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  2. Hello @lflmyl, 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!
  3. Okay novice question, hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. When I was I kid there was a guy that would come down to the lake on the end of the dock with a setup he built with a chair that had a box attached to it with a crank and inside was full of line, he would attach what appeared to be some kind of parachute kite to it which seemed to have alot of lift, then once he got that in the air maybe 10 feet or so he would add what appeared to be a delta kite, he would keep adding kites like that till he had about 10 to 20 kites up on one string. I have never seen this done since then and was wondering how to go about doing something similar, is there a special kite that is made to hook in series and what kind of kite that first one might have been. This was about 30 years or so ago and any info would be helpful, BTW this was in central Fl.
  4. Yesterday
  5. Hello @KC Jones, 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!
  6. Hello @Fables, 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!
  7. You did great for 5 to 7 winds and first time on a quad. Keep us up to date on your flying progression.
  8. Just think of your EXP as the kite you will eventually pass on to the person who learns from you...
  9. First, welcome to the forum. Good to have you on board. You're tipping the nose of the kite toward or away from you. This will make changes in the high/low wind range the kite can handle well, as well as the kite's stability and tracking which comes into play when doing tricks. An unstable kite is easier to stall, which is the foundation for the vast majority of tricks done with a dual. However, an unstable kite will not track as well, so it becomes a compromise and the final setting is what you prefer for what you want the kite to do. It becomes more obvious with time as your experience increases. At the beginning, tip the nose towards you for light wind and away from you for stronger wind. Try different settings in the same wind to get a feel for the difference.
  10. Hi everyone, thanks for all your input. User @Corey Bell has generously hooked me up to fly with him yesterday and he helped me get a kite (one if his Rev 1.5’s) into the air and fly for a few hours. It was a lot of fun, and with his great help, I was able to actually fly and do some basic stuff. I will probably go with the Rev EXP. I understand it’s not a forever kite, but right now it’s what I can afford and from everything I see it’s the best choice from what I have available and can afford. Thanks again @Corey Bell and everyone else for their input.
  11. honestly? I had more fun (as did my wife along side me) when nobody knew us. We heard statements like "what are you doing here?" Well we paid our own way and thought we could join you,..."nope you required to fly outside of the ropes, where the public is located!" Like I shouldn't eat in the hotel lobby for breakfast, where I paid to stay,... just 'cause you'all be there too? I've borrowed equipment plus music countless times, folks laughing because it's a ballet event and you win based upon your best interpretation of the musical score, "showing up the day of the event with a show kite(Beautiful Evil Quad by Joel Sholtz) and no planned music,... what's up with that?" ( I won!) We've paid our own way internationally, helped just like the hired guns sweating in the sun, (set-up, unloading the truck, lugging equipment across the turf, repacking) and then told I can't share a meal in the organizer's tent or their enclosed fields either! Broke new ground with establishing festivals (wife is much better as this aspect of kiting), getting people to attend on their own nickel, (a week long international gig!), then to find that after two years and six attendees, that they can invite a 6-man team who bitched and complained about everything they were offered FREE, ..... undoing all of our goodwill w/the tourism office. I've had friends help me, by explaining that THEY couldn't fly in the arena offered even though I'm the one dealing with the sponsors (Don't EVER go behind our backs like this!) We could have flown kites on magic wands (sticks) whilst eating snacks and enjoying adult beverages, knuckleheads! I've had friends complain to other vendors about the conditions offered for us to fly at the event, (like they'd care about the kiters and a sidehill lie) gig surrounded by trees, spectators crossing our field to get to parking or the entrance. Take your crap and go home dude, you're ruining a good time for everyone here. When I had no responsibilities, except my own pleasure (and the misses too!) Those we the days of old. Now? I'm like a wanted man, picture hanging in the urinal at the USPS. Folks want to see what I can do and I just want to make eye-contract with a spectator ONE of 'em and fly for them, just for fun! I'm old, I can't go sixteen hours straight anymore, not the way I'd like to. Someday soon, I'll be the one on the sidelines cheering on the next generation. Smile and share,... is that so tough? I didn't forget my roots and I will never become a kite clique supporter who belittles that next guy approaching us. Smile and share, we're all envious of someone else and we should just be happy with our own lot in life!
  12. I'm so happy this thread is still seeing posts. OP here and I am pleased to say that I have found three tried-and-true answers to this question. Prism Micron is a little bullet. It holds up pretty well in high wind if you can keep up with it. HQ Delta Hawk is a brute and cannot be fazed when the wind is sandblasting the skin off your calves. Try it with a 200' tail! I recently picked up a Silver Fox 2.5 Vented. It can trick in high wind!
  13. Not sure where THAT came from. LOL. Do you need a hug?🤡
  14. Icarex is a material originally use for boat sails. (It's spinnaker cloth.) It should be more than strong enough for what you are doing, but if you are still concerned similar materials are available in heavier weights. I think you could benefit by calling a sail-maker and discussing the project with them. In addition to helping you with selecting and sourcing a fabric, they can probably give you some tips on the best construction techniques.
  15. Breezin

    Upgrading

    My opinion of the Hypnotist is from research only. It is in the top 5 production kites I'd recommend for learning tricks. 4D is probably the most purchased SUL on the planet. I've not learned short line flying much at all. The 4D is going to teach you that right off and that's a good thing. Both kites will take you through the intermediate skill sets with some advanced stuff at your fingertips. With those 2 kites I think you're going to have a gap in wind range between 5 and 8/9 mph(UL winds).Not a big deal for the short term because of the ground and low altitude skills you can learn. Bouncing a kite up and down when it won't fly taught me a lot.The way winds cycle around here at times it's something I still do often. Most of that at the start was on a Premier Addiction which is a lot lighter than the Hypnotist. The heavier kites are easier to damage doing that stuff but the Hypnotist has a reputation for being tough. It should handle that learning curve better than most similar type kites.Do it on nice mowed grass though. Practicing that stuff you WILL be able to fly it a little lower than stated.Broke the LS on my 2pt framed kite last time out. Much as it sucks glad the first damage is out of the way. Got the parts yesterday with a spare cause it's going to happen again. Nope I'm still not skilled enough for a 2pt but then again why not LOL.You're probably going to break the 4D. Remember when getting parts buy a spare. Your new kites will take you far. Fly them till they're tattered.
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  17. That would be fun to try!! I was told to try and find a 10' one!! Nator
  18. FWIW, The rest of us are really just jealous..
  19. @Paul LaMasters Probably not but even you have to admit, that few moments on film is your biggest audience ever, captured on film and easily accessible. You and Jim have become the answer to a lot of Kiting's best trivia questions. I for one say, thank you for representing us all for that few moments. You both carried the torch well.
  20. my understanding of that adjustment is about the stall (simplistic ease of application or more effort being required) by moving the nose towards the pilot or away from experiment, ... how does one location adjustment "feel" over the others? Only your own opinion matters! I'm a 25 yr+ quad-head, and completely untrustworthy for all opinions offered on a dualie
  21. Does that acting gig scar me as a professional kite flier?
  22. 1-NTK Volksquad 1-Rev NYM full sail 1-Flexifoil power kite Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  23. Oh wow! That's very cool. Thanks for the information on everything!
  24. Last week
  25. Hello, A few of the two line HQ kites I've purchased recently have an adjustable bridle. I'm curious how changing the knot from 140 to 80 in the attached picture would affect it for wind and turning/speed? I feel that the position at 140 would be better for higher wind, but I'd like to know what else to expect from this adjustment.
  26. Hello @Bendkiter, 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!
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