RobB

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About RobB

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    Kite Romantic
  • Birthday 10/18/1968

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    BIG kites
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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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    http://www.youtube.com/user/must86
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  1. I wouldn't try this on the Illusion. When assembled, the Illusion has a lot of stress at the center T because of the curvature of the kite when assembled. The Illusion had special, specific lower spreaders that were reinforced at the junction point, they are exclusive to the Illusion. The problem with trying to repair a spar on a kite is that if the repair fails, there is the risk that a broken spar will puncture the sail.
  2. Sad to hear, Sorry for your loss, John. I remember him being around when I was first on Kitelife. He probably offered me advice when I was asking tons of questions...
  3. Congratulations, HS. This kite will be a Quantum step forward ! Enjoy it...
  4. I started with the gopro by just hanging it from a single line, attached to the flying line with a carabiner. Just open the carabiner and wrap the flying line around it 3 or 4 times, and then let the line out to the desired height. 1 out of 10 shots turned out ok with that method, but once I switched to the picavet, my success rate increased to maybe 4 out of 10 good shots. Video was another story, you really need to get a gimble mount to eliminate the sway of the camera. If you click on my utoob link, look for a video called VAP ? To see the poor results that I got trying the video on the gopro. Check out Brooxes KAP website for lots of information, and any KAP supplies you might need. There are also some other KAP'rs here that can help answer some of your questions better than me...
  5. I think you can get a small sled kite (maybe called 'pocket kite' ?) for very little $$$. I do find that the smaller the kite, the less stable it is, and then to add a swinging load to it ? I use a Power Sled 24 and an Ultrafoil 15 for most of my KAP. I've also been using a GoPro with a simple Picavet mount. The GoPro rig is small & light, and could probably be lifted by kites much smaller than what I use. All of my KAP equipment fits in a small backpack. That includes the 2 kites, 500' of 300# line on a windbreaker winder, a sand anchor, trucker's gloves, KAP rig, and a leash to tie off to immobile objects. The backpack is always in my car, ready to go when I get the urge to fly. You'll have to experiment with your idea of going small, but keep in mind that build tolerances become more critical the smaller you go... one mm off, and a little kite won't fly right...
  6. review

    I actually have a kite-themed polo shirt that was given to me as a gift. I got to wear it last year when I attended a dinner that was part of the LBI kite festival. It was actually kinda nice to have appropriate attire... but it was only the second or third time I had worn the shirt in years of occupying space in my drawer.
  7. I was reading through the information that's available, and read that framing is a choice of Skyshark, Rev rods, or no frame. I wonder what the equivalent Skyshark is to a Green Race rod ?
  8. I'm eager to hear some details about the Phoenix Pros as well. Especially the differences when framed with Skyshark vs. Rev sticks. The bottom vent idea is interesting, too. I am mostly interested in the variations that are comfortable in 20+mph winds, but also see the day coming that I'll also have to replace my existing 1.5b sails...
  9. Whatever you end up getting, make sure the kite is full sized (80"+).
  10. review

    You said in a later post that you plan to use your iPhone to film your progress... your iPhone is your QR code scanner. Sorry to hear about the polo shirt vs. the T shirt. I would almost join this goofy club 38 thing for a new kite T shirt, but a kite polo shirt would be useless to me.
  11. Looks like a 'Spirit'... Is that an original, or a New Tech? That was my first quad, too, but I had the NTK version.
  12. Just forget about that 'Sleeping Beauty' launch... don't break your kite. What's the point ? Fade launch is OK, though. I hear you about wanting to concentrate on learning to fly dual lines, but you've got the rest of your life to learn duallies. You'll need at least that long ! The great thing about four lines is that they're easy to learn, and the learning curve is fast. If I'm on a crowded beach, I choose to fly a quad line because of the confidence the kite gives me. I've been trying to learn how to fly dual lines for ~15 years, but still won't fly them in a place where there are a bunch of people hanging out, only when I'm about the only person there. I totally prefer to fly dual line kites, but finding the right winds and conditions can be frustrating. You can put tails on quad line kites, too, BTW...
  13. You can't go wrong with one of the Prism Tensors. They can be switched between bar or handle control, and comes with everything you would need except maybe a stake. They come in 3 sizes, the 3.1 and the 4.2 would be good for training and higher wind kite boarding. The 5m Tensor would probably drag you on a board in less wind, but you'd still need ~10mph breeze. That really has a lot to do with what kind of surface you'll be boarding on... the harder the ground, the easier it is for the kite to pull you. A good thing about learning to fly on four lines... you'll know how to fly a Rev when you get bored of getting your arms lengthened with the foils ! Good luck & have fun...
  14. I like that last picture... breathe it in, enjoy the moment ! Who needs sleep, you can sleep when you're dead. Just as everyone told me, I'll tell you that they're right, it all goes so fast. Congratulations & the best to the 3 of ya !
  15. Congratulations to the new parents, an a warm welcome to the world for Luca !