to try it (if the previous one doesn't work for you) is to
fly the kite downwards, first extend both your arms, then pull back
both arms hard and release abruptly to kill the kite.
Take the kite to the top of the window. Turn the nose toward the
ground. Throw both hands forward causing the plane of the sail to come
horizontal to the ground, walk forward to allow the kite to flip over
on it's back.
By slightly pulling one line the kite will start to rotate and after
180 degrees of rotation, the normal turtle position will be
reached. Perform a turtle release to get out of it.
Recovering from a Turtle. Walk forward with both
arms extended. The nose will tip even further back, but don't allow the
kite to flip over! Pull with both lines at the same time and the kite
should flip back toward you, coming out of the turtle. Or alternately,
let the kite float down on it's back and re-launch. Radical trick kites
such as the Stranger or Box of Tricks simply require a gentle tug at
any time to recover from a turtle.
Fly the kite up and pull back (way back !) both arms, then quickly
extend both arms to your front. This will cause the kite to flip on
it's back, nose pointing away from you.
A "Yo-yo" is anything where you roll the kite towards (or away from)
you, so that the strings get wrapped around the kite. A pull then
unwinds the kite kinda like a yo-yo. The easiest way (that only works
with some kites) is to give a sharp tug to pull the kite forward and
then release with slack so that the kite continues to roll around the
lines. Also there's a "yo-yo take off" where you prepare the kite by
wrapping the lines around the tips, put it in a normal launch position
and then take off doing a yo-yo.
Another way of doing it goes like this:
Start at the top of the window and fly down toward the ground at a 7 o'clock
position. Try not to power the kite up too much. Give a quick and fairly
firm Axel-like slack/pop with the right hand. At the point when you pop,
you must introduce slack into the left line and then immediately afterwards
into the right line, too. Then walk forwards to give even more slack.
The "pop" pulls the right wing (actually on the left because the kite is
flying down) forward to causes the kite to start rotating around its
spine. The pop, if left to spin this way, would end up with its back
facing you and the nose still pointing more or less towards the ground.
However, the pop followed by the super slack in the lines causes the nose
to lift, wrapping the kite up around the lines. As the nose pops fully
up into "normal" flying position, the lines are wrapped under and behind
the kite and should now rest over the leading edge.
Yet another way to get the kite into a Yo-Yo wrap is to get it into a
Flic-Flac and then give an extra hard pop with both hands followed by
lots of slack. Less elegant but you can do this pointing in almost
any direction. With a little practice, you should be able to get it
straight into a wrap with just 1 or 2 "beats" which can be rolled all
into a single, swift motion so you can hardly tell there's a Flic-Flac
there at all.
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