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Dual line tricks - Turtles
This launch starts out like the French Toast but has a different
exit. From the Pancaked position give both lines a hard and even
pull, followed very quickly by a big release, probably involving
stepping forward. The kite will pop up nose down, roll onto its
back nose towards the flyer (like a Flic-Flac) but the extra release
will allow the nose to rise, showing the back of the kite slightly.
Now pull the left line slightly back and hold it. The kite will pop
horizontally into the wind, nose to the left and with the back of
the sail towards the flyer. Pull quickly on both lines to reverse
this (nose to the right, sail right way around) and fly off.
This launch needs very fast hands and is best performed with kites
that perform turtle-Flic-Flac type moves well.
Ninja turtle/Dead turtle/Dead stop turtle
Dive the kite vertically, make a hard and fast pull-pull turn
of 180 degrees then push evenly and quickly forward to both
stop the rotation and put the kite onto its back. To resume
flight do a Turtle release.
This also makes a very impressive landing but very close
attention must be paid to the height at which the move is
The French Toast starts with the kite on its belly with the nose
away from you. A quick jerk on both lines following by a release
causes the kite to jump up and invert so that the nose is towards
you and the kite is on its back. The lines are resting over the
top of the kite. Pull and release both lines again to flip the
nose down, away from you, up over itself and then back towards you
as the kite resumes the same position, but instead with the lines
running down over the trailing edge and under the kite towards you.
Keep pulling and releasing to repeat this motion.
This repeated move is generally called a Flic-Flac (or Poisoned Ivy or
Cuckoo Clock). By accentuating the "down" beat (that is,
when the lines start under the kite) and going easy on the "up"
beat (when the lines start on top of the kite), you can create
lift. Start with a French Toast and continue with a
rising flic-flac and you have a Toast Rack.
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