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« on: October 05, 2010, 10:23 PM »

Hello all,

First post, please be gentle  Wink

Of all the tricks I have seen sport kites do, this one to me is the most 'elegant' looking but I am not sure what it is called.  It starts high in the center of the wind window and the then begins to fall down uniformly level on it back or front (well, a bit less than level or it wouldn't come down) and then slowly spirals lower and lower making multiple rotations around the center of kite.  Its kinda like a helicopter without a tail rotor kind of look.  I have looked at all kinds of trick videos on Youtube and just can't find it - but I saw it there at some point but can't find that darn video again where it happened in amongst other tricks.

Any ideas as to what this one might be?  Also, are all stunt kites generally able to do this one?  Heck, if the flyer is skilled enough, are pretty much all the tricks open to being done on a given stunt kite generally?

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2010, 10:26 PM »

Sounds to me like this is a PinWheel.
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2010, 10:31 PM »

A pinwheel is most often done in light winds with an SUL.

Standards drop quickly, and weighted kites (keel weight) aren't balanced to do the trick, which is classified as a spin trick.

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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2010, 10:46 PM »

Yea, good call, that could be it I think.

I found this on Youtube
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which seems pretty close.

That said, I seem to recall the one that impressed me was much flatter ie: the kite wasn't pointed down as aggressively but maybe that was just the angle of the shot.  Kinda like either an axel or 540 but that just keeps turning.  Does that still make it a pinwheel technically?
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2010, 10:14 AM »

Insane maybe?

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2010, 10:33 AM »

Maybe the Crazy Copter..??

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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2010, 11:11 AM »

I would say Insane or Pinwheel.  Insane is done with the kite on its back and can be fairly easy to do.  Just flip the kite on its back and draw one line back.  The Pinwheel is done with the kite on its belly, as John said, light winds is usually best and most graceful.
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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2010, 10:54 PM »

I am thinking it must have been a pinwheel - its execution was different from that video that I linked to in that it was very flat (which is one of the keys to a pinwheel according to that video).  I have scoured a lot of kite porn videos on youtube and cannot for the life of me find the one that had it in it.
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2010, 01:39 PM »

You might have seen this in the freestyle section on the Prism video.... there are several pinwheels in there....
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2010, 09:10 AM »

Probably a pin wheel. There should be a lot of videos out there with it. My vapor video on youtube has quite a few.

It's not done all that much with modern kites because it's kind of a pain. Try with an older, more pitch stable kite and it's not all that hard. Like John said, a SUL in light winds is key to learning the trick.

The "pinwheel" can be done a few different ways in my opinion.

1. Start a flat spin at the top of the window and then let the kite spin it's way down on it's own. (Both lines slack)

2. Start a flat spin at the top of the window and let the kite spin down while tending the lines a bit.  (Slack in the lines is controlled to some degree)

3. Start a flat spin and control it the whole time.  This I think of more as multiple flat spins and not really a "pinwheel" even though it looks like one.
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