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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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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. 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
  28. OK, I’m celebrating this time woohoo [emoji322] [emoji173]️[emoji120]🪁 Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. Finally got motivated to build something Maybe, just maybe, I can get it ready for Wright next weekend. And the overlap backlit view. Kite will be same or at least similar design as
    3 points
  37. I accept the price only if there is a JB in the Hoo-Rag for a private lesson!
    3 points
  38. FWIW, I've done over 90 kites on a $100 Brother machine. I don't use a walking foot but the 3 step zizag is vital.
    3 points
  39. Thanks John, I'm happy to be here! It looks like I'm one of the few Arizonans. As a kid, I enjoyed the cheap kites our parents got us now and then but wouldn't say I flew a lot. When I was a teenager, I bought a nylon Premier Kite-in-a-Bag parafoil at the local mall basically on a whim and really enjoyed flying it. That thing went on many camping trips with me and I may or may not have used it to drop things into the neighbor's pool. I knew about sports kites but was probably intimidated by the prices. College, marriage, career and kids came along and my kite and kiting mostly sat on the shelf. Fast forward about 30 years to this May. On a trip to Seattle, my wife was hit with some concerning pains and spent a little time in the hospital (she's fine now). We tweaked our plans and I needed to find some things for my daughters and I to do. I scrolled Google Maps north from city center and it showed me a single pin in the middle of a lot of gray - "Prism Kites (Temporarily Closed)" Oh cool, I thought, a kite store. So I hunted down their site and liked their designs. Father's Day was around the corner so I was going to ask my wife for a Zenith (their best-selling single line kite), but thought it might be fun to dip my toes into the waters of sports kites. The Jazz 2.0 (their started two-liner) wasn't that much more, so that's what I got. My first time flying was kind of a mess. The wind usually isn't great around here. It gusts, changes directions and dies. I spent far more time on the ground (and walking back in forth), but I did get maybe a total of 90 seconds in the air. That little taste of steering grabbed me, though. That was pretty cool. The next day, the winds were strong and I got some decent flight time. I wanted to get a picture of the kite flying but the Jazz is so fast and needs so much attention that it wasn't possible. It was a lot of fun, though. So I've been flying the Jazz maybe a month, whenever I'm free on a good wind day. I bought an anemometer, put together an embarrassing old man in straw hat outfit for flying, and found an awesome new park to fly in that's 15 minutes away. I have a Tantrum 2.2 coming Tuesday so I can hand the bar to a family member or onlooker who wants to try it (who's big enough not to be carried away - I might also get a Synapse). I already know I'm going to want an ultralight kite so I can fly on more days. I scraped the ground hard this week and splintered a lower spreader (while getting applause from an onlooker for recovering) so I know I'm not quite ready for a more delicate kite yet. There's also a true stunt kite in my future, and possibly a quad down the road. I'll hit the wall of what swooshing around I can do pretty soon here on the Jazz, but I think there's a lot I can work on with general technique and reading the air by feel. I have to confess I must be more attention-starved than I knew, too, because I really enjoy interacting with onlookers. I've gone flying when it was 110 degrees (F) and virtually nobody was around, but yesterday it was 85 and there were tons of people at the park. I could hear the conversations around me about the kite and was approached by a few families with questions - putting one Dad who was really interested on the path of buying one for himself. It was tons of fun. Well, that became a novella but I plan to settle in and be around for a while. I appreciate all the friendly sharing of information on this and other forums. I love watching peoples' videos and would love to get out to an event sometime. Thanks for putting this community together!
    3 points
  40. My new video edit on YouTube, enjoy,
    3 points
  41. Jim, Marc and Fletch making it look easy
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  42. 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
  43. Thanks, this is a really great surprise!
    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. 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
  46. I flew Rev 1 until 2006 when I switched to the 1.5 and never went back - it all comes down to personal preference, but the "V point" is much higher on a Rev 1 than it is on a 1.5 giving the smaller kite a bigger belly (true center sail where the logo is). When the belly is really small like that, there isn't much of a central engine so the R and L wings tend to act more like independent engines behind the leading edge, with the proportionately bigger belly on the 1.5 it creates more of a central engine (if tuned right) and less competition between each wing. Again, it really depends both on what you like the feel of and what your skill / understanding of the platform is - I'm just sharing my taste and findings. ✌️
    3 points
  47. LE and Wearstrips in place. Starting the Edge binding and corner reinforcements..
    3 points
  48. 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
  49. a little hello from France, near toulouse, near the pyrenees, the mediterranean sea and the ocean. I am 58 years old, a good experience in 2 lines precision kite and I await the delivery of my first Revolution Reflex RX. Other passions, photography and large radio controlled gliders, between 6 and 8 m wingspan. Have a good day.
    3 points
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