I recently finished my first kite build, and I wanted to throw a public "Thank You!!" out to my kite making mentor: Elliot Shook, who allowed me to follow in his design footsteps, gave me guidance, techniques and encouragement. Without Elliot's generous mentorship this kite would likely still be flying only in my imagination. Holding my kite up to Elliot's work I still have a bit of fine tuning to do, but hey I still need an xtra vent, so I will get better. Elliot's eye for detail and build quality is definitely masterpiece material.
I finished it just in time to take it to JB's OBX quad clinic and got to show it off to Elliot and all my best flying buddies. When the wind let up a bit (should have made an xtra vent for that weekend!!) I got to put it up with the sun behind it and it sparkled in the sun beautifully, and seemed to fly just fine. Nothing like seeing your own work flying and keeping up with the others in the sky. it flew just like a Shook should fly: smooth and un-phased by the bumps, in higher winds than I should have put it up in, and pretty as a can be.
Also, Thank you to all of the folks who have pulled out kites to let me examine and photograph them, lent me your sails, and answered my questions about sewing and techniques - many of you were generous with your time and knowledge. The generosity of this community never fails to warm my heart and add lift to my efforts. To anyone thinking about taking the sewing plunge....I encourage it. I learned a ton, and kite making materials are not forgiving, so give yourself plenty of practice scraps and time. Oh the joy of flying a kite I built can not be described adequately.
Thanks Again Elliot!
By John Barresi
Join us for two full days of quad mega fly activity and instruction with John Barresi (Team KiteLife) and Scott Weider (Rev Riders) in Long Beach WA including... There are 25 spaces available, allowing for as many as 25 total pilots including the two instructors to make a grid of 5x5! Minimum number of students to make a grid is 14 plus the two instructors, to make a total of 16 pilots. If we don’t reach this number, we will STILL run through grid exercises in columns on how to assemble the grid (body and kites), how to land it, and what the basic grid maneuvers are. We start at 10am on Saturday morning with general roundtable discussion and orientation about participating in and managing quad mega flies, moving very... NOTE: There will be opportunities to not only be part of these team exercises, but also to actually LEAD (with help and support) if you'd like to expand your skills... Registration fee is $125 per person ($100 for KiteLife Subscribers) and includes TWO FULL DAYS. Sign up link - http://kitelife.com/forum/store/product/87-quad-mega-fly-workshop-apr-28-29-2018/ RSVP’d: TBA
By John Barresi
Join us for two full days of quad instruction on the beautiful shore of Corolla, North Carolina on April 7-8, 2018... We'll be covering everything from absolute basics (pure beginner) all the way up through advanced techniques as well as both introductory and advanced team flying that is proven to help your skills along much quicker while having a ton of fun at the same time in a very forgiving environment.
Testimonials - http://tinyurl.com/jb-testimonials
Sign up link:
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Ideal choice of equipment for this class is any model of Revolution 1.5 (includes EXP, SLE, B-Series, printed specials, etc) or similar "1.5 platform" models (like Phoenix, Freilein, Los Hermanos, etc) - we'll go through painless equipment set up, good tuning and all aspects of flight - the goal here is to demystify quad flying and set you up to win.
If you plan on trying out team flying, you'll need to also have a quality 120' set of lines in your bag.
Registration is $175 per person ($150 for KiteLife Subscribers) and includes full access to the clinic on both days (10a-4p)... Please note, there are ONLY 12 SPOTS left available and we expect them to fill up very quickly.
NOTE: We are unable to refund in the event of inclement weather, etc, but can provide full credit toward future KiteLife purchases.
If you're coming, we start the "Quad 101" portion of this class at 10AM SHARP on Saturday morning... It's jam packed with invaluable information and first time attendees are encouraged to consider attendance mandatory, countless details that add dimension to your set up and flight experience.
NOTE: We'll all meet at Flying Smiles Kites around 9am for a quick meet/greet, and to choose our flying site based on wind direction at the time.
If you are unable to make it by 9am, you can text or call me directly via 503-890-0280 to find out where everyone will be.
For anyone who needs equipment or parts while in town, you can get pretty much anything you need from the Cath and Eliot Shook at Flying Smiles Kites right there in Corolla, just a few minutes away from the field.
Hope to see you there!
Quad Kites For Sale
Prices include shipping. No International shipping without someone vouching for you in a super good way...
All prices negotiable. Selling for someone..I will relay..they reply quickly.
All kites are New or Like New unless specified
Each Kite has included accessories (Minimum) :
Sleeve (Generic or Original)
Generic Spectra or Dyneema Quad Line Set 90#x65'
Detailed pics upon request.
Hengda or Albatross Quads:
Used Standard - Light color bleed in 1 spot. White slightly yellowed. Good Condition $85.00
New Standard $120.00
New Standard $120.00
New Vented $120.00
5 Stack ( Standards) Multiple line sets and Handles $575.00
Purple Standard Discoloration at folds $65.00 SOLD
Small Yellow/White /Black $75.00
Lanyork Spider $100.00
Revolution Exp Red/ Black $125.00
Revolution SuperSonic Sail/Frame/Bag/extra rod $225.00
Not all Kites Pictured. Work on the rest this evening.
By John Barresi
Add on indoor clinic prior to the UK Quad Clinic, 4:30p to 9:30p, registration is $30 for 5 HOURS of indoor access and instruction with John Barresi and Josh Mitcheson covering all types of kites including single, dual and quad line.
Indoor instruction examples - http://kiteforge.com/help
Sign up link - http://kitelife.com/forum/store/product/78-uk-indoor-clinic-aug-29-2018/
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