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  3. That's 8000 posts on this incarnation. From reading of all the old posts, it seems the old forum was retired around 2004 and this one put up, but the old content was lost rather than migrated to the new forums. I always wonder what was lost in transitions like that.
  4. Find some wind forecasts in your area. Some suggestions: windfinder.com, it has an hourly forecast with both average and gusts for 3 days out, and rough estimates for 7 days out. If you're lucky you can find a weather station near where you fly. windy.com, it has similar data of average speeds and gusts, but with different forecast models, and not so much of a point forecast. willyweather has both average wind (https://wind.willyweather.co.uk/nw/greater-manchester/wigan.html) and UV (https://uv.willyweather.co.uk/nw/greater-manchester/wigan.html) although if you're far enough north the UV index and sunburn are less of a concern. I also use the US national weather service hourly forecast graphs, but they won't give you the data you need in the UK. The forecasts aren't perfect, but they are a good guide to find must-fly days and days not to bother. In addition to the forecasts, having a range of kites can help. You can get kites that fly in very light wind, no wind (and indoors!) and kites that can be reasonably controlled even in dangerously strong winds. Thus even if the forecast is wrong, and you get to the flying fields to discover calm air, you can pull a super ultralight or indoor kite from your bag.
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  6. Thanks, Rob! 🙂 ... and it looks beautiful from the ground too 😉
  7. Cool, it’s an ongoing pleasure to see what folks do with it. 🙏🏻
  8. Beautiful ! I think the Slovenia tourism dept. should be paying you for these pictures... they make me want to visit Slovenia, looks wonderful from a kite !
  9. According to the Meters, this is Topic #8000.. Thanks @John Barresi for the excellent resouce.
  10. @DTill Just doing some housecleaning.. It seems everything is sold from this listing now??
  11. Man if I had a kite built by that guy I could fly like that too. Oh wait a minute I do 😲. SIGH!! Back to the field and practice, practice, practice. Good thing it's fun.
  12. Received in perfect condition.......going flying. Thanks!
  13. Welcome Dennis. I've been flying since 11/17 and thought by now I wouldn't walk back and forth so much but I still do. I consider it the walk of contemplation. Learn to reason why the kite is on the ground, think about it as you walk and find the humor in it as much as possible. Sounds like you have a entry level kite that while good for learning the basics won't be much for tricking. For now hone the heck out of the basics. I started on a mid level very competent trick kite call the Widow ng. Started trying to trick first day and neglected some of the basics as I was learning.Lately it's come back to haunt me as I am getting better on short line 1 to 3 mph wind days. You'll hear that the lowest winds are the hardest to learn and that is truth. Since I started the 15 mph (+/-) have been my favorite. As I've learned to not crash by yanking a line a lot of tricks have come without a whole lot of skills. Total blast learning that way but not having a solid grasp on the basic inputs from the start is forcing me to have to relearn some stuff on my lightest wind kite. Mostly to hard of inputs and not guiding or following the kite thru it's moves very well. Got my 1st kite that flies on 50' in 12/17. Still just suck on the short sets and right now it's difficult to keep a humorous perspective when using them. Prefer the 100' to 125' lines by far but the short line skills a lot of fliers have is enviable. Very necessary for some kites, wind speed and flying space(crowded beach eg).You'll hear a lot about fantastic kites that exceed the $300.00 US price. Although I have some and know they are worth more than the cost to me there are some kite in the $75.00 to $150.00 range that are a blast and can take your family a LONG ways in the tricking side of things if that's where you're headed. Most of my kites are used and you'll have good luck finding some really nice ones in your area. I've got a Premier Nighthawk that I bought brand new but blemished old stock. Although not high end it's one of my most flown kites.As you gain some skills learn to tip drag(shark). Any framed kite can do it.That will instill the confidence for low altitude tricking as you progress.Dodd Gross videos will get you started and then some. If I'd stuck to the disciplined routines he teaches I might be a better low wind flier now. Wouldn't have had near as much fun though 😁.Fly it, break it, fix it, fly it again.
  14. Hello again 🙂 Here are some kite aerial photos of Dornava Manor, the largest and most exquisite Baroque architectural ensemble in Slovenia. Built in the first half of the 18th century it still boasts one of the longest Baroque garden axis in the region. Read more about it - and see more aerial photos! - on our KAP website ... All photos shot with a new KAP kite - a dr.agon D90 BW mini delta, designed for strong(er) winds (it went over 50 km/h here).
  15. Thank you for the warm welcome. I bought a kite around 12mths ago which cost £14.99 in the UK, with the intention of flying it with my children on a family holiday. The kite remained in the packaging for the entire trip and it never got used, fast forward a year and again we where due for a short break. Again the kite came along in the car but this time it made it to the beach, later on in the day when the number of others beach users had declined out came the kite. With the wife and children watching together came the kite and the lines set out, 3, 2, 1 and up we went only to turn 180 and come straight back down on the nose. With everybody laughing in enjoyment at my failure and me blaming the kite, the wind and anything but the operator again I paced up and down to set up for take off. This time I felt a little more confident as I could remember the feeling on the lines which helped me understand where I had gone wrong. 3, 2, 1 and up we went this time staying up and for the next 5 mins all I thought about was the kite and nothing else, for the next hour up and down we went, back and forth I walked but I was hooked. I really felt like I had found my outlet. Hungry for more the next day I woke up and headed for the beach minus the the family(it was 6am lol). Unfortunately upon arrival there was absolutely zero wind and that remained for the next 1 1/2 days. Determined to get more airtime I waited and it paid off, last night I managed to fly for around 3 hours but spent a lot of time walking so now I'm off to try and learn how to relaunch without walking. Anyway I'm off to watch some videos and any direction would be greatly appreciated.
  16. Living the Dream; One Nightmare at a Time.
  17. Hello @Denis192, 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!
  18. Well good luck on the journey.. but remember to look back every thing looks different from the other side of the mirror.
  19. Scooter

    Which one??

    Wow great job looks awesome
  20. Drum roll please ... Congrats cerfvoliste player one send me a pm of your particulars and I'll get your karma in the mail tomorrow. Hope you enjoy.
  21. 20 Yards of the White mesh is on the way. It's time for me to make some vented sails. More info soon..
  22. Jerrylee


  23. Thanks for the info, helps to know where to look and what to look for. Country should be U.S., may have to fix that.
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