a.k.a. Sideway and Side Slide

TP-USA Tricks Party Definition Group 3

In the SLIDE, the kite travels horizontally while the nose points straight up. The line of travel should be as straight as possible, with no altitude gained or lost, and no wobble or lean in the kite’s orientation. The method and direction of entry and exit are not important. A SLIDE is considered excellent when it is long (maintained through at least half of the wind window), the wingtips remain parallel to the ground throughout, and the pilot does not move sideways or moves only a little. SLIDES performed close to the ground generally receive higher scores for risk factor (mainly because it’s easier to spot problems in the line of travel near the ground).
KEY ELEMENTS: ►Minimal sideways movement by the pilot. ►Length. ►Wingtips parallel to the ground.


Kite moves sideways horizontal to the ground nose up.


Primary Execution

Fly the kite across the window pop top wing while giving slack to bottom wing then return both hands to neutral this needs to be done quickly so it both points the nose of the kite up and stalls the kite. Then keep just enough tension on the lines to keep the kite in the air. You need slightly more tension on the line that the kite is traveling in.

Videos with the Trick

Trick animation by Roy Reed


TPUSA judging tutorial

Created by Kamikaze. Last Modification: Tuesday 14 of April, 2009 19:40:38 BST by Kamikaze.