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About dmcneil

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Still figuring it out
  • Flying Since
    8/2013
  • Location
    RI
  • Country
    United States
  • Gender
    Male

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  1. One of the techniques mentioned in the Prism video is backing the kite down from the top of the window while keeping it pointed straight up and steady. They say this will give you the touch to control a slide. I practice it when I am out. It can be harder than you think sometimes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Any time I get out I work on slides a little. Such a graceful move. Nice counterpoint to all the spinning, flipping, and flopping. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Wish I could slide like that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Congrats. I have this kite and love it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Looks like we have something in common. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. That's one of the nice things about kiting - it's easy to make it all new again (2 line, 4 line, foils, etc.). Can get expensive though [emoji12]. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. The entire thing (Freestyle Pilot) is on You Tube in sections. "The Way to Fly" is the older version and is on You Tube in its entirety. Freestyle Pilot is on Amazon for $17. It also comes with certain Prism kites [emoji1]. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Rob makes a great point. Micro adjustments on the trailing hand. Another way I learned to maintain a slide was to start a stall on the upper part of the side of the window and let the kite fall into the slide. Then work on seeing how far you can keep the slide going. I found this way much easier to start a slide. Once you get the feel for maintaining a slide, entering it from the downward turn becomes easier. I can only hit that about 1/3rd of the time. But I couldn't do it at all until I got the feel for maintaining a slide. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. The best tip I received on the slide was that once you attempt the stall you should maintain constant/consistent tension with the "leading" hand, and only make adjustments with the trailing hand. By "leading" I mean the hand on the inside of the window. To keep consistent tension may require walking forward Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Sounds like my session with my Zephyr today. While difficult conditions to fly in they pay dividends when the smooth winds come. If you can hold a fade in those conditions you can do it one handed at the beach. Sometimes keeping it in the air is the exercise of the day. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Of course Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I have seen so many "Welcome" posts from JB I did a quick count - 45 in August. That is freakin' awesome. Glad to see so many people taking an interest. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Another kite that has received good reviews here is the Skyburner Nik Nak. Captain Bob preferred it to his 4D. Search this forum and read his comments. Size-wize I think it's a six footer, right between the 4D and Zephyr. Others say it flys more like a full size kite. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. For the Zephyr the tail weight helps me with the flipiness of the kite. Makes it easier to roll up, back flip, etc. For tighter turns adjusting the bridle to a nose back in higher winds helps a lot. Then I have to actually correct for oversteer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. The absolute low end for the Zephyr is achieved by removing the upper spreader, removing the tail weights, and adjusting the bridle. Before doing all that I find that it likes > 4 the best. That's why I like having the 4D also, for the 0-4 days, much less low wind skill required to keep it in the air. In the right conditions both hold a fade well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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