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Freestyle Competition

There are two freestyle competition formats commonly in use in the UK - the Trick-Out, a fun knock-out format and the Tricks party, a more formal structured competition.

Trick-Out Competition

This is an informal knock-out competition which STACK use for fun, typically at the end of a heavy day of serious competition.

For each heat two fliers fly alternately in 30s bouts, three each. The judges are the other competitors and the winner is decided by a simple show of hands. The winner progresses to the next round.

Further details of the Trick-Out competition format can be found on Andy Wardley's website here.

Tricks Party Competition

This is a more formal freestyle competition. This format is designed to test the flier's trick skills, with the kite moving in all three dimensions. There are compulsory tricks and a ballet, so it is similar to the IRB format in that way.

Imposed Tricks

For competition a short-list of 8 tricks is published, and 4 chosen by the judges on the day. Two attempts may be made at each trick, but the second attempt scores only 80% max. There is a time limit of 2 minutes to complete all 4 tricks.


A trick filled routine flown to music. A pre-defined list of at least 6 tricks, chosen by the competitor, must be included in the ballet.

Tricks are categorised in terms of difficulty, an axel is a group 1 trick, a backspin cascade is group 5, more difficult tricks score higher, like in diving.

There are also scores for diversity, risk taking, fluidity, artistic feeling and clarity for the overall ballet.

The original Tricks Party competition rules from R-Sky were in French but the USA Tricks Party rewrote the rules for their use. These rules are used as the basis for STACK competition here in the UK. Here you can download copies of the Tricks Party Guidelines and the Tricks Party Trick List.

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