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    HQ: Jam Session, Maestrale, Infinity, Fazer XL, Tramontana Prism: Elixir, Alien
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  1. Exult


    🙂😄! My subdivision of that club is more specifically the BLLEC (broken lower leading edge). Are we talking tip stabs here (or an actual sustained dragging of wing tip along the ground)? Tip stabs are my number one method to make sacrifices to the spar god. The cart wheels however I have yet to discover the devastating effect of 🙂. The second method to do GKM (grievous kite harm) or to get involved in kite battering is to use long lines (on Fazer XL and XXL) and hence not seeing that a line is wrapped around a wing and then do an aggressive stand off snapping start. The third way, back in the days, to feed the grim reaper of spars, was to do snap stalls when learning the trick. The unplugged (i.e. 6mm pultruded carbon fibre tubes that had no rod/end plug glued on the inside on the ends of the LS) could snap during a “keen” snap stall in mid air. (On these kites you inserted the unplugged LS tubes into the hard centre spine fitting.)
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    Perhaps a different perspective could be of help?: Think more on the kite instead of on your hands. In a pull turn you pull the corresponding wing tip towards you and in a push turn you push away the (other then) corresponding wing tip. Both ways will make the closest wingtip point in the direction of the turn. E.g. when flying parallel close to the ground, push away the lowest wing tip (from the ground) or pull the top wing tip (away from the ground) – Both pictures are hopefully somewhat intuitive at least.
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    First look!

    I also reacted first against “STD vent” (instantly), but thinking of it, I think it is a better description than “No vent”, since you do have a long vented strip along the leading edge. On Kiteforge it is just called “ST (standard)”. There is however at least one commercially available framed QLK without vents: Rev Indoor - no vents there, not even along the LE. (Sorry if/when pointing out obvious stuff)
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    If you think that the kite is too quick trim the nose back (well, never seen the E2, but suppose you do it that way and not by some fancy sail adjustment). Add enough nose back so that it takes off from the ground easily (with a proper start), but yet so that you can make it stall/reduce speed by moving you/the arms towards the kite. Also not only practice turns, also practice speed control (and stall) - fly with moving feet and run down winds to reduce speed when necessary. If I remember correctly from a long time ago I think Dodd Gross divided the turns into three turns, pull turn, push turn and combination turn. The potential sharpness of the turn is here in increasing order with the combination turn being the sharpest. Starting with the pull turn, the least sharp one, by pulling I see the situation so that you also add a total line tension increase and possibly a boost in speed during the turn. For the push turn, sharper than the pull turn, you decrease the line tension. Three days ago in medium towards a bit higher wind with my Smithi Pro foil while flying not at the edge of the wind window and fast forward (=pulling hard), there was a need to lean backwards when pulling. When maintaining the high speed in the turns (and therefore the high pull from the kite), the push turns turned out to be more relaxing and easier to do and more controlled than the pull turns. The combination turns can be performed with various degrees of aggressiveness making a square turn all the way until you almost tear it into a snap stall (and can be performed with rather similar input). Don’t worry about your arms not hanging relaxed next to your sides as is common for slack line tricks, For precision it is more common to have your arms slightly in front of you (and you were currently focusing on turns, weren't you?).
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    For how long did the control feel very wrong? Did returning to normal (non dog stake) control feel confusing? How long before you could do the most basic flying? Any point in gradually approaching the kite from the side over a couple of hours to gradually get used to dog stake type control? Was there anything unexpected?
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    New kite opinions

    If you most of the time got problems keeping the Quantum in the air you seem to live in a low wind area (you already are doing your kiting in good quality wind on a large field I suppose, with no large objects upwind for several hundred meters or perhaps at a beach with the wind coming in from the sea?). My DLK “chain-of-kites” (i.e. what I currently most likely would chose for tricking/mixed flying in different wind ranges starting from low wind to high): Prism 4D (not for its trickability, but because it is the most low wind kite I got), HQ Shadow, ITW Kymera, ITW Hydra, HQ Infinity, HQ Maestro3 (bit smaller than the Infinity) and Rev 1.5 B-series full vent (wait that is a QLK, not a DLK, but I don’t have any vented DLKs). Funny that you mentioned the(/a?) ITW shop, they now have a very good price on the Kymera and the Hydra (used to be around USD200 or more?). Of the two the Kymera got the larger wind window and requires a bit less wind. The Hydra is especially fun when provokingly trying newish things, very little input is required to end a turtle or a fade and the Hydra was the kite that got me into axel cascading). Both kites are certainly trickable however. They will both meet a harder winds with slightly humming trailing edges. Out of the two I’d expect that the Kymera would feel most "sensible"/predictable and be easier for a beginner.
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    New kite opinions

    @Breezin there is absolutely no reason to delete aaany rant. Just put the rant between the rant start tag ( <rant> ) and the rant end tag ( </rant> ). Then it is automatically forgiven by eeveryone 🙂! Now if you wrote your deleted rant offline in a local saved file before the copy paste into KL, try the Testdisk program to recover a deleted file. I did this a rather long time ago when I discovered that some ordinary vacation photos just seemed to be missing. Proudly I showed the recovered files to my wife, who went “Nnnnnnooooooo, all my work to tidy up in that mess is lost!”. Especially since I try to get in contact with the (somewhat) local kite people during my Devon (UK) vacation trip, I appreciate or can relate to the meeting attempts/arrangements with increased understanding. Hope that it works out! Yes @Hiett_431 , another thing to practice while waiting for the new kites is (in low wind): the fly away, i.e. recover ground by pointing the nose down and run forward. Ideally you flare the DLK somewhat when doing this (perhaps you are already doing this?).
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    2018 04 Squad Clinic

    This video is merciless in many ways: first the sun is behind the kites, then the wind is rather strong, the surroundings are dessert like, then the metal music in the background, the metallic voice and the high pace. This video contrasts the often slow precision when learning (like clockwork e.g.), but here it is like the challenged difficulty is the “high speed preciseness”. I find it surprising that this was no routine, but instead was driven by instructions given just before each manoeuvre. (The only experience I had in group flying was much more forgiving with pauses (hovers and brief landings) to synchronize) I have much difficulties in getting (hearing) the instructions and connect it to the manoeuvres and need to see the video several times it to make some of it to match. Knowing some of the figures (mostly in theory) makes it here and there possible to “reverse engineer” the (hearing of the) instructions, i.e. to figure out what must have been said (and then the audio suddenly makes obvious sense). Just to mimic this in thought and to immediately realize what should be done if you would be holding the handles is tricky (I guess this is the punishment for what I in my youth thought about square dance). Does the high wind high make the pace a natural choice, is it initially agreed on or is it following naturally from the skill of the participants? Still find the speed of instructions/manoeuvres very impressing. So little said and so much action initiated!
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    New kite opinions

    Though not an answer to your question of which kite to buy (to my understanding to start tricking) – start now and don’t wait. Though the 4D is not very tricky you can certainly start practising: barely flying/stalls, snap stalls, side slides, axels and fade launches (4D is rather stable in a fade if you scale the size of the inputs to fit the 4D). With the 4D I like the flat axels you get when set up correctly. This is how I manage it: fly horizontally to the edge of the wind window, turn downwards so that the nose ends up pointing upwards (just as you would initiate a side slide) and then let the outer hand extend a bit so that the outer (hand) wing tip sinks back (and the nose lowers somewhat). Then you make the outer hand axel pull. I have never seen Quantum (only heard that it demands some wind), but I know that at least one person ( https://kitelife.com/forum/blogs/blog/17-learning-to-fly-dual-lines/ ) progressed quite rapidly on that one. Though I think you shouldn’t wait to begin to learn tricks, I do think it is a good idea to use (and get) several kites for the never ending learning. There is always a first kite you learn a trick on, because that kite is less difficult to do that certain trick on - then translate/transfer the trick to other kites (and one day you can actually claim the trick). Also, if we speak DLKs, it would be good to cover the optimal wind range between a 4D and a Quantum.
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    p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 115%; }a:link { } p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; line-height: 115%; }a:link { } These eyes speak to me, in a stern and demanding way: ”Have you done your clockwork practice today?”
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    First look!

    Though I have not been able to ponder over the panel design by seeing it against the sky (as @Breezin addressed) and then iterate the design a few times and I sense that the sail designer might have set his mind on this one, I do say that I today share @makatakam opinion. My subjective view is that a a small zip of colour could add to the artistic and serve as a visual spice. E.g., the Tramontana is mainly a black and white kite, no doubt, but the red wingtips are a complement to that. A possible Djinn design preserving much of the current design could be like a piece of steel that is cooling down. The corners and edges are cool dark steel gray (or black), the sides are barely glowing reddish gray, but in a few small grooves/cracks you can still see that it is still glowing inside (would work with other inner glow colour scales as well while preserving the darker grey like part). On the other hand, inner glow stuff is not as original as the current Djinn design is. …and, single theme designs without any colour like HQ Infinity and Zebra (have not seen one though) work as well. Choices, options, choices, choices, options, decisions….
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    Touch of Blue, good night and goodbye

    Original photos with matching colours! Perhaps you could keep this one, send the would-have-been-the-new-owner another kite instead and hope that he or she wouldn't notice☺️?
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    Sail loading

    I suspekt that you know this so well so that therefore certain parts are left unexplained. But "input" what (a range of the x-axis, concrete, grass, butter...🤔?)?
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    Sail loading

    As I do it and have understood it no. The LE spars/sail should be chosen so that the additional pressure in the sail from your pull bends the LE and changes the sail shape. Releasing the brake lines when loading the sail can cause the trailing edge to flutter