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In Topic: Race Rods

06 November 2015 - 08:42 PM

And to prevent further confusion wink.png the travel frame is 10 rods because each one is half the length of a regular rod.  So, when it's all put together, you end up with the same framing in the kite whether you're using a travel frame or not.  

In Topic: Short line flying

14 September 2015 - 05:38 PM

I think makatakam meant Cath or Eliot at Flying Smiles.  


Theresa runs The Kite Shoppe out in Washington (state).  She is also an excellent source for line sets.  

In Topic: Another Newbie here....

03 June 2015 - 08:40 PM

Yup, I would get the 4 wrap frame with the full vent as well.  


The race frame seems to overlap most with the 2 wrap, in terms of what winds people will use the frames in.  As was mentioned above, the race frame responds differently from the 2 or 3 or 4 wrap.  Many people like the race frame and will use that instead of the 2 wrap.  A few (myself included) never got used to the race frame, so we will use the 2 wrap instead.  

In Topic: Moon Walk Help!

10 April 2015 - 06:45 PM

I think there were a couple of moves I did that helped with the moonwalk.  I started doing these moves as part of my competition choreography (i.e. practiced them a lot), and not intentionally as a way of learning the moonwalk, but after a while, I discovered that the moonwalk became much easier.  


One of the moves is an inverted side slide interspersed with some 360 degree tip rotations.  Basically, start from the right side, slide left a quarter or however much you feel like of the wind window, and then fly/rotate (forward direction) around the leading tip.  Once you get back to an inverted position, keep sliding and repeat a few times.  If you imagine doing the sliding and rotating at the same time instead of one after the other, that turns into the moonwalk.  


The other is flying a series of half circles, forward, reverse, forward, reverse, etc.  Using more words, start in an inverted hover close to the left edge.  You will be flying to the right at all times.  Fly the bottom half of a circle flying forward and stop.  Now the kite is in a leading edge up position.  The next half circle, you still fly the bottom half but now you're going in reverse.  When you get back to inverted, stop and fly the next half circle forward, etc.  If you imagine doing this without stopping and without dipping down for each of the half circles, it turns into the moonwalk.  


Of course, you should do these in both directions, not just the direction I described.  I included the directions because those were the directions that I primarily flew each in (because of my choreography).  I will say that it is much easier for me to do a moonwalk now from left to right than from right to left, so the second option may be much more helpful in terms of helping to learn the moonwalk.  Hmmmm, maybe I should try flying that routine mirror imaged, hmmmm.......


Good luck, and remember to have fun.  

In Topic: My first mod

12 March 2015 - 11:08 PM

My solution is to tie a "knot" with the drawstring.  A picture would probably help, but I forgot to take one, so let me try to explain.  I'll add a picture later if I remember.  


Basically, I pull the draw string out as much as I can so the top of the bag is closed.  Then treat the drawstring and the top of the bag as one rope.  Tie an overhand knot.  The length of the drawstring (at least on mine) is just perfect so that it goes all the way around the top of the bag and back underneath itself, with the knot holding the two ends of the drawstring together keeping the "knot" I just made from coming apart.  Haven't lost anything yet, even with the extra frame hanging around in there loose.