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Author Topic: Backspin - WHEN TO PULL?  (Read 2460 times)
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« on: May 11, 2009, 07:42 PM »

Just curious when you are doing the backspin let just say for this example in a clockwise fashion - do you pull at K-10, K12 or at K-2 (o'clock)? After awhile is it just a pull when you see the back of the kite? When do you walk forward or extend your other arm? What are your indicators?

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 08:42 PM »

That might help ya.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009, 01:58 PM »

Stable fade first.

Push your right arm forward and watch the left wing drop back then drop down slightly... this point you need to 'sweep' your right hand slow-to-fast, an accelerated pull like starting a lawn mower. Immediately you need to put your left arm out as far as it will go to give slack.

When the kite completes one rotation, the input needed to keep it spinning will be less; more of a small, even pull because the spin momentum is already there, but you have to 'see' where to hit it and that takes a bit of practice.

Keep the left hand extended when you hit the rotations and even in the lightest wind, the backspin will have you moving forwards with the feet. It's a good one for un-twisting lines in light winds.

Don't get paranoid and have the kite at the top of the window when learning this, it's actually easier to pull off closer to the ground (that's how I cracked it).

Watch any video of a Backspin Cascade and you will hopefully note that each left/right input is exactly the same as starting any backspin. That 'starting the lawn mower' approach.

Stay low and stick with it, it's actually not that hard once you get the initial rotation going. Just timing.


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