I am like Paul. I spank my diamonds pretty hard and have yet to break one(since T.i.). I usually fly them in 3mph and under...but at Wildwood I pushed the envelope some and ran them in some good wind with a standard sail and they still survived.
I also follow the 2 frame routine...but with black race as the second option.
Once the sticks are installed...it is really no more time and effort involved.
I do see a learning curve change with sticks.the classic "training wheel".a light wind glide a different characteristics. On a good or mild wind day, my only benefits are recovery and slack line "storage" of the kite on the ground when not on use. I will continue flying them and will have a kite with a set for learners and roll up tricks... but still prefer my kites without them.
Just my flavor for now..
I never thought I would chime in on this one too much. I flew basically all the sizes of sails with magic sticks in T.I. The differences on the Zen...2 different kites. The B and B2..I will be ordering a set for each to fly for a while...just for personal r&d. Just the tripping on lines problem would make them worth while in that environment.
Let's break it down into the different parts and look at each piece in detail.
We start out in an inverted slide (other entries are possible, but we will stick with this for ease of explaining). The first part is the tug on the outside edge. This part of the axel is very much similar to a "samurai slide." To practice this first tug, slide along the window, and pull the leading corner slowly back towards your hip. What you will see happening, is that the kite will become much more flat, and more or less glide across the window. You will also see the trailing edge of the kite give a slight ripple. Maintaining that glide is knows as the "samurai slide," and at any time during it, it is easy to snap into an axel. This flattened glide gets a large amount of the air out of the sail and get's the kite into a somewhat flat position to be ready for the axel. This really helps to get the axel to be more flat.
The next part is a large pull on the inside edge. This is just to start the rotation. A large pull is necessary to get the full spin.
Next, you must follow through. You will notice that both Rich and myself will move our hands with the kite as it rotates. I think of this as more of a precaution. The reason for this is that if the kite is not rotating enough, you can often give it a bit of a nudge while you follow through.
The preferred method of an axel would be an under-axel. An under-axel is the flat-spin equivalent to an under-turn 180. In an under-turn 180, half way through the turn, the leading edge of the kite is facing down. So, for instance, if you are traveling from left to right, your axel would be a clockwise rotation. Whether you are doing a clockwise or counter-clockwise is entirely a flier's preference. I am right handed, so I do the majority of my axels moving from left to right (clockwise rotation) because this places the larger tug in my right hand.
That is part of it, yes. After 3/4 of the rotation, the leading edge will curve away from you and glide back. Another reason that people use it to gain ground is that since it is a flat spin, we do not want air to be filling up the sail. So, if there is a breeze, the wind will get under the kite and try to pull it up, making it less flat. So, a low amount of wind is needed to do it. Those of you that have seen me do an axel in high winds have seen me very quickly move forward a few yards. In order to pull it off, the wind relative to the kite must be somewhat calm.
I hope this helps,
I Know this is older...but pertained to me at the moment. I have seen the video several times and have been working on getting these down.
Last night I got to reading here ....which I don't do too often. Trying to change that I read this and really thought about what was being said and my prior movements. So tonight I was determined to get it...regardless of the steady NE@26mph and me being right on the ocean. Out came the Vented B2 and I started working a real good Samurai slide on the edge of the window. That one little first pop...sets the whole stage. I am tickled pink...Got my 1st repeatable FLAT axle in such strong wind. Still need work but how nice!
Kudos for sharing and breaking it down in word form.
New to the Rev forum and figured I would say hello to those that don't know me yet. My name is Scott a.k.a. Mystainedskin. I registered awhile ago and just plain old never posted anything, with the Rev count mentioned somewhere..... I figured I would make the short finger stroll over here!
I love Revs and try to fly daily... Also Slk's' have been tickling my fancy lately too. Looking forward to all the stories...old and new!