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Dual line tricks - Groundwork
Start with the kite on it's right tip... leaning back slightly, pull
lightly on your left line, as the left tip starts to lower to the
ground pull sharply on your right line, letting out your left line at
the same time. Step forward a couple of steps just as you pull the
right line. The desired result is a "reverse coin toss",
the kite should "hop" from it's right tip, go into a clockwise flat
spin, then land back on the right tip.
From a wing tip stand, lay the top hand back a little. Then just push
both hands forward, the kite will lay back on the lines (leading edge
laying parallel to the ground, but the tip still in the ground). Then you
just pull back in to the tip stand. The laying back of the top hand in
the tip stand makes for a very powered up kite. This is quite important
as it keep the tip in the ground and puts the nose in the right position
to be able to pull it back.
There are many ways that put you in a position to get into this. One of
them is getting the coin toss wrong...
Broken yo-yo with half a twist
If you ever nose plant your kite try this:
Let someone setup the kite by wrapping it up from this position, leaving it
wrapped, standing on its tips facing away, with the lines coming out from
under the kite, and try to get out of it.
Here's what to do: drop the kite down so it is in the
belly landing position, as it gets to this point give a sharp flick on
one line (timing is important for this bit, you have to flick at just
the point it reaches the belly down position). Take a step back and the
wind should do the rest. In low winds you will need to do more work and
in heavy winds you will need to be very fast with your reactions.
A coin toss starts with the kite in a Wing tip stand.
Next perform an axel-pop on the wing that's in the air by gently
pushing it back a small way and then popping it towards you. Now extend
your arms forward to give slack in the lines and allow the kite to
rotate. After the kite has rotated, try and land on the opposite wing
tip by walking forward.
This move can be done from standing on one wing tip but can be
performed out of a side slide as well. Take care the slide is a little
downward. When the kite touches the ground with it's wingtip,
immediately do the axel pop on the wing still in the air.
Take a look at the axel take off
description as well because the description of the "Miguel Rodrigez
coin toss" is there.
The kite is flipped over from a side or nose down position on the
ground. From a nose down or side position, tug on the wing that is
pointed up in the air. This will rock the kite to the opposite side.
Let the wing that is up fall back a little by extending that arm. Now
sharply tug that side and release with the other. The kite should flip
over onto it's wing tips. Always try to flip toward the center of the
window. Be careful, you may break a leading edge rod learning this
essential move. The move is very useful getting out of crashes during
competition (or avoiding walking down field any time!).
Put the kite on its back, nose towards you and lines over the leading
edge. Pull gently on the lines and rock the kite forward onto its nose
but not far enough to stand up. Then release the lines quickly, the
kite falls back and floats up and away, still on its back (but leaning
*slightly* backward so the nose is high) and nose towards you. Walk
quickly backward to keep the kite flat. It will keep going up as well.
When it is far enough up, snap the lines and the kite is back into
flight, heading down (gulp !). A quick 180 degree spin and away you
go! Tip: start the launch at the center of the window, wind
velocity plus 10 mph bring the kite up perpendicular to the
ground...nose down and tips parallel to the ground push both hands
evenly and firmly to initiate the momentum necessary to rock the kite
back, let the wind do the work....leave a little slack in the lines.
Once the kite is 5-10 feet off the ground, tug on either line. Don't
use a wind tamer; opt for heavier lines
Starting with the kite on it's belly with the nose away from you,
pop both lines hard and then release. This takes the kite into the
first stage of the Ground Zero which is a French Toast - the kite
jumps up and the nose swings up into a Fade position. Immediately
pop both lines again, as if starting a Flic-Flac, to get the nose
to swing back down so that the kite is once again on its belly with
the nose away, but this time a few inches above the ground. The final
stage, the "Zero", is a 360 degree Flat Spin. From this you can
pop back into a Fade/Flic-Flac, Flic-Flac to land, recover, or whatever
takes your fancy. The combination should be done very quickly without
any pauses between the elements.
You can also do the Ground Zero from a Headspring launch rather than
flat into a French Toast.
Start with a ground pass from the right side, lower the kite into a tip
drag and ease the
nose down. Relax your hands and let the kite roll over from the left
edge to the right edge and immediately launch the kite from this edge.
Continue pulling your left line to complete the kite's rotation and
finish off with the kite flying to the left.
With the kite in a left wing tip stand,
pull gently on the right (up) wing and release the left. The kite
should be on the ground with the right wing toward you. Now pull on the
left wing and release the right. Now you're walking !
Now you see it, now you don't
Give a sharp flick (not pull) on both lines, push both hands forward.
The kite should be nose toward you belly up. Hold for a second and give
an other sharp flick, push both hands forward. The kite should be back
on the ground. You can do this as many times as you like.
In fact this is a French toast launch/landing done very fast and
repeatedly. The kite jumps up in to the air, pauses, then promptly
disappears again onto the ground.
When you get bored, let the kite rise a bit in the belly up position,
flick again, but this time stunt one hand as you push out and 540 flat spin
out of it.
Fly a ground pass right to left. Perform a full stop such that the
kite has rolled back into a turtle just above the ground. Now pull
back with both hands firmly with emphasis on the right hand. The
kite should slam both wingtips onto the ground simultaneously and
immediately take off now pointing towards the right edge of the
Beware ! The failure mode for this fast maneuvre can be expensive.
Fly across the window in a low pass and lower the kite down until you
have contact with the leading edge on the ground. You should have
almost all of the leading edge touching the ground, but keep the nose
slightly off the ground to avoid it "snagging". Keep most of the
pressure on the upper line and fly the kite across the window with the
leading edge in constant contact with the ground
An excellent combination move is to start with a very low 540 flat spin
at the edge of the window and come directly out into a Leading Edge Drag.
The kite is forced into a wing tip stand.
Fly right to left, very close to the ground. Pull right, push left,
then push left even further. This movement is done in a blink of an
eye. The first combination turn serves to stall
the kite. The second push drives the tip into the ground. This move
works best with higher aspect ratio kites and in higher winds.
Basically a ground pass with one wingtip in contact with the
ground. Slightly more tension should be maintained on the
upper line throughout the move. try to maintain even kite
speed across the window by walking backwards when at the
edges and forwards when at the center.
Kites with relatively long bridles can be more easily
balanced and, naturally, rough and/or abrasive surfaces are
less favorable. It does, however, look fabulous across
Twisted Sister/Half Sister
Even with a trick line, most kites will get a wing wrap every now and
then. The Twisted Sister starts with such a wing wrap but turns a
potentially difficult situation into a cool trick. When you've got
the hang of it, it becomes fun to intentionally get into a wing wrap
just to recover it. Start with a line wrapped under the trailing
edge and running around the tip and back over the leading edge. You
also need to have the kite balancing on the opposite tip, leaving the
wrapped tip in the air. Push the wrapped tip forward, flattening the
kite out almost onto its belly (nose away from you). As the kite
almost touches the ground, pop the wrapped tip HARD, and immediately
drop your hands (crouch down, even). The kite 540 Flat Spins and in
the process (if you dropped the lines down low enough), unwraps the
tip wrap. Very flat and very fast Flat Spins are possible. You can
also let the kite lie down flat on the ground (belly down, nose away)
before popping the Twisted Sister, but it occasionally leads to
ground snags. If you don't get the pop just right, you can still get
a 180 Flat spin. This is called the "Half Sister" for obvious
reasons. This trick has some resemblance with the G-Whizz.
Wing tip stand
With the kite on the ground, just to the left of the center of the wind
window and the right wing about one foot closer to you than the left
wing, pull slightly on the right line. When the left wing lifts, stop
pulling on the right line and use the left line to balance the kite on
the right wing tip.
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