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    • They both have the same effect, but accomplish it different ways. Tails and drogues keep it from overflying by adding drag to pull the sail downwind. Tail weights change the angle of attack to a more nose back attitude. Both will reduce or eliminate overflying by not allowing to fly as nearly overhead. Tails and drogues are much prettier, but in a crowded sky, think festival, the weight will keep you out of being part of the tangle.
    • Things occasionally walk away here in the US also. There's a-holes everywhere, but: My iPhone 6 cost me $300 used. My camera cost me $1500 used. I would rather lose the iPhone. I'm lying about the camera, It's only about $500, but you get the point. I would prefer to lose neither, but you have to take the shot with something. Best way to hang on to either would be to have a friend do the filming. I know some people who have set up the equipment inside a locked vehicle and flown their kite in front of the vehicle, shooting through a window. 
    • The windy part of "Windy City" is actually a reference to its politics and politicians. The winds are typical Midwest garbage, much like what you get in TN most of the time, unless you fly a beach on Lake Michigan on an east wind. Most of the time, it's lumpy, bumpy and shifty, occasionally as much as 180 degrees. If you get up this way, (preferably during the warmer months), send me a PM before you head out and I will make a point of joining you for some flying.
    • Festivals are a great source of learning experience, and kite flyers are always eager to help (show off). You will learn 10 times as much in one weekend with others as you would learn on your own in 10 weeks. I know, because I "bin der, dun dat". Definitely worth the trip. Get to all you can reach. I used to hit everything I could that was within two to three hours' travel one way. Most videos will show you a lot of moves, which by the time you get to the field are mostly forgotten. I found it helpful to write down one or two of what I wanted to learn on a small piece of paper that I could stick in my shirt pocket as a reference. I could never remember most of what I saw in the video. Easier when you break it down into smaller pieces. Other option, is to put the video on your phone so you can refer to it while flying, though I found that only working on learning one or two new moves per session is the quickest way to learn.  Most importantly -- and I realize that everyone wants to do the advanced "really cool stuff" as soon as possible -- if you don't have the underlying basics down pat, (you know, the simple stuff), you will never do more advanced moves well, if at all. Practice the basics every time you fly, at least a couple of reps, and you will learn the new stuff more easily. Flying a stunt kite, whether dual or quad, requires a large amount of muscle memory, which in turn requires a ton of repetition. Devote at least 10% of your time to it.
    • That's nuts... I have the impression that things are so civilized in the UK. I haven't been there in 20 years, maybe that's changed ? I have no problem leaving my cameras & kite bags (worth way more than the cameras) on the beach here in New York. I even leave everything there to run back to the car or to the bathroom. Maybe I'm just too trusting ?