John Barresi

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About John Barresi

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    KiteLife Owner
  • Birthday 06/01/1975

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Kymera, B-Series Pro, B2, B-Series Zen, Indoor Rev, Zen Glider.
  • Flying Since
    August 1990, San Francisco CA
  • Location
    Portland, OR USA
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    Web publishing and promotion, kite flying of all kinds, travel anywhere... Global kite culture.
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  1. This would explain it.
  2. FYI, there is some odd Internet-related stuff going on with PayPal right now that is causing registration process to hang up - please be patient and try again tomorrow, thanks for your patience!
  3. Hello DebMo, 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 - 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!
  4. Hi all, Super stoked to announce that Team KiteLife will be returning to the SPI Kite Festival in February! Thursday, Feb 2 evening: Indoor show (tickets available at B&S Kites) Fri/Sat, Feb 3-4 all day: Outdoor festival == Additionally, we'll be offering TWO separate workshops / clinics / classes on Sunday Feb 5th! These are fun and educational workshops covering the most important aspects of dual or quad line kite flying and we do cover a lot of important fundamentals in the starting presentation of each class, so please be on time. If we have full classes would mean one instructor for every 2.5 students over the course of three hours, with four instructors rotating through the class... That's a ton of personal, one-on-one time with experienced fliers. Included for each discipline: Basic introduction to kite types and bridle / tuning Field-proven techniques for setting up and breaking down your gear Basics of flight posture, body, hands and feet, as well as line tension Training with an instructor on your own kite(s), building your skills FYI, you CAN register for both dual and quad line classes if you fly both styles! Please note, kites are NOT provided. == Location: The Flats in South Padre Island TX NOTE: The sign up links below will NOT work on Tapatalk or the KiteLife App, you must use a normal browser (mobile or desktop). == 9am-12pm: DUAL LINE Instruction (10 students max) $50 Tickets -< 1 hr lunch break > 1pm-4pm: QUAD LINE instruction (10 students max) $50 Tickets -
  5. I used diamond polished ceramic fishing rings back in the day. Two primary things to consider... 1 - giving each line its own ring (or pulley, etc) will eliminate line-on-line friction. 2 - also consider the size of the "bend" in the lines... A thin ring would make the line bend more like this... V (more torque / resistance on the line, less surface friction) A thick ring would make the line bend more like this... U (less torque / resistance, more surface friction) Somewhere in the middle should be the best balance, without using actual pulleys. Video didn't come up for me, btw?
  6. Nah, the schedule layout is funky - working on filtering future / past, or at least making the years more obvious. Still, may do Palm Beach in December - just haven't confirmed some details yet.
  7. My rig is all ball bearing pulleys, one for each line - very little friction, makes control much, much easier.
  8. I think the "don't be static" idea applies universally to multi line kites, if we're talking about ideal performance - some people just want to stand there and that's ok too, but it won't ever be more than remote control.
  9. The other thing you might experiment with from a holistic perspective, is getting a little "float" into your feet... Control lock ups often happen when our lower half stops being dynamic and settles flat footed. The name of the game is tension and sail pressure is an ever fluctuating thing by nature, if your roots (feet) are static then your line tension will oscillate without your participation... If your feet are always moving or transitioning, you'll be participating in your line tension more deeply than the basic "back when I go up" and "forward when I go down" footwork.
  10. Yes, but it may not be a an outwardly noticeable (abrupt) movement - just think about being dominant with the top lines when you want to drive and not letting the back edge run loose or totally free... Again, do this by: 1 - lengthening the top lines 2 - keep your hands lower 3 - moving your hands down the foam a bit Exercise - in a sideways hover, try barely slacking out and then snapping down on all four lines at once so that you generate a clear pressure on all lines but the kite doesn't surge in any direction. The style of movement would be like a "one inch punch" with both hands, then snap all four lines tight. When you get it right, the sail should make an audible "pop" (slapping its face evenly against the wind). Another sign of success is that in that same time, the resistance you feel in all four lines should noticeably increase. This is the "whump" you may have heard about... That impact also changes the shape of the kite, powering up the kite and exponentially increasing the power available in that short window, kind of like a nitrous boost... ALL FOUR lines, not just the top ones. Imagine a marionette puppet, strings and X control above it... Similar to a Rev, with fluid dynamics added to surface area(s)... A skilled puppeteer doesn't let one control line out of mind, even while working specifically with others. Once the 4 line tension is established with the whump, the backward movement needed to keep the tension is exponentially less - if you start soft, there isn't anything to hold onto, random edges of the kite aren't loaded for the job at hand. If you once again skim the videos of the top performance quad fliers around after our chat here, you'll start to see this perspective more clearly.
  11. Great question - that sound is the result of "over sheeting"... Not enough tension in the bottom lines, and / or holding your hands too high (which favors the top lines). Solutions... a. Lengthen your top lines (more brake) b. Move your hands lower down on the foam of the handle (just above center). c. Experiment with keeping your hands much, much lower by default.
  12. Hi all, Just dropping a note to tell everyone where they can find the new website for our "factory team". Check it out - Glad to be on the line with @mystainedskin (Scott Benz), @windpoacher (Eli Russell) and @Flight Risk (Brett Marchel), looking forward to more time together in the coming year.
  13. I know @mirecat has some time on the Hydra, maybe he can provide some insight? Otherwise, reach out to Fortuna Forms on Facebook (same designer).