Trick Newz #1

Subject Trick Newz #1
From (Andy Wardley)
Date Tue, 7 Jul 1998 12:00:07 GMT
Newsgroups rec.kites
Mike Emery wrote:
> No objections from me. Anybody else ? Wendy ? :-)

None from me. I've gone back and read Richard's messages and I think I've now worked out what is happening. I haven't got a name for it, and I haven't heard anyone else name it, so it looks like the honour falls to Richard.

There will, of course, be the obligatory "Show us it 3 times in a row, Richard" session at Brighton!


Here's a write-up of various tricks based around Yo-Yo's going slamming into the ground and other stuff. I called the original "Tequila Slammer" (why not?) and I've thought of a few names for other related things. I've fitted in Richard's trick (or what I hope it is) with the rest. Fill in the gap below, Richard, and tell me if I've got it right.

I've also finally cracked and nailed another weird move which has been haunting me for a long time. It's a rotation of the kite around the spine and I think I've isolated it into a specific motion. So far I can only reproduce 180's and the occasional 360 but it does seem to be possible to continue it indefinately (in theory at least). If you can catch the kite at the right moment at the top of the window, you get a continual sequence of rotations as the kite twists down the window. Bit like a Corkscrew but harder.

It ties in with a whole bunch of tricks like Flic Flacs, Mutexes, Backspins, and Hook Turns (another new one!) which all seem to be vastly improved by the Active Bridle (sorry, here I go again). There is a point of instability in the kite that the the bridle makes controllable and you can get some very interesting, and reproducable, results. This trick deserves a really good name but I can't think of one (well actually I can, but I'm not decided).

And finally, a name for Carl Robertshaw's (a.k.a. Carlos Rubber Shorts) excellent sequence of Backspins that appeared in his precision routine this year. A bit like an inverted Flash, he starts at the edge of the window, pops the kite onto it's back, Backspins it 3 or more times across the window and recovers. The name? A "Rubber Band" :-)=


Hook Turn

A Hook Turn is like a Kick Turn (an exaggerated Half Axel) but with a twist in it. Fly from right to left and as the kite approaches the edge of the window give a lazy Axel pop with the upper (right) hand but limit the amount of slack in the lines so that the Axel doesn't complete. The nose of the kite should be pointing upwards at about 45 degrees away from the flier and still slightly out towards the (left) edge of the window. Give a smooth but fairly hard pull on the left line, continuing to pull through the line rather than just popping. The kite should simultaneously spin and twist around the left wingtip area and continue straight into horizontal flight back across the window. The secret to this trick is to get the kite unbalanced so that the pull-through spins the kite around off-centre. A Hook Turn is fairly easy to identify, but exceptionally difficult to describe. :-(=

Lateral Roll

A Lateral Roll is a rotation of the kite around the spine. There are a number of different ways to get the kite into a position where it will do this trick. One of the easiest is to start in a Flic Flac. As you push the nose of the kite out (into a "Fade Out" or killed position), do so with uneven pressure on the line so that the kite ends up with one wing slightly nearer and lower than the other. When executing this eneven "Flic Flac", giving extra pressure on the right hand during the pop will cause the right wing to travel faster and further and end up higher than the other wing. With the nose pointing away, the right wing is on the left as you look at it. At this point, again execute a Flic-Flac like move but this emphasising the other hand (the left in this example). As the nose starts lifting up, increase the pressure on this hand and give slack on the other. The nose of the kite lifts up into the Fade position, and the kite should then roll around the spine in a clockwise direction. Continuing the motion requires a rythmic alternation of pulling on the lines. The back of the kite must be facing you slightly to keep the roll going.

Diving Yo-Yo (Lo-Yo?)

Start by flying the kite down towards the ground. Give a gentle push and then a hard pop on one hand in one fluid motion to start the kite rotating (almost as if around the spine) by effectively pulling one wing towards you. Let slack into the lines and as the back of the kite starts to face you, walk forwards to let the tips of the kite drop and the nose rise. The nose of the kite should continue to lift until the front of the kite is facing you with the lines running from the kite, under the trailing edge, back up behind the kite and over the leading edge. You can fly the kite wrapped up in this fashion until reading to recover it. To unwrap the kite, push both hands forwards to let the kite nod back slightly and then pull hard with both hand to fully unwrap the kite.

Tequila Slammer

Execute a Very-Lo-Yo inches above the ground. As soon as the kite is fully wrapped, or even a fraction before, pull hard on both lines to unwrap the kite directly into a landing on both wingtips. The lower, the harder, the faster, the louder, the better (without breaking spars :-)=

Reverse Slammer

Same as a Tequila Slammer but with the lines wrapped in the other direction. The kite should start with the lines running up over the leading edge, down behind the kite and under the trailing edge. The easiest way to get the kite into this position is to start with a Flic Flac and as you pull the nose up and in towards you (the "Fade" position), keep walking forward letting slack into the line to let the kite continue to wrap around the lines. As the nose starts lifting, wrapping the kite around the lines, the back will be facing you. Pull gently on one line to twist the kite around through 180 degrees so that the front of the kite is facing with the lines running out from under the trailing edge. You can now unwrap the kite by pulling hard. Completing this sequence (which generally happens in one smooth motion) onto a hard landing is quite difficult.

Limey Slammer

Start as per the Tequila Slammer, but instead of fully unwrapping the kite to land on both tips, pull gently to partially unwrap the kite (or keep it from wrapping that far) leaving the nose pointing down with the back of the kite facing towards you. The lines should be running over the trailing edge. As the kite drops and the nose makes contact with the ground (and if you've got it right, the unwrap and the contact happen smoothly in one go) pull on one line to spin the kite around on it's nose. The kite spins around the spine so that the front is facing you (the nose still pointing down) and then continues to roll around onto it's tips or back. The final part of this trick is exactly the same as the standard "pull on one line" move used to right a kite that's resting on its nose.

Dick Slammer

[ Richards's Very Own Trick ]

Start as per the Limey Slammer, but instead of pulling on one line to twist the kite when the nose makes contact, pull both lines hard causing the kite to jump up, the nose to lift (into, and up through the Fade position), until it's standing on it's tips, with the back facing towards you and the lines running over the leading edge.