Subject: Stake flying...
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ronald S. Reich)
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1993 22:41:20 GMT
> I tried something last weekend that blew my socks off!! If any of you
>out there are looking for something incredible to do with your stunt kite
>you've got to try this!!
Damon, thats great. The first time I saw that stunt was at
the 1986 AKA Convention in Newport RI. The world renouned Lee
Sedgwick flew a Hawaiian Team kite in the individual ballet
competition. There were no restricitons at the time. I tied for
first with him doing my historical two kite routine, Superman.
Since that time there have been many fliers compete in the
individual inovative catagory using the dog stake. One routine
comes to mind where the John Barissi flew a Red Revolution II to
the song little red riding hook. He wore a wolf mask. The
routine was very entertaining. When I feel like showing off, I
take my Hyper Ghost kites to a small park on San Diego Bay where
lots of tourists shop. It turns out that the edge of the wind
window is right beside the side walk so I'm only 2 to 3 feet away
>From the spectators playing with my kite and talking to them at
the same time.
I would concure with you that all stunt kite flyers should
try this. The best approach is to work at either the right (as I
do) or the left edge. I use 300 lb spectra directly through the
dog stake. No pulleys, No Carbiners, Nothing special on the
stake except that I have removed all of the manufacturing burrs
>From the bent eye on the end of the dog stake. Also, I usually
use standard 120ft to 150ft lines. It may be easier to learn
with the longer lines as you spoke of.
Some stunts to try with this setup:
1. Catch the kite by the nose or wing tip. Then, push
it away and resume flying.
2. Land the kite in you hands which are extended
between you and the dog stake.
3. Step up between the path of the kite and the dog
stake and let the flyline remove you hat.
I can describe other stunts if additional interest is shown.
Gotta Go Fly Now,
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