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Author Topic: The Balance Of A Low Wind Kite  (Read 1252 times)
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« on: October 24, 2011, 03:45 PM »

Over the 10 or so years of my kite flying, I have done 3 "perfect" tricks.

They have all been with old school low wind kites and on a single pull.

They have all looked as if being done in slow motion.

1) Taz Machine on an Inner Space

2) Double Slot Machine on a Mojo UL

3) 900 to a 2-point landing on a borrowed Synchro SUL

In each case, the kite would flatten out quickly and then spin slowly while I walked forward to maintain slack.

There is this thought that a kite must have enough mass to do a trick from a single input, which seems to rule out the ability to do double spins on kites weighing under 7 ounces or so.

Still can't comete, although I'm getting closer. Until then, I'll continue to enjoy what "old dogs" can do with their short standoffs and curved leading edges.  Smiley Of course, I'm an old dog too.
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011, 04:58 PM »

Nothing beats the feeling when I hit a trick perfectly. It doesn't matter what kite, wind, trick, new school or old when it right on it is a sweet feeling Grin
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2011, 06:41 PM »

Sheesh, you would have to bring up the 900, wouldn't you. Still never done one. I was a witness, though... Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2011, 06:49 PM »

Lee, I will give you $50   $75 cash for that Synchro.  Cheesy

You are my best witness.

People have to believe you. It's the honest face.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2011, 03:55 AM »

There is this thought that a kite must have enough mass to do a trick from a single input, which seems to rule out the ability to do double spins on kites weighing under 7 ounces or so.

There is a tradeoff working in your favour with older SULs. Once the kite is flattened out what you're fighting against is the billow of the sail. Many older SUL's had much flatter sails; less billow = less rotaional resistance = less inertia needed.

The kite I found easiest to get multiple spins on was a Millennium, the 'elder sibling' of the Synchro, a very flat kite by modern standards. Nice for 900s.

Not so sure about the Mojo but a Slot machine has a much stronger input.
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2011, 07:16 AM »

Over the 10 or so years of my kite flying, I have done 3 "perfect" tricks.


Wow.

Since 1997, I'm fairly certain I've never done a "perfect" trick  Shocked

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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2011, 09:05 AM »

Perfect is in the eye of the beholder.

Ron, I'm guessing you're much more of a perfectionist than I am.

You hold yourself to a much higher standard.

I'm pretty sure my perfect is your average.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2011, 11:29 AM »

Nice shot!

Based on the grass, tree, and lake, I'm guessing that this is kite hill in August?
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