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    • @happysuperbutton Short answer is practice and break down the move into segments.. Instead of 180's try 90 degrees and an intentional pause to make sure you have a stable hover at that point. Then finish your rotation.. Many times you'll find that you have too much slip or too much lift at that 90 degree point and that's where you are losing your static tip point.. JB's Basic Hover drills video will make a huge improvement in this stepped maneuver for you. As an interim drill, draw squares with your leading edge.. (90 degrees on right tip followed by 90 degrees on left tip rotating the same direction on the opposite tip, repeat until your LE has formed a perfect square in the sky and kite has made exactly one full rotation.)That will help you discern your hover when vertical as well as the transition between the maneuvers. Try flag out for verticals and then flag in.. (Sail on outside of square when vertical followed by sail on inside when vertical..) Basically start with kite upright for first drill and then start next drill from inverted start. It sounds harder than it actually is but it will attune you quickly to your kite and establish foundations to build upon. It will also help you see the sky as a grid since you are literally drawing LE sized squares on your field of vision.
    • Yeah, I was confused a little on the tension at first then I watched a few videos. I haven't flown the sf yet. I think I'm just going to send it back and spend the little extra money and get an ATM.

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    • There is not really any particular starting handle position for this move, since it can be initiated from any direction, position or other move that you are doing. One way to learn tip turns (pivots) is to fly SLOWLY in a circle in either direction and keep making the circle smaller and smaller until the kite is pivoting around the tip. You can even make it pivot around the top tip of the upright if you make the circle small enough. Usually it will be easier for you in one direction than the other. Practice both directions so you can do both equally well. Spend some extra time in the direction you find more difficult. On a side note, if your lines, bridle, etcetera, are not all symmetrically adjusted, one direction will always be "a little bit off". There isn't really a good way to explain how to do this. It will come to you automatically if you just practice making your turns tighter and tighter each time you fly. Basic explanation is that you are retarding motion in one tip while flying the other forward. That means brake to one and forward to the other. Ladders will look better, once you have your tip pivots down pat, if you abruptly stop all motion at the end of each half-circle. There is no miracle instruction that will allow you to just go out and do this instantly. These are refinements of the moves you are already doing that will become smoother and tighter with time spent flying. Watch the basic control tutorials and keep an eye on what JB does with his hands. Happy Thanksgiving.
    • Looking for pointers/technique preferences/video for mastering a "tip turn", especially horizontally. Right to left, and left to right. Not bicycle/center pivot spin. This is when the kite turns on the end cap. Imagine Ladder but horizontally. And also instead of 180 (tip up to down), doing a 360 tip turn. Mainly looking for information on the starting hand positions and what fundamentals I'm actually going to be combining to actually achieve this move. I can somewhat do the ladder vertically but horizontally sometimes I get one good tip turn and the follow up turns are a mess. And I'm not able to understand what I'm doing that made the one good tip turn. When the wind is gusting and I get a lot of speed, I can get a few tip turns too, but not consistent and perfectly on the tip, sometimes it will pivot around the verticle spar tip instead, and lastly, I can't do it slowly to show control/mastership of the tip turn. Thanks and have a wonderful Thanksgiving all! (Please let there be wind..)
    • Exactly as I did it. And you can cover a pair of vents to get a mid-vent. Still only have the std and the full vent. But on the other hand, it might not be your way since you seem always have some minimum wind. And if close zero wind happens at some rare occasion, perhaps you have another (non quad) kite for that time? This was really a good feature of my B-series. If they wouldn't have been included I'd still not (knowing myself) would have access to 2 and 4 wrap spars. This has given me the possibility to work on sail loading and controlling the flex. If you are past the panicking and pulling the lines hard close to the ground don't fear breaking the 2 wrap spars. I can much recommend to get frames to be able to meet various wind conditions. You want to be able to curve the LE by pulling the handles to create forward drive. A constantly curved LE in too hard wind or a too stiff LE in light wind that you cannot curve is equally bad. There are some discussions here on other (cheaper and more expensive) spars which I also need to learn more from. Don't know. I picked stuff up here and there on the forum... The process was  nice though a bit slow, e.g. I was long confused about long leaders - thought you put them in series with the existing one on the handle... The videos are good though, also for terminology.. So Sweden and nearby countries also seems to be full of them. If I would have known any kiter in Finland I could have gone there on a cheap nice large ferry boat trip (the ferries instead make their living much on tax free and food), but as we all know  there is no Finland,
      https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4573 . I daily see hoards of kiters here that I can exchange valuable information with. Likewise I get valuable experience before purchases by testing their gear ...No, I've not seen any non beginner multi line (DLK and QLK) pilot during this millennium with the exception of power foils. The only two framed quads that I've ever seen are my own. Perhaps the situation is different on the Swedish west coast?