[Alpha trick index]
[Functional trick index]
Dual line tricks - Water
Stall the kite in a straight downwind landing. Once it's resting on
the water, by releasing tension on both lines, you can let the
kite sink into the water. Keep both lines even, so the kite sinks
straight down, nose up. If the kite is fully submerged, start
whistling the jaws theme and pull both lines equally, so the kite
comes straight out of the water. Don't pull too hard, let steady pull
and wind do the lifting.
Raise the titanic
You need water deep enough to turn the kite under water. A bit of
current running away from you helps, but do not try in a strong current,
you will lose your kite !
Usually a kite will try to head nose-down to the bottom. Don't panic!
You can still feel your kite with your lines. Pull more on 1 line so
the kite starts to turn up. If you see a wingtip pointing up, you're
getting there. Let the wind and your pulling lift the wing upwards.
You cannot fly out with one wing in the water easily, so you have to
little by little, turn the kite around by pulling one line. As you get
one wing out of the water, you have to switch sides that you're
pulling, let the upper wing drop back towards the water, while pulling
the lower wing up. Once you get the nose pointing straight up, an even,
steady pull on both lines will raise the kite into the air.
Do a horizontal pass with wingtip grazing the water, kicking up a
rooster tail. Easier to learn on slower kites with flexible frames.
The difficulty with fast, stiff kites is that if you hit the water
to hard, the kite will flip into the water.
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