RobB

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    Single line since '70s, dual & quad line, last few years.
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    Long Island, New York
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  1. We have 45*-55* temps for the next two days, but a good chance of rain for the both. Sunday looks like a wash, and temps back down around 40* & heavy rain. So, even though the temps were around 35* today, the sun was bright, winds around 15mph and fading. I got out the full-vent on my way home from work, and gave it a little air. I didn't forget how to fly, but as the sun set, the winds calmed down almost to the point that the full-vent was having a hard time staying in the air. That was OK, 40 minutes was enough of a taste... Kite flying is a life lesson in patience, and when the wind & weather is good, all the harsh sessions are forgotten & you just have to bask in the glory of 'the perfect day' !
  2. Love that ice-sliding. That's something I've always wanted to try, but salt water doesn't freeze nice & smooth like that.
  3. I realize I'm a Kite Nut when I take a kite bag out to the beach & have to take kites out of their sleeves to remember which one is which. I've started labeling the sleeves with a sharpie to save time...
  4. The Grateful Dead is a perfect match for the video... Love it ! I'll see your snow video... I did that one last year, didn't get any snow footage yet this year... yet.
  5. I haven't been out as much as I would like, only got one snow fly this year so far. The wind has been terrible so far in March here (much the same as yours). I might have flown a dozen times so far in 2017, but those nice days that you missed in February ? Sublime. I took the kids to the beach on one of those nice February days, temps in the 60's, but could've done with a little nicer wind. Offshore & 20mph wasn't the greatest, but it was still a great day @ the beach !
  6. Single line kites really need tails. I've flown that kite without the tails, it's just not right. I like tails on 4 line kites, too...
  7. I maintain that there is an issue with that style of center T that Prism has been using in their kites in the last 5 or so years. I've heard of a number of broken T's, even back when the Prism forum was active. I don't know if the T or just the spine broke in my E3, I never found the T. To put it in perspective, I have never had a Center T fail on any other kite, and I've broken plenty of kites. I would check with other pilots & kitemakers in Australia for a local source of parts, I'm sure you can fabricate something better than the ones that you've been breaking. I haven't seen a modern Quantum up close (mine is over 10 years old). It looks like Prism may have changed the whole Center T setup. I'd need to see more pictures. I think it was mentioned above, practice ground recoveries on 10-15 feet of line so you can see what's going on.
  8. That doesn't look too pleasant. It does look like an average day on the Isle of Man this time of year, though. How close are you to there ? My father lives there, and although it doesn't get too cold, the winds in the winter are brutal.
  9. I remember that Prism had issues with the center T on the E3, similar in design to what you're showing in your picture. It's really not a part that should be breaking. I would 're-engineer' the center T if it breaks again. That's what I did for my E3... after having the spine break unexpectedly in mid-air and all the sharp parts ripping up the sail, I decided to rebuild the kite so that wouldn't happen again. I basically replaced the E3 frame with a Quantum Pro frame, including the machined aluminum center T. I don't worry about breaking that ! The info on AOA can be found on page 27 of the Prism Field Guide... http://ferob.com/kites/1995_prism_guide.pdf
  10. I rarely adjust the bridle on my kites. Each kite has it's own sweet spot, and once you find it, it covers the wind range for that kite. In my bag, most kites don't have a wind range greater than 5mph. It's either a 0-5mph kite, or a 5-10mph kite. I have never noticed much of a difference adjusting AOA, it is not some magic trick that will make one kite into two. You may have gotten the impression that adjusting the nose in will make the kite fly in light winds. If you're lucky, it might buy you a 1mph lower wind range. But don't even count on that. I leave the AOA somewhere close to mid-way, a little bias towards the nose, but that's just me. I don't like a hard pulling kite, and I feel that my turns are sharp enough, and my stalls are stally enough for me. BTW, if you read deep enough into Prism literature, you will find the statement that says to adjust the AOA towards the nose in the highest winds. I remember that, but forget which field card it was on... I'll have to look it up. **Edit... I looked it up, found it in the Prism Field Guide, click below. http://ferob.com/kites/1995_prism_guide.pdf
  11. Something on that bridle adjustment for 'strong' wind. By adjusting to the 'strong wind' setting, you are actually increasing the pull on the lines. The next time the wind is blowing strong, try adjusting more towards the 'light wind' setting. I know this doesn't sound right, but it works for me. If anything, there will be less stress on the kite, which is a good thing. The Quantum is a very strong kite, you are very unlikely to find its breaking point, but having it adjusted for 'strong wind' in high winds is the best way to try...
  12. Yes, the higher the wind, the faster you have to run towards the kite to get the slack required to pull off some tricks. I stop flying dual lines once the wind reaches double digits (mph) and switch over to flying four line kites. Also, flying on the edge of the wind window will allow you better slack in higher winds. The wind looked perfect in the video to try some tricks, though. The kite looked really nice with the tail, it looks like you got a Prism tail, as well. You've probably found that the Quantum pulls pretty hard. I've flown the Quantum in winds over 20mph, it's a good workout ! Nice going, I'm interested to hear of your progress. BTW... I think you have a smudge on your camera lens, just left of centre. At first, I thought you were flying through a low cloud...
  13. Congratulations, ZP ! That should be a nice addition to your bag, be sure to check out the 'mods' for the kite, I think PAW did them, the kite turned into a trick monster !
  14. Crazy thing, the Fearless & Sea Devil both excel at the snap-stall. I guess they really can't be considered 'modern' anymore, they're both 10 or more years old. I like to stall & hover dual lines to practise control, but I think it looks cool, too. Keep you eyes open, Prophecies change hands every once in a while. I let my first Proph go to a friend in trade for a Sea Devil, and regretted it the moment I sent the box. I was lucky enough to find one years later, same exact colors, complete with the special padded bag. And yes, you can flic-flac a Proph if you have long arms ! Good looking stake. Looks like you intend to use it in a grass field. Now... you're gonna need a holster for it. Or, the hammer loop in carpenter's pants will probably work.
  15. Authority figures (?) typically have swelled heads regarding their positions. The two NYPD officers that I encountered were extremely pleasant, they had been watching me fly for a number of minutes before coming over. They talked with me a while before recommending that I pack it up. But... I did have an encounter with a local park worker who was less than pleasant. Similar to Ralph's story, I was flying in a corner of a parking lot, far away from anyone else, he came driving over and demanded that I leave, like yesterday. He was seriously worried that I would somehow damage one of the parking lot lights that I was bending my lines around (quad line fun). I wasn't much of a good ambasador in this case, set off by his bad attitude. Luckily, there weren't any new signs at the park after this encounter...