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  1. I finally got a chance to watch your video all the way through. Looked like a nice flying session, and a great location. I think the high point of what I saw was around the 7 minute mark, you flew straight down and did a snap stall to the left, then again to the right. That looked really good. That move can easily be made into an impressive landing, or while the kite is stalled, it's a perfect spot for an axel. The move at the end looked like a turtle, I couldn't see the kite, but your input looked like the input for a turtle. That was my first trick... fly up while pulling on both lines,
    5 points
  2. The calm before the storm... well, not too calm, the winds were 10-15mph, but they were clean off of the water. My daughter, Bailey (7 years old), wanted to come out and fly her new Butterfly kite. The kids aren't as interested in kites as I am, so I always jump at the chance to fly with them. The Butterfly is made by X-Kites, and is better made than most kid's kites. It did fly well, right out of the box. It's amazing how cold a 70 degree day feels after weeks of hazy, hot & humid 90 degree days. Yay ! Sweatshirt weather ! Bailey also took a turn wrangling t
    5 points
  3. HS... congratulations on your Virtual Freestyle entry. When I first started with VF, my first two entries to VF were rejected... one had too much OOF (out of frame) and the other was just not up to acceptable standards at the time. Congrats on winning a prize, too ! I'm never there to win it, I think it's just fun to stand & fly on the same (virtual) field with the best pilots in the world.
    4 points
  4. Good stuff ! I really like to see someone who has the bug, and is so enthusiastic about learning dual line flying. I get that... been there, for many years. The Fade at the end of the last video stuck with me. That was nice. I like to see how long I can hold a fade, which can seem like a boring exercise, but it really helps to get the 'feel' of the kite. The gentle inputs that a fade teaches you translate directly to the types of inputs need to hold a stall or a slide. 1/2 axels ? It took me forever to learn them, and I still don't know if I do them right. I do a fast snap stall inp
    4 points
  5. OK... day 2. I gotta say, I am totally exhausted. Something about walking around in the sand in the rain all day, I guess. Well, not rain all day, but as the forecast read, it rained 60% of the time. Didn't care, I was there to fly, and even at times when my kite was the only one in the air. But a really good time... it was good to see these faces that I only see once a year, and all the friendly residents of Long Beach Island. They're something else, so welcoming and friendly, just like kite folks. When I woke up, this is what I saw out of my window... these were taken from my ba
    4 points
  6. Try a punch turn to quickly change direction 180*. I think I may do a combo turn, but it's more punch heavy. Punch, step forward (lunge), and use the other hand for steering input into the landing. It's all very fast and difficult to dissect. But I think that's how I do that one. When a light kite is stuck on it's back, try pushing forward on both lines, then pull it back out of the turtle. I remember that bugging me about the Shadow, too. The Fade is easier in lighter wind, and more dangerous to the kite in higher winds. If you lose the Fade in higher winds with the nose point
    4 points
  7. Just forget about that 'Sleeping Beauty' launch... don't break your kite. What's the point ? Fade launch is OK, though. I hear you about wanting to concentrate on learning to fly dual lines, but you've got the rest of your life to learn duallies. You'll need at least that long ! The great thing about four lines is that they're easy to learn, and the learning curve is fast. If I'm on a crowded beach, I choose to fly a quad line because of the confidence the kite gives me. I've been trying to learn how to fly dual lines for ~15 years, but still won't fly them in a place where there are a bunch o
    4 points
  8. Work on the stationary stall, snap stall... then axel to a stall. A side slide is a stall that moves.... sideways. I frequently practice dual line 'hovering', see how long I can make the dual line kite look like a Rev.
    4 points
  9. The second log dump Session list: Breakthroughs of destruction Low/zero wind session with the 4D in a new park Doing basics and ground work with the Shadow The day of the good looking axles - a surprising light wind success First time with the Hydra and (experimental) flying without intention Conclusions can be found last in this comment/log dump ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤ Breakthroughs of destruction Mon Sep 12 12:54:25 CEST 2016 GB forecasted 3-2 Maestro 3, Elixir, Tramontana - all on 20m 40 kg lines Wind was
    3 points
  10. Second Week... this time it was my son's turn to spend some time on the beach with Dad... Mick is 8.5 years old, and he said (after watching a KL video) that he wanted to learn to fly like that. He's held the quad handles before, but this was his first solo flight. Oh, my poor MV ! No idea what abuse it's about to endure ! Working on his control with some ground passes... also learning the wind window. He got some inverted hover practice in, the biggest challenge is learning to keep those hands in front, in control, at this point... Another launch... too
    3 points
  11. Here's an image I tried to take of all the Revs. Sort of a kite tunnel. Spent some time assembling them & then trying to stage the picture. I then stood on the stairway trying to get the angle right. The Rev collection has grown a bit since then. I need to do a new group image. Last Christmas I decided to shoot an image with the tree. This may become a tradition. SHBKF
    3 points
  12. Fun. Try shifting your point of focus while flying, just as an experiment... Instead of "flying the kite", consider the idea of "flying the center panel". This mental shift gradually moves your point of control inside the engine of the kite part of the time, and has a tendency to both make your inputs more efficient and cause the kite to fly straighter when doing straight lines.
    3 points
  13. It is interesting to read about revisiting kites with the memories that go along with them. On my way home in the evening yesterday I stopped to fly at an abandoned soft ball field. It's not a great place to fly but when the wind is out of the west it is at least possible. So I opened the trunk, pulled out my original Zephyr & gave it a go. Wind was the usual choppy gusty variable mix of three to eighteen measured just above my head. Did I make progress toward advanced flying? Not hardly. But I did enjoy myself & remembered my early flights with that very kite in many different
    3 points
  14. Great music to accompany great flying. Loved it. Can't remember the last time I actually sat through an 8+ minute Youtube vid! Frank
    3 points
  15. Estimated crowd of 30,000 over 2 days at KOLM last September, packed like sardines! The crowd is what makes the show, they are the inspiration and the end product. Congrats on you debut -- good show.
    3 points
  16. Some video ? Yes, I had the GoPro, but unfortunately didn't have enough battery for the xtra low wind flying over the water at the end. I was so disappointed when I downloaded it, that was the best part of the day. The rest of these clips are just pretty much me struggling to keep the kites flying in the dying wind. If you skip to the last minute (or can stand to watch it that far), you'll be able to see how narrow this little spit of land is. It would be pretty easy to accidentally back up into the water while flying !
    3 points
  17. You have inspired, guided, helped & encouraged me many times. Thank you, SHBKF
    3 points
  18. Who needs a man cave, when you have a kite dungeon
    3 points
  19. Some insight only. Flying such a thing myself? - No way José! I prefer to have both my feet on the ground (and don't really like, putting it mildly, any form of roller coasters e.t.c. that my daughters would find at least acceptable). The truly adventurous genes must have skipped one generation. Did try small jumps with a hanglider though a long time ago and permanently decided that it was not for me. Although the feeling (even from these much limited attempts) was out of the ordinary, the risks can never make it worth for me (and it seems to come with large investments and to be much time con
    2 points
  20. Been flying for over 20 years and never owned a meter. Got mine with me at all times - my neck hair!!
    2 points
  21. The Alien was my high wind kite, although my high winds weren't very high to start with. But the smaller size, it added up to less pull and that was OK by me. My problem was the LE launch away from the center of the window - the kites odd shape seemed to hold it down instead of helping it up. Otherwise it was fun to fly.
    2 points
  22. Ah, here's the thing about the Alien. I used to think it was a 'high wind' kite until I had a lower spreader break (mid air) in high winds. I went back to the field card, and as it turns out, Prism rates it to only 20mph. OOoops... I was flying in winds gusting higher than that, so it was my bad. I always get to feeling that I don't give the Alien enough chance, and take it out after a couple years of basement exile, and give it another chance. I haven't been impressed by it yet, other than for comic & visual flying value. I still have to try it in lower winds with shorter lines before I m
    2 points
  23. This festival would've been even bigger if the weather had cooperated. Most of the shots of the dual and quad line flying were in between the raindrops, and if I had looked back to the North, where the big SLKs were flying in the morning, there were only a handful still flying. The sport kite crew was a heartier bunch, and the skill level was over the top. They all still make me feel like the newbie, but in reality, I am. Most of these faces are the same ones that I remember when I walked onto my first kite festival field over 10 years ago. I only see these people once or twice a year, but it
    2 points
  24. I have(/had) two ways in which I will (or will continue to) attempt to address this: 1. Almost do a belly landing. Let the kite spin horisontally 180 deg and then pull slightly to get the nose pointing upwards and then let the kite settle. The silly thing is that I can do a 540 deg horisontal spin(rotation?) quite close to the ground in a reasonably reliable way, but not a predictable 180 deg one (the 180 deg is instead a failure mode of the 540 deg). 2. Attempt a snappy partial turtle and then pull to drive the kite into the ground backwards. Try from horisontal flight, 45 deg from
    2 points
  25. I guess that the things I mostly happen to start practicing more on are those things that kind of worked out to some extent (or at least some part thereof) initially. It can also start out as something you wanted to be able to do or as an observation from some other trick that failed. The ground is constantly there as an invitation for "moves" and variations and is therefore a part of flying. I don't intentionally aim for the ground tricks as the main thing when going to the field (wait, that could be an idea for a themed training session - and would possibly work well with very short lin
    2 points
  26. Whoops yeah I could have been clearer there (shouldn't do so much posting from my phone!) I was mostly refering to your interest in ground contact tricks! I feel like you must have taken the fear I feel of hitting the ground and turned it into some sort of exhilaration
    2 points
  27. Pretty sure the candle will be enough. Resins may degrade the line over time. The wax just makes the line a bit "grippier" !
    2 points
  28. BTW... all of the kids are training on multi-line kites. I can't wait to see them all solo. Can't wait to sit back in my chair and watch them all fly together. All in good time...
    2 points
  29. Flight logs from 20th of August to 3rd of September Conclusions can be found last in this comment/log dump ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤ Sat Aug 20 12:58:56 CEST 2016 GB forecasted 2 (5) Tramontana on 25m 38 kg lines Try to further improve the two point landing. I didn't like the sideways movement the kite did when turning the kite from nose down to nose up. I want to be able to land at the spot where the nose is initially pointing when the kite is approaching the ground. Reduce snags by taping/gluing the Dacron (?) corners close to the wing tips. What gl
    2 points
  30. Don't worry too much about the I2K, it's a tough kite. It has a lot of built in tension when properly assembled, and I think that adds to it's strength. The leading edges should be curved when you have the proper amount of tension on the tips. I hope you have the Spoilerz for it, they make the kite fly comfortably in winds that you would normally need a vented kite for. I don't know if the Prism site has the documentation available for the I2K still, so I attached the field cards below... http://ferob.com/kites/prism-illusion.pdf http://ferob.com/kites/illusionHighWindSpoilers
    2 points
  31. OK! I think I've summarized some of the best advice I've gotten recently in this post but here are the tips I'd have for first time flyers, my realizations as I got a a little more control of the kite, and some of my greatest challenges! Here goes, and I'd love advice on where I'm off the mark in all of this. I'm not above editing anything (and will note edits) for clarity. edited to add Thanks Exult for the advice! I've spattered in a few edits. Some tips for starting out: When you first get your kite set up get someone to hold the kite above their head for launches. This let
    2 points
  32. Well organised and efficient list of yours! I kind of got distracted from your flying when I saw how well resolved the video was, how the sail deformed in slow mo and the reflection of the sun from the LSs. Therefore I had to re-watch it. Are there even things to add to your list? Possibly, in the spirit of "Kite Flying with Intent", a detailed (short term?) flight plan. On the other hand the list of yours should keep you occupied for a long time. Another thing that might come to use later (even a long time later) when you have learned something reasonably well, look for imperf
    2 points
  33. Aww you folk are too much fun! Thanks for all the pointers. I love leaving this site feeling like I've had a lesson or two poured into my head I think patience is super important while learning like I am. I'm thrilled to feel a little improvement each time I get out there but I'm in no rush! Mostly just excited.
    2 points
  34. A long time ago when I started out one person was very very helpful and patient. He shared much kite knowledge through the phone (lived in another city) - time after time and was never in a hurry doing so. Kite knowledge is "meant" to be brought forward to others. Occasionally being heavy on the lines feels right and might be what one would like to express(ugh, that sounded deep)/try out. Some times sense the difference between heavy and light flight (if kite, ground, lines and wind allow). But I agree, less is more is art that I strive for. When I happen to succeed with the sm
    2 points
  35. Just put a kite up in the sky. There's not enough people flying to the right music! An 11' delta I launched earlier is now looking like a black hole in the sky. I love what little heat I get. But get out there and fly! Heck with the heat! Once you're out there the heat seems to vanish! And Becomes you and the kite!
    2 points
  36. Thank you very much for your interest and comments SHBKF! When I was out today at the local field/beach for a session with my HQ Maestro 3 and Tramontana I tried the Tramontana with and without the tail - yes as usual with tail there was some extra attention from bystanders. Two of the tricks that I'm currently investigating, the fade launch and the sleeping beauty launch was to my surprise also there with the Tramontana. The sleeping beauty was a bit reluctant, possibly due to nose/line snags, but was still there. Fade launches with the Tramontana was definitely there, just advance forward
    2 points
  37. Sounds like a dancing 2 step - travel forward and down, moonwalk back and up! Then reverse!! Down and forward, up and back! Sounds like a challenge!!
    2 points
  38. Yep that's exactly what I was doing. Flip it over and let it glide away. I have great control of it as I follow the kite while gaining ground. It's actually quite fun.
    2 points
  39. Same here, I saw this video when it came out, and set my mind to learning to fly like that. I had to have the kite in the video, too. I wonder how many kites Lam sold because of that video...
    2 points
  40. Thank you all for your kind words. I will definitely write more event recaps after they happen. That's the reason I decided to start this blog. Oh, and I realized I forgot to mention, yes there were dualies being flown at Kite Party. It wasn't just Revs.
    2 points
  41. Okay, please remember that there is no right or wrong way to fly as long as it's safe and feels good - we're just talking shop here... Also, I do see you implementing some of the following but it's always good to discuss in case some of it isn't being done consciously. Food for thought after watching the first 6 seconds... Right now, I get the sense that you often fly the "whole kite" or the "wings"... Simply for perspective, try flying only the center panel, it may help bring your focus / steering points closer to where the power is generated (just right and left of the ce
    2 points
  42. Rob, thanks for inspiring me to get a Sky Burner Pro Dancer SUL. It is my darling & increased my kite flying skills in so many helpful ways. I've done some pretty crazy flying with mine & I swear it even flew backwards one time. Hoping the Nirvana WW will be the next step in light wind adventures. We'll see shortly, SHBKF
    2 points
  43. No wrong way to fly, just talking shop - Weider, Watty, de Rooy, Leonard, Marchel, Benz, Russell, Maiocci, Polo, van der Graaf, all these guys fly different, and all are great.
    2 points
  44. I get ya Frankie. I really like your style. I feel the article was written to help give direction to novice fliers like me. While I have advanced a bit it still helps me to focus my efforts. Intent is still important for my Rev flying plus I am involved with many other types of kites as well. So I use the thought across the spectrum. Your videos are inspiring to me. I am flying short line urban type flying more & more as I find it works well for my local inland condition. Plus I really get a kick out of it. Keep flyin, SHBKF
    2 points
  45. KiteLife magazine's "Flying with Intent" really helped me when I read it a few years ago. At that point in time I was struggling to just trying keep the kites in the air. While I still remain a flailer at heart, it helped me along the path & encouraged me to make real progress. When I applied intent it gave me some direction that was missing from my prior efforts. I need to go read it again. Many Thanks, SHBKF http://kitelife.com/kl-archive/flying-with-intent/
    2 points
  46. Manufacturer’s specifications Tube tail, 75’ x 2-1/2” diameter, color - black & white with yellow tip Bora 7, 49” x 36” with 200” tail, color - Blaze, line 300’ x 80#, wind range 6-25 mph Quantum, 84” tip to tip, color - Ice, lines 85’ x 150#, wind range 3-25 mph Zephyr, 92-1/2” tip to tip, color - Inferno, lines 100’ x 90#, wind range 1-17 mph 4D, 58” tip to tip, color - blue, lines 50’ x 50#, wind range 0-15 mph Micron, 39” tip to tip, color - red, lines 50’ x 50#, wind range 5-25 mph Zero G, 42” x 47”, color - Flame, line 10
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  47. This is so awesome seeing the videos pieced out like this, makes browsing a real breeze - nice work Frankie.
    2 points
  48. A great testimony. You've come along a wonderful path growing all the way. The change in perception is life changing. Sharing it is magnificent. I am right behind you. SHBKF
    2 points
  49. That's the one that gets me excited every time I watch that video. It's a rare treat to see a move like that executed so cleanly.
    2 points
  50. So glad you did ! Always good to see one of the versions of that video. Wasn't there another cut with an AC-DC song ? I think the long tip-drag in the water side-slide is my favorite part, or maybe the multiple unroll into flic-flac, 6 inches off the water !
    2 points
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