Indoor Dual 09 – Rodeo Style pt 1 (stunt kite tutorial)

In this tutorial we’re going to touch on what
I’ve come to call the rodeo technique. I really like the rodeo technique
because it allows me to hold my ground and sometimes visually it’s a
little bit more dynamic. The reason I call it the rodeo is because it almost looks
like you’re working a lariat or lasso. So the way that I generally do my rodeo
style is as I mentioned in another tutorial, I hook my left line onto my left ring finger, and I hook my right line onto
my [left] thumb. In this case if you don’t plan on switching to two hands in midair
you can actually just larkshead them onto your fingers but again because I
change from one hand to two hands regularly, I generally keep them open but
the key here is that while we have the lines in this position, I can turn the
kite left, or I can turn it right. Left or right, okay? Now the other thing that
the rodeo technique allows me to do is to actually use this hand to
create more pressure in the line and move it around my body instead of having
to generate everything from my actual foot movement. So we’ll just give you a brief
sample of that, so again, the two lines separated on the one hand, and
it’s very important that they are equal in relation to your fist, okay? It doesn’t
matter where the kite is. The key is that if these are not equal
to the driving fist of the rodeo, then you will be turning in that direction.
So, hands even in relation to my fist and even as I fly around in the rodeo,
there we go, you’ll see that I have still the ability
to steer using that one hand. Now every time I go anti-clockwise I put in a
twist that way and every time I go this way I’m putting in a twist as well, so
it’ll kind of benefit you to learn how to change directions. So to that end,
let’s go ahead and set this up for a true first attempt. So the kite will be
sitting in front of you, and I think to get the first feel of it, what we’ll do
is actually just fly it like we would normally but through the rodeo grip. So
once more, it’s usually just about 40% of the way up the lines, at 35% to 40%.
Depending on your arm span, you can start to play some very interesting games with
how close or far that kite is from you but again, what I’m going to do is basically
lift and drive with the rodeo but I’m gonna walk it around in the 360 just
like we learned in the beginner tutorials, there it is. So my left hand is low,
and I’m still doing a little bit of steering by alternating those two fingers. Now that
gets pretty dizzying and that’s one of the reasons I also like the rodeo is you can
get a lot of action without spinning around all day. So for the next step, I
think the key is probably just to experiment with basic turning, so here we go,
we’re going to launch, we’ll go around, okay, but now I’m going to use my
[left] thumb, or my right line, to turn the kite, but you’ll notice that I’m
also keeping power. So here we go, we use our ring finger to turn (left), okay, so what we’re
looking for really when you make those turns is steadiness of tension, and
perhaps even a very slight increase of line tension while you’re making the
upward turn. So here we go, so we’re going one way, and you’ll
notice a little added draw to turn the kite around. And once more, added draw (line tension). Here it goes. So for the rodeo, the short lines are exceedingly
important because a lot of times when you’re going around at that
velocity the kite could actually hit the ground, but what I run on these are
7 foot lines and so you can see what happens here, that my natural, I’m not
overextending my arms but I’m able to actually keep the kite off the ground.
So the really cool stuff comes in when you start going underneath.
And so one of the things though, is that when you first start to learn this, I
really encourage you not to overdrive it. You’re better off staying a little bit
on the low side of your power, and then then figuring out how much you need, because
obviously if you come slamming down like that, that is one of the most brutal things
you could do to your indoor kite indoors, right? So here we go, I’m going to get in my circle, Here we go, it goes under, and under, and I’m still steering a little bit with my fingers. And there’s no simple way to explain that except that
they’re small movements, and it’s best to just experiment. So back and forth. Then you can actually throw in
like a little bit of pancake… Right there… Pancake out… And big finish… And then maybe throw in a little dough
roll [fade]… And catch, for good measure. So we’ll cover a more advanced expose
on the rodeo at another time but I wanted to explain at least the principles of how
I’m implementing my control, and how we’re driving the center of the line. So, thank you very much again and we’ll see you in the next tutorial.

1 thought on “Indoor Dual 09 – Rodeo Style pt 1 (stunt kite tutorial)

  1. For rodeo style, 7 ft… You can also fly on 10-15 for lines, but they are too long for this technique (due to body height / reach).

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