what the kite you are talking about?blackswan wrote: ↑Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:46 pmI have been practicing my heli loops recently but consistently have a problem where I pull the loop, but it does not provide much/any lift. When I land a jump without a heli loop, I get much softer landings (by the normal method of redirecting kite across 12 as I land).
Any ideas what I might be doing wrong? I think I am doing what all the tutorials say, basically send a (forward hand) loop as you are coming in to land and ride downwind. Usually when I jump I keep the kite on the opposite side of the window slightly so I can loop it through 12 while landing. The loops generally pull me slightly downwind and in the other direction, so I end up riding away the opposite direction that I started.
I am wondering if it might be my kite stalling, or bad technique? I have definitely felt some stall/loss of power when pulling loops before. I was also not jumping that high, maybe 5-8m, but I was jumping high enough that the kite ended up behind me during the descent.
I was using a 12m switchblade. I had another session since the first post, and I THINK the answer is: jump higher, start the loop sooner (maybe when half way descended), trim the bar for less power so it doesn't stall as much. I suppose it makes sense that the bigger the kite, the sooner you need to start the loop as it will turn slower. I still haven't reached the point where a heli-loop provides softer landing than a well-timed redirection of the kite without loop, but hopefully I will get there with a bit more practice.
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