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Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:50 pm
by Craig
Your skill level will rise much quicker if you meet up with more experienced flyers.

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:27 pm
by skinnypunter2
Craig wrote:
Your skill level will rise much quicker if you meet up with more experienced flyers.

...along with feelings of inadequacy.

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:02 pm
by atho
Where in Hampshire are you ? I am in Southampton me and KarlFA meet up so if you are keen to meet up give me a shout

I have been flying for a year now and I tell you it will all come together, just learn one trick at a time until you get it, don't give up
I use Trick or Treat and RandyG. I learnt by choosing one trick and have watched and rewound and watched until Iv'e nailed it. It will take time.

I also fly a DS and I love it, It was hard when I first got it thinking it was to advanced for me but now it's easy to fly.

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:17 pm
by SAW
PM sent atho.

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:48 am
by randyg
Patience and perserverence will be rewarded...but not fast enough. :P

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:22 am
by tpatters
I'd work on a decent snap-stall before you try doing much else. It will teach you that most of the movements are small, sharp, and fast - not big pulls.

When I started this stuff, I wasted alot of time by moving on to more advanced tricks before I could even reliably stop the kite. Once I took a more start simple and build it up approach, I've learned alot more and had more fun.

Just be sure to keep it fun - or whats the point.

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:59 pm
by kevspilly
Yeah just stick with, try breaking down tricks into smaller portions.
Like if a trick needs a flare to start with just practice flaring then goto to the next element when perfected.

Try and think about the inputs required and change them slightly, experimenting from as told in videos etc.

Most kites and even some flyers need slighlty different inputs to suit their style. I often have to compensation for my heavy handed inputs for example.

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:59 am
by asburyparkjohn
There are three levels to stunt kite flying:
1. The kite controls YOU.
2. YOU control the kite.
3. The Kite and YOU are ONE.
Since you are at Level 1 keep practicing. Bring an IPOD. Bring ice water. Your first move to learn is the snap stall. For six months just explore the 180 degree window and forget that axel crap. Are you HEARING ME from the STATES. Stay 8-) 8-) 8-)

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:53 am
by John
anomaly999 wrote:
can't wait until they hit their teens!

Won't create more time for flying though!

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:30 am
by Aeri
good tips asburyparkjohn...

learn the basics first ! you need them to advance
fly corners, stall, float in light wind,

dont forget to have fun :-)

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 8:50 pm
by karlFA
Definately stick with it. I've been flying for a couple of year, and was at the limit of Axle, Half Axle and sometimes could do a decent fade.
Couple of weeks ago i met up with Atho he shared some good tips. Monday night he showed me the Fractured Axle and after a couple of hours i'm 100% improved. Can now do some decent Axle to Fade and Axle to FlicFlac.

Meeting up with other fliers is definately the key to your improvement.

Stick with it. you have a great kite too.


Posted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:28 am
by jaybett
You can do a belly launch into a fade and a rough version of the half axel? Those are significant achievements.

Kiting in general is to build upon achievements with typically very small steps. Now that you can belly launch into a fade, practice getting the fade to rise and holding it

Once you get the basics of a trick down, then play with it. In how low of wind, can you do a belly launch to fade? How fast or slow can you do the flip into a fade? How light of a pull can you use?


Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:30 pm
by DaveyH
Posted a topic on the 11th Aug regarding practice line length as I was stuggling myself just getting up a level. (Thanks to all who replied.) Have now started doing a half decent 1/2 axle. (ok it shoots back in all sorts of directions) a few 540's ( as described by Mr. wardley ) and now an axle. Will concentrate on these and the side slide before I try anything else. One thing I have realised is the kite I've been using with most success is the Fury 1. Doesn't matter how much I mess up, the kite is just waiting for me to take up the slack and away it goes.
Keep trying and chin up.