Wayne Dowler

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About Wayne Dowler

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    Hard Core Kite Flier
  • Birthday 08/04/1951

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Revs, Prisms
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    clackamas, or. 97015
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    kites of all types, bowling and coaching bowling, working out at the gym
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  1. Software to Diagram Team Routines

    Watty did a whole routine once, several years ago. It was to Queen's "We are the Champions" tune. Don't remember the software he used, but I questioned him and he threw a quick 2-3 maneuver sample together reasonably quick. But that program would now be a dinosaur in the computer world. Try this, hope it still works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YanEQ60dr3c&feature=youtu.be
  2. Midnight Royal Taboo

    Pretty darn awesome looking, if you ask me. Good looking!
  3. Well, that was a bust.

    Define - "very windy". Those kites work best in 5-6 mph on up, maybe more depending on pilot skill. What line weight and length are you using? You can use too heavy a line and bog things down, even though it "feels" like more wind. Look at things to see - did the lines sag up to the kite? Just because a certain line came with the kite doesn't mean it works in every occasion. I hope this doesn't come off too harshly, I went through much the same in my early flying years. Wrong kite or wrong lines for conditions frustrated me many times. Over about a 3 year period, I started putting it together, using the correct sail and/or line set in the appropriate winds. Ended up with 3 kites and 3 line sets - a Prism Ozone for light wind using 50#x50' lines, a Flexifoil Stranger using 150#X60' lines, and a Prism Alien on 90#x60' lines. Tendency back in the late '80s to '90s was short lines, especially at fests to accommodate more fliers on the beach. Now somewhat longer lines are the norm - 80-100'. I encourage you to try different adjustments, different weight lines, just experiment with trying different combos of equipment, to find what works best for you. IMHO YMMV
  4. Rods: The difference ?

    Not sure when introduced, but I started getting them in the 2012? and on era. Green bands are 2-3 years old now.
  5. Rods: The difference ?

    I still have gold ones in my old Rev 1 from the late '90s. Just one set of "greenies" my diamonds. Everything else is silver label.
  6. Rods: The difference ?

    OLD rods were gold, then they went silver, then they added the green bands to the silver labels.
  7. Rods: The difference ?

    Bazzer Poulter - used to sew the "B" pro line, but struck out on his own. I fly 5 of his sails.
  8. First look!

  9. Rods: The difference ?

    "Greenies" refer to the label used on newer Rev rods. There is a green band on each end of the silver ID label. These were made with questionable materials, questionable QC, and tend to break in conditions the older rods handled with ease. Some one here flew both types of rods in identical sails - the green label broke, while the others held. The worst seemed to be the diamond and race rods, but the label is on everything now. I understand that they discontinued the 1/4" diamond rods altogether.
  10. Rods: The difference ?

    I think the "new" diamonds are only in the Reflex size - 5/16", not the 1/4" of the older rods. Might be wrong, but .......with everything they put out using the "new" size rods, it makes sense. Just looked - yep 5/16", not 1/4'
  11. Rods: The difference ?

    P-100 Sky Sharks are what Bazzer puts in them, some go P-90, some do a mix of those.
  12. Quad handle types and line brands

    US size - it is an # 8-10 wallboard anchor and screw combo that comes in the kit. Need 4 of each piece - 4 anchors, 4 screws. Kits come 6 complete units per, or bigger. YMMV Then you need a good set of longer leaders like JB's, not those factory ones. I like that it creates a more direct connection with your kite, taking out those movable rings, and attaching direct to your handle. To me it is just one less moving part to deal with.
  13. First look!

    You can't resist the power of the "Dark Side!" muhahahahaha!!!!
  14. Custom RevoPolo by PoloKites (2/15/18)

    Too late - it has bitten you!!
  15. Well, that was a bust.

    And flew twice this week already!!! But Paul is correct - obstacles in the wind path create tough conditions, that if worked, can lead to great flying. It is work though. Light wind or indoor, both require a certain touch, delicate but firm, smooth not jerky. You learn to work with the wind and not fight it. Become a master of light/no winds - you'll be flying while others are sitting and watching!