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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. 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
  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. 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
  3. Alright folks, we've got a winner! One brand new set of 30'x90# goes out to subscriber #1484, @David Coffey! Congrats man! Thanks to all, as always, stay tuned for another prize very soon.
    6 points
  4. 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
  5. 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.
    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. 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. LaserPro Gold 30 ft x 90# quad line set and a Hoo-Rag from Kite Forge, an $85 value! == Full info: https://kiteforge.com/product/laserpro-gold-quad/ https://kiteforge.com/product/djinnspired-hoo-rag/ This package includes a ready to fly line set on an official LaserPro winder! NOTE: This is exactly the same line set that I fly myself - it's ready to fly right out of the bag... We should be able to ship from existing inventory when a winner is drawn, worst case should be 1-2 weeks for restock. You can sign up here. Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/422, and will be drawn on Dec 10th, 2021! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin!
    5 points
  8. 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. LaserPro Gold 120 ft x 90# quad line set from Kite Forge, $100 value! == Full info - https://kiteforge.com/product/laserpro-gold-quad/ This package includes a ready to fly line set on an official LaserPro winder! NOTE: This is exactly the same line set that I fly myself - it's ready to fly right out of the bag... We should be able to ship from existing inventory when a winner is drawn, worst case should be 1-2 weeks for restock. You can sign up here. Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/427, and will be drawn on Sep 15th, 2021! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin!
    5 points
  9. Hello. I've got a post in the Introductions forum that gives a little history of what brings me to the KiteLife forums. That will give a little insight into myself and my Dad, Gene, who got me involved with kites back in the 80's. As mentioned in my post, Dad passed last year. He left behind a collection of over 170 kites. Primarily stunt kites, dating back as far as the 80's, but primarily the 90's. I intend to keep some of these, and I could use some advice now that I don't have Dad to consult anymore. I don't want to pick them based just on color/design. I do know how to fly, but it's been a while. I want to get back into it, and broaden my horizons as far as the types I fly. I'm not well-versed on the ins-and-outs of what each kite is best for, so I'm not quite sure which to keep. I'm attaching a PDF inventory of his collection. Feel free to educate me if you think I've identified any of them incorrectly. Dad left some notes, but not on every kite, so I relied on internet searches to fill in the rest, and I'm sure I got some wrong. Here's a list of what I'm looking for as far as what I want to actually fly, and for which I need recommendations: A kite for strong winds - I always liked a kite that required some strength to handle A kite for light winds/ultralight A kite for somewhere in-between - My upper body strength is actually pretty lame. So I'm not always going to want one that requires a lot of muscle. But light wind kites sometimes just don't feel great to me. My main go-to in the past was always an original model Skyburner, because that's what Dad gave me, LOL An indoor kite A quad - If there are such things, both a strong & a light wind models. Quads are one type of kite I never managed to find time to learn, so I don't know if they come in both types A rokkaku If there's a category I'm missing that you think I should have to complete my collection of flyers, I'd love your insight. I will be keeping a few single line kites, but that's primarily going to be based on design, so I'm not looking for insight into those, unless you want to share something. Thank you! Kite Inventory With Photos.pdf
    5 points
  10. Alright, thanks again to all for your patience - we've got a winner! This beautiful Djinn HV is going home with subscriber #1148, @renodc2! A huge congratulations to Roger Fontaine, and ongoing gratitude to everyone who helps support our efforts here at KiteLife. 🙏🏻 Stay tuned for a new prize to be announced very soon!
    5 points
  11. Got this quad at the Kites For Cancer auction. Pd250 by Paul Dugard
    5 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Just noticed that this will be Topic 9000 for KiteLife. Yet another milestone has been reached.
    5 points
  15. 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
  16. Arrived today and of course it’s raining. Soon my pretty, soon. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    5 points
  17. 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 white and purple Kaiju by Kite Forge, complete with 7' lines ($135 value)... Actual prize kite is WHITE and PURPLE, not as shown in the photo and video 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 1/428, and will be drawn on October 30th, 2021! Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin.
    4 points
  18. Drum roll! Our lucky winner this month is... A huge congratulations to subscriber #1675, @OfTheSunWarrior, this bad boy is going home with Brian Borbely! Thanks to all, stay tuned for a new prize very soon. 🙏
    4 points
  19. My new video edit, enjoy.. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. @John Barresi What's That?? You need my mailing address?? 😁
    4 points
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. I don’t know anything about this video/kite, but I sure know that I have not seen any quad like this:
    4 points
  27. OK, I’m celebrating this time woohoo [emoji322] [emoji173]️[emoji120]🪁 Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. As some of you know, I've started making Sudoku puzzles recently.. Well one of the things I've been playing with is variant rule sets and recently I had an idea and approached another puzzle maker (called tallcat) and created a whole new kind of Sudoku. Presenting Lockout Lines.. A puzzle featuring our creation was recently showcased on the most popular Sudoku channel in the world called Cracking the Cryptic If you'd like to try one of my puzzles with the variant, you can find one of my personal favorites here. https://logic-masters.de/Raetselportal/Raetsel/zeigen.php?id=0007HQ You'll notice the Diamonds are the feature for this creation. (I seem to just like diamonds don't I?) **Note** The reason they didn't appear in the video is because their streaming software hasn't been updated yet to accept the new graphics.
    3 points
  34. If you are looking for a new quad then look up Adam Pallas of A.Pallas kite builder on Facebook I believe he’s in the northwest and as well as being a great guy he builds fantastic kites at very competitive prices , top workmanship and customer services Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    3 points
  35. I agree with @frob - Mystic 10 in an ST won't make a huge difference, and catching or playing with the flex is a game unto itself. With the UL, we switched to a dyneema bridle to lighten and shift the weight loading during glides, Mystic 10, less reinforcements (not needed on a UL), some other changes, roughly a 1oz reduction in weight. Overall, the UL is about some lightening, less drag from the bridle and use of the more flexible frame to more easily cup in lower winds.
    3 points
  36. I bought a set of Mystic 10 for exactly that reason. It doesn't make much difference in low wind conditions. You can fly with the 12's, including using a bit of oomph on a standard sail with 12's for flying indoors. The big thing I noticed is the 10's are more bendy. It isn't good or bad, just different. On the one hand it makes flight more squishy as it absorbs the initial strike to the line. This means you'll get a gradual buildup rather than a quick start since the initial energy is absorbed in the bend. It also gives the kite a bent look in stronger winds while your neighbor's kite will be more straight. They have a faster recoil that is more difficult to leverage with multiple fast actions. On the other, it enables a kind of one-two punch if you leverage the recoil. You get a delayed initial action then a surge on the recoil, and you can time your own second input to coincide with the recoil. While it does give a slower start, a double-tap or triple-tap with the recoil can act like a turbo button. Pop-pop-pop with great timing can get you moving rapidly in any direction even in dead air if you strike on the recoil. However, if you miss the recoil the energy will be absorbed and ignored.
    3 points
  37. Here's what we were flying back then -- I'm the guy with the Canadian Flag Rainbow Stunt Kites -- This stack was the last custom job that Steve Edeiken started before he passed away -- his wife Cindy Edeiken finished the stack and brought them to Columbus to me -- Hope you can see the picture -- had to resize it down from 10 mbs to under 3 -- Thomas Kowalchuk in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada Whiffenspit@Gmail.com
    3 points
  38. I accept the price only if there is a JB in the Hoo-Rag for a private lesson!
    3 points
  39. Jim, Marc and Fletch making it look easy
    3 points
  40. New video on the subject of the dog stake. Mainly the setup, enjoy. Sent from my SM-G973F using KiteLife mobile app
    3 points
  41. 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
  42. Thanks, this is a really great surprise!
    3 points
  43. A recent flight I had at Sunbiggin tarn, Cumbria, UK, enjoy. Sent from my SM-G973F using KiteLife mobile app
    3 points
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. Wow. I literally placed an order for an R-Sky Nirvana 3E nitro about 2 weeks ago. Got that in just in the time...
    3 points
  47. The first drawing with @Mike Klaiberis actually correct... I just mistakenly posted last drawing's screenshot (amidst others on my desktop) in my rush to complete the drawing, then got lost in all the ensuing confusion. The last drawing, the line spool for Tim on 12/15/20: The current drawing, Djinn HV for Mike on 2/10/21: Again I deeply apologize for my ineptitude, will amend the winner announcement accordingly and make arrangements with @Mike Klaiberfor shipping... At least the first draw was actually correct, and it was just my confusion that threw everything askew. 😊
    3 points
  48. LE and Wearstrips in place. Starting the Edge binding and corner reinforcements..
    3 points
  49. 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
  50. Greetings everyone! Hailing from Portland, OR, I picked up a couple dual line kites a couple years ago while at the coast, which reminded me of my old dual line stunt kite from when I was a kid. I have recently been taking them out for more flying fun again, which has rekindled my interest in kiting and upon searching for more information online, I found this site. A few members here have already been very helpful in answering some of my questions in the forums, so I thought I should take some time to formally introduce myself. I'd also like to know if/when there are any local events happening, because generally I think that more kites = more fun! 😁 Take care ~ J
    3 points
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