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  1. 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. 🙏
  2. 4 points
    I think the difference as I feel it is that Rev wants you to keep using their product, that’s the end game of Club 38... Honestly, I know that most fliers end up with multiple brand in their bags eventually, my end game is the experience and fortification of the end user regardless of what they’re flying. Its a natural difference though - I’m 24/7 kite from business to family, friends to romance, sport and hobby, it’s all-encompassing for me so my focus is the community at large... The folks at Rev just aren’t “day in day out” fliers, they don’t fly regularly and their depth of terminology / skill reflects that - compounded by the fact they haven’t endevoured to go out and learn what their buyers know. I think partly for that reason, their focus is now on the entry / intermediate level, and they’re very good at it. 👍🏻 But, you also won’t find many (if any) of the world’s true known “quad aces” flying a currently made Rev product - it will be some other brand, probably made by someone who spends the time to know why differences are important. All that being said - I’m with Riff, it’s all good, whatever gets you there... The more you know, the more perspectives, the more styles and tastes you can sink your teeth into, the more you’ll know who YOU are as a flier irrespective of everything else. ✊ All IMHO, only worth the wind it blows on. ✌️
  3. 4 points
    According to the Meters, this is Topic #8000.. Thanks @John Barresi for the excellent resouce.
  4. 4 points
    Drawing on Wednesday April 24. This is a house cleaning of sorts. At very least this Karma will include 2 Wacky Worms, an ITB Red/White/Blue SLK, and padded grab handles. There may be more if I’m afforded the time to dig through my bags. Some rules and guidelines: Don’t play unless you’re willing to put up a prize and ship it to whoever wins. Shipping is paid by the original poster, the winner pays nothing. Be prepared to ship your prize anywhere in the lower 48 US States. Sorry, but due to shipping costs, we really have to limit this to the lower 48 US States. RULE CHANGE (7/31/2014): 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. You can choose the length of the giveaway, but keep it between 1 and 2 weeks. Try to ship the prize promptly. You should be able to ship it within a week, but if you can’t, PM the winner and let them know. Sometimes life gets in the way! This whole thing works on the honor system so if there are any problems shipping or receiving a prize, it needs to be worked out between the two parties. Don’t forget…Karma! This isn’t a competition, but feel free to be generous! If you can only put up a hat, or a tail for a stunt kite, great! If you have something in your kite bag that you never fly and would be willing to ship, that’s great too. Either way, the people that join to win it will appreciate it. When you receive your prize, post a thank you to the thread where you won it.  The thread will be locked after that point so the new **KARMA** stays above it. Good luck, and have fun! 
  5. 4 points
    on 90 foot lines.. winds 10-15.. Love the balance of this kite.
  6. 4 points
    New Karma!!! New Karma!!! The wait is over. Thanks again @jeepinjeepin for waiting out the cold winter lull..
  7. 4 points
    Hello fellow kite enthusiasts! My name is Jon, and I'm relatively new to the kite scene. 34 years old and in the PNW. Looking forward to learning from you all and hopefully making some new friends! Don't hesitate to drop me a line.
  8. 3 points
    I'm in! Oh wait, that's not how this one works 🤔. I'm still glad to know I'm automatically entered in these drawings. For me just the anticipation of winning has been worth the yearly subscription. Last month was my first drawing... I'll try to be more patient this time around 😂
  9. 3 points
    Maiden Flight at Wright.. This kite is ready for its new owner.
  10. 3 points
    Ok, managed to get through my morning work faster than expected. Lucky winner time: One brand new Kaiju is going home with subscriber number 1360, big congrats to @flyalto! Thanks to all for your amazing support, stay tuned for a new prize very soon. 🙏
  11. 3 points
    Took the day off except to attach the leading edge. It may not be a kite quite yet but it has the matching bag already.
  12. 3 points
    I spent hours watching some really great fliers "click" with their routines.. That Wow factor truly is a matter of the flying emphasizing the musical phrasing. Addressing the mood of the song with the style of flying and then adding accent points where appropriate to literally punctuate the performance. Paul uses soundtrack styles of music a lot which have natural builds and lulls which he takes advantage of every time. Take the analytical approach to this. Looks at the performances you want to emulate and what you remember from those performances. I call them pop points. What was going on with the kite at the time? What was the music doing? What particular point of timing, performance or trick made this stick in your mind? Paul's "Back to the Future" routine from a few years back had him doing a catch on 80+ ft lines. He'd tug the kite just before a certain point in his music and it would seem to take forever diving out of the sky into his waiting hand. The times I saw him do it, the catch was the crescendo and everything leading to that point in the music was just building to that catch. The timing of the catch was everything. Watching John Barresi's looney tunes performance, the animation of the kite literally carries you back to the cartoon that sparked the performance. The kite becomes everything from Bugs Bunny's ears slapping Elmer Fudd's head to a chasing gait to even the flowers blooming after the hair tonic was applied. It all fits. John's "I'm the Man" demo for the Djinn had a pop point for me as well. The diamond bicycle. The smoothness of that particular sequence within the video highlighted the entire sequence. Watching Chris Shultz's Mirage stack performance is mesmerizing. The kites have a life of their own with a banter and playfulness that literally demands you watch. It's one of those moments where you forget you are recording and end up recording the ground or the sky while you just watch. These are pop points for me. What do they all have in common? The motions of the kite whether difficult or easy, clicked with the music and the overall performance to create a memorable moment. It doesn't have to be an axel or flic flac. It can literally be a stop or sudden change of direction or speed. Now when I'm listening to music I use for my demos, I find those accent points I want to emphasize and practice whatever move I want to do there around that point. Where do I need to be in the sky? What aspect does the kite need to have at that time. The pop points don't have to be difficult at all. One pop point I use in a song is an unexpected double cymbal hit. I time my approach loading the sail and flying slowly across the window (forwards) using each beat of the song to load the sail a bit more. On the double cymbal hit, I quickly accelerate the kite with each hit releasing the energy I've loaded up into the sail. It's not a hard move to do but when you see it timed with the music (and when I get it right) it just pops. You listen to the song later and the cymbal hits you never noticed before will stand out to you. Bottom line is, Yes, there is technicality involved but those pop points are what makes a performance memorable. Placing them at strategic parts of your sequence will maintain audience attention and get you on the right track. As you start stringing these pop points together with cohesion and continuity, your performance will leap ahead with the impact you are looking for. Personally, everything between the pop points, I fill with soul flying. I think Paul does some of the same approach. I'm under the impression John visualizes a grid in the sky and approaches it methodically with short sub-routines and transitions between them.
  13. 3 points
    Panels fully basted and ready to be merged in the middle and sized to final dimensions. Merging the middle is the last step before sewing.
  14. 3 points
    Ha is that even possible when it comes to kites? Already won a fantastic prize and think I really need this too. Won't feel guilty either. Well maybe a wee bit remembering how rotten it makes you feel Wayne 😞. NAWWW 😁!!!. I'll let you pet it though.
  15. 3 points
    Keep us posted on your progress. ask a lot of questions! There are a lot of beginner level videos on this site that are really helpful. I am not an expert by any means... I will say the first thing that helped me A LOT is lengthening the top leaders if you are getting the Revolution stock leaders. The best $6 bucks I have spent, got them off this site. Good luck and have fun
  16. 3 points
    Love foils and lots of people start there. Find a flyer nearby and you will progress really quickly with a little help. Lots of smiles when I pull a foil out and fly with my grandkids. Nice thing is they crash and go 99% of the time. Breaking kites is a right of passage and held in great esteem by peers, especially if on film! Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
  17. 2 points
    in action if you want to see😁
  18. 2 points
    a few have mastered the technique of 2@once but Steve has 10 thousand more hours than anyone else,... and it shows!
  19. 2 points
    I've met Lolly and David and flown with them at kite festivals. I've met and flown with JB. Club 38 is fine for beginners and anyone else who wants to partake. I have no issues with anyone who joins. I have issues with how it was planned and executed at the early stages, probably before you were flying Revs. I have no issues with the people, the kites or the company, just with how things were done and how some folks were treated. As I mentioned there's some history that you may not be aware of, that if you read every thread on this forum you will become aware of. There's bruised feelings and then some on both sides, so sometimes newcomers can say things that irritate old wounds without even knowing it. Club 38 is a touchy subject for a lot of people for various reasons. My experience with it was not the best, but I won't get into the reasons. I have 14 various Revolution kites, and no competing brand of quad kite, and don't have any reason to acquire any, including the Djinn, unfortunately. I am thinking about getting a Djinn bridle or two to try on my Revs. Welcome to the forum. I look forward to flying with you someday.
  20. 2 points
    Stacked my two Synergy Deca Zero Winds. I really liked their floaty behavior.
  21. 2 points
    Hello, I am new to quad kites. I was first introduced to quads when I worked with Riffclown and he allowed me to crash his kite on a hill side. I recently bought - Red/White/Blue Vertigo Standard Quad Line Kite 7930 RWB Frielien 90-lb Quadline Set with Quad Handles 1670 from www.intothewind.com. I went for my first test flight yesterday and failed miserably. I spent more time untangling lines and setting the kite up for launch than I did flying it. Riffclown suggested I get some 35' lines to learn and then move to the 85' that I bought. I would like to make some lines, does anyone know of a shop in Saint Louis MO that sells quality line? What line would you suggest, LPG or Skybond? Is there anyone in the Saint Louis MO / Collinsville / Edwardsville area, that would like to connect and fly together, or rather watch me crash and tell me what I am doing wrong. Thanks stickerbush1970
  22. 2 points
    pattern reveal. Ceiling Cam. Video 150% speed.
  23. 2 points
    Had some breeze today so took it out for a spin or two. I really like the way this kite feels. The center vents make the overall feel of the sail more like a full sail balance but still the venting of a midvent.
  24. 2 points
    Maybe this is morphing into a slightly different question (although if it ends up with "you don't need a new kite", I'm going to be pissed!). So if I'm flying in wind like the other day where it's 2 minutes at 18 mph, then 2 minutes at 7 mph, over and over again, which frame should I have in the full vent? I was using the 4-wrap and struggling through the low wind points. I'm a bit nervous about using the 2-wrap in that case, but should I be?
  25. 2 points
  26. 2 points
    From a few weeks ago...
  27. 2 points
    IMO, they are pretty much interchangeable. The difference seems to come into play when you start talking about P3T which is a tapered spar.. Not sure.. the polymax has some cool reflective properties but the refractive quality is not so much. The is the same material as Indigo Sunrise, Winter Jacket and others I've made with the word Midnight in the name. Hopefully first flying video will answer your question for both of us.
  28. 2 points
    Join us for two full days of quad instruction with 31-time US champion John Barresi in Long Beach WA on June 15-16, 2019... This is the workshop for folks who want to build up their solo skills and the very basics of team flying! We'll be covering everything from absolute basics (pure beginner) all the way up through advanced techniques and team flying, as well as providing short flight routines that are sure to help your skills along while having fun at the same time. Saturday morning is always a group presentation, full 101 on the ins and outs of Rev equipment and related theory, this covers a metric ton of stuff that even the "pros" think they know, but don't... From there, we usually go through the fundamentals of clean launching, landing and control methods... Students then break up onto their own kites to work on the "homework" (maneuver combinations) that I'll distribute beforehand, during which instructor(s) will make the rounds between each flier, offering supporting instruction, as well as addressing individual interests. Sunday is the same without a 101 presentation, followed by a couple hours (or more) of team skills introduction to close out the day. Students will use their own kites, any line length will work (80'-90' is very common) but 120' length will be required for team exercises. Must be spectra or Skybond lines for team flying. Testimonials - http://tinyurl.com/jb-testimonials Registration is $150 per person and includes full access to the clinic on both days (10a-4p), discounted to $125 for KiteLife subscribers... Clinic sign up here - https://kitelife.com/forum/store/product/97-quad-line-clinic-june-15-16-2019/ == Please note, there are only 12 spots available and we expect them to fill up very quickly. If you need any equipment prior to the event, we encourage you to check out our long time NW supporter The Kite Shoppe for a full variety of Rev kites and parts. Signed up so far: @Russ Wilson Jennilyn W Dominic W @Gordon Sievers @Jim Doman @DTill @Ken Slavick
  29. 2 points
    North East Corner Of Illinois Near O'hare Airport -- Sorry, the devil made me do it. Took me a while to figure out PNW. I guess I'm not the sharpest tack in the box.
  30. 2 points
    Lines can get a bit sticky, wet sails next to each other not good either (colour bleed). Enjoy😎
  31. 2 points
    And then you met me !
  32. 2 points
    Is it a reflex? Probably 65 foot lines which are a bit harder to learn on, IE... handle input gets to kite faster...compared to longer lines. Slow, small, inputs.
  33. 1 point
    I made a patchwork quilt with my wife (then fiance) decades ago, so I know the work involved for sewing that kind of monster. Hours and hours assembling everything. I'll willingly sew my own kite bag, and I've sewn a few modifications to my own sails, but so far the temptation to sew an entire sail (along with buying all the requisite fabrics and tapes) hasn't been enough to make the leap. Maybe someday. I've got a few patterns like an Archimedes Screw kite design bookmarked, but I'm not quite ready yet. I love seeing your creations.
  34. 1 point
    Have you seen Rob? He has no hair from pulling it out learning from his mistakes [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] I own one of his early diamonds and recommend trying his approach if your going to make one. Otherwise grab one you see! Love you Rob [emoji173]️[emoji41]
  35. 1 point
    Starting a commissioned sail with Purple, Royal Blue and Fluorescent Green. LE, Edge binding, etc will be Black. Initial Strips are cut and basting is underway. More Soon.
  36. 1 point
    Can you clarify or expand on what that means? (I'm new. Thanks!)
  37. 1 point
    I like the dark one.
  38. 1 point
    That is a lot of fabric! I have a "maxi" size kite "ball" at 14' in diameter and I use 1200lb line. (I've snapped 500lb) You will need a very large lifter for that. I don't think there are current sellers for that size. It would be easy to build just requires a lot of material. The ball I have took 100+ yards. I would also recommend looking at some Peter Lynn style kites. The octopus can fly without a pilot.
  39. 1 point
    Also, a kite can be weighted anywhere along the spine to change stability and other performance features.
  40. 1 point
    Brand new to all this kite mullarky. Been on my own in fields and parks all my life and now at the grand old age of fifty wanted to take a couple of steps further up the participation ladder. but hit a massive brick wall of ignorance. I have gone to hundreds of kite festivals in europe and the UK, took along one of my kites too play with, single line small stuff, the odd lifter and a bag of laundry and so forth, no inflatables. And just set up on the beach or grass at the festival and just flew my kites along with everyone else, had a great day and left. I have standard kite club insurance and public liability stuff and just generally enjoyed myself had a great day out with the wife kids and went home. I recently mentioned on line, ( not a great fan of face book) that i was going to go to the Staint Annes kite festival in the UK this weekend, I was then greeted with Adolf Hitlers kite grandson and the fact i had not "registered" and that the registraion is closed and your not allowed to fly without papers, he then goes off about Risk andMethod statements, "display insurance" which i dont have apparently. and a shed load of other stuff. so questions; 1, do you need to register at a kite festival? 2, who do you call to register and when and how? 3, if i brought a maxi inflatable kite, does that mean i have to get display insurance or commercial insurances? 4, land anchor points are supposed to have a design so you know there safe working loads????????????????????? has anyone ever done this?? 5, what happened to the days of you could just turn up and join in? 6, say all this BS is true, whats stopping me walking up the beach 500 metres and just flying my kites as a public person in a public space?
  41. 1 point
    @John Barresi Thanks for the suggestion. Literally an ideal spot for anything onshore winds.
  42. 1 point


    • FOR SALE
    • NEW

    For sale: Organic.108 UL Basically new This is a slightly bigger version of the Organic from Christian Déréfat. The Organic is a very radical kite, but this bigger version (245cm) is more gentle. In flight, all tricks are there. Nice kite on long lines or short IMHO. Both are great for taz and cynique based tricks. Weight is light at about 240 grams Icarex colour is grape which is obsolete UL:- Leading edge P90 and P1x (the best UL stick I think) and 3pt Lower spreaders Built by Krijn The build quality is excellent. Kite is still in very good shape. Used some nice shades of purple (not available anymore). £199 each plus shipping. Only selling as I have too many kites :cool:


  43. 1 point

    This advert is COMPLETED!

    • FOR SALE
    • USED

    Test - not a test. All black B pro Xtravent for sale. Condition 7 of 10. Had plenty of use, but not used in last 2 years. 4 wrap frame with it if you need one, but makes shipping harder. Looking for $200 + shipping with frame, $150 without it and I'll eat the shipping. Thanks for looking! Test - not a test.


    Clackamas, Oregon - US

  44. 1 point
    stacks of kites (during travel w/Friends!) are placed behind the sofa in assembled bags, ready to use. We just pull the sofa out away from the wall sufficient that everything like that fits there. Eventually you'll have this kiting crap all over deep and around your residence, ... just sayin'!
  45. 1 point
    I'm In. I haven't participated in a Karma in a while.
  46. 1 point
    @Scooter I don't think anything prevents you from entering.
  47. 1 point
    No repairs or tears. In very good shape. $500 for the 10 or will sell 2 separate 5 stacks for $250 each.
  48. 1 point
    I am a newbie to, tto kites. i have just transfered from shop brought cheap kites to decent but not top quality kites. The jump in costs is considerable. i can buy a 8m puss from china for £30 delivered and ready to go, i also cant buy the material to make it and then add time to sew it plus delivery and handling. I can also buy a 8m2 lifter kite from new zealand for £300 plus postage, real kites i have found cost real money and will last a real long time. my cheap chinese kite for a few pounds will only last a few flys. I brought a roko kite last year, cheap as chips to buy, after the second flight i was sewing seams back together, after the fourth flight i am now the proud owner of a roko wall hanging ordiment as it would never fly again, the seams were to thin and pulled apart, the material is a tough as wet tissue paper and the rods are made from black painted bamboo thats just as nasty as can be, even though the chinese translation of cheap nasty black painted bamboo is " carbon fibre"??????????? who knew?? With making kites, theres only two real reasons to both as its cheaper to pay and buy them. 1, you want your kite, made by you, for you,, designed by you and its a one off never to be made by anyone else, no matter what the costs and when we do it at home belive me its not going to be cheap, but its going to have that quailty level you have set your self and those design features you thing a kite should have,andbecaause of that it is going to be perfectly priced. all of the hand made kite i have ever seen are beautiful one off's that could never be made in a mass prroduced factory 2, the only other reason is to make a kite to sell it to someone else
  49. 1 point
    Sorry to burst your bubble but crashing and NOT breaking a framed kite really is a skill. When first starting I'd throw 1 or both lines away moving forward. Now just before crashing I can lessen the impact a lot by turning or flaring a kite.Although at times pretty ego bruising you have to learn to laugh at making the same mistake over and over. All the sudden click there it is. Some things quicker than others and it's different for everyone.There's a trick called the Cascade. Year into it I still struggle and most times don't look to good. Some days are better than others. When first learning at times I would wrap a line from the roll up around the wing. Thinking I had a single tip wrap(Insane) I would yank the kite opposite way of spin to exit. That breaks the lower spreader.Broke 5 or 6 LS on different kites before I could see what I was doing wrong.Even after that I broke another. Got a high end vented kite that doesn't skip a beat till winds start going well over 30 mph.Had some really hard crashes in the upper wind range and never broke it. Couple weeks ago winds were around 20 mph. Feeling the groove I was doing tricks from the edge to center trying to get the moxy to trick at center. Just off center before full power tried the Cascade. CRACK!! Been months but danged if I didn't make that same mistake again.Had a spare spreader so kite wasn't grounded. Pretty ego bruising and I don't think I've laughed about it AT ALL!!!! Doesn't look like you'll have any good winds for your foil until Wednesday. When winds are hitting 12/13 make SURE you have the kite weighted down before you walk back to launch. Kite could self launch and some of the resulting scenarios are not good at all.
  50. 1 point
    Hard to believe someone has won three times....twice in one year even, just sayin it's possible, SHBKF Peter Powell three pack Sky Dog 2.6 power foil Sky Dog Jammin
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