THeres more to flying a kite than tossing it around in a perpetual stall doing that perfect "competition approved" trick or figure.
I always wonder what people mean when they make this kind of a statement?
I don't know about perfect, but working on recognized tricks and figures, provides a goal. The challenge is to figure out the various pieces of the trick, and then put it all together.
ITs a shame that people don't seem to explore anything other than the perfect flippy stuff capabilities of a kite these days.
The difference between videos of today and of even a few years ago, is that people today concentrate on tricks and there is very little flying. By flying I mean cutting a sharp corner, flying a straight line, etc.... The old school fliers, could do perfect circles at speed. One of my favorite old school sequences was when the kite started from a tip stand, flew a small diamond, and then back to a tip stab, all in less then a second.
SOmetimes its the imperfections in the way a kite handles or tricks that makes a kite unique and fun, at least for me, and can open up some interesting flying.
Again, I'm not sure what you mean by imperfection? It is interesting though to see how makers emphasize tricks or characteristics, and which ones they sacrifice in order to get their kites to perform.
I have as much fun just ripping up the sky with the saber as I do tricking it. BUt then again I actually like to FLY my kites. lurker mode engaged poof
I think more people enjoy going out and casually flying their kites, then they do learning to fly tricks or precision. The challenge of learning to fly precision and tricks, keeps me coming back for more.