My slogan is “Just Fly” … because that’s what it’s all about. Grab your kite, find a field and some wind and … just fly!
The more you fly the better you’ll get. There’s no doubt about it. But if you really want to improve four flying skills, you definitely should add intended flying to your toolbox!
So what is intended flying all about then?
Well, a quick definition is something like you decide what and where to fly in advance… and then you fly it.
Let’s start with a very simple figure.
- Start with the kite on the ground at about 20% left of the center of the wind window.
- Then take of and fly straight up to about 20%.
- Then make a (punctuated) stop.
- Next slide (kite in upright position) horizontally across the center of the wind window until the kite is at 20% right of the center.
- Make another (punctuated) stop…
- …before flying (backwards) toward the ground and land.
Try to maintain the same speed throughout the whole pattern regardless of in which direction your kite is flying, forward, backward or sideways.
Now you can repeat the pattern but go in the other direction ending up where you started.
This is only one of I’d say an unlimited pattern you can fly with intent. From the super easy ones, like the one I’ve just described above, to seriously intricate ones, still way out of my reach. 😉
If you take a look at the video below, you can see your’s truly flying this pattern at 1:08 into the video. I fly it several times until 1:46. You can see from the video that it’s far from perfect, but you get the picture.
One thing I’ve learned – both from experience and like John Barresi told us at the Quad Clinic – you should repeat the pattern (at least) five times before you do any form for adjustments. Consistency is vital and if you try to change or adjust anything too soon your learning takes longer.
In the video you can see me flying other patterns too, some of them adding to the example above. Then there are some other … moves, like flying the kite forwards and backwards at a 90-degree angle to the ground. And at the end of the video, I practice tipstabs. Up, rotate, tipstab, up, rotate, tipstab, and so on.