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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:I recently have been trying out FLAG twirling. What a cool alternative for poi! For those of you not in the know, flag twirling is when you twirl large pieces of fabric, no actual flagpole... you've probably seen cheezy half-time shows with them and such.It's like poi on crack! Some of the moves are very similar and some are totally impossible! Also, you can't do the same move twice in a row because the flags will twist so you need to immidiately "undo" the move you did (that is, if you do a rotation on your right side you need to do the exact rotation on your left... no 3+ beat weaves!)It's ALL about figure 8s, corkscrews, and windmills. CRAZY! Try it if you get the chance, you'll remember what it was like to be a poi newbie again! It's ALL about the wrist and not much about the arm motion and the weight extend from your thumbs rather than from your fingers.It seems to be influencing my poi style in a positive way, it's much easier to dance and move about. Also ZERO pain for messing up factor. Actually, it's impossible to really mess up as you cant tangle or hit yourself, you just keep going and the flags follow.Just wanted to share. Anyone know any flag sites? I'm certainly not ditching poi in the least, I think this will make me a much better poier in the future...

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jo_rhymes
jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops
Member Since: 10th Apr 2005
Total posts: 4525
Posted:i bought some pink angel wings at the BJC, I really love them! It's a shame the wind messes the planes up a bit, but then again, if I mess the planes up, I can blame the wind! biggrin

Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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JonnyRok
JonnyRok

Look! I'm Darth Bunny!
Location: Sunny South Africa
Member Since: 2nd May 2005
Total posts: 446
Posted:Always wanted to try flags, look like a lotta fun!

Do what you want coz a pirate is free,
You are a pirate!
Yo ho fiddle dee dee, being a pirate is alright to be,
Do what you want coz a pirate is free,
You are a pirate!

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Igirisujin
Igirisujin

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Preston
Member Since: 10th Jul 2005
Total posts: 2666
Posted:oooh im all excited about them arriving now biggrin, cant wait!

Chief adviser to the Pharaoh, in one very snazzy mutli-coloured coat

'Time goes by so slowly for those who wait...' - Whatever Happend To Baby Madonna?

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:OMG, NYC bringing up flagging? This was my first art. I learned poi off of flagging and I still have lots of weave, windmill, and corkscrew in my poi.

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:OMG, my post was back in 2001.

Did you ever hang with Axis Dance? George gives Flagging classes on 14th street and they're really good. Plus, lots of hot gay guys. wink


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Igirisujin
Igirisujin

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Preston
Member Since: 10th Jul 2005
Total posts: 2666
Posted:You sooo need a viedo thread doc it would probably dwarf the gayfest's size in a week

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'Time goes by so slowly for those who wait...' - Whatever Happend To Baby Madonna?

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alien_oddity
alien_oddity

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: in the trees
Member Since: 31st Dec 2004
Total posts: 7193
Posted:has anyone else got poipoi flags ( yes...i know they are poo)

they're like trying to spin two pillow cases


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Igirisujin
Igirisujin

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Preston
Member Since: 10th Jul 2005
Total posts: 2666
Posted:Ive just got some, how do you mean pillow cases rave? I like mine smile

Chief adviser to the Pharaoh, in one very snazzy mutli-coloured coat

'Time goes by so slowly for those who wait...' - Whatever Happend To Baby Madonna?

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alien_oddity
alien_oddity

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: in the trees
Member Since: 31st Dec 2004
Total posts: 7193
Posted:i mean my flags are huge ubblol i preffer them smaller because they spin a bit faster

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Igirisujin
Igirisujin

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Preston
Member Since: 10th Jul 2005
Total posts: 2666
Posted:But large flags are all floaty and swooshy and fshooomy and fantastic to spin when they drag.

Chief adviser to the Pharaoh, in one very snazzy mutli-coloured coat

'Time goes by so slowly for those who wait...' - Whatever Happend To Baby Madonna?

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Medusa
Medusa

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Location: 8 days at Cloudbreak, 6 in Per...
Member Since: 25th Nov 2003
Total posts: 1433
Posted:A picture of me and my flages is now in my gallery...I love my flags.

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k8et
k8et

Member

Member Since: 1st Jun 2006
Total posts: 20
Posted:bumping rather than create another flag thread.. wink

so, i ordered a set of flags from here. (HOP) I was really looking forward to them, but now i'm not sure they are what I really want.

1) They don't seem to be heavy enough for me. I want to slow things down because they look so dramatic, but i have to keep it faster than I'd prefer to keep them moving correctly. I'm debating whether to try modifying them and adding weight, or making my own from scratch instead.

2) While they are bright, I LOVE the look of the sheer iridescent ones. And I'm not crazy about the noise of the material.... So, I'm also thinking maybe I should make a set because I can use any material (even if it doesn't hold up as long, not a huge deal. I sew a little, my mom sews a ton. we're crafty and have huge amounts of material lying around)

the pros? the handles/swivels. that rocks. haven't tried spinning flags without them, hmmm maybe tonight i'll try just grabbing the fabric on these and see whether i can adjust to no handles....

So, I only got them this week, and used them for 5 minutes... Should I return them and make my own? or keep them and get used to them? I know in the end it's my choice but i'd like to hear the opinions of others who used HOP flags or made their own... I don't have a huge budget so it'd be great to get a refund or exchange them for a set of poi with tails from here... LOL

thanks ;o)


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jboo
member
Location: Bradford, UK.
Member Since: 9th Nov 2007
Total posts: 3
Posted:I know I'm a bit late to this party, but I've got some tutorials on flagging if anyone is interested:



I only know of 2 other people that use swing flags though!


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