This is an image comment inspired by @SHBKF 's image http://kitelife.com/forum/gallery/image/5708-aerostar-sano-ssl/ . I can't claim any first in series rare prototype extra special one of a kind kite here (where do one get hold off stuff like this and stuff like @riffclown 's http://kitelife.com/forum/gallery/image/6184-cavaliers-du-ciel-prototype-23/ anyway?). The reason/excuse for publishing this image is that I think the artistic part of the design, the sail pattern of the Aerostar Sano SSL, to some extent though large differences, share a similar style with the kites in the image.
So what was the thought/reason behind getting an Obsession (at work at least one collegue nodded and said something like "I told you so" regarding the name of the kite when bought it about 1.5 years ago). I guess it is simple as that, that I got curious after seeing the Flight School VHS videos by the end of the nineties. I already got the HQ Jam Session and the HQ Meastrale. This Christoph Fokken kite kind of remained to be tested. It got a special trick line arrangement being connected to a stand off and the LLE consists of solid 4mm carbon fibre rod that makes the wingtips flexible and gives the shape of them. Unfortunately the quality of the stand offs in this more recent implementation of the design left much to be desired. I've only tried it a few times more than a year ago and most of the times I needed to repair it! Now after more than a year it has been repaired after its long "sleep" and hopefully no more weak spots remain. So now there should be nothing that stands in the way of testing it. However there are so many things, like tricks (much "needed")/kites/repairs/..., I'd like to try out properly. On top of that I've also dipped my toes into a new realm of kiting to really make sure that the time will not be enough to properly test the Obsession soon.
The other kite, the JB's ITW Kymera, is already most likely well known to the KL users, so I say nothing further (for once). ... Well, to be fair then, the difference in freshness of the two kites in the image I'd say is due to the heavy use of the Kymera.