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Author Topic: What do you think you need?  (Read 2147 times)
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« on: June 08, 2018, 07:05 PM »

What do you think you need or need to do to learn how to do "slack line" tricks?

Please list only one item for each person posting in this thread. Please give others a chance to post.

Whatever it is you think a person needs you might want to elaborate some about the item you listed.

Hopefully this thread will help some struggling slack line fliers out there.  Grin

I'll start by saying I think you need a 7 1/2 foot trick capable kite. There are several out there to choose from. If for some reason your first choice kite doesn't seem to be working like you expect, try a different kite.

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2018, 07:09 PM »


Smooth onshore winds.

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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2018, 08:15 PM »

A patient teacher at my side.
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2018, 08:59 PM »

Time

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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2018, 02:31 AM »

perseverance
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2018, 10:35 AM »

Desire, the need to fly like those guys. No doubt moving up to Sky Burners, Lam kites, Hydra and Zephyr have helped. There's a you tube video of a guy in Arizona flying a HQ Bebop. Very impressive. If he showed up while I was flying one of my top of the line kites I might just pack up and go home massaging my ego the whole way  Sad.
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2018, 11:23 AM »

Most important thing I can think of is how to do ground recoveries.
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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2018, 01:08 PM »

The half axel - itís the key to everything.

I mean a full on hard, you can hear the sail punch, half axel.  Once you can do that, you have the skills and connection to pickup most anything with some effort.
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2018, 03:35 PM »

I agree, it would take desire.
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2018, 04:28 PM »

Ya need to learn how to crash very gently...
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2018, 05:41 PM »

Someone who is better than you and is a patient teacher.
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2018, 06:56 PM »

Videos.

Back in the day, Dodd Gross' series. Prism vids. Andy Preston vids ("controlled uncontrollability").

Been a bunch more since that others can suggest.

Youtube!

Then get out and try to replicate.

Particularly when there is no one to hand to help (or to supplement same).

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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2018, 10:16 AM »

Thanks to all posters and It looks like we're ready for round two.
Unless the wind is absolutely perfect for the kite you are flying: You need to MOVE. In most cases forward to create "slack". Sometimes backwards to make a fade rise. Do Not get stuck in concrete. Remember, the kite needs "slack" to do the trick. In most cases you will only need to move a step or two forward. You can also extend your arms forward to create slack. I've watched so many videos on here that if the flier would have moved forward a step or two or extended his arms forward he would have completed the trick.
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2018, 11:03 AM »

But too much slack is as bad as not enough, the key to everything is slack-line-management.

The kite needs just enough slack to complete the rotation/transition - nothing more.

Tom's right about the half-axle and once you have nice cascades tho you've pretty much cracked it.

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« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2018, 11:53 AM »

For the last month my 1/2 axles have gone kaputt. I'll do a rixel 90% of the time no matter what kite I'm on. They were still pretty rough before this brain fart appeared. It's something so simple that I keep overlooking it. Sick of looking at the videos. I'll get it back but flying with a good flier the issue would have been gone long ago. Really putting a damper on Slot and Taz practice. Because 1/2 axle skills suck I've broke LS on a Zephyr, Widow ng and Hydra trying cascades. Line has wrapped around kite. Yank trying to get out of trouble and crack in the air. Same position all 3 times. I'll now let the kite come to ground and then unwrap lines. Yeah right that's what I said to myself the 1st time. Grandson took a really hard nose dive in 20+ on the Hydra last Sunday and probably weakened the LS.Winds were picking up and I wanted him to try going around the power zone 1 more time before we quit. My bad. Couple days ago I heard that now all to familiar crack. I can do a lot of stuff now and think I'm at a level 3 but until my 1/2 axles are honed I can't call myself a trickster yet.
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