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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.

Flic-Flac/Grapevine/Poisoned Ivy

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 gener.....
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.

French toast

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 slower ones.... 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.

Reverse turtle

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.

Turtle release

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.

Remarks, additional info ? mail Peter Peters ( <pp@win.tue.nl>).