There’s just something amazing about setting out 500 lb line on a 36 Sled. 7 sleds & 1 foil and counting... They just keep coming in after a kite shop visit...
Anyone else feel the same?
Island Life | UFUV | Kite Life Subscriber 1482
One thing I found helpful was to walk toward the kite when the nose was pointing down. When flying shapes, this slows the kite down. You'll be walking toward the kite a lot- slides, snap stalls, gaining ground in lighter winds, landings(planned and unplanned), and tricks(intentional and unintentional).
I would suggest that you search Youtube for videos on ground recovery. Knowing how to cartwheel will add to your flying time.
Small kite + short lines = high speed. If you're about to crash, just drop the handles. Let them go. That means don't wrap them around your wrists. They won't go far. You may have to walk to set the kite back up, but you won't be doing any repairs, which is always a huge plus.
But most importantly, smile, have fun and don't forget to breathe.