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    • Greetings! I am wondering if anyone here knows when the new line of Lycos Spiderkites are coming out? I am eager to get my hands on them and have literally been searching online for any possible clue. I have been to the Spiderkite website and have been emailing the creator of the product. His name is Cristoph Fokken and he was quite helpful. He gave me an idea as to when we could see them here stateside but no insight as to how much they may cost here. Can anyone out there help me out? Thank you so much! Sent from my SCH-I545 using KiteLife mobile app
    • Greetings! I am wondering if anyone here knows when the new line of Lycos Spiderkites are coming out? I am eager to get my hands on them and have literally been searching online for any possible clue. I have been to the Spiderkite website and have been emailing the creator of the product. His name is Cristoph Fokken and he was quite helpful. He gave me an idea as to when we could see them here stateside but no insight as to how much they may cost here. Can anyone out there help me out? Thank you so much! Sent from my SCH-I545 using KiteLife mobile app
    • My pleasure, sorry again for the delay.
    • Here's my personal (not yet awake) list off the top of my head on a cold and wet morning... hover facing the 90 degree marks hover facing the 45 degree marks fly forward from the hovers and reverse back to the start fly squares fly diamonds fly figure 8 Bicycle rotations Tip pivots (360, 270, 180 and 90) slides That's in no particular order (too early for me to be that sharp) and you can fill in your own variations of each. You will hear JB talk about "running track" and I do similar. Check out the below video and you will see me so hovers on the 90, squares, diamonds, bicycles, tip pivots, slides and reverse flight. Nothing more than basic flight patterns that you apply a little personal style to and create what you see. I actually was having a bad day I was shooting the video and you can see me casually looking around while flying because I just wasn't that into it.   If you want to see what unedited solo flying in front of a crowd looks like, check the video below. The winds were between low full sail and medium vented and switching direction (keep an eye on the foil in the background and see how it's reacting to the wind) so the conditions kept you on your toes. You'll see a lot of basic moves and track strung together - set a solid foundation and the rest is easy.   As someone who's been on both sides of that equation (and still am) I feel your pain. That being said, I seem to have managed it from another country with zero local assistance, so I'm sure it's totally possible As you stated, you don't know what you don't know and everyone seems like an expert so you're easily led down the 'wrong' path. As a trainer, you'll know the silver lining in that is that the experience gained from the wrong direction leads to a deeper and broader understanding of the subject matter. John's teachings are solid (and the main knowledge influence in my flying) and you will do well using his videos to learn. I had to make do with asking questions before the videos existed, so you will do fine with his videos. If you use that as a base and ask any questions you have, you will do just fine.