Much as it pains me to admit it, I think that the STACK figures can be used as a great precision training aid. Forcing yourself to fly a predetermined shape (and repeating until your internal judge scores you at least 90%
) is a good way of making the transition from "flying around with style" to really controlling the kite.
I frequently go back to flying Diamonds
as a way of warming up. There are a lot of control elements in a figure like that one. And no session should be without having a go at the worst figure ever invented Camel Back
just to remind myself that I'll probably never fully conquer controlled reverse flight
One of my 2009 flying resolutions (as it was also in 2008
) is to improve my right to left rolling bicycle turns. Left to right ones are OK, but I continue to find it tough to smooth out the circles travelling back to the left. Any chance John of including a secret hidden chapter on the DVD?