I am just curious how people found their kite flying skills developed over time.
For myself, it seems I have stalled - and unfortunately, not that isn't with respect to my ability to stall a kite. I got up the curve quick on take offs and reasonable landings (no, not snap stalls). I then one day just instantly got loops on an ultra fast micron - that came courtesy of learning it on a much slower powerkite/foil the day before. Now those seem just routine/easy.
Unfortunately, thats where things stalled (and no, not the kite). I am watching videos of fades and stalls and other more complex tricks and I can see what is supposed to be going on but I will be damned if I can get a kite to do it. Stalls, nah. Have a kite 'fall' backwards and float in a fade, not possible. 540s and the like, come on now, you are joking.
So what I am trying to figure is what should I be focusing on to get to the next level. I gather stalls? I have been trying but where they fall down for me is rocking when I initiate and then to recover requires a mass of air to make for a forceful exit short of a crash. I also tend to not get great wind so trying stuff on a Prism 4d is a bit too delicate (it will pull apart in my experience) and my micron is too fast; which is why I am working on getting something like an Ocius UL.
So, what did you all experience as you became better pilots? Was there a magical spot where stalls and the like became simple like loops did for me? Any tips to make this process faster?
What you want to do is to try and fly your kite in the lightest of wind, where it will barely fly. Then the kite will want to stall all the time and you'll develop more control.
A good way to practice is to launch your kite in light wind and go up to say, 10 feet and then walk the kite back down and try to keep it nice and level. Try to land so both wing tips to touch at the same time. Go up higher and higher and see how well you can back it down to a landing. This takes tons of finesse, especially in turbulent air, so don't feel bad if you fail a lot in the beginning. I still practice this move even though I've got a bazillion hours experience and no problem stalling a kite.