I suddenly realised I have been doing my half axels wrong. Near the end you start to hear the sail pop. I spent about an hour flying right to left and poping the sail like Mama74 video on half axels. Got strung out on the popping sound... I worked it yesterday but no video.. Finally doing it properly and now I understand why my cascades were not cuting it...
The half axel is the only trick I have down. I also learned it from Martin's video, but I can't seem to turn it into a cascade. I think the "pull" or "lift" to return it to flying position from the pancake needs to be a second, smaller pop? If I've interpreted others' comments correctly. Unfortunately, my week at the beach was unproductive. The wind was not working with me.
Your half axels look good, in both directions. However, on the right side of the window, you do a goofy-looking thing with your right arm that I don't see you doing on the other side. Far be it from me to criticize something that works, though. I've only got one (maybe two, if you count an unreliable axel) tricks in my repertoire.
Martin's video was great for me. When I got out and tried it, it just clicked. I had good wind that first time, and I was doing half axels in minutes. It's supposed to be a gateway trick. It opens up the slot machine, taz, cascade, two-point landing...but for me, I can't seem to turn it into those. I wish I had the dedication (and a place with good wind) that you have.