As far as I am concerned the key issue is to enjoy flying the kite. You may not have perfect control, just now, but given time, (it must not be a chore), everything will be easier.
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Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:35 PM
Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:52 PM
Kinda figured those two things were not big factor. I'm gonna just keep at it. I better put my 3 wraps back in to stiffen up my sail.
What about B-series over 1.5 full vent for learning? The slower vent seems more forgiving.
Edited by Watty, 20 December 2009 - 09:53 PM.
Posted 22 December 2009 - 04:51 PM
In general, the vents do smooth out the gusts, which in turn could make the kite less twitchy, giving the kite a smoother feel, which, I think, could help.However the control difference between a full sail and a full vent rev is very dependent on wind conditions, so don't be taking your full-vent out in 3mph wind hoping to achieve a perfect inverted hover.
With this said, as the wind gets higher, a full vent is not invulnerable to the twitchy-ness.
Posted 05 March 2010 - 03:48 PM
Being in North Dallas I sure miss being back in San Diego and the "clean" wind oportunities near the ocean and bays.
Will make do with these "choppy" conditions that seem to be the norm here.
Thanks for all the input.
Posted 07 March 2010 - 03:08 PM
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Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:14 AM
Posted 23 August 2010 - 07:00 PM
14mph+ winds with gusts .... full vent B .... 4 wrap frame ..... Steven thinks to himself that if I can do down 45 degree hovers it's about time to hit the inverted.
5 minutes later I'm holding it in a small enough area for more than 30 seconds to count as a hover ..... YAY ME !!!!
It was squirly as hell to begin with and I kept spinning out, but every repitition I was holding it longer and longer. My shoulders are still up with tension, but my hands are low and I'm holding it together. I can also reverse it up and fly it down to control height ..... next stop (after some practice) inverted slides.
Awesome end to the weekend - cracking the inverted hover
Good on ya. I found that moving backwards helps. Also got a tip to put a wrap or two in the lines to make things a bit less sensitive.
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Posted 23 October 2010 - 03:41 PM
Congrats Adam! This month marks the second anniversary of when I first had a real inverted hover!
I still have issues with clockwork though. My suggestion, and what I am trying to do myself, is get there by working on basic up/down/left/right hovers and making the transition from one to the other smoothly and not needing the whole sky to do it. By doing this you are programming your muscles to recognize four points of the clock. After that start adding more points at 45 degree increments until those get programmed.
At least, this is my theory on cracking this one!
Edited by Adam, 23 October 2010 - 03:42 PM.
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Posted 30 October 2010 - 05:07 AM
I had gusty winds 12 to 26 yesterday. My kite of choice was a mid vent with a three wrap frame on 120 foot lines.
Flying was good, and I was able to hold an iverted hover for over 60 seconds, however it was rocky. I'm thinking the answer is more practice, and a nice clean wind.
Posted 30 October 2010 - 08:27 AM
I also have found that if the wobble starts it is best to resist the temptation to start making a lot of adjustments, but to exhale, relax my arms and hands and let the kite settle. It sounds wonky, but really it works.
Posted 31 October 2010 - 01:04 PM
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