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Author Topic: Why is it so smooth ?  (Read 2404 times)
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« on: May 29, 2010, 07:30 PM »

Every tricks and the transition between tricks are so smooth. Is there a technical explainations of it ?

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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2010, 08:21 PM »

  the technical explaination   for  it  is   one  smooth  ass  flier that  know what he is doing   Cool Wink
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2010, 09:15 PM »

Also, perfect wind (6-8 mph, maybe?), lab grade flying conditions,on the beach no less, and yes it's one bad a$$ pilot.
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2010, 10:21 PM »

Definitely the kite... Oh and that other stuff
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2010, 10:24 PM »

practice, a reliable kite, and good wind.
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2010, 10:55 PM »

Skill

It's all about skill.

Everything else is secondary.

(I suppose I should watch the video now, but I'm pretty confident in that answer)
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2010, 11:15 PM »

Yup.

Skill.

Two very different pilots. One looks to have a background in ballet flying, which comes through in freestyle quite often as an accuracy, or intentionality. Thought behind the tricks. Thinking a move or two ahead is something you get good at in ballet, and it's a skill that can make freestyle flying look smooth and more intentional.

There are lots of styles in sport kite flying, but control, intentionality, grace can come through regardless of the number of tricks you know, the kind of kite you fly or the kind of music playing in your head.

Tricks don't take a lot to learn how to do once. They can take years to learn how to do well. The kind of flying in that video is the result of a huge number of hours on the lines, and a certain level of aptitude. This is a physical skill. The kite isn't smooth or tricky or precise or radical or anything by itself. It's an inanimate object.

Ever see a really good puppet show? Same thing.
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2010, 12:31 AM »

Is there a technical explanation for it ?
Well the flyers are also the kite company's founders so presumably they made a kite that suited their flying styles which is always a start. But yes... it's mostly the flyers' skill and not the kite (although not entirely I could argue) or the conditions even.

I do like the way that Alphakites have managed to build quite a lot of buzz recently about this kite with some stellar videos. Let's not forget this kite has been on the market for around two years old* already.

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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2010, 01:17 AM »

Skill of the flyer 90% minimum
Kite 10% max!
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2010, 01:21 AM »

Wind: 20%
Pilot:  60%
Kite: 20%

I give the kite so much only because you need a good, newer kite if you want to see the modern tricks.

The best pilot in the world with a Team Hawaiian won't be winning VF.
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2010, 09:47 AM »

Wind: 20%
Pilot:  60%
Kite: 20%

I give the kite so much only because you need a good, newer kite if you want to see the modern tricks.

The best pilot in the world with a Team Hawaiian won't be winning VF.

Wind 30%
Pilot 65%
Kite 5%

Disclaimer: Pilots in video are excellent flyers, no doubt.

I didn't find the flying particularly smooth.  Looks more like modern aggressive flyers in perfect sunset wind.
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« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2010, 10:03 AM »

Smooth flying requires:

1st: Wind, it's all about the quality of the wind.
2nd:Of coarse you need skills.
3rd: and then the kite would be third most important.

In bumpy swirly winds I don't care how smooth and accomplished a flier you are you can only be so smooth. That being said, better skills will always make the flying look smoother.
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2010, 10:16 AM »

The flying I appreciate watching most is generally one of 2 kinds -  flowing smoothness and flat out surgical technical execution (fast or slow). 

As long as everything looks natural and intentional and the kite is always in control, I think its going to look pretty good.  The slow and smooth stuff I usually prefer - you can really see what the kite is doing.

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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2010, 10:55 AM »

Thanks for reposting. That is truly one of the best kite videos ever.  Huh
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2010, 01:53 PM »

Thanks for reposting. That is truly one of the best kite videos ever.  Huh
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