Ara Ararauna wrote:
As a really serious comment, one thing that occurred to me when starting to fly kites was the following.
When I got my first dual-line I saw the freestyle flyers and thought: "I'll never go into that type of flying. Too chaotic. I can't make out anything of what they are doing and it looks like sloppy flying. I will only do precision."
I should have applied to myself that say of "Never say never".
So what made me change. When I started to understand each trick I was able to appreciate what the difficulties and beauty of it all were.
So keeping it simple could be one way. However, another would be to fly a UL or SUL in low wind.
Two of the videos that have made me really go WOW! have been for slow moving, yet complex, difficult and "spectacular" flying.
I think we could make it analog to slow motion videos that you all produce for us newbies to make us understand and learn how a trick is achieved.
So, since you cannot slowmo in real life, you can fly UL/SUL in low wind.
The two videos I can recall as having marked me are the following:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toJAJzCrP5I
Hope this helps!
Ara, It does help.
Regarding your first video, you might know that I'm already a Skyburner and Devin fan, particularly during and since the development of the Ocius SUL. Regarding the second - this Skyfall video is particularly impressive - thank you.
The low wind video that caught my eye was - “A morning in Venice” showing Samuel Roger and Laura Mastromauro flying the NSE WW – I downloaded a good quality "venezia.avi" copy of this when it first came out. Don't know of a website for downloading this now. But a small version is on the R-Sky website.
We didn’t have the same feeling as you about freestyle when we first started out. Don’t know why. Might have been because we had the “A” team (Fivers) for stunt kites: Piero, Dave (Popeye), Craig, Pete (711jrp) and others flying practically on our doorstep – at Purley near London ~12 miles up the road, but no precision and ballet flying nearby. Perhaps it was because one of the first videos we were exposed to was the “official Deep Space promo “ video (see http://www.bensonkites.com/media/videos.html
) – it was my other half who was the motivating force and video finder in those days. Anyway, for whatever reason, with us, our aims from the start included learning tricks. It was months later, as we found tricks so difficult, that we turned to precision and ballet, where we could get good coaching from STACK and Close Encounters.
Lex and others write about people not getting tricks. In years gone by, precision has saved my face on many occasions. One particularly memorable one was when I was trying to master the lazy susan – a trick I still have trouble with. On that day, every single time I tried, the kite would pitch rotate in the Lazy Susan rotation, resulting in tip wraps – this happened 6 times or more. Some teenage boys nearby started taking the piss, ending up with “Give me a go”. As the bottom of the last tangle (I was getting plenty of practice at untangling the tip wrap during the kite’s ignominious descent), I switched to a sharp corner into horizontal flight and a square cornered near perfect staircase up the window followed by a fast square. They shut up and walked off.
In recent years I haven’t had that sort of experience. The most teasing has been “Just give up! There’s no wind!” from the local boys, and they have given up shouting that now. The reason is probably that my regular flying site of the last two years is somehow in a wind shadow. There is perhaps one session in 3 or 4 where the wind gets above 4mph. Consequently the locals see all that I do in slow motion. – They come over to pass the time of day and say complementary things even though I may not have been practicing precision. They seem to “get it”. But it isn’t them that ask me for the informal demos – It is people who know I fly kites, but haven’t seen me do it.