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  1. 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 XT from Kite Forge, $405 value, in GREEN FADE! == Full info - https://kiteforge.com/djinn More videos - https://kiteforge.com/videos/ This package includes a Green Fade XT (EXTRA VENT) sail, Mystic 18 frame and a kite sleeve! NOTE: This is exactly the same Djinn XT 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 1/413, and will be drawn on Feb 10th, 2021! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin!
    12 points
  2. 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. Nope, its not a mistake - we're doing it AGAIN, another of the same prize as last time! Djinn XT from Kite Forge, $405 value, in GREEN FADE! == Full info - https://kiteforge.com/djinn More videos - https://kiteforge.com/videos/ This package includes a Green Fade XT (EXTRA VENT) sail, Mystic 18 frame and a kite sleeve! NOTE: This is exactly the same Djinn XT 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 1/423, and will be drawn on Mar 31st, 2021! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin!
    8 points
  3. 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. The winner of this drawing will receive one brand new custom Kaiju by Kite Forge in ALL WHITE, complete with 7' lines ($135 value)... Actual prize kite is white, as shown in the photo above. == Info on the Kite Forge website: http://kiteforge.com/product/kaiju/ http://kiteforge.com/help-tutorials/ == If you haven't done so already, You can sign up here. Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/426, and will be drawn on May 15th, 2021! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin.
    7 points
  4. Update. Surgery went really well. Home recouping, limited in weight allowed on repaired leg. Stiff and sore, but still a bit mobile. 3 weeks check up to see if I can put more weight on it. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!
    7 points
  5. 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 XT from Kite Forge, $405 value, in PURPLE FADE! == == Full info - https://kiteforge.com/djinn More videos - https://kiteforge.com/videos/ This package includes a Purple Fade HV (HARDCORE VENT) sail, Mystic 18 frame and a kite sleeve! NOTE: This is exactly the same Djinn HV 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 should be 2-4 weeks for restock (depending on color choice). You can sign up here. Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/431, and will be drawn on Aug 10th, 2021! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin!
    6 points
  6. This is sooooo awesome. I have seen the Djinn fly so many times. Looking forward to it. Perfect timing in that I am retiring from my day job this Friday and our Dual Line kite team (Austin End Of the Line) has two confirmed festivals as things start to open up. Kitefest Louisian in Baton Rouge and a Balloon festival in Shreveport Louisiana.
    6 points
  7. So latest update: All fixed! Good to go! Just need to build up some coordination and endurance in the leg. May even salvage a little outdoor flying this year!! If not, at least indoors. For all of you that had me in their thoughts - Thank you!
    6 points
  8. I've grown tired of attaching and detaching my lights, so I'm building one for a permanent home. Fingers crossed. 11 panels (5/1/5). Based roughly on the B-series because of the straight lines, but slightly different dimensions to help with the weight of the rig, plus some other refinements. Planning on midnight blue, fluorescent green, and white/reflective trim. The lights will ring the kite and be held in with the sheer trim. Here are the lights in action, held with packing tape on a Djinn.
    5 points
  9. Got this quad at the Kites For Cancer auction. Pd250 by Paul Dugard
    5 points
  10. While not as indepth as some tutorials, I put some split screen in there so you can see kite and hands, hopefully it helps enjoy, Sent from my SM-G973F using KiteLife mobile app
    5 points
  11. I flew a kite today. It had been some time since I had. The winds of Spring were calling & I had an old friend with me. The Zephyr knows me well. It was my first good kite. I am not a great flier but modesty is a good trait for someone always learning. Don't know why it had been so long, probably over a year. Maybe life seems tough at times or has too many distractions but there is really no reason not to indulge. I had missed the wind on the back of my neck. I did seem to still remember how to not crash. Pulled off a few tricks, made some blunders but did some successful ground recoveries. I enjoyed the concentration involved that allowed me to focus & zone out into the moment of flight. The winds were fickle as the usually are here in the mountains. Varied from dead calm to gusts that made me park at the top with the lines whining. Love the whine. Hope I don't have such a pause again. If I always carry some kites with me I will surely fly some more. Best wishes from SHBKF
    5 points
  12. Just noticed that this will be Topic 9000 for KiteLife. Yet another milestone has been reached.
    5 points
  13. Alright folks, here we go, after ensuring there were no old screen caps on my desktop... One brand new Djinn XT is going home with a much earlier number this time! Huge congrats to subscriber #554 and longtime supporter, @Michael_Boswell! Thank you very much Michael (greetings to the EOL family), and thanks to all who continue to help us keep this resource running. 🙏 Stay tuned for a new prize as soon as possible!
    5 points
  14. Arrived today and of course it’s raining. Soon my pretty, soon. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    5 points
  15. I've been waiting for this question... 😂 Short answer, no. Kite Forge doesn't make "products" or "toys" for consumer use... Everything we make (and will make) fits specifically into use scenarios for me, Brett or our other house pilots, and the little quad kites just don't perform in any circumstance in such a way that is of any use to me (severe lack of natural precision) - no desire for a "wheeeee!" kite in the bag, we're all "drivers" or work directly with an incoming class of pilot (teaching skills). The next items on the white board, in no particular order or timing... Djinndoor (0-4 indoor / outdoor quad) Full size dual line focused on balance of team / precision and tricks Beginner quad line (same great performance, lower price point by way of material quality and reduced build details) Beginner dual line line kite Indoor single line glider Kite bag Dogstake unit Truly, all designed to fill out our own quivers very specifically, then made available to those who connect with the same things or needs that we do. 🙏🏻
    5 points
  16. I finally got my Djinn out to fly. Winds were a little light and gusty and it wasn’t a flight worth an audience. But it felt good. Hopefully when the temperatures start to cool down to a more moderate level, I will be flying it more.
    5 points
  17. My new video edit, enjoy.. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  18. Me and my Djinn on a recent day out at Haweswater reservoir, Cumbria, UK, enjoy[emoji120] 🪁[emoji110] Sent from my SM-G973F using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  19. I own a number of the Windrider II models, and one III model, and perhaps can share a little bit on them to assist. [edit: I was writing this when some of the above posts were made and before I saw them] The Windrider II comes in four variants that I am aware of: standard (std), vented (vtd), extra vented (x vtd), and extra extra vented (xx vtd). The venting on the the vtd model is approximately 25% of the sail area, and, as you would expect, the percentage goes up with extra venting. Unlike the Revolution style of almost vertical panels of venting, the Freilein line has the vents in a different pattern as may be seen in the images on the Emma Kites website. I got my kites from Emma Kites when it was still associated with AliExpress, however, I gather that Emma is no longer selling through that ebay-like venue, but, rather directly. When I bought my first kite there I had no experience with AliExpress, but they have an elaborate system of funds being held in escrow which appealed to me at the time as an additional level of comfort that the transaction will be completed properly. My transactions with Emma Kites have been entirely satisfactory although shipping does take quite a period of time in transit, probably not helped by these Covid times. I am in Canada, for what that is worth, and Emma is in China. Another point to consider is whether to go with the PC20 cloth or PC31 cloth. I had the choice of either cloth in any of the II models and went with a mix in different kites. The former is supposedly lighter, although it does not seem to make a hugely material difference in overall weight (I have not checked this point). The PC31 is more like what we know as icarex (and may even be that, although they don’t say). As such it is less crinkly than PC20 in sound, and is perhaps less likely to hold creases. The price difference between the two sails was approximately US$40, but the kites are otherwise identical in terms of construction and materials used including fittings, bungees, spars, etc. The spars used are called Crystal, and they are graduated in weight and strength, with the heaviest, being the T3 spar, being found in the highly vented kites. T2s are used in the standard version. I also got the UL (not SUL) version of the next generation of Windrider (Windrider III). It sports an even lighter spar, the T1 as stated in the my review of that kite. The III versions also have different graphics, and some other changes as detailed in the aforesaid review. Mine is in PC31. This kite I actually got from a different vendor, also based in China, but on ebay. I have a number of both Revolution and Freilein kites, quad and dual, and I would say that the construction quality of the Freileins that I have is probably a step above that of my Revolutions in terms of uniformity and detail. In terms of durability, I have had most of these kites for over a year and they have been flown fairly extensively, up to about 10 hours each, and, so far, the durability has been excellent. I have neither busted a spar, had a stitch come undone, nor had any bits fall off! I hope that this helps.
    4 points
  20. @John Barresi What's That?? You need my mailing address?? 😁
    4 points
  21. My new video, if you swing by and have a watch and like what I do consider subscribing to my youtube channel, be much appreciated[emoji120] [/url] Sent from my SM-G973F using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  22. 3D printing is also a hobby of mine,,,designed and printed some end caps with a pocket for the knot. I think they will help me with some of the snags. They are a little larger and about a gram heavier than the normal ones. Will be a little more difficult to adjust tension because the tails on the knots need to be removed. Made some LE tees with angle to match the kite, printed on left. Whats cool about printing these parts is the frame size or most any other parameters can be easily adjusted. What do you folks think ... I may be putting some of these files on Thingiverse at a later date, not sure, still tweaking them now. Ej
    4 points
  23. Agreed, as admin, I'd encourage you to post at least a few photos of some highlights from the collection - lest this topic might be deleted for lack of detail. 🤷 Don't get me wrong, you are encouraged to chum the water, but not with hook and line only - bait it.
    4 points
  24. I don’t know anything about this video/kite, but I sure know that I have not seen any quad like this:
    4 points
  25. Been lurking here a while and decided to pass along some of my experiences. 4 or 5 years ago we took the boat across the sound and went to the beach in Corolla, I saw a guy flying a weird looking kite that could back up and do weird stuff, watched for a while and was intrigued, the flier said come try it,, so I did ,, didn't go well , i had flown only duel stunt kites and nosed in his kite, I asked about buying one and he referenced his shop in Corolla. As it turns out I think it was Eliot Shook whom let me try his kite. I did not pursue quad flying until recently, covid and search for a new hobby played a big part. I purchased a full sail then a vented, from online venders and am currently thrashing them around, (at one point today my anemometer said wind 2.8 gusting to 17 mph). The tutorial videos here have been a big help, and a member named Riff Clown who happens to live very close to my mom, has given me some good pointers and was generous enough to lend me one of his vented diamond kites, which I am practicing on also. He also let me fly some of his other custom builds which all looked great. I will own a Shook mesh at some point and probably a Riff custom also. Something that seems strange to me: when watching many videos of the master fliers (will not mention names, because I would leave out someone) it seems as though most of the passerby people are uninterested, I would be awe struck and taking videos like crazy, guess the old phrase different strokes for different folks makes more sense to me now. Over the last few weeks ( got first kite DEC. 26) I have learned the very basic flying skills, still having a hard time with inverted hover but I am persistent and think I will get better. Any way havin fun and as long as I am slightly improving will continue to enjoy it. Ej
    4 points
  26. OK, I’m celebrating this time woohoo [emoji322] [emoji173]️[emoji120]🪁 Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  27. Real thanks to everyone who looks out for me and helps shepherd me on the right road when I'm too daft to see. 😘
    4 points
  28. Drum roll... A brand new Djinn XT is going home with subscriber #1331! Huge congrats go out to @Mike Klaiber - I'll be in touch to confirm shipping info - fly it in good health! Deepest thanks to all for your ongoing support, as I've said elsewhere, this community would not exist without your good faith... Stay tuned for a new prize as soon as we line one up. 🙏
    4 points
  29. Thanks for the nudge, we have a heavy snow forecast for tomorrow evening so I'm out and about taking care of stuff before it hits - stand by, will draw us a winner this evening. 😇🙏🏻
    4 points
  30. Here is my 1st official quad kite. Dacron LE with holes like OSK RSN Sail with edge binding Still need to add rigging and rods.
    4 points
  31. Hello my dear kite pilots. My name is Leen and i am living in Holland, which some know as The Netherlands. We have over 350 km coast line, which is perfect to fly your kite. I love kiting for over 40 years (yup, i am that old 😁) and i own a few Revolutions. Though i fly them for many years now, it seems very wise to join a form to get the knowledge which you can't get in the field. I have already been looking around as a guest, but i saw so many nice things that i like to be a member. I am sure there is a lot to learn and to enjoy, so i am sure i will have a good time her. Just wanted to say "Hi" to all of you. Greetings, Leen
    4 points
  32. Happy New Year to all my kite friends. True to form, it is another holiday with rain for the entire long weekend. For me, 2020 has been a crappy year for kite flying. I’m hoping 2021 will be better. In the meantime, I’ll be in front of my sewing machine trying to improve my kite building. Hope this year brings more kites and good flying to all of you.
    4 points
  33. This is universally true, no shame in that. As you grow into the hobby, you can start saving money until the budget grows into it. Some people also build their own, choosing to save a lot of money in exchange for time, sweat, blood, and tears. Line sets cost about half as much but require buying in bulk up front; yards of kite fabric cost have some waste as you cut around, but then you've got people like @riffclown who make impressive patchwork kites from hundreds of tiny scraps of fabric. Assuming you stick with the sport, you'll have one, then another, then another, then you'll talk about your collection with pride, then you'll talk about it with embarrassment as you forget how many total kites you own. (I'm at 24, but Christmas is coming, plus I've saved up for the Djindoor when it is released...)
    4 points
  34. Putting "whump" in at the beginning of movement loads the sail with air pressure and makes the movement immediate and crisp. The kite gets up to speed almost immediately, instead of slowly accelerating until it achieves the ultimate speed at which you want it to move. It adds intensity to the movement and decreases response-to-input time. Depending on the degree of usage it changes the mood of the "performance" from sleepy to energized. There is a detailed discussion of it on this site. Search it if you haven't already. Watch this video and you will see the transition from near zero whump to full whump. I'm not talking about overall speed which also increases to match the music, but how quickly the kite moves from stop to go, or changes direction with almost instant acceleration. P.S. -- It is also being able to "punch" to decelerate the kite quickly, or to stop motion instantly. Here's another video. You can see the lesser amount of overall intensity to match the mood of the music. Whump is what turns kite from toy to art.
    4 points
  35. https://store.kittyhawk.com/products/skyscraper-stunt-kite-176336 https://intothewind.com/itw-hydra-blue.html I bought these 2 to learn tricks on first. I really wanted a Kymera but couldn't find one anywhere online. The Skyscraper is basically a Widow ng with a simplified sail design so its cheaper. The Skyscraper is very smooth, axles extremely easy, and loves being on its back in fades and turtles. The hydra took me longer to click with but now I do enjoy it more than the Skyscraper. But the Hydra does yoyo based tricks significantly better than the Skyscraper which for me makes it a much more enjoyable kite. I'd pick up a hydra and learn some axles, lazy susans, and ground recoveries. 👍 Its only $112 right now.
    4 points
  36. I'm going to be painfully honest here... The "redesign" involved in both the B-Series and B2 were minimal, ultimately minor changes to the panel layout and curve of the leading edge... Sure it helped performance some, but I was never allowed much leeway in the end result other than aesthetics, Rev is a "kite company" and with all kite companies, most of their product entries are to stimulate that next wave of sales, not toward a "mean reason" on its own, takes "everyday pilots" to go there - it's the very reason I'm where I am today, to be able to actually apply all of the refinements we've developed and learned about. And this too is valid! But we'll leave it to other companies to produce these "fun" kites that don't have any true sport application or that don't further the true evolution of our pastime... To be enjoyed by a quite a few for sure, but that just ain't my bag - that's why you'll be able to trust everything we produce to be at a certain level, in every way.
    4 points
  37. Yes! I like to see that 🙂
    4 points
  38. Healing pretty well so far. Swelling is going down in my operated leg. PT has given me exercises to strengthen the leg and increase flexibility. Got a dr appointment to remove staples and assess things. Looking forward to being able to put more weight on it. Gradual improvement......
    4 points
  39. @Lulu If you are on the fence about a paid subscription let me suggest you go through what's available for free and practice those pieces. At that point you can make a decision if the other tutorials are for you.. Please DON'T skip any because the line management, assembly/disassembly, line equalization and launch and control videos are "must know" information for quadline beginners. There are benefits to joining as a paid subscriber but there is truly no pressure to do so. The free tutorials will help you get set up correctly AND will get you the knowledge you need to get the kite aloft and under your control.
    4 points
  40. Is Karma Dead? We have all been impacted by things way beyond the norm over the last year. Our last Karma drawing was well over a year ago and even then the last 3 attempts to have a Karma drawing had no takers. Is there still an interest in Karma drawings? KiteLife's Karma Drawings have had ups and downs with some hugely popular drawings and some not as much but to my knowledge, this has been the longest period of no action in the history of Karma Drawings. This is an open discussion so please share your thoughts and insights on if this tradition should be carried forward and if so how do we keep it alive?
    3 points
  41. Of all the things my neighbor flagged me down on my way home from work. He and his wife stopped and told me the Secretary of the state kite association told them over the weekend I had signed up. They both fly and make quads. They offered to show me the ropes and try out a few different kites. They also gave me some connections and gave us some campground tips for the the kite festival in Long Beach this summer. I don’t know who was more excited me or them. Either way I am great full for all of the comments and how open the community seems to be. Could not ask for nicer people. cheers! Jerry
    3 points
  42. Thank you, but the real thanks go to everyone who has been a part of this forum since the very beginning - no finer, more friendly and beginner welcoming forum on the web, imho, and that's heavily due to all you folks! 🏆
    3 points
  43. Finally was able to finish this up this morning and get a quick Bridle Test.. Very happy with this first effort for the LE design.
    3 points
  44. Thank you John. While technically I'm not really a new member, I was a member in the past, but I have been away for a few years due to family/personal issues and illnesses. Most of that has been resolved now, and I'm getting my gear ready to fly again.
    3 points
  45. I'm "Never" out for a drawing. It's one of the coolest benefits of the paid subscription.. @Bunduki Vlieger I'll take it if you don't want it
    3 points
  46. Then what you described is the opposite of what Club 38 offers. While the other levels they presented are somewhat of a progression, they aren't linear. They won't tell what the other "skills" are when asked, saying you must progress through each level before unlocking the next. When I've asked a few times over the years I've been told that I could easily work through the videos to be declared a master, but they won't disclose what they all are. I was one of the first people to publicly view the program, one of my kites included their flier and I posted in their forums about a month before the program was officially launched. They were charging at first, and eventually made the program free. I ended up going through the first four levels, and don't think it was worth the small investment. Makatakam also paid up at the time, and I'm not sure how far along he went. Just as examples... Level 1 which is publicly available are all about the core skills, but badly taught. Setup is important, but the official Rev video is garbage. Watch JB's videos on line management and setup/teardown. The next skills of launch, turn, and back down do need to be taught first, but Joe's videos are not good at demonstrating them. In addition to the KiteLife videos, there are plenty of others on YouTube that are better tutorials. Sills 5 of landing on feet nicely and 6 of flipping over are duplicates of skills 3 and 4, just explained differently (and badly, struggling to keep the clips in frame and not showing hands and kite simultaneously). Their skills 9 and 13 for spinning, what he verbally describes is actually called a bicycle turn as he says the kite shouldn't drop at all, but then he doesn't describe the bicycle turn, instead he just describes a basic spin done quickly which is guaranteed to lose height. He then verbally describes the skill but mixes up three different types of turns, then he attempts to demonstrate them; he described that he was going to do a 360 hovering in place (a bicycle turn), does a quick turn that doesn't hover, does a half turn that loses height, does a lost-control 540 that drops considerably, and struggles to maintain control at several points, but never properly demonstrates what he described as the goal. So many FB posts ask the same question about how to not let their skills 9 and 13 do a spin spin without dropping so much height, but because he explains it as a fast turn nobody will do it as the bicycle motion required. When people recommend developing the skills required for a bicycle turn, specifically working on hovering in all orientations especially inverted, they get poo-pooed saying those are later skills that don't need to be developed yet. It isn't until #20 that he gets to reversing the kite, but it is a skill needed for 11, 12, 15, etc. I'm curious what their higher level skills are, but based on the videos people post on their FB page as people pass off the skills, they're all just the basics of control. There are so many better resources, even distributed directly from Rev (but not their creation). Their flying techniques page is okay. Rev is also one of many sites to host copies of the old flying manuals, although they didn't author them. While they're great salesfolks, they aren't great teachers.
    3 points
  47. 3 points
  48. Sorry for the slightly click baity title. It's better than A noob's review of Veraton I guess 😜. I asked riffclown to make this to replace my lost Rev 2, and while it is a 72" Hadzicki style wing, it's not a direct copy of the Rev 2 nor was it intended to be. I will be comparing Veraton to my Rev 2 however. Appearance: This is the perspective style design similar to riffclown's #21-24 and #74. It might not be for everyone, but I really like it a lot. It's appearance in the sky is mesmerizing. Onlookers watching the kite tend to go into this trance like state. Especially if I say something like "look deeply into the kite! or "Are you feeling sleepy? YOU ARE GETTING VERY SLEEPY!!"😉. Build Quality: I tend to buy factory made kites with the rational that you can often buy 2 factory made kites for the price of one boutique handmade kite. I have flown such kites and it's pretty obvious why people buy them. I would put Veraton into this later category. The stitching is high quality and there's many improvements over the original Rev 2. Reinforced leading edge, T-connectors for the top vertical spars, heavily reinforced bottom area of verticals spars, triple stitched trailing edge, are among the many improvements/features. Performance: This kite is quite fast when the wind picks up. It definitely will go to 11. Inputs seem more direct and precise compared to the Rev 2. Inverted side slides are very easy across the the whole window. Reverse flight is there, but I need to fine tune the brakes a little. The wind has been poor at Shoreline, so this so far is only based on 1 hour flown in light to moderate wind with occasional gusts. Tricks: This is an axel machine. Tug too hard and you get double axels. Need more time flying to access but I'm not really that great at tricks. My initial assessment on a limited amount of flight time is very favorable and I'm very pleased so far. I may add more information and videos when the wind picks up.
    3 points
  49. While it's not in line with everyone, I hope the razor sharp intent and principle is coming through loud and clear.
    3 points
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