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Dual line tricks - Stalls

Dead stop/Full stop/Kill

Nothing more than a horizontal
pancake and equally each kite has a preference for the speed at which the move is made. Some more stable kites need a setup move of a hard, even pull to accelerate the kite before pushing.
Flying the kite in a low ground pass push quickly and evenly far forward. The kite will roll backwards on the lines and stop. If you immediately pull back on both lines the kite will "reverse" back into flight and continue with the ground pass. If you delay the recovery you can allow the kite to rotate back into a turtled position to effect a reversed 90 degree upwards turn. From a low altitude this also makes for a fast and sudden landing. In fact a kill can be done in any direction. It's just a way of stopping the kites forward movement abruptly.


The kite stall spins overhead. Fly the kite to the top of the window overhead. Pull both hands to bring it past that point. This will stall the kite. Immediately extend your left hand to initiate a left rotation float. You will have to move forward so that the lines stay under the kite as it floats. This is a very graceful move. To end it, point the nose down and pull the kite back into the window.

Jump stall

Start with the kite just off center of the wind, in a
wing tip stand. Next, axel the kite into the wind (start of a coin toss) like you were going to land it onto it's opposite tip. When the kite is flat on it's belly during the rotation (nose away), you quickly pop both hands towards you, causing the kite to pop open facing down. Now lightly let one line out so the kite can rotate around pointing the nose up. Now hold the kite in a stall, and slide it out to one side. This trick is ideal for light wind flying, and requires a kite with a deep sail. The move is also very quick in action delay, so fast hands are a must. Kites known to do this are the Thunderbird, MYSL, Prism Total, Tracer, etc.

Side slide

The kite
stalls across the wind window sideways. Fly the kite to the right side of the window. Pull right like a spin, but release early, when the wing tips are parallel to the ground. This will cause the kite to slide. Some kites slide more easily than others. A heavier bridle adjustment also helps.

Snap stall

Air is forced out of the sail very quickly, as in a the spin. Fly the kite left to right parallel to the ground. Pull left to initiate a left turn, then punch right to counteract that motion, then return both hands to neutral position. This is done very quickly, in a split second. The kite should
stall with the nose up, wing tips parallel to the ground.

Spin stall

Air is forced or 'dumped' out of the kite's sail for a brief moment. Fly the kite from left to right, roughly parallel to the ground. Just before reaching the edge, pull the left line quickly for one complete turn and release just as the wings become parallel to the ground. To land, simply walk forward.


Technically speaking: when the kites drag and lift come into equilibrium. Or in plain English: the kite is made to hover or sit still. Fly the kite to the edge or overhead until it stops. After you stall your kite, you may find it hard to hold it stalled. Or you may find that it does not stay nose pointed up. Here is some advice to help you learn to work with a stalled kite. First when you stall a kite, the controls will sort of reverse. To raise a dropping wingtip, gently pull on the side that is dropping. This is counter intuitive since you pull on the opposite line than you would to turn the kite up. To help maintain a stall you need to keep tension off the lines. Walk slowly toward the kite to do this. If the kite starts to drop, then apply a very small amount of tension to the lines to bring it back up. You can also shake one or both hands, this works to keep the air behind the kite from flowing smoothly over the back and accelerating the kite.

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