Trick Newz #2

Subject Trick Newz #2
From (Andy Wardley)
Date Wed, 15 Jul 1998 16:41:57 GMT
Newsgroups rec.kites

As I get to better understand what I'm doing and how to repeat it with a higher success rate, I can gradually refine the definitions of certain tricks.

The Limey Twist is one such case. This has proved to be particularly well suited to the Outer Space which seems to pop into this lateral movement quite easily, thanks in part to the Active Bridle.

I was banging this out on a Deep Space (Vented Outer Space) last night in about 15mph of wind and I was getting about 4 out of 5 attempts. A standard Outer Space will also do it admirably, although a lighter wind would be more suitable.

The Activated Box of Tricks will just about do it, although it doesn't have quite the same weight and momentum as an OS so requires slightly more finesse. The Stranger Level 7 (which I just happened to be flying last night) will do the Lateral Roll, but doesn't kill out fast enough to do the Limey Twist using this method.

Limey Twist

The Limey Twist is a Lateral Roll in which the kite spins Laterally around the spine. The Limey Twist is a sequence of one or more Lateral Rolls executing while the kite is flying directly downwards.

Start by flying the kite directly up the window and then throw both hands forward at about 75% up to kill the kite onto its back. Now give a sharp and fast tug on both lines, followed by a little slack, to recover the kite up and pull the nose towards you and down until pointing towards the ground. The back back of the kite should be facing you with the lines running down and coming under the leading edge.

At the point when the nose drops down and makes contact with the lines across the leading edge, give a firm and fairly steady pull on one line. The force of the nose travelling down when contacting a now tight line on which pressure is being applied, causes the free wing to continue to travel away from you, inducing the kite to twist laterally and roll around the spine.

The kite should continue to fly downwards during the Twist and further rolls can be introduced by coaxing the lines alternately in sync with the kite's rotation.

Some kites will perform a Lateral Roll in almost any wind conditions, but the Limey Twist is generally easier in light wind. The initial Turtle and hard pop to recover and set up the trick become increasingly harder to acheive in stronger winds.

Limey Slammer (a.k.a. "Lime Wedge")

A Limey Slammer is executed as above, but is done close to the ground so that the nose of the kite makes contact with the ground while twisting. The kite continues to roll around the spine while the nose is in contact with the ground, until it the kite has spun around to land on its tips.

Light wind is usually best for performing this trick, especially considering that the kite makes nose-on contact with the ground. The slower the kite is travelling (within reason), the better.