This is a very important move to learn. It
is the basis for many other "tricks". To make this easier, I've
divided the Snap Stall into two simple steps.
Step I - Fly kite horizontally across the wind window until it
stops. Pull only the inside hand and release or push to neutral
quickly. This will cause the kite to stall wings parallel. Do
not move your outside hand, keep it neutral.
Step II - Now that you have the Stall,
let's make it more dramatic. To do this you need to have more
pressure on the sail. Repeat step one but try your Snap Stall a
little further into the wind window using a more exaggerated
action. Almost at the same time you're pulling and releasing
with your inside hand, punch and release to neutral aggressively
with your outside hand. This will help stop the stall and hold
it, making the move dramatic. If you do this close to the ground
and move forward after the stall, you can land the kite.
Spin Stall Landing
Fly kite horizontally across the window
about 15 feet above the ground until the kite slows from
reaching the edge. Pull back slow the inside hand causing the
kite to rotate. Just before the wings become parallel during the
spin, release or punch back to neutral causing the kite to
stall. To land, simply do the same move close to the ground and
walk or run forward. Do not move the outside hand.
Leading Edge Launch
Kite is launched from its side (leading
edge). Fly to the edge of the wind window, close to the ground,
left to right. Pull right and land the kite on its right leading
edge. Be careful that the kite doesn't tip over onto its left
leading edge. Pull left (up wing) slowly until it begins to fall
towards you. Tug the left line and almost at the same time tug
with the right. The kite should lift off. Stepping backwards
during this manoeuvre will help.
Side Slide / Skating
Kite stalls across the wind window
sideways. Fly to the right edge of the window until the kite
slows down Pull with the outside hand opposite of the spin
landing but release early. When the wing tips are parallel to
the ground, this will cause the kite to slide. Steer with the
outside hand. It is important to only move the outside hand and
keeping the inside hand at neutral. Some kites slide better than
others but a heavier bridle adjustment can help.
With the kite landed on the edge of the
wind window, be sure that the inside wing is about one foot
closer to you than the outside wingtip. While keeping some
tension on the inside wing, pull slightly on the outside wing
until it starts to lift. Practice balancing the kite on one wing
Cartwheel / Flip Over
With the kite down wind on its nose just inside centre, belly
pointing towards you. Practice rotation from one wing to the
other to get the feel of it. Pull inside hand a little while
pushing the outside. Now, remember to always rotate toward the
centre for the Cartwheel. With both hands, push to allow the
kite to lay back a little. On the outside edge of the kite, nose
on the ground pointing in, pull the outside hand while pushing
the inside hand. As the kite rotates its edge should start to go
up onto the outside wingtip. As the inside wing starts to rotate
around, finish the move by pulling slightly on the inside wing
until the kite ends up on both wing tips.
Vertical Snap Stall Landing
Fly kite nose down towards the ground
about 5 feet above the ground, initiate the snap stall only this
time you must pull a little more with the inside hand to allow
the kite to rotate until the wings are parallel to the ground.
If it is done fast and correct, little forward movement is
Spike / Stab
This is basically a Snap Stall variation
whereby the kite goes from a fast forward speed into a wingtip
stand very quickly. As a result the wingtip is forced into the
ground for a dramatic affect. Although some kites spike better
than others, try the following. Fly you kite horizontally close
to the ground. As it passes centre, pull the inside hand while
simultaneously pushing outside hand. This causes the down wing
to come towards you causing the kite to "spike" into the ground.
Try this a few times above the ground until you see what I mean,
then fly nearer to the ground and Spike It! Then try spiking
from different angles.
Used to gain ground in light wind or
indoor flying. Fly the kite to the top of the window. Turn the
nose down and push both hands forward while walking forward. The
kite will glide down on its belly. Watch the pitch of the nose.
If you over control the angle of the nose relative to the wind,
the kite will stall out and fall.