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TP-USA Tricks Party Definition Group 1

The AXEL is a 360° belly-down rotation. It begins with the kite in a STALL, nose-up. The kite then falls belly down, nose toward the pilot and rotates a full 360°. The kite should be oriented nose-up for both entry and exit. For the best score, the AXEL should be low, flat, and in the center of the window.
KEY ELEMENTS: ►Flat rotation. ►Nose-up entry and exit.


Primary Execution

The kite is made to 'float' around one rotation in a stall-type spin. Cause the kite to hover in front of you for an instant by using a Stall (rock the kite from side to side by pulling left then right, to get the feel of it). Once the kite is stalled, push your right hand slightly forward and immediately pull your right hand far back and extend your left hand well to your front. This will cause the kite to flip. After you have that part down, combine all of the parts together to for one flowing motion. Some kites need a gentle motion of the pulling hand, others need a snappy pull...experiment !

Alternative Executions

Another approach to learning the axel is to fly the kite to the edge (say right edge) then initiate a slow push turn by pushing the lower (right in this case) hand gently. As the nose passes 12 o'clock snap the right hand back and extend your left hand forward. Once you've mastered this, try the approach above...

You can also fly the kite in a big circle then as the kite gets between the eleven o'clock and 12 o'clock position pop with the opposite hand and give slack. The purpose of the big circle is to set up the kite with one wing back.

What seems to be essential for learning a nice Axel is the setup as present in all the ways described above. You need to have the wing you are going to pop to be slightly back from the other wing. Look at it this way: the more the wing you pull is towards you, the more you will pull wing AND spine, and the kite will start moving forward as well as rotate. That's not what you want. Having the pop-wing leaning too far back results in something similar. A slight leaning back is just what you need.

The Axel is the most important trick in kiting as it is the basis for many other tricks and teaches the essential skill of setup, pop and slack.

Videos with the Trick

Trick animation by Roy Reed


video clip of the axel performed by Dodd Gross. ("avi" format 2.2 Mb).
TPUSA judging tutorial

See Axel Group of Tricks Functional Index

Created by Ian Newham. Last Modification: Monday 06 of April, 2009 23:52:08 BST by Kamikaze.