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The BACKSPINS is a series of 360° rotations while the kite is on its back. The trick begins with a FADE (belly up, nose towards the pilot). Throughout the rotation the lines remain over the upper leading edges. The rotation is as flat as possible. The FADE position may be entered from a flare-to-fade move or fractured axel, but not in combination with any other trick. The method and direction of exit do not matter. The kite may not drift sideways. No loss of height.

Key elements:

Minimum three rotations. Even, consistent and flat rotations. Control of OUT. On the spot.

Judges view:

The trick only starts when the kite is a fade position, so as long as the pilot didn't do a Fade he hasn't attempted a Backspins. The rotations are flat and maintain the same speed.

Minimum 3 rotations, 5 are needed for an EXCELLENT score. No loss of height during the trick, no drifting sideways. OUT is controlled and deliberate.

Most common errors:

The trick is started near the edge of the window, therefore the kite slides towards the middle during the rotations. The last rotation drops very visible in speed, so the kite drops out of the tricks insted of being controlled and deliberate.


We have 3 videos, in the second you can see that reversing direction of backspins can be considered deliberate and certainly controlled  :-)

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