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Author Topic: Who invented the Comet trick ?????  (Read 3426 times)
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« on: June 08, 2009, 07:49 AM »

I think this is the 'Mother' of all the stunt kite tricks.

Who invented the Comet ? How old is it ?
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009, 08:45 AM »

I don't know the answer, but if I find him, I owe him a kick in the shins Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009, 08:54 AM »

Probably some French guy Smiley

I would hesitate to call it "the 'mother' of all tricks" though. After all, it is really just a bunch of half axels in the same direction...
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2009, 09:31 AM »

Mayet?

It came out of the Torpille on a kite (Impact?) that did not want to do that particularly.. course, it might have been that guy who designed the Level One Challenge.. Furter? Anyway I seem to remember it being Mayet, the Satchmo of kite flying.
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2009, 10:04 AM »

Neat trick - its one that scares onlookers when they are watching since it looks like the kite is tumbling out of control and the flyer is madly hammering on the lines.

I can't wait until I can do it.  Smiley

I really liked Wills in the last VF (or perhaps the one before).  I like them best when they are just hanging in place or dropping only slightly, reverse directions a few times - looks amazing (if only to us trick flyers who know what it is).

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2009, 10:09 AM »

Love this trick (but finding it very hard to reverse  Sad ).

I don't know if Mayet invented it, but it's easy to imagine it if you watch his 2nd ballet at Stella Plage this year:

WOW.  This is freakin' freestyle.

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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2009, 11:25 AM »

Love this trick (but finding it very hard to reverse  Sad ).
Try reversing after the 6th input or 1.5 rotations.
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2009, 11:39 AM »

I was having major problems a bit ago when reversing after the sixth input, I found that giving the 7th input of the first direction, so the set up pop, and then starting the reverse rotation worked best.
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Or maybe I am just doing something more basic wrong, requiring this method  Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2009, 12:09 PM »

I think this is the 'Mother' of all the stunt kite tricks.


begs the question - what IS the mother of all stunt kite tricks?

Gotta be the stall?  Maybe the half-axel? 

I'm thinking the comete is more like the wild uncle who drinks too much and likes to live life on the edge.

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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2009, 02:04 PM »

Pretty sure it was a French flier who invented it.

For me, it is the hardest trick I've ever learnt. I mastered it on a Gemini (not the best kite to learn it on!).

Although it can be carried-out slow and graceful, generally it is fast pace trick that is hard to learn because there's none of that simple 'set-up, then input'. The best way is to find it through various forms of timing.

Took me 4 months and I can still only do them counter-clockwise....SOOOoooooo....learn it in BOTH directions at the same time! LEARN EVERY TRICK IN BOTH DIRECTIONS at the same time!! It saves you so much pain later.

Cometes on small fast kites are the best fun ever!

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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2009, 06:34 PM »

If it took four months to learn a Comet(one direction only), it got to be the 'MOTHER' of all stunt kite tricks  Tongue !
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2009, 07:34 PM »

Someone pointed out to me via PM that it was most likely Debray because the post Mona R Sky kites did not Torpille all that great.. I'm sure someone who can actually remember will confirm this..  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2009, 08:46 PM »

I think it was one of the R-Sky guys. As Jim posted their kites at the time would not do the Torpille very well so they modified the trick into the comet. I think the Nirvana came out soon after this.
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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2009, 05:13 AM »

Someone pointed out to me via PM that it was most likely Debray because the post Mona R Sky kites did not Torpille all that great.. I'm sure someone who can actually remember will confirm this..  Roll Eyes
That was my understanding as well.
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2009, 03:06 PM »

Whoever invented it, it's the most inspired piece of arm-flailing since the Ninja wars of 1609 A.D.

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