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Brad Morris

Spin vrs Bicycle Question

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Have only been flying a few months but I am flying alot (Thanks to Coronavirus!). I joined the REV38 club to help me focus when I am out flying. I am on level 3 which has me doing 2 CCW, slide across the window and then 2 CW spins. Here's my problem. I am not able to keep the kite "level" when doing those spins. I loose altitude. A little the first rev and much the second rev. Yes, the more the wind the less loss but should I be loosing any? As I read I am hearing everyone just using the thumb and holding it in there, maybe starting up just a bit first but Its not working for me. I can do the bicycle fairly well and keep it in the same altitude but for that I am using thumbs, brake and arms. Am I expecting too much when doing spins? I have no one to fly with and watch or ask questions so sorry in advance!!

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Practice 180 degree turns one inch above the ground,

you're after "raising(backing up) the bottom wing" instead of driving the top wing forward. 

When this is second nature and you don't think about it, your turns or spins will never descend ever again

driving the top wing forward is a two string technique, used to power back towards the center of the wind window, quads need no such assistance, remember your practice sessions, an inch above the ground?

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The way that spin is presented in Level 3 will always cause you to lose some altitude, especially out on the edge of the window as in that Level 3 pattern.  It's presented as being just wrist motion, but there's got to be some arm motion (i.e. "bicycle") to really keep the spin in place.  Just do that.

The only way that spin works as presented is if you really snap it hard, let the kite float through the spin, and catch it when you're ready to stop.  That will work, and you can get good at it, but it's based more on hope than control.  I prefer to learn the control.

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