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  2. I never said the Widowmaker Pro was defective, and wouldn't expect it to be. I never had one.
  3. Yup and I happened to get the second to last, had a kite on order for 3 months and Marianne called one day and asked if I wanted white with black pin-stripping or a black/white sail as they were the last 2 sails they had. Still very thankful that I got one at all even though it has not been flown yet and is awaiting a very special occasion if it ever does get flown.
  4. So far, my experience has been positive with both Jon and Marieanne. I'm a week into owning the Pro and had one question and they responded in the same day. No problems or defects I can see.
  5. Yesterday
  6. Yeah, the widowmaker pro looked like a good option. A higher end kite for a lower price than most other high end kites, built better than most production kites, and didn't cost much more than the Widow NG. I was going to buy one after having problems with the Widow NG, but they weren't available I bought the Widow Ng directly from Premier as most shops didn't have the yellow and grey in stock. They took care of me, and I am glad I bought it directly from Premier. Because when I called and talked to the lady at kites and fun things, (maybe John's wife?) About the problems with the Widow NG to see if this was common, or if I could order one from them that was pre inspected for me. They were defensive and dismissive about the problems. They said that there was no problems with it, that it is a good kite and I was expecting too much if I wanted a kite for that price without defects (which according to her didn't exist). I disagree. I don't believe it is too much to ask for a $200 dollar kite, at least for the wings to be the same length, and the pocket to be sewn on straight. Since it was measurable and pulled the sail more to one side. I didn't appreciate the implication that I was lying. The dismissive and accusatory response seemed very natural or automatic for them, like it was rehearsed, or told to people often. This left me with a bad impression of them.
  7. Welcome bauffi

    Hello @bauffi, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat Member Map KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
  8. Welcome ToddHerrington

    Hello @ToddHerrington, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat Member Map KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
  9. JB for a Weekend (10/1/17)

    YES!!!!!
  10. JB for a Weekend (10/1/17)

    Team Corolla has 20 of these so far!
  11. Windoo1 Wind Meter -- 10/27/2017

    Just shared to Facebook, hopefully we'll get a bump there.
  12. Windoo1 Wind Meter -- 10/27/2017

    Is there anybody out there?
  13. Semi absent...

    Hello friends, Just wanted to apologize for my relative absence from the forum as of late - while I have been observing, life has kept me pretty distracted between raising our (now 16 month old) son, the long Europe trip and my most recent journey to the AKA Convention in Maryland. We're also facing the leanest year we've had in a long time at the Barresi / KiteLife household and are currently figuring out how to make it through the winter (rent, bills, KL overhead, etc) - in the meantime, I encourage you all to consider various options to support our efforts here if it's possible for you. Current raffle... http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/8187-jb-for-a-weekend-10117/ KL products... http://kitelife.com/forum/store/category/5-accessories/ Donations... https://kitelife.com/forum/clients/donations/ Thanks all for your ongoing support, either through these various means or just by being a part of this wonderful community.
  14. Hi folks, Just a bit of news, we're in the process of trying to upgrade the plugins that make the TapaTalk and KiteLife apps work but running into a little issue (some changes in how it's done on the forum side) - please stand by, we are working on it. Thanks for your patience!
  15. JB for a Weekend (10/1/17)

    58 tickets sold!
  16. Suggestions on Finding Indoor Places

    Some of the places I've seen folks find success at sometimes... Their local church gym Handball / racquetball courts Local community center gyms YMCA / YWCA gyms Indoor soccer fields A lot of times the tricks just seems to be finding a time slot where any of those aren't being used, and approaching the management correctly with good videos and description so they know it's a real, controlled and safe activity for their space. Otherwise you can also go urban as suggested above, which could include courtyards and walkways between large buildings that obstruct the wind effectively - of course, onsite security may chase you off (insurance liability mostly) but if you can demonstrate skill sometimes they'll look the other way - if not, be graceful and slide right on out of there.
  17. General publics reaction to kites

    I kept putting off this reply until "I had more time" but it got away from me... For quads, I generally rotate through these moves... LOUD dive stops Spins near the ground Walking the kite Object interaction - balance on flagpoles, etc - move objects (flip flops, beach balls, etc) - landing on things like tents, etc - landing in someone's hand (with consent) Catch and throw (on short lines) On dual line, I'm usually pounding these... Hard snap landings LOUD spins near the ground and back up to top of window Fast combinations (squares, circles, landings) On both... Making it look easy. Amidst the more complicated and active movements, sometimes flying the kite in such a way that I can relax, look around, maybe sit down, anything to make it look easier and more accessible in-between the intensive stuff. There's more but that's what comes to mind off hand... My idea is thinking about and developing the things that are most likely to catch (and hold) a spectator's interest, basically if there is a kiteflier inside them, the things that will most likely engage them. What I've seen in my experience, other than demonstrated skill, the main things that seem to capture folks' attention include... Loud kites Tails (one or more) Team flying Stacks / trains "Defying physics" (like the dive stop) Incomplete thoughts above, but a start for more discussion.
  18. Sold or still available?
  19. Team KiteLife Logo Contest

    Sorry for the tardy reply... We had them up on Zazzle but they had MASSIVE issues with delayed and canceled orders, currently looking for a suitable replacement vendor.
  20. AKA Convention Spotting

    Just wish someone had gotten TKL's demo on video! *sniff*
  21. When I called to purchase my Widowmaker Pro, they told me that it was the last one they had. I'm happy and sad at the same time. It's a wonderful kite and really hope they can produce them again in the future. I also hope that Steve Tapp recovers from his health issues Sent from my XT1575 using KiteLife mobile app
  22. Lam Hoac's New AC

    I had a really great time flying my AC SUL yesterday. The wind conditions were all over the place really ripping one minute and gone the next with direction changes. When I bought my AC SUL, Lam suggested that I also buy a pair of stiffer lower spreaders for higher wind flying. I put them in and was able to handle everything nature threw at it.
  23. Quad Count (they all count)

    @riffclown i do hope you spend more time flying than building. however i have watched with interest (ok i'll admit it sometimes real anticipation) the builds turn out, and i'm never disappointed.
  24. Very Disappointing First Flight

    It really does help to have an experienced flier beside you! It can be very overwhelming at first. The learning curve for quad flying is initially very very steep, there is a lot of trial and error but with help from someone you can get through it much faster. The first time I grabbed the controls of a revolution kite, I could not control the thing, it would go up, start spinning and crash down. I ended up tangling the lines very very bad. My 2nd instructor was Jynx, she showed me how to attach the lines and launch the kite and keep it in the air. Thanks to her, I had a bit of control of the kite and I could fly left and right but not very good, it was very fun. What followed after that was lots of crashes, broken spars. My third instructor I would say was Jay and Kelly .. Jay taught me the importance of the trim on the top and bottom lines, to also fly the kite with purpose instead of crazy and to make small adjustments and slower smoother flight. I also learned the catch and throw from him as well, a fancy trick. He also taught me how to better turn the kite. The rest I have learned on my own by watching. You will initially be intimidated when you see the precise control other fliers have, trust me, you will get at their level at some point. Today thanks to all the help I've head, I can call myself an experience flier. I have absolute control of my kite and flying is so much more fun and rewarding.
  25. My Widow NG went back to premier on their request due to defects. I still want one, but won't buy one until I can inspect it in person first. It looks like I might be getting one of my old Prism E3 kites back. I guess that the Widowmaker Pro is off my list for now, and I will be considering the Lam Hoac AC in the future instead. John at Skyburner said he didn't know what the future of the Widowmaker Pro will be as Steve Tapp is not doing well. Guess they are filling the last orders and not taking any more the last time I checked. There is an announcement on his facebook about it. https://www.facebook.com/TappestryKites/
  26. Beginner kite selection information guide

    I prefer to define what level I want to achieve, and what the experience is like for myself.
  27. Lam Hoac's New AC

    Are you for or against him discussing the issues he might be having?
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