Essentially half of an Axel, the Half Axel is a maneuver that reverses the kite's direction of flight. The kite begins flying horizontally in either direction, then falls onto its belly, turns nose away from the pilot, and rotates 180°. The kite is then snapped back into flight with the nose pointing exactly opposite the initial direction and should exit in a straight line. The direction of flight (left or right) and the height at which the trick is performed do not matter.
- Clean half-turn
- Horizontal entry and exit