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. 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...
  2. 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 !
  3. 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.
  4. 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...
  5. I was flying there one day, and a couple of NYPD officers came over after watching me fly for a while. I thought they were interested in the kite (which they were a little bit) but they pointed out the 'No Kites' sign. I never noticed it before (yeah, right...). I had actually noticed the Pro-Kite graffiti in the parking lot. Yes, flying can be a distraction to cars, on another occasion at another spot... a single line kite came down on the highway and was quickly smashed by heavy traffic. Luckily, nobody swerved to avoid the kite and the only casualty was the kite.
  6. Full disclosure here. I didn't learn this from a video. I was driving home in traffic one day (New York traffic is rough) and I saw a guy flying right off the highway. Super random, I had to stop. Turned out to be a really advanced pilot, and he was flying a Sea Devil. I talked with him a little and watched him fly. I couldn't tell most of what he was doing, but I recognized the flic flacs. The motion was easy enough, fly down from the top of the window, throw slack to flare, and then a wrist pop to flip into a fade. Slack is key... keep walking forward while doing this. It really helps to see people doing these things in person, learning from a video is difficult. Unfortunately, I don't think I ever saw that guy again, I didn't think to take his name or contact at the time, so I never got to thank him. I didn't know that he had taught me how to flic flac until the next time I went out to fly. This was well over 10 years ago, I returned to the roadside flying spot a number of times, and flew by myself, hoping to run into him again, even though it is literally against the law to fly there...
  7. Learning ground recoveries will save a lot of walking. But... learning ground recoveries does come at a price, usually broken parts. It's also kinda boring flopping the kite around on the ground. Learn the feel of the kite, the key to tricking is getting the kite barely flying, almost falling out of the air, but not quite. The stall is probably one of the most important things to learn before you can attempt a lot of tricks. Controlling the stall, holding the stall, and sliding the stall might seem like boring exercises, but you won't get very far tricking without those skills. I saw it mentioned earlier, the Lazy Susan. That was my first trick... fly all the way up, as high as the kite will go, and throw slack at the kite. The kite will flop over on its back, then you tug either the right or left line. The kite will rotate around 360* as it falls slowly. Once the rotation is complete, tension both lines evenly, and the kite should return to flying position and take off. Another one of my first tricks was the flick-flack. I think Dodd covers that in his videos. It was pretty easy to learn for me. I was very challenged learning the axel, it took absolutely months, mostly because I had never seen it in person, and it's hard to tell what the kite is actually doing in the videos, other than it looks cool. I spent close to a year trying to learn the 540 as well. But, that's just me, I'm kinda learning challenged. I was able to teach someone else how to 540 in about a half hour, but I think his brain was more in tune with the kite than mine. Best of luck, I hope you get a bunch of smooth wind and lots of time to fly. Exciting times... and I think your factory Prism lines will be fine for now, as long as they're even. At least within an inch, and it's nice if they're even closer.
  8. You will realize the importance of a kite stake when you're out flying in higher winds. Land safely... then what ? If you don't have a stake to hold the kite in place, you're kinda stuck. I only go without a stake in winds under 5mph.
  9. I am going to agree with the kite stake. Especially in stronger winds. I use a large (14") screwdriver, I had a 'real' kite stake once, but gave it away. I didn't really like the golf ball head that it had, and I'm used to the old screwdriver. The next time you order parts, just order a bunch and keep them on hand. Spreaders, leading edges, wingtips, endcaps. Think of those parts as 'wear items'. Like brakes on a car, you will replace them sooner or later. Get more kites, too. Nothing worse than being grounded when there's good wind. If you break in the field, switch to another kite and keep flying. Repairs in the field aren't as good as you can do at home. I think I have broken every part on a dual line kite except for the top spreader. I've lost those, but never broken. Good luck with the 'bug' !
  10. The City is about 50 miles from where I live. I work there 2-3 days a week. Takes ~3 hours to get home. A city mile is definitely longer... Maybe not where you guys were going with that ?
  11. Sounds like you need some 4 line kites, you can fly those while sitting if you want. I get it, as the years pass, I enjoy the cold less, especially the wet cold that we have here. Numerous injuries over the last 20+ years are great for telling when there's a change in the weather. I'm quickly closing in on 50, and the body just won't let me stay out there all day anymore. An hour or two is all it takes to get a fix, though. When I go out for a fly on snowy days, I wear my full snowboarding gear, and usually end up dropping layers. That's the key to enjoying the winter, having good gear. I think I've heard that somewhere here before... Paul ?
  12. Modulus lines are good lines, but pricey. LPG or the yellow Shanti lines are basically the same thing, but not quite as expensive. I prefer LPG, but I do have some of those yellow lines, too.
  13. What are you talking about ? You don't fly in the winter ??? You're missing out on wide open fields & great wind. I rarely fly in the summer, too crowded & too hot ! And the wind sucks in the summer for the most part, too...
  14. New Widow Maker, eh ? The last one looks great to me. Modern, asymmetrical design, nice colors. The asymmetrical design will help you keep track of the kites orientation while tricking...
  15. OMG... there are only 9 people in on this ? The rest of the kiteheads must be hibernating ! Good luck, innies !