Sven

Sven

Kite addict since 1998. Still addicted!

Above the Water

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Normally you fly your kite in the air.

But this may not always be the case. Water is just (?) really dense air and is actually … flyable.

However in this video I’m flying above the water for most of the time. Scratching the surface from time to time because it’s sooo fun to include the wet element into my flying too.

So here’s a quick recap of flying pretty close to the water!

Above the Water

2 thoughts on “Above the Water”

  1. Notice that you use long(er) lines in the video (than you usually do?) and also address the problem of the smallish looking kite that usually follows by having the camera on the side. I also like that you now and when can see the lines against the darker forest.

  2. ## Stomping out the bugs – How to consider imperfections/difficulties

    There at 03:46 in the video…, good that you let that unplanned reverse dip remain and not just editing it out. Failures mark what one can put in practice effort (like here: fast, precise reverse flying perhaps?).

    It is a good thing to find a manoeuvrer what triggers the wobbling, the deviation from the desired path, or in rarer instances, loss of orientation for a second or two (that causes the kite to randomly move around in the order of about a few LEs). Trying new things that is on/around the edge of ones ability leads to the discovery of aspects that one has not prepared for or has practised on before. To my experience hardly anything works very well the first time.

    When having found a weak spot, one can start the many sessions process of getting used to the manoeuvrer to avoid the orientation loss (if required), to make it it feel natural, reliable and finally/eventually/hopefully to polish it. It can take 5-10 attempts, 5-10 (part of) sessions or half a year to make the result reasonably good and match what you intend to do. I even have things that I’ve been working on for more than half a year that I try (and try to remember) to include in the sessions. It might also be so that one is not ready to do something in the sense that one is stuck in the idea of how something should be performed. While working on several long term projects at the same time you might after a while change the way an attempted manoeuvrer/figure is performed by importing something from another “project-under-progress”.

    In the latest session I figured that doing a monkey (with no straight segments, do 180 deg wing tip pivot ladder, every second time switch between a forward and a backward wing tip pivot) would be a nice thing to include. The new variation for me was then instead of climbing straight upwards, I choose to climb in a direction of 45 deg from the ground. This monkey ladder happened to be rather close and parallel to the edge of the wind window, where I lost the sense of direction for a moment. Then I immediately repeated the drill a couple of times until getting from the “falling out of the sky” feeling most of the times. The result was still not very nice so I instead continued to do the 45 deg monkey ladder drill closer to the centre of the wind window. Weakness identified – practice begun.

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