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« on: August 18, 2012, 01:26 PM »

still very new..and wind probably isn't the best inland jersey in the summer.  i have a quantum and a 4d.

a few questions...

on both kites, but more-so the 4d, it seems to want to end up straight above me. why and how do i keep it in front of me?

on the 4d..even keeping still it seems to want to figure 8.  i'm assuming its swirly winds...but dunno.

also on the 4d, the bridle adjustment will only stay at the top, if i move it middle or bottom it goes back to the top, even pulling top.  how do you get it to stay.
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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2012, 02:16 PM »

Welcome to the Forum.  Smiley

Kites will only do what you tell them.

You are flying the kites up by keeping your hands still.

Practice flying horizontal figure 8's by flying sideways and then performing

a turn as the kite slows down at the edge of the wind window.

If your other kite is doing figure 8's it is because you are telling it what to do.

You can help a bridle knot stay in one position by adding a little wax (beeswax e.g.)

to the knot.  Make sure the Prussik knot is in the locked position (Google it)

Good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2012, 06:43 AM »

on the 4d..even keeping still it seems to want to figure 8.  i'm assuming its swirly winds...but dunno.

Have you checked your lines to make sure they are the same length? If one side is shorter than the other, the kite interprets that you are pulling on that wing even though that's not what you intend.

Also, how long are your flying lines? As a beginner, when I tried very short lines (40'), I found it much harder to stabilize even a big slow kite (e.g., 8' ProDancer-SUL). I think it is because my hand movements were too jerky and heavy-handed, which caused the kite to over-rotate and, then, I compensated too much the other way and the result might have been compared, loosely, to erratic figure 8's.

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2012, 05:00 PM »

Also to note is how small the 4D is.  It's very quick in anything more than a whisper wind and small hand movements turn into large kite movement.  A larger kite is much more stable...and as Ken said, longer lines make for stability.
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2012, 05:19 PM »

on both kites, but more-so the 4d, it seems to want to end up straight above me. why and how do i keep it in front of me?

on the 4d..even keeping still it seems to want to figure 8.  i'm assuming its swirly winds...but dunno.


Are you asking how to stop the kite in front of you? Or to fly tight circles in front of you without going side to side?

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