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  1. 3 points
    Born and raised there, sadly needed to move back in 2015. There is plenty of wind, especially if you are willing to drive 30-60 minutes. Consider many people make a multi-hour trek to beaches, you could drive a quarter of the way to Wendover and stop anywhere along the highway for similar winds with a shortish drive. There are parks with good winds, and plenty of places with turbulent winds. I had a favorite spot near my home, the terraced soccer fields behind the Olympic skating oval, that often had something moving. Various parks have wind funnels you can find, and urban flying works (in the summer) as buildings make their own winds. If you can take a drive there are canyon winds, mountain ridges in the summer especially by ski resorts, and the desert dunes, both public land and rec areas like the Little Sahara. There are places with regular reliable winds, like beaches on Antelope Island. Both the desert and the island often have amazing wind, and for many people it's a shorter drive than other people's beaches. You are right that the full vent won't leave your bag as often, but often in April and May there will be days you want it, or even wish for an XV or HV kite. Most days I used a full sail or mid vent. The more venting the less you will fly it, but eventually you will be standing in 40 MPH gusts either having a blast or wishing for the hardcore vent kite. That kite may only leave the bag twice a year, but when you need it, you really need it. I've made a trips out to Antelope Island when the wind forecast is good, and it often is smooth from blowing east across 30 miles of water plus a hundred miles of salt flats before that. It is a bit cold this time of year, but bundle up and you can make a day of it after checking the forecast.
  2. 2 points
    The rise of iQuad... And the last day... Sorry for the off topic, but you brought it up.
  3. 2 points
    Antelope Island was Team iQuad's final performance location, if I remember correctly. There was a small kite event with the annual roundup events some years. I don't know if that still gets organized. It is cold in the winter, but the beach is survivable. I remember one winter I was out there with my family, all of us bundled in the cold, when a van came out to the nearly empty beach, and photographers set up for a bikini clad woman and some photos against the water and sand. She jumped from the van, ran out for the shot, and ran back. I figure the cold of winter is one way to get an empty beach. 🤔
  4. 1 point
    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. Djinn VT from Kite Forge, $395 value, in PURPLE FADE! == Full info - https://kiteforge.com/djinn More videos - https://kiteforge.com/videos/ This package includes a Purple Fade VT (FULL VENT) sail, Mystic 18 frame and a kite sleeve! NOTE: This is exactly the same Djinn VT configuration that I fly myself - no special mods needed, it's already a boss right out of the bag... We should be able to ship from existing inventory when a winner is drawn, worst case will be 2-4 weeks for restock (depending on color choice). You can sign up here. Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/409, and will be drawn on Jan 25th, 2020! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin!
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    And I am glad he did!! Thanks for sharing the videos!!!
  6. 1 point
    You're going to have a stack done in no time!
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    Orange Panels are sewn..
  9. 1 point
    The best comparison would be to say that comparing a Rev to a Fulcrum is like comparing an apple to a lemon. If you put some lemon juice on the apple it won't turn brown and rot -- whatever that means. Apples are better with a bit of lemon applied?
  10. 1 point
    Hey Dominik, you made me chuckle, but in a good way. I have heard of apples to oranges comparisons, but never apples to pears!! What I'd really like is one of both, but that's not happening. HAPPY NEW YEAR Lon
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    Does it also happen when going counterclockwise? If so it's just your mind not wrapping itself around being inverted yet, assuming your lines are equalized and everything about the kite and bridle is symmetrical. If everything with the kite and lines is good, just give it a bit of time. It will just "click" by itself. Practice inverted hovers and doing figure eights as sloooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwllllllllllly as possible, especially vertically, and slow circles and tip circles/pivots in both directions. That should help. Add more brake to slow the jumpiness of the kite down to a manageable level.
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    @Lon Honestly, unless the money is burning a hole in your pocket, you have pretty much what you need to learn. I'd make sure you had good lines and handles and wait until you've had the chance to fly other options before grabbing something else.. Literally ask yourself what are YOU looking for that you don't have covered by your current set.
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    Addict Kite Magazine has a cool interview(11/18/2019) with JB about the Djinn. My Flexifoil Psycho was made in Poland. To bad they're out of production. Kites a blast.
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