The essence of working with an aerobatic kite
The essence of working with an aerobatic kite is to develop the skills necessary for piloting a full towing kite.
The first thing you need to learn to do is lift the kite into the air and hold it at its zenith, at the point of minimum traction and maximum stability.
To raise the aerobatic kite into the air, it is necessary to lay it on the ground with domed slings to the sky, and the trailing edge to the wind. When laying the kite, the handle should be on the ground at a distance equal to the length of the lines. That is, the slings should not be confused, and the handle should lie next to the kite.
When you have laid the kite in the right way, go back to the pen, take it. The wind should blow you in the back, and the kite should be lower than you in the wind. Then just smoothly, but actively, pull the handle towards you. You can take a couple of steps back. If there is enough wind, then the kite itself will take off, rush to the zenith, and when set up correctly, it will stop above your head. Flight kites, as a rule, are designed to work with a wind of 2 to 7 meters per second. The exact data is indicated in the manual of the kite or in its technical specifications.
After the kite has stopped above your head, you should proceed to the second exercise – move the kite with loops in the area of the wind window. To do this, you need to pull the left end of the handle, then the right one by one, forcing the kite to move with the figure eight in front of you. The stronger the wind blows, the faster the kite moves and the more thrust. At first, it will be difficult to manage to “shift” the kite roll from right to left and back in the right sequence and at the right speed, but then get used to it. You just have to fly it for ten to fifteen minutes so that the kite starts to listen to you.
Remember that the kite does not have any relative sides, right and left, depending on how you stand and where you look. The right and left sides of the kite are ALWAYS absolute and never change. The right and left side of the kite always match your right and left hand. And just as the right hand cannot change places with the left, just like in a kite, the right wing will always remain right, and the left one will be left.
If you pull the left end of the handle with your left hand (or pull the left loop when the kite is controlled by loops), then from the position at the zenith the kite will receive a left roll and will always go to the left, that is, on your left shoulder. If you pull with your right hand, the kite will get the right roll and fly to the right side of the wind window, that is, on your right shoulder.
If during take-off of the kite you pull the left or right handle, then the kite will also go to the right or left side of the wind window, respectively.
In fact, in which part of the wind window you need to direct the kite, with that hand and pull the handle or loop.
The next exercise can already be called combat, that is, it is intended to teach you not just to create a kite pull, lowering it into the power zone and holding it there, leading the loops, but to create a pull in the direction you need.
The bottom line is that under the kite you can ride at different angles to the wind, that is, at different courses, as they say. But the main course, it is the most effective and fast, allowing you to move equivalent tacks is called a half-wind, or in Russian “in half the wind.” It is only in a saying that it is customary to wish a fair wind blowing exactly in the direction of your intended movement. In fact, both with a Bermuda weapon and a kite, this course is not the most convenient and not the most effective. And the most convenient one is just a gulfwind, when the wind blows right on board an imaginary ship, that is, exactly across the movement. Thus, a gulfwind, this is such a course of movement relative to the wind when the wind blows at ninety degrees to the direction of movement of the rider.
And in the next exercise, we will put the kite in a position that provides movement with the above course. To do this, mentally divide the wind window into the right and left parts. Accordingly, the left side will be the part on the left hand of the rider, and the right side, on the right. There are no discrepancies here and should not be.
Since the wind blows you exactly in the back, if you transfer the kite to the right side of the wind window and do not allow it to go to the left, it will pull you to the right at some angle. And if you stand on the board, then you will go to the right, with a gulfwind, exactly across the wind. Such a movement is called a right tack movement, a gulfwind course.
If during this movement the kite is allowed to move to the left side of the wind window, then the kite’s thrust will work for braking, not acceleration. Gradually, the rider will lose speed, and then begin to move back, to the left, that is, the left tack of the half-course.
In order not to move your back forward, you have to turn the body around. Such a maneuver of changing tacks is called a turn. A turn is a maneuver of changing tacks, so that you can move not only in one direction, but also in the other direction. There are two turns. One is called fordewind, the other is an overstag. Vordevind differs in that at the time of changing tacks (when turning the board from right to left).