Most useful bit of advice - look at the part you want to remain static. Visually stapling it to the sky so to speak.
In the case of a vertical tip pivot, the next most useful thing is to drive the whole kite forward an inch or two before initiating the pivot. The length of the drive depends on how much you want to hide it's existence.
In the case of horizontal tip pivots, gravity and momentum are your friend.
I am indeed at flying at Clover Pt.
I fly whenever I can get time and there's wind. But therein lies the challenge. Generally I try to get out on a weekend at minimum, but never any set time. If I head out Tuesday or Thursday, I'll keep an eye out for you.
It is best to have long top leaders because you can always come in as many knots as you want. You can't go out any knots if they aren't there. You won't know the difference until you try it. You won't like the difference at first, but if you gradually move the tops further out each time you fly you will not only get used to it, you may even like it. The "full brake" adjustment is quite handy in many situations, and having it in your bag of tricks can be useful. Diversity will make you a better pilot.
Hi Dr.Zenttl I'm at the top of the learning cliff and looking down, just like you. I see from the picture you posted that you fly at Clover Point. I fly there Tuesday and Thursday nights (5:15 to hunger) When do you fly?