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  2. Hello kite life! I've been a lurker on here all summer. I've dabbled in flying things for year's, from me on a snowboard learning rodeo flips to 3d RC airplnes. Avid disc golfer building a new couse in my hometown. All ways had a cheap stunt kite to mess around with on surfing trips, but forgot it on a trip this spring. Popped into Zephyurs in Depoe Bay to pickup a ultimate disc to play catch with and walked out with a prism synapse 140. Went to Agate beach in way to much wind and had the time of my life.The next day the wind died and all I wanted to do was fly, bummer only way to kill the wind is to buy a new kite! So 6 months later I have acquired a prism hypnotist, 4d , 2 micons, sky dog jammin and Kymera. Watched some videos and learned to do fades and got some yo yos, then went to the Lincoln City kite festival and saw quads for the first time. Damn thats cool! How have I never seen these before? Sunday of the event I got up super early and there was no wind. Again? Walked around talking to people trying to buy a used Rev, but didn't really realize the caliber of who I was talking to. At some piont I had asked Conner Dorrian if he had a used Rev. Someone refered me to "John" I then realized he designed the kite I had tucked under my arm. He was cool enough to show be how to properly tension the wing tips. What a cool small community this kite thing really is. Ive just picked up a Rev classic 1.5 and finally clicked with it today, was really fighting the DLK muscle memory. Learning to fly a quad in central Oregon is a challenge. But I had an 'a haw" moment today and the brain connected to the lines. I think I can do this! Probably in the market for a vented/mid vent soon?
  3. Breezin

    Broken stand-off

    I believe the Yukon standoffs bow. When bowing away from the kite wrapping the line around that part of the kite will break them. Hitting the ground hard with them bowed out makes them more vulnerable too.Kites like my Black Dog and your Yukon will be more prone to stand off issues. They'll pop out more often also. Sometimes in a failed trick or even a soft crash when the angle is right. If you've been flying them out bow them inwards towards the kite. It won't change the flight enough for you to notice. When replacing glue your end cap but wrap the other end in just enough scotch tape to keep it tight. Keeps from having to replace the standoff connector if and when another one breaks. I use carbon rods. Wrap where you are going to cut with tape. Use a very fine tooth saw or dremel. I use a dremel. Keeps the rods from splintering.Yukon is small, pretty light and pretty fast. Kite is tough enough for you to really hone your skills on ground work. Belly launches, axle landings/takeoffs, tip stand tricks and the like. Sucks when $1.50 worth of parts grounds you.
  4. cerfvoliste

    Broken stand-off

    Stock is 2mm fiberglass I always use Solid Carbon to make standoffs. Sent from my SM-T380 using Tapatalk
  5. RobB

    Broken stand-off

    Crashing is totally normal, I always say that I am better at fixing kites than flying them. I broke a leading edge on a treasured kite my last time out. It happens... Contact the Kite Shoppe (forum sponsor). I'm sure they can hook you up with the correct replacement. Unless you have a local store, T would be a trustworthy source on the internet. http://www.thekiteshoppe.com
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  7. memmer57

    Broken stand-off

    Is better to buy figerglass or carbon rod?
  8. makatakam

    Broken stand-off

    You can, depending on your skills and the method by which it is attached to the sail. Some just snap or screw in -- others require some sewing skills.
  9. frob

    Broken stand-off

    It is normal. All parts will break eventually from use and abuse. They break most often when you are starting out and are crashing frequently. They break less often when are skilled and are cautious with your equipment. Most damage come from crashes, hard non-crash landings, and from dragging along the ground. Sometimes parts will be destroyed on impact. Sometimes they will be damaged but won't completely break until placed under stress. Parts can also break under the stress of high winds, but for beginners that is less common than impact or snag damage. Several companies (including HQ) sell the rods, clips, and other necessary parts to repair the kite. It may take some labor to cut rods to the proper length and securely attach them, or they may have an exact replacement part. Sometimes the kite vendors will send a no-cost replacement part for a newly-purchased kite. Contact them and ask. Otherwise shop around, there are many stores that sell parts for a range of prices.
  10. memmer57

    Broken stand-off

    Hi, I'm new at stunt kiting. Two weeks ago I bought a new kite - Yukon II by HQ kites. Today, when I was flying my stand-off ram suddenly broke. Is this thing normal and can I change the ram?
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  12. riffclown

    Travel Frames

    That's the main reason for the travel frame.. It breaks a Hadziki Wing into smaller segment for travel.. Will fit in a backpack, suitcase or even some lunchboxes.. The Added benefit @Paul LaMasters mentioned, is you can tune the individual segments of the frame for the proper flex and stiffness you want. Like putting a 3 wrap in the center with race or 2 wraps on the ends.. Now you have 6 segments to play with and you can focus the strength (or flex) only where it is desired. You can do a whole other level of tuning for your sail. My Travel Frame is all Skyshark Camo (P2 and P4) and has a few extra segments so I can adjust the size of the frame to work with any size from B2 to my 96" size and everything in between.
  13. Exult

    Travel Frames

    Hmm… imagine being out on a cafe close to a nice open surrounding, conversation going in a somewhat boring direction. With this in your “city sized” bag/back pack, how tempting would it be to make a poor excuse for sneaking away? This must be the kite-o-holic’s equivalent of a hip bottle. Photo by Tomasz G. Sienicki ( https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Piersiówka_ubt.jpeg )
  14. Gladders

    Hi all from the East of England

    I just had forty minutes in 6mph winds with the quantum. Great fun. Waaaay slower than the limbo, and more stately. Got a helicopter and a belly launch. Nothing broken. Woo hoo!
  15. frob

    The unexpected

    There used to be a brand of kite line called "spider line", it was blue, made from the same stuff as today's Dyneema and Spectra names. I've still got a bit of it on a winder. I think if I knew there were spiders out ballooning, I'd call that as a good day to fly indoors.
  16. Breezin

    The unexpected

    In the fall after our first freeze these hatch . Just on my land tens if not hundreds of thousands of babies spin out 1 to 2 feet of web and ride the winds. They burrow down in the grasses and hide for the winter.In early spring there is another hatching but only about 25% as many.This year was dry and mosquitos being their main food source there weren't many adults to be seen. When food is plentiful the bigger ones grow to more than 5" long.They won't make you sick but trust me their bite HURTS.In wetter years we've seen the prairie covered by so many it looks like dew in the afternoon. Today was the first clear day since they started hatching. About ten minutes in I noticed a couple of hundred or more of them on my flying lines glinting in the sun. It was absolutely stunning. When one would blow off another would attach.At times today I'd stop what I was doing and just twirl the kite across the face of the sun admiring the spectacle. Very unexpected and outstanding afternoon of flying.
  17. drdemonx

    Karma 10/20/2018 Jeff Howard

    One More Day so far we have am if i am missing anyone enter now @SurfCityVortices @esinger @chip.lennep
  18. riffclown

    Hq Symphony Pro vs. Prism Synapse. And130 vs 170

    Poses to use... Downward Facing SkyDog Fly the Triangle Half Moon pose for Night Flys Dolphin inflatable Kite Avoid the Tree Pose and Intense Side stretch as that can damage your kite
  19. Wow got to rethink things again. All this time I thought I've been achieving Zen keeping the kites in the air 😲. Maybe that's why I keep falling over 🤔.
  20. Breezin

    Hi all from the East of England

    Cell phone service here is poor at times. Went to place my order for the Addiction Pro and phone was breaking up. Went out flying and started thinking about what Riff said(E2 to E3 etc.) and the kites I really, really want. The NEED is gone cause I got a nice well rounded quiver. Saturday I'll be flying with the grandkids and their Addiction. Fever is subsiding and money back in the kite bank.The kite shakes are fun but not very productive. I got a Zephyr 4 months in. Thinking on what Makatakam said I'd have to mostly agree. I fly in my west pasture and get to most every day .For most folks it's an effort to get to a place to fly. Jobs, families ,commitments,time.Makes my rookie year different than most. Forget that at times.First 4 months for me was probably a years time for most people. I still don't have all the adjustments down pat. Mostly but the kite has a lot of different characteristics. Started to move it on many times to fund a custom as I've said but it really is a great kite IMO.It has taught this newbie a ton. How to deal with frustrating adjustments for one.As much as I want to gain top notch skills the pure FUN is what keeps me fixing the dang things and going back out. Hydra is back on the bench this morning for a minor tune up. Do Hickies grrrr.
  21. It wasn't me being a wimp that prevented me from properly attaching it. I found out the knots were tied slightly too close making them nearly impossible to come together. Moving the knots about 1/8" made the kites come together neatly.
  22. riffclown

    Travel Frames

    Noted and agreed. Here's what I came up with. Spars and Spares in the small green bag. Everything fits in the larger green bag which has an internal partition to separate the kite and spars from handles and linesets. Thanks for the feedback and advice on this venture..
  23. riffclown

    Riffclown's Homemades

    Photos of my home made kites and accessories. Many made from Gomberg Kite tails.
  24. riffclown

    Trick or Treat

    Field Test was successful. Added a very quick clip of the ground view for the Inverted Kip Landing at 23 seconds in (75% Speed.)
  25. Field test went well .. a few quick snaps and and short clip. The Inverted Kip landing was successful
  26. makatakam

    Hq Symphony Pro vs. Prism Synapse. And130 vs 170

    Kite Yoga - the unification of body, mind and breeze Kite Yoga is striving to achieve that goal. Once achieved, it's called Zen.
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