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    • Maybe 'cliff' is a bit too extreme a term. But initially the amount of control and over-control you have compared to a dual line is overwhelming. The guy that helped me out advised be to sort of dangle the handles on my index fingers (as opposed to gripping the handles -- he then ranted for a while about why rev even puts foam on the handles), and just let the wind take the kite and adjust it to go where you need. I found that really made the kite far easier to control. Soon I was flying side to side, rising/falling, forward/reverse with no major issues. There's always that momentary "What inputs do I use to correct this thing I have done" that I have a limited frame of reference for vs. a dual line. All fun. And yes, it definitely puts a huge smile on your face. Stopping and reversing mid-flight never ceases to amuse me. It's always so unexpected. 
    • Keep the kites in their sleeves - the HQ kite bag is essentially a long soft tube. Mine is a bit worn after one years usage. There is a small hole (like 3mm) close to top side of the long handle, because this is where most load ends up because I often carry the bag vertically on on shoulder using the longest handle. See also: Good kite bag topic (where also the HQ kite bag is discussed): http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/5470-your-favorite-kite-bag/ that I wish that found before posting in: http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/7151-recommendations-on-first-kite-bag/ writing the post (where the HQ kite bag is discussed contra a ski bag): http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/7151-recommendations-on-first-kite-bag/?do=findComment&comment=58288
       
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