Landing the kite with the nose away from you on its belly. With
the kite overhead, turn the nose down. Just before the kite
reaches the ground, push both hands but with a little more
emphasis on the right hand. This will cause the kite to rise off
its belly to your left. This trick works best in lighter winds.
Kite is launched from a Pancake position. If the wind is over
your left shoulder, then pull with both hands but with a little
more emphasis on the right hand. This will cause the kite to
rise off its belly to your left. This trick works best in
It is very important to achieve a perfect and long Stall
resulting from a Snap Stall. Once you do that it's time to
attack the Axle. Fly to the left edge of the wind window about
fifteen feet above the ground and execute a good snap stall on
the edge of the window. Slightly push your outside hand forward
while maintaining a stall with the wing tips still parallel to
the ground. Pushing your outside hand changes the angle of
attack on the kite so when you now pull that same line towards
you, you are actually pulling the top part of the bridle thus
pulling the nose towards you. The belly of the kite which is
usually facing you will now be facing the ground as it goes
through its rotation along that axis. At the same time that you
"pop" with one hand you have to give slack to the inside line.
This will allow the wing to rotate. As the kite goes through the
Axle both lines must be slack. Once the kite comes all the way
around, put tension on both lines by pulling on them at the same
Simply initiate a up or down spin on the edge of the wind
window. As soon as the wings become parallel, "pop" the Axle.
This is a very graceful move that works great during a ballet
routine. Being a two part move just match it up with two beats
in a song.
From a wingtip stand, let the nose rotate
a little past centre and then sharply pull the outside and push
or release with the inside hand and the kite will "half axle"
either into an opposite wing tip stand or take off depending on
the amount of force and timing used.
The kite takes off in one smooth motion
into an Axle. With the kite landed near the edge of the window,
pull the inside wing towards you about 6 inches. Now with both
wingtips on the ground, pull the inside wing sharply causing
both wings to rise off the ground. Once the wings are clear, pop
the axle with the outside hand. This can also be done starting
with the outside hand.
Half Axel / Cascade
Similar to the Coin Toss, only done in the
air. This is a great way to change directions quickly. Fly
horizontally towards the edge, when the pressure in the sail is
reduced, pull sharply on the inside line while releasing the
outside and the kite will do a half axle and change directions.
As soon as the nose points inside, pull sharply the outside hand
while releasing the inside hand. Do this repeatedly while
walking forward. This is called the Cascade.
540 Flat Spin (Belly Twist)
This is a move that causes the kite to go
into an axle type spin from a pancake type manoeuvre above the
ground. Fly the kite nose down near the edge of the window. Just
like a pancake, push forward with both hands to flatten the kite
with the belly towards the ground. Smaller kites do this very
well if you accelerate the kite first by pulling back with both
hands and then punching them forward. With the kite near the
edge of the window, slightly point the nose towards the centre
to give a small angle to the kite. As you push quickly forward,
abruptly stop the outside hand. When the kite starts to rotate,
extend the outside hand again to allow the second rotation while
moving forward. The kite's first rotation is 180 degrees and the
second is 360 totalling 540 degrees.
This is a move that puts the kite nose towards you on its back.
Start by flying the kite nose down towards the ground. Push both
hands forward putting the kite in to a pancake position. let the
kite over rotate slightly then a little equal pop with both
hands and the kite will flip around to be nose towards you on
its back. To hold this position is a fade. Remember that with
the kite in this position, left hand controls right wing & right
hand controls left wing. It is a question of balance with this
trick and takes practice. to roll out of the fade just pull on
one line and the kite will roll out.
New one are being thought of all the time.
Most come out of mistakes that are done over and over until it
becomes a trick. You may even come up with some of your own!
Some of the names that are used vary from region to region. An
example would be the Skate versus the Side Slide. They are the
same manoeuvres just called different names. Just remember to
keep exploring the envelope and have fun!