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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 alre
    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 ex
    8 points
  3. 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
  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. 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 s
    6 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. FOUND IT!!!! I'm an idiot. I had borrowed the frame from it for another kite and this one got rolled up and put in the bag with another kite.
    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. 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
  10. Arrived today and of course it’s raining. Soon my pretty, soon. Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    5 points
  11. I would like to propose a new topic relating to the use of 3D Printing technology to create parts for building and customizing kites. I have almost a year of experience with this technology, using it every day, and would like to share what I have learned with those of you who are interested in the subject. I am an engineer by profession and finding this new tool has been the realization of a dream of a lifetime... If I can sketch an idea on paper and then create a 3D model of it with software then I can hold a physical example of my idea in my hand after printing it. Many ideas can
    5 points
  12. 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...
    5 points
  13. 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
  14. Feeling a bit quarantined and wanted a kite to represent how it feels..
    5 points
  15. @John Barresi What's That?? You need my mailing address?? 😁
    4 points
  16. 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
  17. 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 da
    4 points
  18. 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
  19. I don’t know anything about this video/kite, but I sure know that I have not seen any quad like this:
    4 points
  20. 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 h
    4 points
  21. OK, I’m celebrating this time woohoo [emoji322] [emoji173]️[emoji120]🪁 Sent from my iPhone using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
    4 points
  27. 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
  28. 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'
    4 points
  29. 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
    4 points
  30. 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 de
    4 points
  31. Yes! I like to see that 🙂
    4 points
  32. We're pleased to yet again announce the next prize being given away to our most appreciated supporters, the Kitelife Subscribers... This month, Skydog Kites and Hang 'em High Fabrics have donated a 1000' spool of 150 lb spectra - good for a few line sets! == If you haven't done so already, You can sign up here.Odds of winning for this prize is currently 1/418, and will be drawn on September 10th, 2020!Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin.
    4 points
  33. Awhile back I asked for input on what to get for a 6 - 12 MPH kite, ended up with a Mamba.(Super easy process with Ken). Got to fly it today(8-10MPH) went well. Much easier to fly than I was anticipating. Did an axel two different times completely by accident as I was playing around at the top of the window. Problem is I really do not know what I did to make it happen. Had a video for you showing my mad skills which ended with me doing a stall and then a quick wing drag and landing. Unfortunately the wing drag ended up being my landing.(hence the CarbonCrusher). Video was too big to pos
    4 points
  34. 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
  35. @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
    4 points
  36. The Kite package finally arrived here in Ontario, after a voyage of in excess of three weeks from the Pacific Northwest of the US, down to San Francisco international distribution for USPS, up to Vancouver, British Columbia and across the continent to the Toronto Ontario area. In these Covid times the mails, while perhaps a little slower, do once again, come through. Hooray for USPS and Canada Post. I was excited to try the kite but had to wait a couple of days for decent conditions and a window of opportunity. Finally we had a day this past week where winds were 15 to 25 kph and I grabbe
    4 points
  37. Sent from my SM-G973F using KiteLife mobile app
    4 points
  38. @westersIn response to your question I started another topic to cover my evolution as a kite maker. I started out with the intent of making my own and wanting a Shook Mesh I couldn't afford. Since I wasn't comfortable hemming and folding strips at the time I started out with Gomberg Skywriter tails. My first efforts are all in my HomeMade gallery. Older kites are on Page 3 (as of this post) In Fall 2017 I made my first kite that wasn't made from tails. I got some closeout material from one of the regular vendors and made my First indigo sunrise. I made to decision to learn the
    4 points
  39. Full catch and throw..
    4 points
  40. 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
  41. You are exactly right John re this....independent sails on the old Rev 1's, and for me that is an advantage as my Sedg 1 has a 2 wrap....the only Rev I have that only has one frame in the bag. I'm so used to flying this in puffs of wind using the independent engines as you say. The Zen and Robertshaw 1 have the bigger bellies and I like them with a little more wind and as you say comes down to personal preference. I'm a slooooow floaty flier as well so there ya go. bt
    3 points
  42. 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
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    3 points
  44. Ok folks, got our latest member info squared away and we've got a winner! Huge congrats to subscriber #1359... This brand new spool of line is going home with @Tim Grosse! Deepest thanks to all as always, couldn't keep this site going without your support. Stay tuned for new prize info very soon!
    3 points
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  46. Sail #78 Lymon This kite will be very similar to Veraton but will be for my bag.. It's a Flow Yellow and Black Perspective 72" sail with an extra color panel swap and a Lime Leading Edge. Panels were made when I was making Veraton so this could be my reference kite for any future 72" Perspectives. The original Lime and Black Perspective (Which I called Blimey) had already moved to a new home so I needed a personal reference for future builds. Edge Binding, Framing and Bridling will hopefully be completed this weekend.
    3 points
  47. While it's not in line with everyone, I hope the razor sharp intent and principle is coming through loud and clear.
    3 points
  48. Here's the maiden flight (couple of crashes and all)
    3 points
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