Tag Archives: routine

When it Becomes a Kite Routine

Amongst even recreational sport (stunt) kite fliers, the words “ballet” or “kite routine” (individual) are fairly common terminology and bring to mind someone piloting their kite through various maneuvers in time to a musical track either as a structured program (choreographed and planned out) or totally off the cuff – i.e. improvised “soul flying”… Regardless […]

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Kite Flying with Intent

After six plus years of doing sport kite workshops and clinics (both dual and quad kites), I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work with different personalities and skill sets while teaching… One of the things that I see most frequently with beginning, and even some more advanced fliers, is a lack of intent in their […]

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Issue 6: Doin’ It Indoors

Well, it is that time of year again. The days are becoming increasingly shorter and colder. It can only mean one thing: It’s time to put the outdoor kites in the closet and head for a gym with the indoor kites. For various reasons, I had not flown indoors for more than four months this […]

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Issue 2: 4Play

Great!… you came back for a second look.  So, here we go, step two in flying quad line kites in competition.  The most consistent piece of advice I’ve heard and given as a flier and judge in quad competition is simply “make sure to use quad line maneuvers.”  Sounds too simple, but very vague. I’ve […]

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Issue 2: Beginning Ballet

INTRODUCTION One of the most satisfying experiences of participating in sport kite events is being able to compete with a routine of your own design. Andy Wardley, the great UK flier once wrote: “…I want the world to see what I’ve done and like it (or even hate it, as long as they feel something). […]

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Issue 1: Editing Kite Ballet Music

One of the most difficult decisions our kite team has to make each season is choosing a piece of music to use for our ballet routine. When looking for music we want a piece that has an interesting beginning so we can grab the judges’ attention, a varied mid section that lets us display different […]

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Issue 1: A Look at Ballet

At the last US Figure Skating Nationals in Philadelphia, Michelle Kwan scored Sixes, perfect scores, in her short program (technical) and her long program (artistic). She finished her long program to a standing ovation. At the same event, Michael Weiss excited the crowd when he opened with a quadruple Lutz but two-footed the landing, to […]

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