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      Need leaders and tuning for your new Rev?   01/06/2016

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    That's how I was the first few years flying dual line kites, trying to learn every trick I could. Once I learned that dual line kites could trick, that is... I flew for a couple years just zooming around, stalling, and landing before I saw the DVD that came with one of my kites. Wow, tricks ! I gotta learn me some of those ! A while back, I hit a glass ceiling. I couldn't learn to do the Taz Machine or Slot Machine trick, so I started to learn how to do the tricks I could do better. I'm still in that mode, and I haven't learned any new tricks in a few years. I may have even forgotten some that I knew. My flying now is a mix of flying some, throw in some tricks, and then try to exit cleanly and fly some more. That could be partially due to the kites that I am flying now, not radical tricksters, but kites that have good precision and can trick when you ask them. My goal at this point is to make my flying look better, more fluid, with flow, from one segment to the next. Make it look like 'I meant to do that...' It's all about getting out, getting some fresh air, and getting a smile on your face. If you make it too hard, it stops being fun & you burn out. The great thing about kiting is there are single lines, dual lines, quad lines... so much variety, there's always something to fall back on.
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    Here's the layout we've arrived at... 99% sure.
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    This is about an Indoor Glider, Outdoors... I found myself on the field in zero wind, I am not much of a zero wind flyer with anything other than Gliders. I decided to try the iFlite Vented outdoors. I got out my little spool of about 5m of fine line and cast out about 3m of it. I got a great fly playing with the open space, no walls, light fittings, furniture. It was awesome to have the space around me to try something new. After a short while the Breeze picked up and I packed the iFlite away and went back on the Rev SUL. The following day I was once again on the field in Zero wind. This time I pulled out the roll of line I had cut the 5m from. I stared playing with the iFlite on longer and longer line. Getting out to 25-30m It was eating up the line and supporting it well on the glides. Then Suddenly I noticed a bit of tension in the line, a Breeze... Not a wind, but a light breeze. Less than 1mph. I let the iFlite float out in the breeze and pull more line with it. With some footwork and careful feeding of the line I got the little iFlite out on the full 110m. I staked the end down and stood back, Ok, where did my kite go? It was a cloudy day and I have a white iFlite.... The line I use is very thin 0.08mm (0.00315"). The line was not visible more than 10m away. After some solid searching the kite could be found, but it was not easy. It was surprisingly stable, it sat fairly still and maintained a slight tension on the line. I am not sure how much breeze was up where it was, but there was nothing on the ground. After a while someone started flying a R/C drone under the iFlite, so I decided to bring it in. The Outdoor/Long line is a new aspect of the iFlite that I really enjoyed. Thanks for reading my little story, comments appreciated. WA
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    Ignore his request folks, remember to carry it forward when things happen to you. If I didn't want anything broken, the kite shouldn't have been set-up at all or shared with friends. No/low wind means delicate framing and his smile at flight success in these demanding conditions was worth that spar's life! nigel, it is okay, you will fly out of my kite bag anytime until you are not the weakest flier on the field,..... someday you'll be the one helping others w equipment and lessons too.
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    No sense in beating around the bush, only one place sells these anyway. http://www.flyingsmileskites.com/wordpress/2013/06/22/magic-stick-for-revs/
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    Did a bunch of handles using that "Watty" mod and they are still going strong!! Easy, peasy to do - with practice you can do a set in less than 30 minutes! BUT - be really careful - there is a nasty burr left from drilling the holes for the hog ring!! Rev doesn't clean it up in their manufacturing process. IT WILL LAY YOU OPEN!! Been there, done that! Tools needed: Strong pliers or needle nose, screwdriver. Just be sure not to scar up or ruin the vinyl cap as you remove the ring, unless you plan to replace them. I didn't need to, just ran my leaders out one of the existing holes after turning them front to back instead of side to side, So there was a hole in the back - no biggie! #8-10 wallboard anchors fit perfectly in the tube and cover any raw edges (flange on anchor overlaps), only thing needed is to do one of 2 things - #1- if you use the threaded screws that come in the pack, I recommend chucking them in a drill and filing down those last few threads. That way they won't eat into your leader. Choice #2 - buy some SS shoulder screws when you get the anchors. eliminates the need to file threads down. Like I said - did a bunch this way to save a bunch of cash ....................... spent on more kites!
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    I made my lines over a week ago and I finally received my handles. Ready for some Symphony 2.2.4 goodness! Thank again Rob!
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    We're pleased to yet again announce the next prize being given away to our most appreciated supporters, the Kitelife Subscribers... For roughly 10 cents per day they play a major role in keeping KL growing in every way. Power Foil 2.6 by Skydog Kites, roughly a $229 value! Dimensions: 104" x 38" Materials: Ripstop Nylon Sail Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced Wind Range: 8-25mph Line Set: 300lb & 150lb x 80ft, 135kg & 70kg x 25m Dyneema with quad line handle "For the more experienced flyer, the PowerFoil 2.6 offers strong pull in moderate to heavy winds. Power Foils handle gusts superbly and offers high performance characteristics. The great 2 sided graphics add to the attraction of this stable flying power kite." You can sign up here. Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/349, and will be drawn on June 25th, 2017! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin!
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    And by sheer coincidence, the negative image for BLACK T-Shirts is Skybond Yellow..
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    Based on some chat input..
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    Wow, just wow - @khsidekick and family did GREAT! https://www.facebook.com/barresij/posts/10213193525176874
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    … and now for a happy tale. I just recently got my hands on two new kites. A full vent phantom 1.5 and the vented Polo Rev just in time for a short 4 day trip to Dewey DE. Lucky for me the weather was such that I never had to breakout my old beat up EXP. 4 days of perfect 15 mph winds with strong gusts. Now, back to the city with crappy winds and limited space. Thank you beach gods. Here is one of the few videos I shot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Note, I do run the wear strips through the venting for full vertical support...
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    Still working out a date, but I'm also overjoyed to announce that Ken McNeill ( @kenmcneill ) will also be joining us for a "Direct Line" on May 24th... Well known as the mind behind Aerie Kiteworks (AirFX, etc), Blue Moon (Mamba, etc) and KMAC FAB (Ichiban, 61/49, etc), Ken McNeill is one of the most respected kitemakers in North America (and beyond) - KiteLife forum members will be able to ask questions about design, flight and just about anything else in good taste.
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    My furthest out flight in the last year was a Wala on 500 feet of line. It looked very small & very high reminding me of flying kites as a youngster out West. I would put up my small delta on two or three spools of line, sometimes losing sight of the kite until the wind would shift the kite so I could spot it again. The line would get heavy enough that you did not have to tie it off. The weight was enough to hold it for you. The kite would not go higher after too much line. It would just be further away. Thanks for stirring my memory of those early days. It was my first plastic kite & my first delta called "The Eye in the Sky". I got it as a premium for signing up new paper subscribers. I was a bicycle paper boy delivering the Deseret News in Brigham City, Utah. Made about fifty bucks a month delivering sixty papers each day. It was good money for a kid back in the sixties & a little more than my brother made each month as a private in the Army at that time.
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    Hello friends, I'm pleased to announce the upcoming addition of "Direct Line" chats, a series of realtime chats (typed) with renowned kite personalities from all over the world via our live chat system! First guests will be all four members of Team KiteLife, answering anything you want to know, or just shooting the breeze! Be sure to RSVP via the link below, hope to see you on May 3rd... http://kitelife.com/forum/calendar/event/331-direct-line-chat-with-team-kitelife/ A proper link to the group chat will be distributed several days prior to the scheduled date. The normal group chat is open 24/7 here - Group Chat
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    Hindsight pretty much 20/20 on that lol
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    It's hard to believe it's been a week since our amazing experience with John. As I think back on this experience I can't help but smile. We learned so much from him. He has such a patient and caring way of teaching. His passion can be seen in everything he taught us. He took the time to show us everything from how to store our kites properly to how to hold our handles to what is the right line to use. He really took his time to help with the basics like flat launches with a four string kite; proper hand grip with each type of kite and hand location. We learned so many different types of kiting. We learned how to fly 2 line stunt kites; 4 line revs ( mid vent, full sail and light to no wind); indoor strategies and techniques; fighter kites and awesome gliders in our house! He even taught my son to fly with a dog stack! We learned how to fly as a team which was unbelievable for beginners!! We learned many kiting ideas and principles but the one that helped me the most was what John calls the "whump". The whump means to load your sail and move it forward. This technique was life changing for us to be able to fly in light to no wind. The wind varies so much in Colorado that things became challenging sometimes but John never gave up trying and was able to teach us in any condition. He not only flew with us for hours on end he also stayed up late to share his vast knowledge of kiting. His passion for kiting can be felt in the way he teaches because he is so willing to continue to work on the same thing over and over with such patience and encouragement. John was such an easy person to have stay with us. He never asked for anything from us and was so willing to sleep wherever at our house! He joined us in some family obligations and was so willing to do anything!! We would do this experience over and over if we had the chance! We recommend for anyone willing to have the best experience ever to buy tickets to JB for a weekend! It will truly be a life changing experience!! Thanks again John for touching our lives and creating a lifetime of memories:) Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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    So, I'm looking back through the posts on this thread to consider due credit for contributions actually utilized in the current (final?) design - there was constructive discussion by many of you but here's what I've made note of... @makatakam - 1, 2 and 4 lines, overlapping (design idea). @riffclown - circle and URL placement (graphics work). I think everything else actually came out of my twisted head or was inspired by stuff I found on the web... Any debate on attribution as I've listed it above? Please speak frankly, this is a family.
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    We have that same discussion locally Mark. How much mass is necessary for "lazy flight" in zero wind? Some builders' like Dave Ashworth's efforts, lack enough mass for my comfort. nothing is free with his wings, you must tend the lines thru-out the flight or face a complete loss of lift. Imagine flying from a standing position, but only on one foot. As long as you keep motion in the kite, it flies easily. Stop flailing and it is done for! With some more mass, you get free momentum (like a javelin thrower, they step several times violently forward towards their target area BEFORE releasing it) Also. a very flexible frame REQUIRES a longish bridle to prevent frame distortions from sharp commands on the handles, whereas a stiffer frame and affixing flying lines onto the end-caps directly creates a better set-up for collapsing the sail (throw & catch or the jumping-thru technique) There's certainly a compromise between no-wind floating and a steadily powered flight of gliding, you pick which direction suits your needs best based upon testing and comparisons. When you finally find that combination that clicks you are so satisfied! I like Dave's kites indoors but they aren't right for me outside in no wind. Too much distortion on the frame and sudden turbulence from the slightest wind on your skin behind an ear.
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    Since I can remember I've always loved movies, especially making my own. So it's no surprise that from my first day with a quad I'd be documenting my progress. As I was making this short film a few things came to mind. First and foremost, how much fun I have. Setting up the shot, flying, editing, all of it great fun for me. The second thing these little movies show me? I want to improve everything! Which brings me to the last thing. After a year and a half, I'm actually improving! [emoji23][emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    That's awesome thank you! Can't wait to see it in the air. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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    Experience in low wind will be more advantageous than gear. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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    Wow! We could not have imagined how incredible our experience would be when we won the JB for a weekend raffle. We knew we would love it but there are not words to express how amazing the experience was! John Barresi could not have been more accommodating to us and was willing to show us anything and everything. He went more than above and beyond to make us feel special. We still can't wipe the smiles off our faces. This weekend will be memories our family talks about forever! We would recommend to anyone to buy tickets if John does this again! You will not be disappointed!! We would buy tickets and do it again and again!! Greatest thanks to John and his family for sharing him with ours!! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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    Start on the furthest knot out from the handles on top and bottom. Try to launch in upright position. If you can't launch, move the top lines one knot in toward the handles, try to launch. Repeat until you can launch easily. Every two or three outings, try moving one knot out. You won't like it at first, but within 20 minutes, you'll be comfy with it.
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    Oh, yeah. That first time crossing lines with others can be just a bit traumatic. How do you say aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh in English? Best advice I ever got specifically for that was ignore the other kites and lines. In other words, concentrate on flying your kite. It will "click", sooner for some than for others. Took me about a year to get anywhere near comfy crossing lines with others. Now I can't get enough. And even if you manage to bring a bunch of the others down, you're just creating laughs and memories that bring future smiles. Remember that time Franck got his line . . . . . . . What will help immensely with team flying is to practice speed control and positioning. Practice flying different figures at exactly the same speed throughout each. No speeding up or slowing down, even if the wind gusts. Do it at half that speed. Do it at an absolute crawl. Now, do it all again, backwards. Again, sideways, both upright and inverted. Sounds nearly impossible, until you do it. The second half of this will give you the ability to control your kite in any position, in any part of the wind window. Anything you practice, do it for 20-30 minutes, then take a break by flying without thinking about anything. After quite some time (months, years?) of doing this, you will notice that what you do without thinking looks a lot like what was once practice. There will be many "aha" moments along the way to be savored. Just keep in mind that there are three stages of kite flying: 1. The kite flies you. 2. You fly the kite. 3. The kite and you fly together as one. When you hit that 3rd stage, you'll know. Savor it. It doesn't happen all the time after you've been there once. It's a combination of conditions and the way you feel. But there is nothing better. "You know you got it, if it makes you feel good...."
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    Pay it forward buddy, I broke Ron gaziano's kite moments before his indoor performance, bob lauder broke ashworth's while Dave was in line to be judged as a builder at Smithsonian! You smile and wave it off. I understand your anguish but know we have all done this, felt bad and been released from obligation. Someday you'll be the guy with a hole in the sail, or a busted spar, severed lines and a huge tangled mess, just remember how it is handled. everything is the flyer's fault! if it is so valuable, then why was it out in the sun/weather, shared, not flown respectfully or put away immediately after use!? nigel, you were relieved of any obligation when you were offered that sail. Made by Steve Polanski, painted by his bride, given away? Yeah it is the way of a family, he passed out half a dozen of em at WISKF the year I went. It's a single skin, framed light, super responsive, you saw a squirrel and now it is busted. Who breaks a down spar thats a travel frame!? I've probably go another half already buddy. The issue is closed, see ya next time. oh, one more story,.... my dear friend Harold Ames, one first Sunday, he broke my 1,000# carrying wagon, and three sport kites. We still laugh about that ten years later, that guy is hard on a wedding ring! He GAVE my wife 14 mini-roks (battle in a bag) and she already had the only other set. We help each other,
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    OK I think I've got one panel where I want it to be.. (at least I masked it in this time so....)
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    Hey, miracles happen!, .... vented kites at the 1st Sunday fly. We started as ZenSUL, then full sails& midvents, switched to Shooks 75 & 135%, Polos and full vents, mostly on green race thruout the day. Easy lessons with the sail filled with energy, crowds most appreciative when team flying. A group came up to Melissa and asked if she was in charge of the WoW team, since she was leading,... should've seen her facial expression. I caught Burka leading and in forward flight too (natl holiday declared! enjoy that windy moment buddy, its rare!
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    Bottom of handles; Really only need one knot about 13mm or 1/2 inch (depending if you are metric or fractional) out. Top of handles; Overall length approx 300mm/12 inches AFTER knots are tied. You could put 8 or so knots with 13mm space between them. With the "last knot" at the end of your leaders. Material to use could be old bridle line or something similar non stretchy. Even Dacron from a single line kite line. About #90 is a good weight. Most importantly is to make Left and Right spot on even. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
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    Thank you @John Barresi for bringing it all together.. It was great to chat with everyone and gain some insight into what makes TKL tick.. We all share the same sky but thank you and @mystainedskin @windpoacher & @Flight Riskfor sharing a little piece of yours..
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    For posterity... http://kitelife.com/kl-archive/tutorials/tutorials-quad-line/modding-rev-indoor/
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    2nd trailing edge stitch going in... Not only stronger outright, but it specifically preserves the trailing edge shape (stopping stretch and deformation), giving better control and durability both.
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    I currently have 13 B-Series sails on my work table for mods and it's simply amazing the degree of manufacturing inconsistency from sail to sail... So much so that it's literally impossible to pre-cut or use a template for wear strips since every wing is a different length or panels joining up differently. in addition, the thread they use is quite a bit weaker than what I'm using (Guterman's)... All that aside, it truly warms my heart to be giving all these sails new, robust lives ahead of them. /rant
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    Thanks, John. Just got into the hobby/sport last month while I was flying my 2-year old's little plastic kite - got to thinking about when I was a kid; I used to build and fly kites made from paper and soft pine sticks, and any old spool of string. Tails were made from strips of an old cotton bed sheet with knots tied in them. But they flew! Engineer, Father of one (and another one on the way...), and just moved to Ohio from Georgia to find that, across the street from my new house there is a small open field, and on most days the wind goes anywhere between a gentle breeze and 10-15 mph. Some gusts, some turbulence, but decent wind and I thought; why not get a kite of my own? So here I am - my ITW Spider has about 5 or 6 flights on it, already cut my stock lines from the original 80 ft down to 65 ft to speed things up, and am practicing away as often as the wind (and my schedule) will allow. I'm watching videos and seeing tricks I want to do, but still realizing there is a lot to learn about kites and wind and flying in general... which is why I am here.
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    none - never sit down
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    1. Hat and sun protection! Kite stakes? - I've never owned one and very rarely seen the need for one. 2. In Peter Peters Kite site there is a suggestion of the order that you can learn tricks. http://www.idemployee.id.tue.nl/p.j.f.peters/kites/basics/flying.split.html basic launch basic landing pull turn push turn combination turn stall spin stall snap stall leading edge launch fly away pancake belly launch cartwheel axel 180 flat spin wing tip stand Below I modified the list, but that is only my point of view/experience: basic launch pull turn basic landing (a bit earlier than the above list - But it will always come down, won't it?) push turn combination turn stall turtle (I added) snap stall axel spin stall cartwheel pancake belly launch wing tip stand leading edge launch 180 flat spin fly away (???) While you are at PP kite site - a trick list: http://www.idemployee.id.tue.nl/p.j.f.peters/kites/basics/funcidx.html See it as a reference list in which you later might increase your (depth of) understanding of. It can serve as a complement to all the videos. A well documented case of learning how to fly duals can be found in @Happyspoon 's blog "Learning to Fly Dual Lines": http://kitelife.com/forum/blogs/blog/17-learning-to-fly-dual-lines/ 3. Learn, learn, learn that when launching your hands forward the kite will stop/slow down. Really remember this when being close to the ground! No, the kite will not break if you throw your arms forward before impact. Also try to be more than 500m downstreams of any objects on your field to get the non-turbulent winds. 4. Modifying your question - now relating to all my duals. The parts that I've not broken are: The centre T-connector. ferrules, endcaps inside the nose, endcaps on battens, endcaps on stand offs, upper leading edges, top spreader, possibly the spine and possibly the bridle. Also when the design is so that the lower spreaders are connected with a rod - I've never broken the rod. BUT EVERYTHING ELSE I'VE MANAGED TO BREAK! Parts that are prone to breaking or rather the common failures are: broken lower leading edges, broken stand offs when caught on something or a line is around them during start and a worn out nose so that the spars pop out through it. If the inside of your lower spreaders on the spine side are not plugged (if the connection is such that you insert the LS to the fitting) it might snap during a hard snap stall.
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    Hello! My name is Jason, I am from Melbourne Australia. I was recently introduced to a 2 line stunt kite by my brother in law, and I was hooked! I did some research online and am now the proud owner of a Prism Quantum and a 75 foot tube tail. I have had a few outings with it already, and I am sure you are probably not surprised to learn that I am already waiting on replacement center T as a result of some high speed soil samples. So in the meantime I was hoping for some advice and suggestions! What would you consider "must have" accessories? Is there a list of stunts or some sort of order that I should start learning them in? Good online resources for said stunts? (other than this one!) General tips and tricks for total noobs? Relating to the Quantum: Any suggested mods, tips or tricks? What parts are most prone to breaking? Thank you in advance! Jason.
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    Hi everyone, Just joined and wanted to introduce myself. I've been out of the kiting for some time now and am back in SoCal. It feels so good to be out flying again. Some of my kites need repairs (rods, the nylon is all good) and others are as solid as ever. I need to upgrade/replace some lines and am currently poking around to see where to go for the best source. I actually have kevlar lines in my bags, along with the Spectra ones. Looking forward to opening up the Quadrifoils and jump in the buggy again. I also have a 100% completely unused Neos Omega. I remember when I got it I knew it was special because the name was changing. I had a Rev and a Rev II which I parted with years ago, but the Neos stayed in my bag. I forgot how impressive it looks opened up. I'm debating on if I should fly it, or keep it pristine. One thing that I lost over the years was the wood-carved line winder. It would be cool if I still had that. Oh well. I'm looking forward to seeing what's new in the kite / quad world. Patrick
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    I would like to see the "TKL" a and the two lines going out from the figure bit bolder. The other figures don't look like figures to me. They look more like the graphic normally used to indicate a figure in motion. If they do indeed represent motion, then it's all good, but if they are meant to represent the rest of the team, I think they would be better if they were thicker and went all the way down to the ground. Of course the TKL doesn't stand for TeamKiteLife, right? It stands for T.K. and Luca.
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    And the winner is... Mikelp3586! Congrats! Send me a private message with your address and I'll get the kite shipped out to you!
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    Drum roll... The lucky subscriber taking home this bad boy is #1383, @khsidekick! Congratulations Kelly, fly it in good health. New prize coming up shortly!
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    I have been thinking about making a kite or two...and the holes in my collection are SUL, mid vet, and xtr vent. So I have been contemplating how do I fill in those holes with what I make- which naturally leads to what is really meant by those terms. The "all are under 6oz" comment is interesting to me. I am guessing that there is a wieght to sail surface area ratio that must be beat for the target wind speeds. In terms of buying equipment, seems that all I should think on for. The moment is to add 50# lines to my collection. Cath recommended that I wait until I spent less time on the ground...I think I might be there now. Sent from my Nexus 5X using KiteLife mobile app
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    I wont tie my own leaders anymore now they available in the Kitelife shop. Have 3 (or 4...) sets already. One thing I do with the bottom leaders from KL though. I untie them all the way, cut them in half and just put one knot at the end of all 4 pieces. Then install them at all four connection points. The top leaders go onto the top set-knot and the bottom lines go on to the bottoms. I like just having the short leaders on the bottom. The short ones on top will "wear" instead of the leaders. YMMV. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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    There is a difference between @philm63 and @philm63. The latter one causes a notification appear for the one who is addressed. To generate the latter, input an "@", then type the first few characters of the recipient slowly to make the list of possible names appear and then pick the right name. Get some sleeving (perhaps you already did?) and you can have a 65 and a 35 foot line set. Sorry for nitpicking, but the lines that go with the Spider are polyester... (sorry again). I'd say that larger kites are easier to trick/fly, but that I suspect that they crash more destructively. Larger kites are more easy to keep stable in a stall than small kites - noisy input is kind of low pass filtered or at least the input gets more averaged. If your hands know what to do (i.e. give slack) automatically one span width above the ground when the ground approaches rapidly, then the risk of crashing destructively is small. Having this ability, you are in the position of deciding the level of risk that you want to subject any new and more expensive kite to. However don't postpone the purchase of the second kite too long so that your learning slows down. After all, kites can be repaired. My experience with smaller beginner kites is not so large - I did not start out with such a kite (not counting some sessions in the mid 80-ies). I instead started out with a DLK that had 213cm/7' span width and a rather low aspect ratio (Jam Session (-98?)) and has stayed most of the time in the 2m to 2.5m range. I lost count of the times I repaired the Jam Session, but I favor quite much ground contact and especially at the time (experimented with) quite hard input. A bonus was that when buying spares from the right kite dealer I always got a lot of hints. Occasionally during last two years I've started flying both larger and smaller DLKs than this range.
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    there are almost 2 weeks now with crazy weather but will pass. Saturday on Kids And Kites Chicago will be great. Hope to see you there Mike and all flyers from close by
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    I know right! What's mine is his lol Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
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    Okay that look much better than I thought it did period Please keep in mind I could hardly hear him call Sent from my SM-G386T1 using KiteLife mobile app