of the kites i have the xts is the one i have most success with cyniques on, can regularly get three of four alternating susans, six being my best to date. (ao's original single standoff spike was pretty good at them too).
as craig said, you pop a lot earlier than you would expect, it's one of those instinctive things once you're in the groove and very hard to describe. i would say no more than 3/4 of the rotation, the lines need to be slack enough for susan but tight enough that the reversing input is pretty much instant. certainly a lower wind trick for me, walking forwards and making sure the back of the kite is pretty much facing you as you hit the reverse susan input otherwise, as you say, you simply pull the kite out of position.
well that's how i do it, not always the prettiest trick but when you get it right it's very satisfying.
have also heard before (one of those french guys i think (possibly even mm himself) but what do they know?
) that it is more accessible with the kite rolled up but to me that sounds potentially even more of a spreader buster and given the nature of the trailing edge of the xts i am loathed to practice it regularly
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