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  2. Several flyers will be in the area participating at an indoor fly that weekend. I’m sure a few will make it down to D river entrance to fly outside. Haven’t made up my mind if my family is going or not. Mega fly clinic the weekend before taking place in Long Beach WA. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  3. On an SUL you'd want that killer glide, it is available w/o reflex springs, you want to assemble (end-caps, washers, holes thru LE, etc) such that you introduce a pronounced curvature,... over the top of the leading edge. Your palm should fit between the sail and leading edge, touching neither. The bridle choice doesn't matter, we each have our preferences, only that all this crap is locked down, rigid, tight. You are after a glide where where you can toss the kite parallel with the ground, and it goes like frisbee,.... no handles or flying line, it flies an unbelievable distance straight away from you. Test1 i prefer a bridle configuration where you are gripping outside of the frame,.... any wiggling in your choice of bridle smooths out flight by deminishing pilot commands, first take out the wiggle slop! how much mass is necessary for enjoyable flight dynamics? Not enough and the kite needs tending on all four lines (like a Decca), too much and you have to flail and run around to MAKE flight. straight or bent leading edge construction? My no-sew experience had 'em straight, but we used SLE 7/16 inch tubes in ours, so they "threw" like a javelin! Years later 18 and I've learned a lot since those experiments folded over leading edge sleeve, or thicker choice to add some mass? All spectra bridle, figure of eight knots and nail polish painted, to dry over night! 3M'sVHB 9460 bonding tape and a craft iron we want pictures and enjoy the journey, I've been on it since 1993
  4. @DTill The Rods with the Green Trim are part of Revolutions new formulation to counter "counterfeiting" Rev will tell you flat out there is no difference but as you have already found the weight is different and the flex is very different. For at least a short period of time the GT (green trimmed) rods were very prone to breakage. almost always into 3 pieces with the breaks about an inch from the green. Rev "corrected" that issue but never officially acknowledged there was an issue. I'm unaware of a method to discern between the ones prone to breakage and those that are corrected. There was a big topic on those rods and the differences when they first started showing up. The meat of the conversations starts around the 2nd or third page in https://kitelife.com/forum/topic/7033-rods-the-difference/page/3/
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  6. You offered the trade terms - LOL!! Can't have everything - can ya??
  7. Hello @Naomi Simpson, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat Member Map KL Shop And while it's never an obligation, we always love hearing about our new members if you'd like to share some of your kite stories, videos, and/or background... Tell us a little about YOUR kite life!
  8. Chat bar restored, might need to pop it back out with the little arrow button at far bottom right. FYI @riffclown ✌️
  9. Just discovered the FB login function was also a bit wonky, should be working now. 🙏
  10. Spent the morning watching(recorded) Valtteri Bottas go thru some parts of Melbourne and Albert Park really, really fast.Hope he wins the championship. Didn't notice the tree.
  11. Dave I know this is a year old post but by now you should know where to fly. I am also in Cape and wanting to fly kites. Where have you found a good spot and are you still flying? If so lets meet up and fly. Greg
  12. I'm having the best time learning to control a foil board while flying a 12m kite on the water.. I've been creating a video series on the progress, hopefully containing some helpful hints and tips in the meanwhile.. Love to share it with you and hear your thoughts and comments to help me and hopefully others along!! Learn to Kitefoil episode 6!
  13. After much thought and input.... Sent from my SM-T380 using Tapatalk
  14. Nice pics Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  15. Those "kites" are sky diving canopies. I hope to go back and KAP some airborne skydivers some time (from a safe distance).
  16. Have the winter doldrums passed? I know Reynolds and Benz don’t have an off season, but it’s been miserable here. If it’s time, I’ll work on getting something together to keep the karma flowing.
  17. I still have my Stranger - pretty fun kite generally. Massive amount of over-steer, but a very forgiving kite too! I'd put it in some very stupid positions and learned to just wait a second - voila - the kite came out of them! It was learning to wait was the hard part!
  18. You've got me thinking. Very rough, but my beanie from a late 90's skateboard company has given me some design help.
  19. BMK (and Aerie) kites rule....for me and my old school style....end of story... Yeah they can do all the tricks but there is something about that "Blue Moon feeling" that who cares about flippy flopping.....they want to FLY!!! I have by Aerie....a K2, a K3, 3 AirFX`s (2 standard`s/1 vented). My all time fav is the Air FX.... By BMK a Mojo ul, Mamba, Mongoose, and Mantis....all standards. Given this...some BMK/Aerie standards can go into UL territory no problemo. However my Mongoose, Mantis, K2, and obviously the vented FX being the exceptions as they like a little more wind....the ones you folks have...lol... Have fun!!! bt
  20. Yanked me pretty hard. Took 3 weeks to recover and it's only been about a week and a half that I've been able to really get back in the groove. Been a little tentative about flying in high winds since.Getting over my sissyfication has taken a while LOL.
  21. Breezin

    Little Breezy

    Yep, youngest daughter was interviewed on the news this morning. Neighbors big Blue Spruce came down crushing her pickup and SUV. SUCKS. She works her butt off and had just gotten a GMC Acadia Denali. Nicest ride she's ever had. We spent over a month chasing the deal all along the front range. One sweet ride and I was kinda jealous LOL.Hadn't even made the 1st payment yet. No one was hurt and it missed her house so that's a good thing to say the least.
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  23. Keep us posted on your progress. ask a lot of questions! There are a lot of beginner level videos on this site that are really helpful. I am not an expert by any means... I will say the first thing that helped me A LOT is lengthening the top leaders if you are getting the Revolution stock leaders. The best $6 bucks I have spent, got them off this site. Good luck and have fun
  24. Sounds like a good day to me!! Keep flying
  25. [emoji267][emoji1303] Exciting!! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  26. Picked up a Singer kinda "Heavy Duty 4432" for 25$ at a thrift store today. Almost grabbed a Sears Kenmore 1311 made in Japan w/ a 1.2amp motor earlier. This was to new and cheap to pass up.
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