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Jacobs Ladder

a.k.a. Ours des Prairies



TP-USA Tricks Party Definition Group 4

^The JACOB’S LADDER is a continuous series of transitions between a half BACKSPIN rotation and a half LAZY SUSAN. Each “rung” of the ladder consists of one set of the two alternating rotations. The direction of the rotations does not matter. The trick is entered from either a FADE or a TURTLE. If it is entered from a FADE (belly up, nose toward the pilot), the kite is rotated approximately 180° so that it is belly up, nose away as in a TURTLE, but with the lines still over the leading edges and coming from under the kite. The kite is then rolled on the pitch axis so that the nose swings down and around a full 360°, into a true TURTLE. The kite is then rotated approximately 180°, so that it is belly up, nose toward the pilot as in a FADE, but with the lines still over the trailing edge and coming from underneath. Finally the kite is rolled again on the pitch axis so that the nose swings up and around a full 360°, into a true FADE. This entire sequence constitutes one full rung of JACOB’S LADDER. (If the trick is entered from a TURTLE, it starts with a half LAZY SUSAN and the alternating sequence continues as just described.) The kite must complete three full rungs of the ladder. The smoothness of the transitions between positions is crucial to the quality of the trick. The method and direction of entry and exit do not matter.
KEY ELEMENTS: ►Minimum 3 full rungs.

Execution

Primary Execution

Fly the kite towards the ground give slack with both lines then pull with both lines so the kite moves into a Fade.
Pop one line so the kite spins through half a turn Turtle position, but with the lines coming from behind the kite.
Pull on both lines so the kite pitches through a full turn and ends up in a true Turtle.
Pop on one line so the kite comes around half a turn into a Fade with the lines again coming from behind the kite.
Pull on both lines so the kite pitches a full turn into a True Fade.
One rung has now been completed to complete the rest pop the opposite line you did before so the kite spins the opposite way so your lines do not become twisted as you do more rungs.


Videos with the Trick

Trick animation by Roy Reed

Tutorials

A tutorial by Randy Greenway
TPUSA judging tutorial


Fade, Turtle, Backspin and Lazy Susan

Created by Kamikaze. Last Modification: Monday 20 of April, 2009 14:47:49 BST by Kamikaze.