I arrived back home a while ago from a really great flying session at the beach. I'm soooooo tired but also sooooo satisfied.
Also I taught myself a humbleness lesson: "never blame the kite when you cannot make it fly"
I am now learning how good the Soul is.
I am starting to be able to control it and it is a great feeling.
Of course my bridle was initially a bit off adjustment and I did not use the different settings for different wind strengths.
But even then I was tending to think the kite I had chosen was not good enough. This was being presumptuous on my side...
Today it was a very nice afternoon. Sunny, clear sky and a bit windy. So I had to fight a bit with the kite.
Nevertheless I managed to do my first 540s with the Soul!
Unfortunately I couldn't video record it... but they were coming out really flat and fast.
Since the wind was strong I had to really run towards the kite as it was diving and then do the slack and pop.
Wow! I couldn't believe it.
Of course having done it first with my TalonUL helped a lot, but it is a big step going from doing it like in slowmo with the TalonUL to doing it lightning fast with the Soul and especially in the mid-strong wind (I didn't measure it today).
I did like more than 15 really successful 540s with really flat spins, no tangles and clean exits.
As the wind died down later on though, it became a bit more difficult to do them and I got more tangles or the kite went into turtles. I guess I was not adapting to the wind change (or I was already tired).
Therefore I started to try the cascade and I think I got it!
It is such a strange
feeling doing the pop with one hand and then the other on the right and then repeat on the left...
I managed to do several that were 6 steps long (right-left x 3). Don't know why I couldn't make them longer. Guess I get tired too soon or too excited!
At the end I could even see how the kite was passing through the different positions. As if I were doing it in slowmo, but I wasn't.
Summing up. I think today I've given a huge step in my flying learning process and I wanted to share it with all of you. Especially those that have helped me so much with advise.