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    HQ: Jam Session, Maestrale, Infinity, Fazer XL, Tramontana Prism: Elixir, Alien
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  1. Still Here...

    I'm sorry for the loss, but can't help thinking of those kites you seem to have gotten access to I must confess. A new kite can often lead you to discover new aspects. What can a bunch of new kites do then? If you gain any insight from this or is taken into a new direction I'd like to hear about that. Also great that you can involve your kids while kiting. I haven't had any luck doing this lately.
  2. However, if you are lucky you find a kite/you combo that (after some or perhaps a lot of work to get the basics of starting/landing/controlling) almost suggests one or several tricks for you. I think that this will be more frequent for a >100USD kite. I also think that it is very rare to start with a short list of predetermined tricks (leaving out so very much). How can one know that these are the tricks that will be most easily accessible for you? Once on the field it is more likely that many tricks/moves not on the list will be tried. Most fails and some few might almost work. Guess which ones which feels most rewarding to work on? Another thing that can happen is that you do another trick (possibly one you haven't even imagined before) while attempting a trick, e.g. when attempting half axels you might end up in a turtle. Yes, when doing it on purpose it is also a trick. If the turtles are reliable and the kite allows control over them there is nothing that stops you from working on an instant transition to lazy Susans e.g. With a decent kite you have more to random discover and more openings to various tricks - on your trick list or not.
  3. New XUL.. Not Tails

    The fist theme that pops up is some kind of night/shadow/greyStormySky/sea theme. Here are some suggestions: Night ride(er), Nightride, Night wing, Night sky, Night music, Nocturne, Nocturnal darkness of the black night (just kidding), Nocturnal dream, Lucid dream, Nox, Nox hue, Nox shade, Nox shadow, Dark horizon, Ambient occlusion, Occluded night, Dark occlusion, Flat shade, Smooth shade, Cobalt blue, Cobalt sky/sea, Nimbus, Stormy waters, Dusk squall, Eerie ash... Why only dramatic?: Slow Sunday (rain), (Slow) Morning rain, Spring evening, Dream of dawn, Dawn dream, Poly(ester) dream... More nature - mineral rocks!: Slate impact, Slate, Dark ore, Iron ore, Blue/Black onyx, Graphite haze (why not?)
  4. Unless there are some other non kiting reasons that we don't know of (and they can be very real/good) this decision sounds a bit premature. 1. The time so far spent on kiting here is less than it typically takes to learn one trick. 2. CA-glue, Tedlar tape and some carbon spare tubes get you through the first time. 3. Remember: Whatever you try, whatever you do - There is always someone on YouTube that is better than you. 99.9% of all human beings need to accept this.
  5. Minchhampton common

    Which makes me think of the recent topic http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/8228-general-publics-reaction-to-kites/, especially these unpolite cows then indulge in eating while you are busy piloting! Otherwise I thought UK cows were of a particular curious breed. This summer when in Sidmouth (Devon, UK) along one of many public foot paths (actually someone's will a long time ago also turned nicely placed areas into areas where the public was allowed). At the start of the DLK session I was worried that I might upset the cows in the neighboring pasture. After all our kite ambassadorship extends all the way into the pastures IMO. The fear that the cows would get upset was much exaggerated - they moved towards the gate to get a better view!. Talking of fear, these cows that I had passed several times during kiting sessions I later heard, had one bull walking among them... Teaming up with their buddies to see some kite sporting. Trying to get the best view possible. I wonder if cows to some extent can appreciate a view like this. The mini photo to the right/down is a "close up" of one of the kite eating/wearing stone beaches. In the background, walking on the beach, you can "see" my wife.
  6. Thank you for some positively minded reading! Thank you for showing the way! All to need to do to have some nice bystander interaction is to switch to SLKs and make a massive massive display. A little great kite festival of your own and then you can have those little nice chats. Perhaps people are somewhat limited by politeness when DLK/QLK sessions are ongoing instead, when piloting one looks focused and occupied and they may think that the pilot should not be bothered. I'm sure that arranging with all the above kites is a lot of work, but they are not being constantly piloted. Could the time, when (hopefully) only monitoring the kites is necessary, give opportunities and open up for discussion with the people around you?
  7. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    The wind is[1], the kite(s) is/are, the line/lines is/are, you are[2], the ground is there[3]. The flying however is whatever amuses you - a clear matter of preference! No matter if I turn every stone upside down or look behind every leave in the nature around my kiting fields I'll not find a note containing an approved set of moves ... and it is a good thing which adds to the value[4] of kiting for me. I like the explorer attitude in http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/720-quad-tricks-i-think-i-created/ , though I'm not in a position to determine if the discovered tricks were originally discovered (but don't see that as the most important part, but rather the spirit). If/when I get the QLK axel going the Korvokites'[5] (not HQ) freestyle QLK Mosquito QLK could be something to try out. Kiting unlimited ... or at least in a wide sense! As you know sometimes 0m/s is a good approximation of wind speed, however the molecular mean thermal velocity in air is about 464m/s, which you typically don't observe directly ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_velocity ). Singular or plural In most cases, but not always, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trk0KAe8y8Q What is the minimum sum required for you not to ever fly (and make) kites again? Yes, this is a repulsive question. Though a German based site, the web site is also available in English. A week ago I managed to do long ground slides (because I liked it, not required for launching), just like a slow DLK LE launch with a delayed or omitted take off. This was on a reasonably dense and well cut lawn, so the abrasion should be minimal. My B-series 1.5 std bridle do show signs of wear, but I suspect that that is from a kite grinding and eating greedy stone beach that effectively adds a fee to your kiting. None the less I consider to protect the bridle (closest to the end caps) by covering the end caps with heat shrink tubing, which should be lighter than vinyl end caps. I.e. effectively move the bridle attach point inward be about 2cm to a less exposed position. Perhaps quicker to cover the most exposed part with tape instead? Worn bridle closest to the end cap. Another idea, when replacing the bridle, at the points of wear, why not add extra sleeving as used for kite lines (or a thin plastic (polyurethane?) tubing stub around the exposed part of the bridle as an extra resistant sleeving)? Yet another idea, if there is any risk of cracking the end cap through tip stabbing, perhaps one could attach a rubber plate under the heat shrink tubing covering the outmost part of the end cap? To handle the wear on the LE I also consider to attach a strip of sacrificial black rip stop tape on the front side of the LE. Another more impressive way to handle the wear and tear would be to try to mimic a ground slide leaving some minimal distance of air between the ground and kite, but that would really require impressive skills for a perfect illusion. I believe in learning tricks/moves/combos approaching them from bottom up/top down/sideways/parallel/slow/quick (you always learn something and often about possible ways which the kite can move), but above all do try frequently. I agree there are ways that are more straight on to the trick/move, but it can't be of any harm (which also never was really stated in the above quote) doing a couple quick bicycles moves. This should quickly reveal any weaknesses in the rotation and also you get started now and don't need to wait for the perfect clockwork before starting the bicycle learning process. One typically aim for not to think about the hand movements, but instead focus on the detailed and at the same time over all kite movements. To some times at least try working from top down some times is not wrong IMO. Also I can see value in beginner time on the lines where one figures out what can be found in the "landscape" before homing in to the standard moves. I also try to mix slow and (to the best of my abilities) quick to be able to express a wider repertoire (argg, trying to convey things like this always sounds so deep). If one enjoys the quick but yet demanding control, QLKs (including the Super Sonic) are not the only answer - DLKs are available for this as well.
  8. Hmm.., darkness, frustration and aggravation... Those ungrateful bastards that get a show for free should really instead pay a fee and form up in arena large circles around you and do the wave . In fact I do understand much of the above. Also every time I see a kite video with often fantastic moves (meaning tricks and/or precision) it mostly gets completely ignored by people that happen to walk by. Strange! How could they! Can't they see?? Then I think of horses and soccer. If I pass any activity of this sort I almost couldn't care less - it is just background. I wouldn't look twice unless the horse's physical dimensions would make it into Guinness Book of World Records, the rider did acrobatics on it's back, the soccer field was flooded knee high or (really bad) every player in the two teams would be involved in a fight. How absurd this may sound, it might be people that thinks similar of kiting... When flying over here I get very little interaction with others. During the last two months I heard two positive things: "What a hi-tech kite you got" and "The wind is very good for flying today" and no nothing about the piloting (which may be somewhat fair because of my QLK rookieness, but yet...). (On the other hand it might be so that it was just an example of what the authority Jannis Joplin said about the Swedish mentality at 00:30 and 01:13 in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmgSzbdL1So (and excuse me for linking to a video with such hard language in the headline)) No, not everything is darkness, the two best comments I've got (historically) is: (said in an elder man in a dramatic voice) "Thank you, thank you for visualizing the wind!" and (said by an apparently art interested woman) "I do events(or happenings/installations? - can't remember the exact phrase) and collect beautiful things, I'd like to write music [for a i.a. flying event] to your flying". She never returned in the matter though, but I must confess that I was quite surprised and flattered for the time. What a coincidence @RobB. While writing the text before I got to post my comment I was thinking of more than one of your videos where some zombie ghost walkers appears totally unaware of the ongoing sessions of excellent flying.
  9. Very Disappointing First Flight

    I also started out with QLKs rather recently. I never bothered with leaders. Initially I found it easier to fly (before finding out about LE flexing and sail loading) medium setting on the top lines (in the middle on the knot range - no leaders). The most frequent way to accidentally flap the vertical spars is IMO to pull too much on the brake lines (can flying close to the edge of the wind wind window trigger this as well?) - Small inputs and slowly especially when going backwards! Wait a while with the leaders until you learn basic QLK control and can keep it in the air for some minutes at least. OK back to the drive issue. Try what happens when pulling both handles. The LE should now deform and the kite should speed up, stop pulling and the LE flexes back and more or less stops (if this doesn't happen change frame or kite with another degree of venting). Control the pitch angle of the kite during the forward drive so the the trailing edge doesn't flap. You will be rewarded with a low wooooshing sound when going forwards. Now you can start to add length to the top line by choosing a knot further out. To get the kite going forward, deform the LE by pulling the handles towards you. Pulling on all four lines will (hopefully) give you the nice wooshing sound. Pulling mostly on the top lines will give you the (ugly?) flapping trailing edge. I'm currently at the last outmost knot of the handle without adding any leaders. This was what I believed until today's session. Then I found out that both rear bungee cords had been twisted catching roughly an equal amount of (rear) bridle. When undoing this I'm going to need leaders to achieve the same pitch (relative to the lines).
  10. , I can only imagine what my wife would say if i tried those arguments!
  11. Looking for the next step

    A UL/SUL might be limiting, only having a narrow wind range. Are the typical winds so that you most of the times are able to cancel out or out-walk the wind if you walk fast? If not, consider going for a standard wind range. You could choose a standard wind range kite, but geared towards the lower end (e.g. 7ft+ spanwidth with a large sail area). And as @Wayne Dowler said above, carbon fibre will get you lower weight as well (than your current kite). Added 30 minutes later: Should it be rather be cancelling the wind by light jogging? Opinions?
  12. Looking for the next step

    Had to look the Premier Osprey up (as is the case with most kites and all Premier kites): a 60in/152cm kite with glass fibre tubes. I think the the typical next step would be to choose between an intermediate or more towards the (full size?) DLK "expert" models (dependent upon how much you are prepared spend) of a well known brand, but not a boutique grade (I don't own any so far b.t.w. but then I like to try many models and aspects of kiting) kite yet. If you have learnt not to pull the lines when trying to avoid a crash, but your reflexes tell you that non-powered ground contact (if the kite is falling like a leave e.g.) is perfectly safe, then go for the good kite. Even if you are not there and don't mind occasional CA-glueing, carbon fibre spars sawing and sail tapeing you could still go with the better model (a path I went along myself a long time ago). Also a full size kite is probably easier to control but is in my experience a bit more sensitive during "sudden ground contact". Do yourself, the next person you are going to train on your old kite and and any multiline kiter around you a favour. When getting hold of a proper line set - feel the difference before and after you switched to the (good) polyethene lines. Also you don't need to fear that you would accidentally chop someone else's lines off would your lines cross any other multi line kiter's lines. No, the 4D is not probably the natural next step kite, rather a complement to your (lower?) medium wind range (full size?) next kite. It didn't initially feel "like a real kite", but took me quite long before I learnt to appreciate it. On the other hand, whatever you use you tend to get used to. But bear in mind that one session on gravel might tear a hole in its nose. It is a very light kite where little material has been used.
  13. Vapor time!

    I'm more than halfway through my project to see how much QLKing I can learn in 2.5 months - I have one month left. I decided not to do any DLK piloting during this period, which I haven't, except for the very first part of the period. The video you found makes it much tempting to deviate from that path by unboxing the Vapor. Went on to look for more youtube Vapor videos after seeing the above video. I think the below one addresses how much a light wind kite it is, though most likely the required footwork would be more than for Mark Reed: And b.t.w., good luck with your trick learning!
  14. Kite Hard Case

    I think the discussion here missed the word "travel". A large case swallows many kites obviously (though not clear how many) that are more protected than ordinary softer kite bags can offer. You don't even need to fly (as in air travel) to benefit from a hard case (though I've seen horrible package handling from an aeroplane window before getting off). Just going by a long journey bus were other heavy luggage could be thrown on you kites in the luggage room under would be quite worrying. Besides, if you don't bring a very large amount of kites this case could offer a nice complement to the normal carry on luggage. My traveling has been more modest - just tested (two) different thick walled paper tubes as check in luggage i.e.
  15. Fluke's journey

    So Spectra or Dyneema are brand names to confuse you (or are there any subtle differences)? For me there are mainly two types of lines: polyethene aka. polyethylene and polyester lines. (The kevlar line I've heard (a long time ago) is ugly because it is extra easy to get badly cut due to its high friction. Any truth in this? Haven't seen them being sold though.) Polyethene aka. polyethylene lines. The main difference between your ordinary plastic bag are that the long molecule chains are parallel to the line and the molecule chains are much longer. This type of lines is what you typically use in multi line kiting for good control and what you hopefully get when lines are shipped with the kite. I have never been really thrilled by the lines that comes with a RTF/R2F (ready to fly) kite - they have had a kind of rough feel. Most of the time I use Climax Profiline for DLKs and for my current QLK rookie fad I use Liros. Apart from the colours I can't see or feel any difference between the two brands, but then I use them in a different ways. And nope, never tried those LPG or Shanti lines. Polyester lines. Good for SLK (gliders excluded?) but too flexible/spongy and not low-friction/slippery enough for multi line kiting. It is a scourge of the serious multi line kiter. I've been to two small local kite festivals during this millennium (the total number of other DLKs were three frequently lawn-darted odd/low quality ones). I started out a bit away from others (SLKs i.e.) to get more room and better winds. What follows is that the barely flying and low flying SLKers see a kite/place where the wind appears to be good and maneuvers their kites with lines almost parallel to the ground (SLKs requiring somewhat higher winds or SLKs just less well tuned?) towards me (or do they just want want to watch from a closer distance?). I have had three line sets chopped off when polyester lines have crossed my path during these two festivals! This makes me think I ought to buy a long spool of 40kg kite line instead of line sets and then prepare a set-of-line-sets and consider them kite festival consumables?