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Exult last won the day on August 21

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  1. Good endurance! ...Now why don't I have any good looking red kites?...
  2. Again, the Rev B-series, this time the mid-vent on 25m lines (82ft). Actually on a beach today, so very little ground contact not to have sand in the end caps. The main drill of the day. Themes of the session: Focus this time on... really feeling the lines (or occasionally remind myself to) - Not only see the kite and summarize the move by a feel(/feeling?)., but focus on feeling the lines and think about the handles movement. Identify the input one is doing. Work on doing the ladder down wing tip pivots backwards while minimizing the end/stop wobbling, Method: mix in forwards ladder up wing tip pivots (easier) to get feeling of the the powered drive when flying the wing through the pivot. Then preserve the feeling when doing backwards/down pivots. Think of the handles and think what “they” did the last time when the move went well so that you can increase that component(s). And yes, the drill is cyclic.
  3. Sometimes patience is really rewarded! B.t.w. he first time I saw my wife was on a downhill ski trip when I also did some limited ski traction kiting. I still have the kite (a 5^2 Peter Lynn Peel - my first foil (guess that one should have started with a small trainer foil, but budget was really limited at the time)), but I haven’t used it since. How serious! Myself, I'm on a diet - never more than two kites and not (preferably) more than one purchase a year. There is so much to learn from one kite. It is a start (like feeding wild birds with breadcrumbs in your hand), but the real take off would be when your sons borrow the kites to go flying/piloting with friends. Funny, after the snap stall the axle was the first trick for me. To do the Lazy Susan, that took a loong time. Good luck with your return to kiting!
  4. The almost 45 deg ground contact move (without a name?) Kite: Rev B-series Std Wind: Fluctuating between winds suitable for the Rev B-series std and mid vent Frame: 3 wrap tubes in the LE and 2PT in the downspars Lines: 8.2m (27ft) and 15m (49ft) Handles: 13 inch During the weekend I had been watching two videos where the short outer edge of the kite makes a quick ground contact: https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/6210-whats-your-favourite-video-to-introduce-the-dark-side/?do=findComment&comment=47628&_rid=10687 (JB on Rev B2 - Great video !!) https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/8174-jb-eli-albany-bulb/?_rid=10687 (Here JB and Eli Russel "are" “Bad to the bone”) My attempts on this move (e.g. at o:39 in the first video) has been rare, single tries and a little clumsy - my to go ground contact has been with the wing tip. I have also not known/decided of the ground contact is a 45 deg side slide into the ground or if the hole kite is partly lowered downwards into the ground. Especially in the latter video he kite is lowered so I decided to go into that direction for this session. Method (opinion might change when I learn more of this move). This was how I did/thought about it today: Fly the kite parallel to the ground. Add some brake on the top side to rotate the kite by almost 45 deg. With the lower handle drag the hole kite downwards so it briefly/gently touches the ground. Fly off with LE first Doing two 45 deg ground contacts directly after each other demanded greater control when powering up the sail/taking off after the first ground contact, so it was good training.
  5. How odd! So I guess that this upper "line-spreader" is under tension to keep things fixed? This should cause the leading edges to be bent slightly inwards?
  6. When kite piloting occupies your mind outside the field between the sessions. After the session: What do I want to continue with the next session? Any insights that should be remembered? Did I miss rehearsing anything that has not been practiced in a while? Between/before sessions: Watch videos and read forum posts - is there a new move/sequence/style that one can attempt to borrow? Sometimes figure on hand movements, both on things that you can do and want to learn. Are there similarities/differences between different moves that can be used to vary the moves? Is there a new sequence that can prevent one from pŕacticing "only" the std things in the ordinary way?
  7. Kite: Rev B-series Std Wind: Between the Rev Indoor and B-series Std Frame: 3 wrap tubes in the LE (guess that I was lazy enough not to swap them) and 2PT in the downspars Lines: 8.2m (27ft) Handles: 13 inch After a visit to the dentist I looked for distraction, so that I wouldn't think of any pain when the anesthesia ceased. I just happened to had packed the kite bag in the car before going to the visit. Could find a small space by the sea. Had to stop frequently in good time not to worry passers by. Half the wind window was OK wind from the sea and the other half was behind a small tree with sparse branches. The main "mission" was just to do "the normal stuff" and not try to be affected by the conditions. Sometimes this tangle happens when doing catches and glides. How to avoid it? Make the sleeved loop shorter or tape around the sleeving knot (or just remove the sleeving altogether some would say)? When the wind is tangential (somewhere) to the a bit rounded pier I instead use the 15m (49ft) line set here.
  8. 👍👍👍 That is right! Safety always comes first! ⛑️🦺🥽
  9. Thank you for your detailed reply regarding the glider kites! Cool to involve vertical winds! However there are some aspects of this that I totally can be without. The following is not my cup of tea...:
  10. Nexus adjustment At least the Nexus 2.0 comes with a std prussic knot on a pig tail tow point bridle adjustment according to the Prism website (Main > Our Kites > Dual_Line Framed Kites > Nexus 2.0 > Support > Nexus 2.0 Manual > Bridle Overview). It also seems to be a simple but clever limitation of the available range by two overhand knots on each side of the pigtail ("1-1/2in apart"). General adjustment On any bridle all adjustments should be small, like 1cm/0.5in or less. When finished with the adjustment sliding, hold the prussic and pull the pigtail to lock the prussic and fix the position. Often the factory default setting is marked with a permanent marker dot. Four general rules for dual line kite bridle adjustment that work for me: Do nothing - keep it at the default factory position for most winds. In higher winds to still have the stalls available - nose back. If you have to, to get the kite going in light wind - nose towards you. In very high winds - nose towards you to relive pressure (or get your vented quad) The nose away from you comes with the bonus of keen small radius turns. The nose towards you comes with the penalty of large radius turns. Test the nose back setting in higher winds with a (snap) stall or a side slide. My recommendation to you is to not think so very much about this for your first session with your new Nexus. Instead chose a medium or somewhat lower wind day that will work with the factory default setting. Try the kite with the lines on the field and see if there is some other issue that limits your sessions. Good luck! (Nope, I haven't got a Nexus - Only some older Prism duals)
  11. I haven't even seen a glider kite in real life so they are somewhat exotic to me. Therefore I have some questions (but not so much time for an actual new branch of kiting or any purchase). Where does one buy iFlites in Europe? During a session, what does one aim for? Flying (3D) figures? A calm soft "natural" relaxing flow to calm music for anti stress purposes? Rising/diving quickly? Quick turns on demand? Fighter kite practice indoors? The eternal indoor quest - finding the space. At the local tennis facilities a few years ago I once managed to get a few minutes indoor kite testing for free (they were highly skeptic). Indoors outdoors is my way mostly.
  12. OK, now something for your Saturday beach day (and many sessions to come). Work on a couple of things: Side slides Bicycle rotations Power-ups/deadstops Small figures, like a square, rhomb, triangle... Side slides Do an inverted hover close to the edge of the wind window and just drift downwind. When you can do this (not necessarily on Saturday), try speeding it up by driving the kite sideways by pulling mostly on the front side handle. Pulling like this hard will cause the powered kite to turn following the now curved LE. To counteract this and continue in a straight line, apply brake on the trailing side and release brake on the leading side. Bicycle rotations Keep the center in one place. Power-ups/deadstops I see this as a two stroke thing (the thumbs should be on top of the handles): Pull on all four lines to speed up. Throw out your thumbs/arms in front of you to stop the kite. It should be like if you are hitting something in front of you with your thumbs while your arms extend front/downwards. Small figures, like a square, rhomb, triangle... You don't want to look like you just are having problems in making the kite fly? Include figures! It is also a good over all practice in control. Let us know how it goes! Yes a last (important) tip. With a rev-like kite don't use unnecessarily short settings on the top line, instead use one of the outermost knots. To find a good trim point on your upper leaders you can test it by doing a LE up hover (except for in the lowest of winds). Extend the top line setting until you can barely keep the hover.
  13. This session I tried a new place. I had gotten permission to be on a neighbor’s property. I could fit in the 8.2m lines (27ft). Unfortunately the wind had a habit of changing direction almost 180 deg due to a long nearby island blocking the wind. Yes, towards the end of the session the kite ended up in the water. The Rev B-series Std. Temporary mid setting on the top leaders for testing purposes. If this session had a theme (apart from some usual maintenance practice) I'd say it was trying to mimic dual line half axels and its possible resemblance to quick 180 deg (team) turns. I tried "shortening the top lines" for this. Earlier I have also tried bridle less piloting when doing dual line like half axels. I'd say that I’m still learning though. Successfully fishing algae goo by application of the tangle method.
  14. You can go backwards and, I assume, forwards. You can hold a hover in any direction. You can turn in some manner. From this you should be able to start/land with the leading edge (LE) upwards/downwards? You attempted a quad slack line trick (a flic flac) very early and write in a kind of condensed way. Action/just go for it, seems to be a driving force? (Me obviously going Sherlock or Freud today... 🤔 ) A flic flac is IMO more of an icing on the cake, but less an early stage building block. If you want action also in low and low/medium wind, learn how to power up the kite by for a moment pulling on all four lines. Also try doing it rather aggressively. For the kite to respond and to really grab the air, function like an efficient wing and jump forward (instead of more towards you), you need to have quite much brake. Find and maximise the response in the lines when tugging on all the lines.
  15. Well it depends of what basic means... It is a bit difficult to recommend anything new when it is not obvious where you are. Also I wouldn't say that all progress is necessarily linear. In the mean time one can always polish what one already can do and do variations in tempo. You could always make sequences/figures of the known stuff in various speeds. E.g.: Can you side slide - try it vertically back and forth. Can you do one dead stop - make it a rapid series (how quickly can you make a start/stop cycle...), Now instead make it slow while trying to minimize any wobble. One can think of the small details. How can you vary the "default" 90 deg turn (whatever that would be)? Do you stop before the turn, do you preserve the speed or do you speed up the kite? Is the pivot point at the wing tip, in the centre of the kite or in a point in between? I like exercises that are cyclic, that gets you back to the start position (again and again), because that quickly gives you those repetitions that are good when learning (and aren't we all learning constantly?). Have you practiced the "basic moves" in low wind yet? Tried a short line set?
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