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    1. Current Drawings

      Giveaways from the past and current publishing periods are listed here... We hold various drawins for some pretty cool gear on a regular basis, and almost all are free and based on your participation.

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      Post your event dates and details here, please be sure to include contact information to reach the organizers... You can also add it to our calender here.

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      Site updates, changes and news from the Kitelife webmaster can be found here... You can also sign up to receive site updates via email by clicking here.

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    2. New Member Introductions

      Please say hello if you're new to our little kite community, we're sure you'll find this to be one of the most helpful and friendly communities around - launch, spin and dive right in!

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    3. The Web Site (nuts and bolts)

      This section of the forum is dedicated to ongoing discussion, news, technical insights and education regarding various parts of the Kitelife site and their functionality or effectiveness.

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  3. Sport Kites

    1. General Sport Kite

      For any sport kite topic that doesn't fit into one of the listed forums, you have free reign here... Challenge the panel!

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    2. Beginners

      We all started somewhere... If you have a question on to do a trick, someone here can probably fill in the blanks as there is a lot of collective experience you can draw on here.

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    3. Trick Flying

      From Jacob's Ladders to Cascades, Yo Yos to the Comete... This is the place to discuss the hows, whats and whys of modern trick flying and kites specialized for that purpose!

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    4. Quad Heads

      This is where all you Revolution and quad line nuts can exchange information and tips on the finest quad line kite designs known to man... Drop a line!

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    5. Indoor Flying

      Discuss upcoming indoor events, kites, equipment, stories, flying tips and more... What, me need wind?

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    6. Team Flying

      Any questions or discussions about team or pairs flying on this forum can usually be found here, we are lucky to have several veteran team fliers here in the KL forum.

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    7. Competition

      All discussion pertaining to sport kite competition in the USA or internationally, rules, tips & techniques, organization, or anything else related.

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    8. Adjustments and Modifications

      Got a special trick, technique or modification for your kite(s) or equipment? Share it with the other fliers here, and keep the evolution happening!

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  4. Single Line

    1. General Single Line

      Anything single line related that doesn't fit up above, put it here!

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    2. Indoor Gliders

      Discussion for single line indoor kiting.

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    3. Beginner Questions

      Have a question about kite making, tuning, or any other topic related to single lines? Post it here!

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    4. KAP - Kite Aerial Photography

      Want to know about taking aerial photographs or video, or want to share some experiences? Do it here!

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    5. Fighter Kites

      Discussion for fighter kite enthusiasts.

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  5. Power Kiting

    1. Power Kites

      Whether they're flat, dimensional or parafoil-based, this is the place to discuss any sort of power kite flying, tuning and repair techniques.

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    2. Kite Buggy

      Setting the trend for traction kiting in the early 90s, buggying is still going strong worldwide with speed and distance records being set everyday.

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    3. Kite Surfing

      Arguably the hottest thing on the global kiting market, kite surfing blends extreme sports with wind sports to make an exciting and media-rich past time.

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    4. Kite Boarding

      Quickly becoming one of the hot facets of power kiting, kite boarding is something else... Imagine a big skateboard with knobby wheels, and you've got it!

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  6. General Kite Stuff

    1. Open Topic

      Personal announcements, general kite stuff or what have you, if it doesn't easily fit into one of the main discussion topics or kite classifications, this is the place for you.

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    2. Kite Videos

      If you know where to find kite videos, let it be known! In addition to general footage, Kitelife is always looking for more sport kite competition or demo routines to add to their video database.

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    3. Kite Photographs

      If you have a collection of photographs, new or old, post a link to them here! Mugshots, aerial and ground shots of kites all apply of course. :)

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    4. Kite Making

      Discuss kite making techniques, styles and applications here!

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    5. Kites for Sale, Swap or Trade

      Looking to off-load a new or used kite out of your personal collection? This is the topic area for our Kite Classifieds, you can reply here but new topics are generated only when a new classified ad is posted.

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    6. Local Connections

      Looking for other kite fliers in your part of the world? Click in here, find your the discussion for your general area and say hello - kiting is better with company, make a connection here! If you don't see your area listed, send the admin a note and we'll try to arrange something. 

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    7. Favorite Kite Fields

      Where did you fly today & what were you flying? Have an ideal spot to fly, or even a memorable one away from home? Share it with other visitors, arrange to meet, or comment on ones you see here!

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    8. Kite Travel

      Tips for safe transport of kites as well as advice for dealing with any aspect of travel to and from kiting events.

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    9. Kite Plans

      For sport kite, single line, foil, or anything under the sun... Feel free to exhange info and share web links for others to enjoy.

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  7. Everything Else

    1. Lifestyle

      Doing something to make yourself healthier and happier, or have a question for your fellow forum users? Share it here!

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    2. Web Sites

      Found a cool kite site on the web? Post it here, after review we may add it to the links page as well!

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    3. Off Topic

      Anything and everything that doesn't fit anywhere else... Oddballs and all!

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  8. Manufacturer Support

    1. Kite Forge

      Discussion area dedicated to exploration, assistance and product support for Kite Forge.

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    2. Polo Kites

      Discussion area dedicated to exploration, assistance and product support for Polo Kites.

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    • I agree with @frob - Mystic 10 in an ST won't make a huge difference, and catching or playing with the flex is a game unto itself. With the UL, we switched to a dyneema bridle to lighten and shift the weight loading during glides, Mystic 10, less reinforcements (not needed on a UL), some other changes, roughly a 1oz reduction in weight. Overall, the UL is about some lightening, less drag from the bridle and use of the more flexible frame to more easily cup in lower winds.
    • Thank you very much for your detailed response. Some of it made sense. In view of what you said about mystic 12  spars in light wind I think I will delay any purchase until practice. anyway much food for thought.  Regards Peter Dutton I
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    • I am looking forward to receiving my Djinn ST.-, Currently at Los Angeles in Transit. I note that you have been trialling a prototype Djinn SUL. Have you trialled the Djinn ST  using the Mystic 10 frame? Is this a viable avenue for Djinn ultra Light flying bearing in mind if caught out in a gust may cause breakage. If so would be useful in Kite Bag for calm days. Look forward to response Peter Dutton.
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