Tutorial: The Falling Leaf

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Now this might not be defined as one of the basic quad lined kite skills, but it’s pretty darn cool when you pop the kite outta the air, let it fall down like a leaf and recover just inches above the ground!

It’s called the Falling Leaf, and not without its reasons. Because when you do it right, the kite is abruptly popped out of the air and starts falling. When you do it right, the kite kan be tended whilst falling, so that it continues to fall, almost all the way towards the ground. When you get it right, you recover the kite with a big bang – literally – just inches before it crashes, and when done right, the kite ends up in a stable hover … or you can continue flying.

Now that is cool!

And best of all…. Here’s a brand new tutorial of mine that will lead you through all the nitty-gritty. So if you follow the tutorial from the start to the end, you should have all the information required to go out on the field, practice and soon you will have that trick down too!

So…. What are you waiting for? Let’s go!!!

Tutorial: The Falling Leaf

4 Responses

  1. I have never attempted this trick. Wasn’t even sure how the kite was supposed to be oriented during the fall. Would you think that kites that can back rapidly would be good for this trick? I was e.g. thinking of the A-quad which is the quickest backing quad that I have tested (actually not that many models that I have tested though). Could this also apply for other kites that have a concave cut outer trailing edge, like the Djinn e.g., preventing TE flutter when backing?

    1. Hmmmm…. I don’t know if there’s a best (type of) kite for this.

      I don’t think the fast backwards flying characteristics will have a significant impact for this ‘trick’. Because the kite is not flying backwards. It’s falling towards the ground with next to no wind pressure in the sail … other that what’s required to tend the kite while it’s falling.

      Maybe a really heavy kite would be perfect…?! ?


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