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!! TP-USA Tricks Party Definition Group 3
- ^The 540 is a single 540 belly-down rotation initiated from a flare (belly down, nose away) that is entered from a vertical line of flight. The kite is flown straight down, flared, and rotated on its belly a full 540, ending with the nose toward the pilot. The rotation should be as flat as possible, with no change in altitude. The trick is exited nose-up.
+ ^The 540 is a single 540 belly-down rotation initiated from a ((Flare)) (belly down, nose away) that is entered from a vertical line of flight. The kite is flown straight down, flared, and rotated on its belly a full 540, ending with the nose toward the pilot. The rotation should be as flat as possible, with no change in altitude. The trick is exited nose-up.
KEY ELEMENTS: ►Nose-down entry. ►Flat rotation. ►Nose-up exit.^

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!! Execution
!!! Primary Execution
- The 540 flat spin starts off with a vertical dive. Bring your arms behind you to prepare for a dead stop. Stop the kite by throwing both arms forward. This should flatten out the kite with the nose pointing away from you (Pancake position) . Some kites like a very fast kill (Stranger, Box of Tricks) other prefer a slightly slower kill (Phantom Elite, MEFM). The trick is to kill the kite slightly unevenly. If you're going to "pop" it with your right hand, then let your left hand lead slightly when throwing your arms forward. This will kill the kite with the nose pointing slightly to the left. After that a firm "pop" with the right hand immediately followed by lots of slack on both hands should initiate a flat spin. As long as you want the kite to spin you have to leave a lot of slack in your lines. Allow the kite to rotate one and a half times (540 degrees...). The last 1/4 turn is the tricky part. The kite can catch the wind and not want to turn up. You can help it along by a short gentle tug of the left hand. This extra tug takes a lot of practice to get right, but eventually will allow you to give it an extra revolution or two (and even reverse direction).
+ The 540 flat spin starts off with a vertical dive. Bring your arms behind you to prepare for a dead stop. Stop the kite by throwing both arms forward. This should flatten out the kite with the nose pointing away from you (((Flare)) position) . Some kites like a very fast kill (Stranger, Box of Tricks) other prefer a slightly slower kill (Phantom Elite, MEFM). The trick is to kill the kite slightly unevenly. If you're going to "pop" it with your right hand, then let your left hand lead slightly when throwing your arms forward. This will kill the kite with the nose pointing slightly to the left. After that a firm "pop" with the right hand immediately followed by lots of slack on both hands should initiate a flat spin. As long as you want the kite to spin you have to leave a lot of slack in your lines. Allow the kite to rotate one and a half times (540 degrees...). The last 1/4 turn is the tricky part. The kite can catch the wind and not want to turn up. You can help it along by a short gentle tug of the left hand. This extra tug takes a lot of practice to get right, but eventually will allow you to give it an extra revolution or two (and even reverse direction).

As simple as that? Well actually, no. There are a few subtle things that you have to get right to perform the 540 Flat Spin and unless you know what you're looking for, they can be difficult to get right.

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Looking down from above in a bird's eye view, the kite flier on the left has killed the kite evenly. The flier on the right has thrown his left arm further forward which has made the kite rotate a little in an anti-clockwise direction. The kite is now set up for the pop.
- ^<br />-+ Nose ---> * * +-<br />-+ | \ +-<br />-+ T/Edge --> ___|___ \ _/ +-<br />-+ \ / _/ / +-<br />-+ \ / _/ / ( weird looking kite, eh? ) +-<br />-+ Lines ---> X \ / +-<br />-+ (crossed) / \ X +-<br />-+ / \ / \ +-<br />-+ m \ +-<br />-+ Hands ---> m m | \ +-<br />-+ Arms ---> | | \ m +-<br />-+ Body ---> \O/ O_/ +-<br />^
+ <br />^ ~pp~ <br />-+ Nose ---> * * <br />-+ | \ <br />-+ T/Edge --> ___|___ \ _/ <br />-+ \ / _/ / <br />-+ \ / _/ / ( weird looking kite, eh? ) <br />-+ Lines ---> X \ / <br />-+ (crossed) / \ X <br />-+ / \ / \ <br />-+ m \ <br />-+ Hands ---> m m | \ <br />-+ Arms ---> | | \ m <br />-+ Body ---> \O/ O_/ <br />~/pp~ ^<br /><br />
The "Pop"
You've killed the kite and there's only one place to go: The "Pop". Consult the Crap ASCII Art diagram above (the stick flier on the right) and check your position. Don't worry if your hands don't look like the little "m" characters, though. The important thing is that you've thrown you hands forward such that your left arm is fully extended and your right hand is down by your waist, or perhaps a little further forwards.

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The center of the window is most dangerous, especially in a ballistic wind. Imagine the kite screaming down towards the ground in a mad suicidal dash, only to stop at the very last minute with a loud crunch as the frame splinters, tearing through the sail and embedding the spine firmly in the ground.
- The moral: practice in lighter winds, off to one side of the center of the window. If you go too far out, you can find the kite sliding sideways as it spins. This is the basis of an advanced Flat Spin trick - the Flash, but for beginners it can be a little off-putting. The left(ish) side of the window is slightly easier for right-handed poppers and vice-versa.
+ The moral: practice in lighter winds, off to one side of the center of the window. If you go too far out, you can find the kite sliding sideways as it spins. This is the basis of an advanced Flat Spin trick - the ((Flash)), but for beginners it can be a little off-putting. The left(ish) side of the window is slightly easier for right-handed poppers and vice-versa.

The "Eezy Peezy" 540 Flat Spin Technique

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Instead of flying directly down to the ground, try flying out from the top center of the window, down towards the bottom left hand corner of the window. You should aim to reach the point where the kite slows down and almost stops by itself (ideally without hitting the ground). The nose of the kite should be pointing towards 7 or 8 o'clock on an imaginary clock.
- Now execute the same 540 Flat Spin maneuver as described above *but* doing everything a bit slower because the wind should be holding the kite almost stationary - "parked" at the edge of the window. A nice gentle kill (push that left hand forward!) followed by a smooth right hand pop should be enough to start the kite spinning smoothly around. Remember that it needs slack in the lines once it's started to get all the way around.
+ Now execute the same 540 maneuver as described above *but* doing everything a bit slower because the wind should be holding the kite almost stationary - "parked" at the edge of the window. A nice gentle kill (push that left hand forward!) followed by a smooth right hand pop should be enough to start the kite spinning smoothly around. Remember that it needs slack in the lines once it's started to get all the way around.

If you prefer to "pop" your left hand, then fly out to the right side of the window, push your right hand forward and then "pop" with your left.
- You'll probably notice that the kite slides back in towards the center of the window while it's spinning and it probably won't spin totally flat to the ground. In fact, the trick you've just done is a 540 Flat Spin variation that has a name of its own: The Flashback. Because it happens more slowly out at the edge of the window, it's a little easier to learn than the straight 540 Flat Spin.
+ You'll probably notice that the kite slides back in towards the center of the window while it's spinning and it probably won't spin totally flat to the ground. In fact, the trick you've just done is a 540 variation that has a name of its own: The ((Flashback)). Because it happens more slowly out at the edge of the window, it's a little easier to learn than the straight 540 Flat Spin.
- When you've mastered the Flashback you can try coming in a little from the edge of the window, speeding up the dive, and heading more downwards than out. Eventually you should be doing straight 540 Flat Spins without thinking about it.
+ When you've mastered the ((Flashback)) you can try coming in a little from the edge of the window, speeding up the dive, and heading more downwards than out. Eventually you should be doing straight 540's without thinking about it.

The footwork

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!! Video Links
- !!! Videos with the trick<br />This is an animation by Roy Reed<br />[http://www.reeddesign.co.uk/tricks/540.html]
+ !!! Videos with the Trick<br />[http://www.reeddesign.co.uk/tricks/540.html|Trick animation by Roy Reed]

!!! Tutorials
- A tutorial by Randy Greenway can be found on this page<br />[http://sportkiteflyer.spaces.live.com/]<br />[http://tp-usa.org/TrainingVideos/ModuleA/540.avi]
+ [http://sportkiteflyer.spaces.live.com/|A tutorial by Randy Greenway]<br />[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXmEO7irsow|TPUSA judging tutorial]
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- !! Related tricks
+ !! Related Tricks
((180 Flat Spin))

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