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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. 5 points
    Some days I laugh... the wind apps show great conditions and real life is another story. Today was one of those.. App showed 10/15 @ ese, ideal for this ne Florida stretch of beach.. real life was 0 to maybe 8mph..if that... but the direction was spot on. So with optimism,I took the 12 Phantom with some proper spars installed and I set up anyways being I was there. I wanted to finally fly larger than 12m with the low conditions...but alas I was on a small bar...and didn't feel like any over the bar line grabbing today...as I rode fixed bridles yesterday Trusty battery back up fan got me filled and airborne...without the fan it wouldn't have happened. Once airborne and the twinskin moving ...riding began. Nothing spectacular but still achieving smiles. A small climb in wind and I headed for a wider stretch of beach about 1.5 miles away. Played there for a bit....and poof...nadda...not even a puff. Sunset was upon me, so I deflated and rolled up for the walk...2.2 miles later I felt redemption.A block from my "base" the wind was back and stronger than all evening..Still single digits, but high singles and that works for me. I quickly set back up once at the fan...All I could think was one more ride before sunset. I got that and more! Rode until dark and enjoyed some park and ride fun with some beautiful colors over the horizon. Last ride got me the best casual speeds of the day.. A quick glimpse of that ride on Instagram. In the end... never give up. The rewards are always worth the effort. The struggles will only make you a better pilot. Be it buggies.. stunt kites...and yes even SLK. Ride on... until then
  3. 5 points
    Last nights flying conditions...
  4. 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. ✌️
  5. 4 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.
  6. 4 points
    According to the Meters, this is Topic #8000.. Thanks @John Barresi for the excellent resouce.
  7. 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! 
  8. 4 points
    on 90 foot lines.. winds 10-15.. Love the balance of this kite.
  9. 4 points
    New Karma!!! New Karma!!! The wait is over. Thanks again @jeepinjeepin for waiting out the cold winter lull..
  10. 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.
  11. 4 points
    0000010101101000 There are 10 kinds of people, those that understand binary and those that don't.
  12. 4 points
    Definitely some possibilities!!!!
  13. 4 points
    There is both. This was a topic about cameras, which I also happen to do a lot with. For camera equipment, the question to ask is: What is holding you back? Usually the answer is not gear, it is time behind the camera and time spent studying photos that have been taken. There are plenty of challenges where a skilled professional photographer is given mediocre equipment or even trashy equipment and asked to produce what they can. The skilled professional can produce great results even on poor quality equipment. However, if you gave a $20,000 camera rig to a novice the visual quality may be amazing but the composition and other elements will still be novice quality. In regard to that specific equipment for @Mutani, they're all good and unlikely to hold the person back. They won't produce the same quality as high-end gear, but none of it is bad equipment. The same with kites, the question to ask is: What is holding you back? For people in this forum the answer usually is not gear, most of us have a bag or two with kites for a wide range of conditions. Low wind, high wind, even no wind or indoors, the equipment is there. Similarly, usually the thing holding us back is more time in the air, and time spent critically reviewing our current results. As for ability in this field, there are professionals in kites where I think we could tie a rock to a string and they'd find a way to make it fly gracefully through the air, with just a bit of legwork.
  14. 3 points
  15. 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 😂
  16. 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. 🙏
  17. 3 points
    pattern reveal. Ceiling Cam. Video 150% speed.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 3 points
    New Smyrna Beach. @Jynx flies there. She's a Milwaukee, WI snowbird and on the beach almost every day if the weather and tides allow. A few others show up there frequently also. She's pro grade and can flatten your learning curve considerably.
  24. 2 points
    Bridle Test Went Well. This kite is ready to play.
  25. 2 points
    Same seam after correction.. Fortunately the sail is still quite oversized and this will not affect the final result. A few stitches and it would have been too late.
  26. 2 points
    If I was going to design a sports fan kite, it would be green and gold. Go Pack Go!!!!!! Actually, that’s a thought. Sent from my iPad using KiteLife mobile app
  27. 2 points
    Full vent -- sure, no problem. Midvent would work too. How steady the wind is would the deciding factor. You fly the lower of the shifts. Fifteen would be uncomfortable with a standard sail. I would definitely want vented. Safe would be what you make it. Safe for the kite, and safe for the people near it are both important. The kite can be repaired easily and at lower cost.
  28. 2 points
    Thanks guys and as riffclown pointed out, I am very much a " self proclaimed newbie"!! I will stick with what I currently have and learn to fly it and then decide what I want to do. Djinn...................🤔 I think I likely misunderstood what makatakam wrote. And thank-you Paul for the info on the french bridle. That would take some time and patience!!
  29. 2 points
  30. 2 points
    in action if you want to see😁
  31. 2 points
    Stacked my two Synergy Deca Zero Winds. I really liked their floaty behavior.
  32. 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
  33. 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.
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
    From a few weeks ago...
  36. 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.
  37. 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
  38. 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.
  39. 2 points
    Lines can get a bit sticky, wet sails next to each other not good either (colour bleed). Enjoy😎
  40. 2 points
    And then you met me !
  41. 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.
  42. 2 points
    Sounds like everyone wins by default????1️⃣3️⃣8️⃣4️⃣
  43. 2 points
    We solved the bridle installation direction issues with the Djinn end caps and bridle, using dedicated bridle holes that point the right way already and don’t conflict with the bunji direction. 👍🏻
  44. 2 points
    there's a web-site he has, but I can't remember the name of it. I'd rather support my favorite retailer/re-seller even if it means a higher cost overall to my family. Mario had some at SPI in Bill and Susie's kite shop, but not designed for application on magic sticks specifically. I'm "in" when those are ready though. 5 of us beat a kite unmercifully night flying for an hour, so Mario knows exactly what our expectations are for durability, slack lining and rolled-up into the lines on the sand face down (glowing crab's eyestalks?) as he was "crew" on his baby. Heck the next day he shared revised plans for 3D printing the parts! Not the lightest weight solution, but super bright, even thru a black sail backlit, and sissy-stick users don't need a second stick or his support structure 'cause that crap's there already excited, thanks Mario and your team!
  45. 2 points
    UPDATE 1-28-19 First...Can you believe it's January 28th already??? What do you do when you take your daughter to Eastern Florida State College for a 3 hour exam? Fly in a field across from the student center of course. Until security comes in a golf cart and asks "what are you doing?" My standard smart ass answer "isn't it obvious?" The puzzled look on his face means no, it's not obvious. Me "flying a kite" His answer "not on this property" Me "ok I'll leave" I did try 2 new things 1) i wrapped my lines around a nice smooth pole to try a dog stake style, pole dancing move... FAIL 2) tried to dunk into a retention pond... FAIL The open come fly on me field...Fail The moral... She scored well on her exam!!!!! I did equalize my lines when I got home... Tops where an inch or more longer than the bottoms. Not any more!!
  46. 2 points
    OK, I gave the situation time to rest and decided by backing off some of the techniques I usually use near the leading edge (Double Fold, lashing down the uprights tighter.) and leaving out the camber, I could make this sail fairly close to my original intent. The verts are a little tight (which means I'll trim the final frame 1/4" to make this work. It's not perfect but one I'll gladly fly when conditions warrant.. Normal bridles will work just fine and I have those already tied and ready to install. Flying video soon I hope.
  47. 2 points
    I'll shout, I told you so.. Glad you made it.
  48. 2 points
    Emory board for fingernails, if no proper tool
  49. 2 points
    And a HUGE warning if you are converting. Be very careful when you take the hog rings out and the vinyl caps off. The burr underneath where the holes are is typically VERY sharp and will slice your finger/hand quite easily..
  50. 2 points
    When your new leaders are installed, attach your lines to the furthest knot out on the bottoms and the top lines to the third knot in from the furthest out. You won't like it at first, but you will get used to it and it will do wonders for performance. To launch from an upright stance -- watch the beginner videos -- you will need to give it a good "pop" while simultaneously taking a step backwards. It will be awkward at first, but as I said, you will get used to it and it will become the norm before you know it. A good dose of patience and determination is all it takes. Take both with a glass of water when you rise. Have fun, smile and don't forget to breathe.
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