A good way to start learning dark slides is to practice the type of jump it requires first, without the sliding. You want to be somewhat powered. Start with a small pop that gets you just two to three feet off the water. At the same time start moving the kite slowly backwards towards and beyond 12. This should generate just enough power to keep you in the air at your low level. The result is a very low, long jump that curves towards downwind. Once you feel the kite is no longer generating the power you need to stay up in the air pull aggressive on the backhand to force the kite into a loop. The later the loop comes the less powerful it will be. Vary this a bit to get the feel for the right moment.
Once you can do this well, start with the dark slide or any of the other of the tricks mentioned earlier that can be done from this kite move.
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