Paul LaMasters

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About Paul LaMasters

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    Forum Guru
  • Birthday 01/06/1956

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    diamond framed custom Zen, SUL & indoor quads,
  • Flying Since
    hardcore since '93 on quads, kites in general since the mid-70s
  • Location
    Germantown, MD (Washington DC metro area)
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    design, illustration/photography, graphics, printing and naturally kites (mostly quads). My son is big martial artist & kite flyer, the wife and I enjoy watching Golf, NFL but cheer for different participants. I'm also a huge NBA/Bulls fan since my college room-mate (NIU/'79) is their ticket director
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  1. And The Collection Grows

    I had one of his originals for a decade, it would fly from 2 to over 20 mph because you could adjust the amount of tension on the legs of the dragon. In low wind you can snug 'em up tightly in line with the rest of the sail, in bigger wind you can lean the legs way backwards and dump massive amounts of sail pressure. My first novice quad-lined competition I borrowed Smithy's music, signed-up on site and flew 1st using a Beautiful Evil Show kite...... and won! Rob Semblast acquired it from me,... number sixty something, I believe
  2. Quad Count (they all count)

    Added 1 new hybrid indoor/XSUL crafted by Eliot Shook from Dave Ashworth's original 3rd generation design,... kinda' Blast sized quad but framed for indoors. I'm creating the bridle and doing the tuning/adjusting/modifications so it's "fun mission"! I'm hoping to unveil it at SPI in February.
  3. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    Carabiner clip the handles to your kite bag if the tundra is solid
  4. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    Ride it hard, that's when they are the most fun, put it away wet too, rolled up tightly, stuffed into an overpacked kite bag, never rinsed a kite or anything else kite related in my entire life (wait!, the misses does launder my Gortex) Will it wear out?, sure but you'll want a new one long before it does anyway! NEVER ever give a lesson if you are trying to preserve your new kite for your grand-children
  5. Computer software to help kite design?

    I needed a kite bag made for some baby Ryvs, so I sent this sketch to Brianne Howard she could print it out and fold it up to see how I wanted it You can use half of it or the whole thing together. case two.pdf
  6. Computer software to help kite design?

    when you can afford it "adobe Illustrator" allows you to specific Pantone Matching System colors (PMS is the language of color standards for various industries), apply tint percentages (opaque or 1/2 of one percent) and overlap colors (it matters what fabric color sequence order is on top) to see how it comes out. Vector Artwork is created. You can scale it to full size for a paper template ,or map it to a cutter, be it laser or a knifed edge directly. You can ink-jet a sail on a roll fed printer (uncoated nylon) or have it sent out for DyeSublimation process on Icarex marrying both heat and pressure for a color set thats' truly permanent (Spiro styled Rev kites are an example) I wouldn't have it except for the working requirements of my employment position. Worth the money? YES it certainly is! here's a quick sketch as an example, "dumbed down" to fit here thru a PDF squeeze 1.5_FSK_french_copy.pdf
  7. Handle length

    Not my experience at all, low or no wind is a time for a longer handle (weight is also a consideration, more mass=tougher to change directions). Light weight lines are more flimsy, so a more powerful handle input overcomes some stretchy feelings, i have 17 & 19 (titanium, grade 5, tubes) for dead calm, from a "burka "rev2, to Zen, sul B-pro, to reflex. The 17s are b2 handles with a carbon tube extension jammed into the bottoms after hog ring was removed, very old school method from RecDOTkites Transition is how it feels, if you don't like "it" you change something. Ha, Marc our standard kite in DC is a tuned SUL 1.5 on 50#\100s with at least 15 inch throws using the lightest weight frame you own. Without this your probably missing 5 months of the year.
  8. Quad Count (they all count)

    I visited my son over the halloween weekend,... down in Gainesville, FL Benjamin's kites: 1. home built Rev 1.5 knock-off,... my first build project, a category winner at Smithsonian Kite fest for 1st place in sport kite novice! 2. Bazzer Pro mid-vent with sticks and a french bridle on Race or 3wraps 3. Bazzer pro SUL with sticks and a french on a diamond travel frame or 2 wraps 4. Indoor Rev 5. a Rev 2
  9. Sky Shark CXL Carbon Tubes

    I'm experimenting with a Skyshark tube that both Red and black (50% each side),.. I've cut 'em down to 18 inch travel frame for a Zen (so it fits into the Orvis case) and found it still an effective no-wind kite (it ain't a set of Rev's diamonds though, which I'd happily pay 30 bucks per stick to get "right", alas they are only made left now ~HA!) I have some more SS 2 tones to try out in the 1.5 sized platform, just haven't gotten to it yet (those will remain a standard 5 tube layout for framing)
  10. Need advise-buying new rev (classic or b series?)

    practice inverted flight an inch above the ground,.... the weight of the kite and balance points are better, easier with the leading edge facing the land. Get comfortable flying in this position. Imagine you are flying in between the goal posts and the soil on a soccer field. If your kite will not do this action it is tuned incorrectly or you are flying with feet welded onto a steel platform! Place the LE on the ground and slowly force your thumbs towards the kite WHILE you back-up with your feet (holding an inverted hover). Try to be light and smooth with your feet and only do a tiny action on the handles. You don't want to "over-correct",.. allow you feet to add or take away energy. Eventually you should be able to back-up to the top of the window SLOWLY and recover your field (since you walked backwards to make it smooth going up) coming back down again. Work on your glide, take the kite to the edge and pull on handle back to your shoulder blade whilst forcing the other handle as far forward as you can reach, turn your torso too, to face the new direction. your after an action that looks like you are shooting a bow& arrow. Next rotate your torso back to "neutral" and slide your two arms together so one is directly over and above the other. As you slide the handles together or force them further apart you should be able to "side-slide the kite vertically up and down. Pick a spot on the ground a lump of dirt or scrap of paper. LAND ON IT, swap win tips and do it again. See if you can land the center of the leading edge (inverted) onto the point of impact desired. Practice landing on a trash can lid,... when you can take away the trash can and replace it with a empty pop can,.... and still land on it.... you are one of us. Maybe that is an hour away or maybe it's 14 months from now. The quad-lined kites all about one word, "control", you make it respond and answer to your will thru practice and maybe also acquisitions (more models to expand your wind range availability) Get someone to assist you and save years of trials and pain. Honestly and experienced flyer can touch your kite and offer advise if everything is not tuned properly. tuning is like driving a car, you know , you can adjust the driver's position thru seat and mirror, as well as steering wheel adjustments. There's no right or wrong way to drive, unless you can't control your speed or stay in you darn lane!!!! Well a quad is the same way, you can adjust it to fit your comfort and personal preferences. A coach can teach you how to "feel" the differences and determine what suits you best for a given set of conditions.
  11. Need advise-buying new rev (classic or b series?)

    sure, best approach to quick learning is to find someone already more experienced and steal their best stuffas they help you thru the basics
  12. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    they're called "sand anchors", quite popular with easy-ups (i prefer those huge plastic refill bottles of Windex over basic milk jugs) When you travel by airlines you can't always take a decent kite stake, so I use the Orvis kite bag itself as the anchor point.
  13. Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    REI will sell you an individual tent stake, they make stuff just for sand (like an empty milk jug with part of the top cut off, save the handle part though) , and a carabiner onto it (fill with sand) A longer screwdriver (try a garage sale for on the cheap) Magic Sticks?
  14. Rev 1.5 sle standoffs

    My first coach Jeff burka is the same, only his Zen has magic sticks, but he went all the way with a French bridle also added,.... making a flexible wiggly kite into what it should have been all along!
  15. Rev 1.5 sle standoffs

    doing it yourself allows for potentially fewer knots (which are all every one, a potential tangling point when acres of slack lines are involved) A commercial version has to be fool-proof for installation. They incorporate a little 4 legged attachment point "spider" onto the back of the stick, so each leg is independent of the others. Some pilots use a slightly different version with only three string attachment points, (the connecting or bridge line is not applied so the wings are still fully independent. here's a couple of diagrams if you want to try it yourself. REV 1.5 Magix Stick.pdf Truss line & Caps.pdf