These Competitions are open to all. Everyone is encouraged to participate no matter what their skill level. If you'd like to compete please register below. The time these events will start will be announced soon. Based on number of entries will dictate the start time. Also I'm looking for volunteers to judge.
Two names are drawn from a hat.
Any kite may be used in the round Dual Line, Tri-Line, Quad line or Fighter kite.
A coin is flipped to determine who will be first.
The first competitor has 2 minutes to perform whatever they wish with the selected music.
The second competitor has 2 minutes to perform whatever they wish with the same music.
Each contestant is judged on performance and Style.
The winner will move on to the next Round until an Overall Winner is chosen.
A trick is drawn from a list
Any Kite may be used in the round.
Each contestant has 3 chances to complete the designated trick.
If the contestant fails to do the trick and another contestant succeeds then those unable to perform the trick are eliminated from the round (Spelling Bee style rules), if nobody is able to perform the trick, a new one will be drawn from the list
List of Tricks to be Entered into the Hat.
|The kite is made to 'float' around one rotation in a stall-type spin. Cause the kite to hover in front of you for an instant by using a snap stall (rock the kite from side to side by pulling left then right, to get the feel of it). Once the kite is stalled, push your right hand slightly forward and immediately pull your right hand far back and extend your left hand well to your front. This will cause the kite to flip. After you have that part down, combine all of the parts together to for one flowing motion.|
|Double Axel||Two Axel's immediately following each other|
|Coin Toss||A coin toss starts with the kite in a Wing tip stand. Next perform an axel-pop on the wing that's in the air by gently pushing it back a small way and then popping it towards you. Now extend your arms forward to give slack in the lines and allow the kite to rotate. After the kite has rotated, try and land on the opposite wing tip by walking forward.|
|Axel to Fade||This is just one of many other ways to get into a fade, and some people find it easier than from a pancake. Do a nice flat axle with one and then as it turns about 1/3 of the way around pull the opposite hand which will swing the nose under and into the fade. Use your hands to take up slack in the lines so that the nose doesn't hit them and bounce back out of the fade.|
|Pancake To Fade||With the kite in an inverted backflip position jerk both lines generating a belly float and again generating an inverted backflip.|
|Flic Flac||This trick is also known as "Poisoned-Ivy or Grapevine". With the kite in an inverted backflip position jerk both lines generating a belly float and again generating an inverted backflip. Repeat several times.|
|Turtle||Fly the kite up and pull back (way back !) both arms, then quickly extend both arms to your front. This will cause the kite to flip on it's back, nose pointing away from you.|
|Lazy Susan||Flip the kite into a turtle and do a very gentle pull on one of the lines to generate a rotation. This will start a rotation while the kite is on it's back. Pull the kite out of the turtle position after one rotation. You should take care that while rotating the kite doesn't pick up the lines with it's wing tips. The way to do it is to immediately release both lines after the gentle pull which enables the lines to lay in the cheeks of the kite. Of course you can keep rotating the kite by pulling the correct line after each half rotation.|
|Half Axel||Flying the kite from right to left past center of the wind window, step forward to temporarily kill most of the kites forward drive. Immediately do a small push with the right hand (top wing) and a very small pull with the left hand (bottom wing). Follow this with an immediate axel type snap of the right hand. Vary the right hand snap. Under snapping it will cause the kite to loose altitude in the turn. Over snapping it will cause the kite to over hover, or even flip onto it's back and do a rixel. A nice half axel has the kite flying horizontally, then belly's down in a 180 flat spin, and then snaps back into flight going in the opposite direction without loosing altitude.|
|Cascade||A cascade is a series of axel-backs bringing the kite down through the center of the window. An axel back is a pair of half axels, one in each direction, which flow together into a single move. If you start with an axel popped with your left hand, as the kite gets part way through the rotation, pop your right hand to get the kite to axel back in the other direction. It takes a bit of practice to get the timing right, and the timing will vary between kites.|
|540||The 540 flat spin starts off with a vertical dive. Bring your arms behind you to prepare for a dead stop. Stop the kite by throwing both arms forward. This should flatten out the kite with the nose pointing away from you (Pancake position) . Some kites like a very fast kill (Stranger, Box of Tricks) other prefer a slightly slower kill (Phantom Elite, MEFM). The trick is to kill the kite slightly unevenly. If you're going to "pop" it with your right hand, then let your left hand lead slightly when throwing your arms forward. This will kill the kite with the nose pointing slightly to the left. After that a firm "pop" with the right hand immediately followed by lots of slack on both hands should initiate a flat spin. As long as you want the kite to spin you have to leave a lot of slack in your lines. Allow the kite to rotate one and a half times (540 degrees...). The last 1/4 turn is the tricky part. The kite can catch the wind and not want to turn up. You can help it along by a short gentle tug of the left hand. This extra tug takes a lot of practice to get right, but eventually will allow you to give it an extra revolution or two (and even reverse direction).|
|Roto Fade / Backspin||Fly up to somewhere approaching the top of
the window and start a downward turn by pulling the left hand. As the kite
turns left and the nose passes the 9 o'clock position, pop the right wing
with a gentle axel-like motion. This causes the right wing to be pulled
towards you and the nose of the kite to lift up so that it is spinning
flat on its back in an anti-clockwise direction (looking from above).
If you think how a normal Axel forces the nose down into a flattened spin, this inverted Axel, the Backspin, forces the nose up into an inverted spin.
As the nose of the kite approaches the point directly away from you (the kite is still on it's back, but now has the trailing edge towards you), pull gently on the left line to spin the kite around on its back another time. Pop again at the same point to force another rotation, and so one.
|Belly Launch||The kite is launched from a "pancaked" position. The kite is in front of you on it's belly with the nose pointing away. Offset your hands, pulling back more on the downwind hand. Now step/run backwards without changing the position of your hands. As the kite picks up and starts to turn around pull your hands together and the kite will take off. Best accomplished in lighter winds.|
|Dead Launch||With the Kite belly down nose pointing towards you. Typical dead launch position usually invoking the walk of shame. Give two sharp pulls on both lines to bounce the nose up. Give slack to both lines as the wind lifts the kite onto the wing tips.|
|Flapjack||Launch and turtle kill the kite. Pop one hand to get the kite rotating on it's back, drop the kite back down to land on wing-tips. This move is a Lazy Susan performed straight out of a launch position back into launch position.|
|Sleeping Beauty Launch||This move looks very impressive, when done correctly, the kite will spin around and almost fall flat on it's belly nose toward you (this is the failure mode if it does not work). And just at the last second turn up and take off. It works best in a good wind and with a flat sailed kite. Deeper billowed kites are better Cartwheeled. Lay the kite flat on its back, about 30 feet in from the right edge of the wind window, with the nose pointing into the wind. (like a fade...) Next, Pull on the left line causing the kite to rotate the left tip into the wind. (The kite should stay flat on the ground) As the kite rotates around the wind will go under the left leading edge and flip the kite over onto its face. (bridle side down) The trick is to pull on the right line as the left tip is passing through 12 o'clock high. It is important that the wind be the force that raised the left leading edge off the ground and not the fact that you are pulling on the left line. When done properly the wind will catch under the face of the kite before it gets to the ground and lift it into the sky.|
|Tornado||Lay the kite flat on its back, with the nose pointing into the wind. Next, Pull hard on one line causing the kite to rotate. Try to keep the kite as flat as possible. You can get the kite to do one or more complete rotations on its back. Just keep popping away with the same hand as it comes round. With some kites, this action will actually cause the kite to rise off the ground while doing Backspins.|
|Yo-yo||A "Yo-yo" is anything where you roll the kite towards (or away from) you, so that the strings get wrapped around the kite. A pull then unwinds the kite kinda like a yo-yo. The easiest way (that only works with some kites) is to give a sharp tug to pull the kite forward and then release with slack so that the kite continues to roll around the lines.|