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  1. 13 points
    Just browsing through today's posts and was overcome with a feeling I consciously have at least every other day, seriously... The KiteLife Forum continues to flood me with deep appreciation, respect and recognition for the overall tone and communal nature folks find here... Even after roughly 14 years, we've had a very rare few major incidents and "trolls" just can't seem to find oxygen here. New fliers come in with "n00b" questions but time and time again, nearly without exception, they are welcomed with genuine kindness and consideration. We're also by in large a multi discipline group with single, dual, quad and even the weird stuff well represented... That all makes the horizon brighter and more promising for everyone. The moral of my post here today... It's you. I'm proud to be "den mother" and I play my part but it's a fact that I rarely have to do anything along the lines of moderation or mediation here... Y'all self manage and promote respect, growth, fun... Paying it forward in shaky social times. Thank you.
  2. 11 points
    Put on pajamas to tie leaders because of 1 inch plaid pattern on them Told my wife I didn’t want to pay for my first time with JB (after telling how cool it would be fly with "the world's best flyer" moments after telling her that he gives lessons only 90 minutes away) Knocked myself to my knees and nearly out ....backing into a goal post trying to keep a rev in the air. Stole my wife’s hair bands to bundle spare rods Wondered why it is called “the dark side” Feel flush and babble like an moron in the presence of JB, Steve D and Bazzer, and Watty and Amy and Connor and etc. (should join groupies r us) Think it is cool that Wayne is identifiable by his “uniform” Wonder why TK wears a turtle Felt like a 7 year old watching Iquad Drive hours looking for wind Won the lottery by catching JB flying with TK….. and being the only one in the audience, after going 20 miles out of my way (after 60 miles heading to PDX) for about the 10th time “just in case” JB happened to be at a flying field (and seriously....... the first time without my kite bag)...but would not have interrupted them anyway Still a hack...but someday..... T
  3. 10 points
    I was passing Canarsie Pier again on my way home from work, and saw that the kites were flying again. I didn't feel like sitting in traffic much, so decided to stop in and hang with the guys I met last week. They were all there, along with some new faces. All of them are incredibly friendly, they remembered me and took me right into their group. The kites that they fly are all home-made, just like they flew on the Islands that they come from. The kite that they fly is called a 'Mad Bull', because they pull so hard, especially considering their size. The line they were flying on was kevlar, looked like around 150#-200#, seems really strong for a kite no bigger than 2 feet across, until you feel the pull ! Materials were ripstop fabric, split bamboo spars, glued seams with very little sewing. The long tails were made out of strips cut from basketball jersey material with the little holes for the most part, but some of the kites had what looked like strips of bedsheets. Oh, and they had a little buzz strip on the nose that you can hear when the kites are low, but you can only feel it in the line (interesting effect) when they're a couple hundred feet up. They fly these kites pretty high, nice solid, stable flyers until you give the line some input. A pull or a push at the right time can make the kite turn left or right, loop, power dive & recover. Pretty amazing in their skilled hands. Pretty scary in my inexperienced hands, I mean, the last thing I wanted to do was crash the kite, and I had no idea how to get out of a dive. I could hear them laughing a little as I panicked... A little slack, and the kite turned back up and recovered. I know, I said I wouldn't fly at this spot again, but the spool was just handed to me, and my new friend walked away. I was just stopping to take some pictures of them flying and ask them more about their kites. I can't say how much it means to me to have found this friendly group of kite flyers, to learn about kites that I knew nothing about, and a little bit about their culture from the Islands. One thing that one of them told me really stood out... when they are home flying kites and it gets dark, they just tie them off, go to sleep, and come back in the morning... the kites are still there flying, and they pick up where they left off ! One guy said the longest he had a kite flying was 2 weeks ! (WHAT ?) Yeah, he told me that with a straight face, I believe it. Long tails ? (Got tail ?) Launching the Trinidad Colors... You can tell from the tails how the kite dances as it climbs, on purpose from the pilot's inputs... Turns... Nice, solid, straight flight with no inputs... Looping around at altitude... Some of the others flying... A few loops & a dive... I thought this one was a nice design...
  4. 9 points
    Hi all, just taking a quick second to welcome our newest sponsor - Kites In The Sky! http://kitekits.com (formerly http://kitesinthesky.net) A long time friend and "kite activist", @Cat Gabrel specializes in kite kits for schools, families and the like, she's also an avid fighter kite flier. Be sure to check out their website, thanks!
  5. 8 points
    IMHO just because the eyes are not copyrighted doesn't make printing a sail with them OK to do. Rev proudly called the eyes a masterpiece and I feel that if you are going to call something artwork copying it with some small changes doesn't honor the artist and seems slimy to me. Yes, the eyes are cool, but they are a Bazzer creation and known that way. I would have had no problem if rev had come out with a whole line of printed sails with new eyes artwork. I am thankful for the revs o have and the fun that they have provided me. However, I don't like some of what I have been hearing of how they have treated some of thier partners- and that will be considered as I make future kiting purchases. Sent from my [device_name] using http://KiteLife mobile app
  6. 8 points
    CONGRATULATIONS John and TK!!!! Luca Taiyo Barresi, born 8 lbs 12 oz at 1:32am this morning.
  7. 8 points
  8. 8 points
    I flew with three folks on Sat. We were just having some fun and testing Reved's wiring harness, I have never called before and have only flown with a team 3 times. The other folks are at varying skill levels and had never flown team. We were feeling a bit restricted on what we thought we could do. Our average time on line is probably a year or less. We had a lot of fun and stepped way out of our self imposed comfort zone. ..We had a ball with a burst etc. When we were down and I was trying to figure our next move. I paused and looked left. Sandy, John and Karen were all poised in launch position, intensely focused and all with huge smiles pasted on their faces. I just had take a breath and enjoy that image for a few seconds...that was so cool. I don't know if they noticed the extended pause. I have already enjoyed that memory a dozen times already since Sat. Reved's wiring harness helped us achieve a beautiful day of flying. A few crashes and few crossed lines and as J&K say...Big Fun!! We met at a JB clinic and have hooked up a couple of times since then. Karen stated "JB would be proud" I think she would be right. If you have a chance to catch a JB clinic don't miss it. We can't wait till he gets back to the NW. T
  9. 8 points
    This is one of those kites that you wait for years to find one available... I've been hoping to find one of these for sale for over 5 years, but the chances were slim, since there were only 6 of them made. It's a Widow Maker (electric) 'Spider'... Other than it's appearance, the only difference between this one and a regular Widow Maker is the Turbo bridle. I haven't flown it enough to determine whether or not that's a plus or minus. I flew it a little today in not the best wind (offshore) and stormy. I can say that it is REALLY precise, and could side slide easily ALL the way across the window. Can't wait for some good wind to give this kite a real test drive, but it sure was pretty in the sun ! Just to make it a little better, Skyburner used Prismatex for the mylar reinforcement points !
  10. 7 points
    Alright, per the 3rd party drawing service (totally unbiased)... This drawing was held by John Barresi in a fair and unbiased manner, using RANDOM.ORG's Third-Party Draw Service. For details, please see the <a data-cke-saved-href="https://www.random.org/draws/details/?draw=91309" href="https://www.random.org/draws/details/?draw=91309">drawing's record</a>. HUGE congrats to ticket #119, @TheJuggler (Neil) - these kites are going to Michigan! To all... What can I even say... I hope I manage to show enough of myself that you know. Thank you, lets keep making beautiful kitefliers together. 🙏
  11. 7 points
    It's been a long wait and lots of patience. I FINALLY received my PRECIOUS!!!! MUHAHAHAHAAAAA.....
  12. 7 points
    Don't you just love snow days??.. Panel stitching is done.. Time to finish planning the center panel and get this to final dimensions..
  13. 7 points
    Ah, the never ending quest for the light wind kite. Been down that path for some years now & have spent quite a bit on the journey. I too was looking for an inexpensive one to start with & bought a new Prism 4D. A short time after that I lucked into a well used HQ Shadow. You got me to thinking about all the kites I acquired & where I am now. So here's the list of SUL kites Prism 4D blue Prism 4D Berkeley Edition Prism Quantum Pro SUL Prism Flashlight HQ Shadow Nebula SUL Sky Burner Pro Dancer SUL Aerostar Sano SSL Sky Sport Design Transformer II SUL Sky Sport Design Tekken SUL Rsky Nirvana WW Then there are the ultra lights or maybe just lights Prism Zephyr Inferno Prism Zephyr Eggplant Sky Burner Solus EC UL Sky Sport Design Sea Devil light Sky Sport Design Tekken light edit: add PBSK Bad Boy II ultra light (how did I miss this one?) So that is sixteen kites, (make that seventeen), in these two categories. I am not a master flier but you might call me a collector. Most (12) of these kites were bought on the secondary market. The Nebula is likely the only SUL ever made of that model & the kite is no longer available. The Sano is the first production one of that kite. There may have been less than a hundred ever offered, no longer being made. Prism Flashlight no longer in production. All of the Sky Sport Design kites are still available as custom kites. Rsky makes newer kites than the older one I have. All others are likely still available as new. I like buying on the secondary market as there is considerable cost savings plus I like having kites others have flown. Most by much better fliers than I. You can also find kites no longer available as new. I have two 4D's & two Zephyrs, I like them. What do I fly SUL these days? Still flying the little 4D. Fly anywhere, anytime, but it is a 58" wing span. The Pro Dancer SUL will make you look like a hero when no one else is flying. Fly it on 90# x 100' lines. It breaks 50# line sets in very light wind. I have had to put it away when small children trying to fly their kites were reduced to tears by their efforts. Sky Burner Pro Dancer SUL But the Nirvana, sigh, it is something special, click. It is teaching me slack line tricks in very light wind. SUL kites have very little inertia which makes it more difficult to do tricks. Some of the other kites are waiting for me to learn more. I will revisit them from time to time. Rsky Nirvana WW The UL & light kites are flown when there is 4 or more mph of wind available. The Z is a good kite to always have in the vehicle with you "just in case" you find a spot to fly. The Solus EC is a large beautiful kite that will glow like a opal in a sunny sky. The Lam Hoac Sea Devil light is a confidence builder & has helped me learn to fade consistently. Sky Sport Design Sea Devil light The conclusion of the matter. Certain kites "click" with different people. You'll have to try them to find out what works for you as you go down the path of your KiteLife. Your tastes & needs will change no doubt. Take your time, save some money, get that kite you think is too expensive. You will forget the expense once that special kite distracts you a bit. Lengthy post, too much information, Oh well, SHBKF
  14. 7 points
    My wife loves flying Revs and also loves antique doorknobs. So she combined the two and made some custom kite stakes. I think they look pretty cool.
  15. 7 points
    I went to my standard flying spot today, a sports park about 20 minutes away. The complex has 3 baseball fields, 2 soccer fields, a playground,and some other stuff I haven't explored because, well, I'm there to fly. As we pulled in, I realized there was not another car in the lot. No one else here! I hurriedly parked, grabbed the kite bag, and tried not to run. I didn't want to break the spell. Set up on the upwind end of the (freshly mown!) soccer field. Wind is steady 8 mph, EXP launches straight up, and doesn't touch the ground for the next twenty minutes. This is my sixth time flying the Rev, and everything clicked. The kite did everything I asked it to, when I asked it, and I thought "THIS is why I fly kites!" We were there for two hours by ourselves - no baseball players, no soccer players, no kids, no dogs... One visitor, a sheriff's deputy who pulled in, got out, and leaned on his truck, watching the kite for ten minutes, then left. Never said a word. So, no newbie questions, no problems. Just wanted to share a great day.
  16. 7 points
    While it's not the "only" way, the Line Management (tutorial) technique is foolproof when applied correctly, right or left handed, straight or figure eight wind. So are several other ways - the key is understanding them, finding one that works for you, and the real key, eliminating the variables. The act of winding itself does not create the "end result" twists, those come from all the little variables in-between... - when you paired the right lines (top/bottom), did they go around each other at all? - when you put the pairs together, did you put one through or around the other? - when you picked up your handles, did they spin or go through each other? - when you handled your winder throughout the process, did you rotate it at all? - when you first set up, did your handles pass through or spin around? - when you first set up, did the R/L pairs (kite end) go through or around each other? - etc, etc, etc. The real key again, is picking a consistent method that works for you, with an eye on all the variables listed above. For the record, I almost *always* have at least 2-3 twists in one direction and possibly one handle pass-through, all easily taken out in a minute or less. Main thing for me, I just don't let the ends "bounce around" at all.
  17. 7 points
    Hey Kruski... It is fine to leave the LE tensioned on the Zephyr, unless you're storing it for an extended period of time. It's not so important to release the tension on kites that have straight LEs, but if you get a kite with a curved LE, it's a good idea to release the tension after each use. Older Prism kites like the E2, Elixir, Illusion have a curved LE, as well as the Benson Gemini. There are more, but those are some good examples. With the old Zephyr, you had to break down the LE every time, because the hard case was only 1/2 length. After retrofitting the lashings, it made it a lot quicker & easier... My 'quickie lashings' solution. Using the quickie lashings makes it alot easier to set up and break down the Zephyr... These are the stock wingtip lashings. WAY TOO SHORT, first of all. A real PITA to tie and untie. Cut those freakin' things off, and thread a length of bridle line through the loop, doubled over. Notice the handy dandy paperclip tool. Now, tie the loose ends together, and place the inner knot at the perfect spot to hold enough tension on the sail. Loop the closed end of the loop through the nock... And pull the inner knot through the nock. The extra length and knot at the end help in this, which is where the tension is applied to the leading edge and sail. This setup has saved me about 5-10 minutes per flight for more fly time... ~Rob.
  18. 6 points
    YER on YER OWN with this one, fella!!! What ever suits your eye best is what works here! Don't even want to know how many hours I've spent on that colorizer .................................................. ...........................................................!
  19. 6 points
    The best part of the Djinn is that you're getting the "PRO" regardless of stock color or custom color. Out of the bag, it's the exact kite JB or Brett have in their bag. I've flown all 3 vents variations and I can say the Djinn didnt make me a better pilot. It let the pilot in me come out better.
  20. 6 points
    I just wanted to thank so many of you for the Prism Quantum recommendation for our first "real" dlk. After cold weather and a virus that hit us hard, we finally got to fly it today...well, I should say my 13 y/o flew it 99% of the time with a huge smile. Yep, a few lawn darting crashes, but lots of fun, especially after we through the 75ft. tail on. Maybe a bit too breezy for our first time today, about 12mph winds, but still had a blast. I did notice when we wound inthe lines after that one line had stretched a good 2 feet, but I think the handles have some sort of way to re-knot and correct that. Do you think we did something wrong to cause that kind of uneven stretch? Now waiting for a low wind day for the 4-D. I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy some flight time this weekend
  21. 6 points
    Somehow they mix.. Spotlight on 1:19
  22. 6 points
    Early on I played with the various settings on the bridles of numerous kites. Sometimes when I had an unexpected landing I would walk to the kite & fiddle with the settings a bit making it seem possible that I had planned to land. I was also reading the forums like mad during that time looking for hints. Eventually one of my mentors said he rarely adjusted the bridles once he hit on the setting that worked best for his flying. I found I did the best with a medium setting. Light wind settings did not have the forward drive I seemed to enjoy. High wind settings did not really seem to do much either. They certainly did not improve my flying anyway. With my medium setting I concentrated on learning to feel the sail pressure which really helped me slow down a bit. I bought some kites from my mentor & left them exactly the way they were tuned. That was a great thing also. It is all part of the path of my KiteLife. Just some thoughts from out here in the sticks, SHBKF
  23. 6 points
    Just thought I'd mention, that we set a record last night, in the chat room. We had nine (9) participants at one time. Things were popping so fast, it was hard to keep up. Can't figure out that "slamming door", or that "bell", though. Sometimes it rings, with someone enters, then again, it doesn't. Same with the slamming door, on exit. Some people leave quietly, and then some slam the door. Oh well, it was really cool to have so many people in there, all at one time............. Let's do it again........... New link - http://kitelife.com/forum/member-chat/
  24. 6 points
    I'll cover the $249 initial cost
  25. 6 points
    And the kite will match my suit.. Please tell me that didn't actually surprise anyone..
  26. 6 points
    iQuad's retirement met much the same response from Rev, not so much as a casual tip of the hat. I'd like to think I've been kind and deferred sufficiently to Revolution during this transition, I've certainly tried to be conscious about it while still taking care of my own needs. All good, whatever. Fly kites, share fun, inspire and be inspired, the best kites sell themselves.
  27. 6 points
    Because of this topic I have been trying to improve my meager sliding skills of late. Recently I was flying the Widow Maker. There were quite a number of people on the beach that day & I knew sport kites with long tails were always enjoyed by spectators. I had bought a new 50' ribbon tail so I landed & hooked it up. I am not a great sky writer but amused myself for some time trying to do entertaining movements. Slack line tricks are not too good an idea with a long tail but I thought hmm... how about a slide? Gave it a try and made it quite a ways across the window in a fairly strong breeze with a good looking slide. Maybe the best I had ever done! Is it cheating? Maybe. But it is doable & no doubt valid practice. It looked great with that long tail trailing below. Pulling flat tails with a dualie eventually rolls them into tubes. Maybe that's how tube tails were invented. Next day I used the 75' tube tail. Could not slide as far but it looked marvelous. Give it a try sometime. SHBKF
  28. 6 points
    Boxing Day 2015. I was going through the recyclable bin in search of some instructions that were reported missing from my littlest girl's "Frozen" Lego set. I kid you not! I noticed a guy with his two kids and a kite at the park. I paused to watch, like any kiter would do. I watched them struggle to get it into the air. I saw the kids lose interest. I had a déjà vu from exactly 4 years back. Quickly told my wife I was just going to help them out and over I went. Went and introduced myself and offered some assistance which he readily accepted. I gave the kite a once over. It was a cheapo dualile, would've cost $20 at most. Plastic sail, cheap lines. First I gave him a basic run through, let out all the lines when it's down on the ground not in the air. Give to the kite if you heading South to the ground. Small hand movements not massive arm yanks. After a couple of minutes of successful flying, there was a gust that just stretched out the sail in a very unkind way. I quickly ran ran back to my house and grabbed my SKD Seven Std and 80 foot lines. Quickly set up, explaining what AND why I was doing. A quick flight to make sure the bridle was dialled in. Then handed over the straps. All the frustration just melted away from his face. Sure we didn't do any tricking, just flew around. But! He was flying and not struggling. His kids called out to him that it was time to go so he handed me the straps back and I flew a few figures, stalls and slides for a bit of fun. We talked while I packed up. All about kites. I think I opened his eyes to a lot more than a $20 dollar kite. Then, and there is always a then, he asked me how much my Seven was. The smile didn't disappear totally from his face when I told him... I explained that it was an investment over a few years. Break the cost of kites down over a few years and most people see the value. I pointed him towards Kitelife.com as a portal into kiting. Gave him a website for a kite shop here in Oz. Gave him my details. Hopefully there was enough of a spark to keep going. Only time will tell.
  29. 6 points
    Sometimes we leave on a vacation having no idea where we'll wind up or how long we'll be gone. It is a powerful kind of freedom that our vast country provides. So we decide one evening to load a little gear into the RoadTrek the next morning & head up to a small town on the Ohio called Madison. We chose to leave with minimal preparation planning to buy anything we might have forgotten along the way. After a couple evenings on the road we decide we will venture onward. There was something in a store that we wanted. Wall Drug is in western South Dakota. I like to drive. When I left home that first morning I actually thought about not taking any kites. Maybe try to buy a few along the way was my logic. But at the last moment I just had to grab a few. I chose from some laying on the kite table. Tornados were threatening in the mid west so we were watching the storm patterns in order to avoid severe weather. We have had some crazy times on previous trips. We stopped for the night in western Illinois. Stayed in a campground that was surrounded by fields of ankle high corn. The wind was blowing from the west at a good pace with some gusting. Time for high wind kites. Pulled out the Micron, attached it's tail & entertained the neighbors with the humming & buzzing little gem. The wind picked up a bit. Usually, where I live, the evening brings calm conditions. But wind started gusting higher causing the lines to sing & the leading edges began deforming. So out comes the B2 mid vent with a 50' x 50# line set with 11" handles. I could launch & fly around a bit but the turbulance from numerous small trees made sustained flight tough. I walked around trying to fly myself into a better spot without any real improvement. It looked like there might be a bit of a wind tunnel where the entrance road came into the campground near our site. I was lazy. I did not bother to wind up my lines to walk across a seeminly harmless stretch of taller grass carrying the kite & dragging the lines. Not too good. So I parked the kite at a good launch site & dealt with the line issue. I knew the lines should straighten out if I kept my head & did the right things. There was a good snarl of loops & knots at the twenty foot area of the line set. I staked the handles & gently teased out the snarl in no time. "Dang, I must be starting to get some of this kite knowledge I've read about!" I thought. The wind blew down the road, through an opening in the trees & out over the pristine corn field. The small flying window was about 30 x 30 so I practiced small manevers & positional hovering. The B2 mid vent is a wonderful kite. After a half hour I heard a toot of the horn signaling me to return to the campsite. Life is good. Next morning we stopped at Antique Archeology then battled the wind driving across Iowa. It would be a couple more days before there was time to fly again. SHBKF
  30. 6 points
    We're pleased to yet again announce the next prize being given away to our most appreciated supporters, the Kitelife Subscribers... For roughly 10 cents per day they play a major role in keeping KL growing in every way. B-Series VTD (package), roughly a $335 value! This package includes kite, 3 wrap and 4 wrap frames, adjustable handles, DVD, weight kit and kite sleeve! NOTE: Primary color of the kite in this drawing is PURPLE and WHITE with WHITE CENTER, on a VENTED SAIL... This is regular (factory) model, it is not a Pro by Bazzer, but will still provide excellent flying for whoever wins this. You can sign up here. Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/361, and will be drawn on February 25th, 2016! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin!
  31. 6 points

    From the album: dragonfish's pictures

    Done! ...finally... I told someone I would post up a picture of this if and when I finished it. Just got around to scanning it (makes much clearer images, no camera shake). Most of the beads are seed beads. The LE is about 3 3/4 in across and has a wire in it. It was supposed to be a pin, but I had too much trouble figuring out how to attach some wire as the vertical spars and make a pin attachment. I'll probably put a couple jump rings on the LE and safety pin it from the back.

    © dragonfish

  32. 6 points
    Hey there... Had a great break after work last week, headed home from the office & I just couldn't pass the beach without stopping. Just such a nice day, almost 60* just before sunset with winds that looked OK. Turned out the winds were dying out, and trying to figure out which way to blow, but I still got a great half hour fly before getting back to real life. The Skyburner Solus is a large kite (100" wingspan) and sometimes requires bigger inputs. Well, you can see in the video... I caught the kite & pilot in a good deal of this footage. I take these videos to learn what I'm doing wrong, but it does make for a good laugh with the flailing at times. What did I learn from it ? Universal truth... more slack ! Full screen & HD. There's music too, if you like the GD.
  33. 6 points
    Random fact: we've given away THIRTY ONE Revolution kites since 2003, yowsa!
  34. 6 points
    Hi all, just taking am moment to wish everyone a very warm hearted and wonderful holiday season... Be safe out there, treasure your real treasures, and enjoy it! This little community may be under the KiteLife banner, but you all build it with each post, each flier helped, each friend made... I'm excited and inspired nearly every day, proud of you, proud to be a part of it.
  35. 6 points
    Made this using online plans by Kyle Skopelitis. In the bag: Level One Sundowner - won here Prism Hypnotist Prism 4D Premier Vertigo - the one that got me hooked 2 HQ Bebops - recently added for the kids Various lines, stakes, and spare parts Just in time for our vacation to Cape Cod. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  36. 6 points
    Okay, we left Colorado on July 1st, heading toward Texas and the South. First, we took I 70 E. It's very flat land. All wheat and corn to the horizon. And sometimes stopped strange places. Or, stopped at yummy things. And last night, we slept at Walmart parking in Salina, KS. It was little bit tight, but we could sleep. ! And today, we run more south, got OK City around noon! Yesterday, JB announced to FB friends about our arrival, and there was a guy who wanted a Rev Lesson! That's cool! Let's Smile Together Tour 2014 TK Barresi + AMA2
  37. 6 points
    Bob, I think it's rather obvious what your next kite investment should be. A kite bag. Then you can take all of your kites and be as prepared as you can be for what ever wind conditions you encounter. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. 6 points
    Getting my iFlite vented today. Now I don't have to worry about circular winds, no winds, high winds, rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc.. None of that happens in my living room
  39. 6 points
    Conference at the local university today, so I went over to this building with a large entrance lobby to fly during a break.
  40. 6 points
    Nice, WA. I take it your new gliders arrived? Here's a late post from my Day 1 (Sat). Self-made kite from an AKA convention workshop. Glides pretty nicely indoors, not so much outdoors. This was the first time I decided to test it outside, and I may try it one more time, but at this point I think it will be an indoor only kite.
  41. 6 points
    Name: 2013 Goal Study (line bending) Category: Quad Line Date Added: 30 December 2013 - 03:14 AM Submitter: John Barresi Short Description: None Provided An uncut 3 minute session from Alberta Park in Portland OR... Flying a B-Series PRO STD w/ Diamond Frame on 30'x50# lines, I really enjoyed working a small space and bending lines around this soccer goal. View Video == NOTE: This is an embedded video from one of the video sharing web sites (i.e. YouTube) and may not be the submitter's original creation, as videos are often shared or posted (embedded) due to popularity... To see the original uploader of the video, just click the logo (i.e. YouTube) in the corner of the video while it's playing.
  42. 6 points
    We're all doing what we do, just love flying and sharing it... To each their venue, hats off and many successes in yours whatever it may be. Sheesh - mushy, mushy - go fly already.
  43. 6 points
    Just 'cause I've been having fun coining this term... I usually fly around 9"-12" out on the top leaders, depending on the amount of stretch in my top lines. What allows me to "whump" the kite is having the sail relatively flat to me on it's base setting. When I "whump", I hit all four lines and it loads the sail - flexing (curving) the leading edge, which in turn flares out the trailing edge... More obvious examples of the kite doing this are at (exact times, may want to start 5 seconds before): 0:53 - soft/medium impact, more subtle application, initiating into a straight line on the ground pass 3:08 - hard impact, again initiating forward flight mid-window, away from the camera 3:10 - " different angle, you can really see the sudden flex and speed (generally appears as an impact into the center of the kite, followed by authoritative movement) Once the kite is whumped and in motion, speed + wind sustains that pressure like a siphon. as long as you're on all four lines. Stop and the pressure slides out (kite flattens), tap it again (kite curves under tension) and you're off. Same effect as using less brake (shorter top lines), with more power on demand and less over sheeting. I'm using the same technique nearly all the time through many movements, but it's applied at length, grading power in and out to stay "at the end of the lines" in terms of tension. Over-sheeting (drives me crazy) in short, is when a pilot unconsciously releases the trailing edge (bottom lines) too much and pressure slips out the back of the kite, requiring larger inputs on your brake lines (speed, turning), over sheeting is easily identified by a distinct fluttering noise from the trailing edge... It's also visible at times in the center of the kite, around the logo, where you can see there's no pressure, it goes wrinkled or flat in full forward flight, instead of being fully curved from pressure. With more power (whump/load) and "brake", my controls are more sensitive (allows smaller inputs for same affect), smaller inputs equal less variable and easier accuracy, but I also have to be a little more dynamic physically. Totally a style thing, there is no right way to fly a kite (other than safely), but you got me excited and I had to get it out of my system - feel free to tear it apart. More KiteLife discussion on "whumping" and tuning here, including a photo of my favorite handles and leaders. Best advice I can give - taste it all (if only for a few minutes), borrow, morph and invent your own flavor. Most useful thing I ever did for my skills - (1) fly every possible kite variation (2) in as many different conditions as possible (3) as much as possible. Boy, am I whumped - sorry for the ramble!
  44. 6 points
    You people are awesome. I do feel a slight pull to the dark side. I know that it is useless to resist. I know that it is my destiny. But I'm not ready. :-) Day savers! Love the terminology. 4D and Delta Hawk here I come. Thanks so much folks.
  45. 6 points
    Good to hear the Manta is being eagerly anticipated!! (or at least anticipated ) I just thought I'd jump on here to explain the time line and what has happened between "Focus" and now. Apologies for contributing to the hijack of the thread. Someone mentioned Focus' announcement of the transition in production in 2010. Although this was true, it wasn't Into the Wind we were talking about at the time. I had the chance to move to the West Coast in mid-2010, following a great job offer. Since this was going to physically split up Focus (Hunter was and is firmly based in Wilmington, NC), we decided to look for an alternative way of building our kites. We were going to have the sails made in the USA by a third party, known for their top-notch quality, with me finishing them and QC-ing them in the Pac-NW. Our collaboration with this 3rd party was the worst, most unprofessional business relationship I have ever had the displeasure being in and it took us a full year of prototyping, missed deadlines, price negotiations & re-negotiations, and more missed deadlines by the vendor, to figure out that we couldn't make Focus work this way. So it's mid 2011 now, and we couldn't get US production started, plus we had not been able to deliver for about a year. Hunter and I decided to officially stop Focus and left it at him keeping rights to the name and logo for possible future use and me keeping the rights to the kites I designed. A couple of kite manufacturers contacted me about those designs and I choose ITW for their customer service and quality control, they WILL stand by their product. Now I only had a couple of months to change graphics and get kites production ready for early 2012 delivery. The first kites chosen by ITW were Skate, Hydra and Echo. Depending on how the Skate would do, they would consider adding the Manta for the next production year, 2013. So that, in a nutshell, is the explanation behind the 3 year hiatus. On a related note, coming full circle, I have been working on new designs and with a new partner, am working on preparing the launch of a new brand. more to come soon...
  46. 5 points
    Next project will be two kites that will mirror each other. Will use R,O,Y,(FY),(FG),G,(LB),B,V variation across the face. Gray Fade Darker in the middle with the White Mesh interspersed among the gray. This will probably go much slower than my other recent projects due to piecework on several of the strips needed to utilize some of the shorter strips in my strip box.
  47. 5 points
    I was glad for the last Karma. I hope to put the kite to great use. I enjoy flying dual string kites, and many of the kite straps included with the kites are just too plain for me. I couldn't find something I liked online, so I created my straps out of paracord. The straps you will get for this KARMA drawing are brand new never used. It took me several hours to braid them and get them ready. I made the braid loose, so they will stretch around the wrist and be comfortable. I used paracord because it is something I work with on many other projects. And... The drawing will be randomly picked on October 21st, 2016 at approximately 1900 hrs CST. I will post the winner as soon as possible. I hope you enjoy the straps... Thank you, Oscar C (Paramedic) UPDATE: Additional prizes have been added. Look at thread for additional information. UPDATE 102116: The participants for this drawing are 1 @Daougie 2 @makatakam 3 @drdemonx 4 @zachprism01 5 @Mike Klaiber 6 @RobB ******* Standard Karma Note from the Moderators This is a Karma Drawing. The winner of the drawing is expected to pay it forward by offering their own prize for the next drawing. Please do not enter unless you are willing to offer your own prize, preferably not the prize you just won. Drawings should be open for entry approximately 2 weeks, and the next drawing should be posted as soon as possible to keep the Karma rolling. These drawings are run by and for KiteLife forum members and DO NOT require a paid subscription to enter. The moderating team only ensures that your drawing post contains all of the pertinent information (drawing date/time, adequate prize description, drawing rules) before approval. If you are a KiteLife forum member from the US or Canada, you are eligible to enter. You do not have to be a paid subscriber. Members from Canada, Alaska, and Hawaii are welcome to enter the Karma drawings provided they are willing to pay half of the Karma prize shipping cost. The method and timing of the payment will be agreed upon between the two parties after the drawing for a particular prize. Here is the link to the original Rules and Guidelines thread: http://kitelife.com/forum/topic/5426-rules-and-guidelines-please-read/ The mechanism for the drawing itself is entirely at the discretion of the person offering the prize. In the past, entry number has been determined either by order of entry or by the post number in which the member declares entry into the drawing. The drawings have been performed using the RNG method (http://www.random.org/sequences/) or by choosing the numbers out of a hat (I believe an adorable daughter did the picking in that scenario). The only requirement is that the method of selection is clearly spelled out in the drawing post. Entry into the drawings is done by STARTING a post in the drawing thread with the entry phrase chosen by the drawing host (Traditionally "I'm in", but "I LIKE" has been used as well). In order to remove any confusion or misinterpretation, only entries with posts that START with the phrase will be considered. As with all other KiteLife drawings, bantering is encouraged. This is for fun after all.
  48. 5 points
    Kiting seems to be a lesson in patience... too much wind, too little wind, wrong direction wind, etc. Once in a while, you're in the right place at the right time. This day I was in the right place, just a half hour late. I would've been flying an UL kite if I had known the wind was going away as the sunset, but I tried to make the most of it, and ended up having a good time anyway... *edit... I had to re-upload that one. Sorry, I should've watched it before posting it here. Fuzzy-View fixed...
  49. 5 points
    After a full 3 hour session of zero wind, I gave my SUL a thorough go. We flew my Indoor Rev (on 20 feet), my modified SUL (on 30 feet), my buddies SUL (on 50 feet I think) and my other buddies Zen (on 50 feet). Some Plutz gliders and a Vented iFlight. The mods to my SUL were a significant improvement to me and suited the way I like to fly. Quick response to inputs using 15" handles, was a little slower compared with 13"s. And a killer glide! Flat, effortless and just poetic to watch. The glide I can attribute directly to the magic sticks as the kite wasn't under load and they have never been that impressive before. I'm sure the new Diamond rods helped too. Wow they just eat up the low low wind conditions. Flight was sharp and somewhat zippy considering there wasn't any wind. I much prefer the 15" handles to the 13"s. Still used my usual "Rob, this is too much" brake! Might have to source a set of 17"s as I reckon they would be so sweet. Spent more time on the Indoor and SUL than the Zen. Once I put the Zen on longer handles (15") it was much less of a truck, more of a Cadilac. I just couldn't gel with the Zen. It felt like a lot of work for the return I got. First time flying one though. That's a kite I'll have to revisit another time. All in all, I'm really happy with my modded SUL. I realise that Sticks and the French mightn't be for everybody but it's working for me so far. Can't wait for a decent breeze to test out the Sticks on my B2! Stay tuned. (Note: Original post from the Rev forum but I've added some more details to this one.)
  50. 5 points
    Some secrets of control to investigate,.... MORE down tuning for very high wind. You don't need any energy to fly, the darn thing zooms away almost instantly, all by itself. So take all the forward thrust away. Instead of preaching about "get the sail square to the wind" (low wind), you actually want the sail angled away, so far that the air pressure almost always bleeds off of the leading edge, unless you consciously move your hands and feet to make it go forward. Another thing you can do is wrap some mylar ribbon thru/into your bridle legs (to disrupt that too smooth excessive airflow). Turbulence, drag, bleeding off angles, thicker lines (try 140 or 150#), longer line sets (drag a set of 150' lines and see how that impacts your flight!), go to a heavier frame, even "wetting" the sail with water (Lam's trick) to add weight (this works only with nylon sail construction). Go to shorter handles, no shorter than you'd normally use. With the french bridle, I'd remove the 2 "restrictor legs" so the frame/bridle wiggle/slop relationship is back. Flying in high wind is just like anything else, with more experience you'll have the right tools and experience to make it enjoyable. Nobody will be watching you, but you're still in the zone. Totally out-of-control wind? (when the porta-poties blow over & the coast guard won't leave harbor) Time for a stack of mini-revs!
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