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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    Revs, Prisms
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    clackamas, or. 97015
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    kites of all types, bowling and coaching bowling, working out at the gym
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  1. I know a guy that has a key ..........!!! Been using it for almost 5 full years now. I have a great relationship with the owner and manager. Except for some college classes on Tuesday and Thursday in the afternoons, I can use it whenever not in use. No nights or weekends though, soccer games from sunup to midnight, although if they don't stay in business, where do I go?? PS: that's me with the blue indoor Rev, black and gray shirt. This was taken at an interview for indoor flying by a local TV host as part of his - things to do show - Grant's Getaways. Pretty short notice, but we had a good cross section of men, women, boys, old, and young , pretty much a representation of who can do this!
  2. And that was taken at the 3/4ths line!! Add one more section to it!!
  3. Since I wear glasses - I dislike the rain! No fun looking through streaks. Real cold is no fun either! Since I have an indoor place 5 days a week available, I get my flying fix pretty regularly. Not so weekend dependent!!
  4. Looking pretty snazzy!!
  5. When you hear 1/2 the price - remember that many of us already have lines and handles. So for us it is much cheaper, if you are just replacing an equal type. Hence the 1/2 price! Yes it is expensive to join in. Unfortunately,there is no good inexpensive alternative available that flies well. Most, if not all the "cheapies" are in fact copies, and don't come near the quality set by those the copies are based on. The EXP isn't a bad start up kite. It will do everything any other Rev can do, just with a different feel to it. And that "feel" comes with time on the lines. I seriously doubt that any beginner can really tell what kite he has in his hands. But over time you develop a connection to your gear, knowing what it takes to make it work. It becomes a part of you. An old friend! If money is your guiding factor - the EXP isn't a bad buy. But be aware of one thing - no one single kite can do it all. Most of us have several different configurations of one style. Myself, I fly Rev "B" pros in 5 different venting types or models. Because I fly in a team - we have as many options to choose from as we can. That can get expensive!! And the only thing an EXP package needs to start - a stake!
  6. Inclement weather??? One year we had rain, crazy winds, and hail - still flew!!
  7. All Revs so far: 2 Indoor 1 Zen 2 SULs 2 std Pros 1 mid Pro 1 f/v Pro 1 x/v pro 1 100% Shook #6 in their pix album 1 SUL, 1 std Pro, 1 mid Pro are in my street bag (included in count) - beat up badly and borrowing a team mate's mid Pro til I can afford/decide on a replacement! Total = 11
  8. I suggest that if you are not comfortable doing the work yourself - that you get in contact with Andy at Ocean Shores Kites in Ocean Shores, WA. Owns a store there and can fix darned near anything that flies!! EDIT: by the look of your kite arsenal - you should be set for now and getting this fixed ASAP is low priority. Why I mentioned Andy - you can get it fixed right and take your time having it done. IMO
  9. Just as a point of reference - all frames for the 1.5 size sail will interchange in any other 1.5 size sail with little or no modification! I can, without any mods, take my "B" series sail and put 2, 3, 4, race, diamond, etc frames it it! That would also include the Shook's, Polo's, and masterpiece kites in the 1.5 size. Likewise, I can take a 1.5 size frame and use any of the sails in that 1.5 size. That interchangeability, makes it so versatile. So it really ends up to your decision on what you like, not just what fits!
  10. And I think you might need some stronger verts in that design. Funny - but the verts have the most stress put on them! A lot of times I put 3 or 4 wrap verts in, while using a race LE! Nothing says I can't mix them!! As it is, my Zen has 3 different types in it!! But looking at how big the sail area, and shallow the "V" area, I would suspect more stress at the verts. IMHO
  11. Be careful using no bridle, like the indoor, on outdoor kites! The bridle is there to equalize the stresses on the frame. Attaching at only the top and bottom of the vertical, ends up putting all your stress on them and focuses more at the intersection of the vert and LE. Reason for no bridle on the indoor is you never have the same amounts of overall stress, as you do outdoors. I use an Indoor outside some, but can really feel a difference between it and my usual outdoor stuff.
  12. Glad to hear you are still "on" Walt!! Might try to get back to Bill about what you do have in stock right now!
  13. Nope. Seems like the nose tipping works for both ends of the range. When I flew dual line, all my adjustments were either middle or nose forward. Might have changed over the years as we've gotten better at design and stuff, but that Quantum design is "old school" to a degree, and all the old adjustments should still apply!
  14. Flew dual line for many years - tip the nose forward! It won't turn quite as fast, but will have less pull! I know it is against the manual - sometimes you find out stuff just trying things.