Hi folks, just wanted to give a very warm welcome to our most recent site sponsor: HighlineKites.com
Not only am I grateful for their support, but they actually sold me my first kite in August of 1990 so owner @Tom McAlister gets my thanks EVERY YEAR for making sure I got started off on the right foot - who knows where I would be today if I'd bought from anyone else?
Some of you will also know Highline Kites as the organizer of the Berkeley Kite Festival which I'm looking forward to attending in a couple of weeks along with my teammate @windpoacher (Eli)!
Take a look around his website, you'll see his passion flowing over into the depth of info and aesthetic.
"Flowers?" you may ask - well I didn't get them for this event, they were already around at the time when receiving the shipment. However this is a happy, problematic and almost solemn occasion.
I stepped into my time machine (not true) to order a new kite from the past (very true). I ordered an un-opened Prism Vapor kite. The kite was sold as #107 (but I don't know I haven't opened it) and the transparent tube contains a signed paper by Mark Reed and Scobie Puchtler (if the kite itself also carries the signatures I don't know). This is over-kill and I don't want this. I mean I very much appreciate having a Vapor, the look is that of pure beauty, I'm really curious how it is to fly it and have really drooled over it also in the past. It's the most collectors kite that I've ever had and that is the problem. This gets in the way of actually using it! How should I use it? Indoor only? Use it in mud and sand (which is how I use kites because a lost kiting opportunity in itself never comes back)? Hang it in the ceiling as a decoration (which I would do if I unrealistically would have several)? But in the end I don't think that there is another kite with its looks and other properties - the only way that I can see is to try it out. But still I can't get it out of my head, i.e. The Clash's hit "Should I stay or should I go?" ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmEMMyvZHcw ), but with the text replaced with the alternative text: "Should I fly or should I trade?", again, again and again...
I didn't order any of the Aliens (already got one and used it last Sunday (along with the Elixir) b.t.w.) or the Radians. The Radians (also from a time when the form of a dual stunt kite was less well standardized - compare this to early bicycles or or car models) really look non-standard and most likely feels different to fly from any other kite that I flown. I even still remember them from the catalogue I saw by the end of the nineties. I'm curious, but sometimes you need to chose not to yield to temptation.
My name is Carlos (aka CACO) and I am 46 y/o from Montevideo UY .. I am new in this kite world!
Last year I bought one dual line stunt kite and a stowaway parafoil and I have a lot of fun flying them.
I usually fly in Punta del Este and José ignacio beaches, average winds 10knots
Now I want to upgrade to a quad Rev! Pls feel free to give me tips or suggestions.
best regards to all
Just returned from the Wildwood Kite Festival and discovered my teenage daughters had a great time learning to fly dual line stunt kites.
While there, i pulled out a couple of old beetles to let them practice but that didn't last long. On both of them, the spreader connection broke after a couple of collisions.
So now I'm in the market to replace them. I've had the Beetles for awhile and was wondering if any of you would chime in with first-hand experience with any new beginner models released since the Beetles.
I'm looking for a delta, two-line stunter with a good wind range, not too quick, preferably under $80.
Thanks in advance,
I wanted to take this time to officially introduce ourselves to the kiting enthusiasts out there and thank the good folks at Kitelife Magazine for allowing us to join their forum. As of May 1st this year, Kites.com officially launched with the intentions of ultimately being a central hub for kiting fanatics. Although we're still young, we are eager to get to know the "who's who" in the kite world. We offer a solid selection of single line, stunt and power kites, but are also actively looking for more suppliers who fit our business model.
We welcome everyone to check out the site and give any suggestions and/or criticism they like. All feedback is good feedback.
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