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About RobB

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    Kite Romantic
  • Birthday 10/18/1968

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  • Favorite Kite(s) BIG kites
  • Flying Since Single line since '70s, dual & quad line, last few years.
  • Location Long Island, New York
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  1. LS Accessories

    Yes, I think it was a while ago... I had no idea that's what you had in mind. It's a great idea, in any event. I still use a rusty old screwdriver !
  2. LS Accessories

    Last time I saw anything from them, someone here gave one of those kite stakes as a Karma prize...
  3. Whump Acquired

    Sounds like a dream 'working vacation' ! It does sound like a lot of work, but I saw some video, it looked like a lot of fun, too. I've only flown next to another Rev once, the way you guys flew together is mind boggling to me, especially since the four of you haven't all flown together before. It looked more like you've been meeting up and flying together once a week for the last few years ! Those crowds were something, too... I've never seen a spectator crowd that big at any kite festivals on the East Coast. Must be intimidating ! Congratulations to all four of you, I can't wait to see more pictures and video...
  4. Four line speed foil recommendation?

    I think they call that a strop (?) line, you can use it to hook into a harness if you're using it for traction activities. It takes the pull off of you arms & shoulders and transfers it to the harness. I'm sure it's OK to disconnect it if you prefer...  
  5. Some video ? Yes, I had the GoPro, but unfortunately didn't have enough battery for the xtra low wind flying over the water at the end. I was so disappointed when I downloaded it, that was the best part of the day. The rest of these clips are just pretty much me struggling to keep the kites flying in the dying wind. If you skip to the last minute (or can stand to watch it that far), you'll be able to see how narrow this little spit of land is. It would be pretty easy to accidentally back up into the water while flying !      
  6. Rev Blast for trade

    Maybe a Backtracker would be a good choice ?        
  7. February in New York can bring a huge variety of weather conditions... Of course, in the dead of winter, we get the expected freezing temperatures and snow, sometimes it's just grey, wet & generally nasty. And then there are the days like today, the calm before the next storm... 40*, bright sunshine, and a gentle onshore breeze, not enough to make you cold.  I started out with the Skyburner XL, as the wind was over 5mph when I first got there. It's kind of a crazy spot to fly, as the lines stretch almost all the way across the available dry sand, so most of the flying is done over the water. It can get a bit fun when the wind decides to die down, because the last thing you want to do is to put a kite down in the fast moving water. Almost guaranteed disaster for the kite... So, the winds did quickly die down to almost nothing. I went from the XL (more wind) to the Rev full sail (good in ~3mph wind) to the Snow Devil (good to about 1mph) to finally the Skyburner ProDancer. The ProDancer is comfortable to fly in a breeze that's too low to be measured, even in winds that low, it is very little work to keep it in the air. I stepped right up to the edge of the water & flew over the water for a good long time. I had to appreciate this, as I've been waiting since last winter for a day like today...   Another interesting kite came out to play at the beach today, but I think this guy was probably a little cold...    
  8. A Nice Sunny Winter Day ?

    Now, I wasn't that close to the fence... it's the zoom effect of the lens making it look closer. I would never put the Spider in any kind of danger... if I were going to play with the fence, I would be flying a Rev !
  9. Yeah, how often does this happen ? A crazy nice sunny day, right in the middle of Winter ? Only on a weekday ! Turns out, I had an early morning appointment that finished up early, and I didn't have anything to do for the next 2.5 hours... Except drive to the nearest beach and see what I had in that bag that's always in the back of my car. Winds were around 5mph, onshore, so it was perfect for the Widow Maker standard. It was in the 40s, but the bright sun was there, keeping me warm. Any warmer, and I would've been sweating! I have to give a shout out to @NewbieFrank, as this is his home beach. Too bad he was at work ! Too bad the powers that be felt the need to put that nasty looking fence on top of the jetty, it would've looked so much nicer without it... BTW... the distant landmass (~15 miles away) is where I more typically fly, and this beach is usually in the distant background. This shot almost captures how nice this kite actually looks in the sky ! I've only flown at this beach a few times, but the exposure is great for flying winds from the N, E, or W. Sharp eyes will notice that I'm not flying on my normal LPG line. Yes, the Yellow lines... they're not so bad as long as the wind is low. This is the only shot I got without that rusty old fence in the background. It's a really pretty beach otherwise, and not as rocky as where I usually fly.
  10. Karma - iPrey Glider (2/6/16)

    Congratulations, CV ! That should be a fun one for those rainy days !
  11. HQ Delta Hawk

    Go for it... I'm interested to see what this auction brings... not my kinda kite, so I won't be bidding.
  12. HQ Delta Hawk

    Found it... nice auction... the Flexi looks good, too !  
  13. HQ Delta Hawk

    couldn't find it... I found a new one, but not yours...
  14. Giant Bat seen near Malvern

    That is really cool. Too bad the new Rev doesn't look like that... That's something I would get in line to buy !  
  15. The Reflex

    Thought that kinda looked like an all Black SLE...