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John Barresi

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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... This month, Skydog Kites and Hang 'em High Fabrics have donated a 1000' spool of 80 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 1/414, and will be drawn on Dec 15th, 2020!Our thanks, and the very best to you... Let the drooling begin.
  2. Sorry for the one day delay friends, Sunday with my son got away from me. 😇 The winner of this drawing is #1611, huge congratulations to @Gina Ignazzitto! Stay tuned and we'll have a new prize up as soon as possible. ✌️
  3. Welcome and thanks to our latest supporters! 1639 @georgewicz 1640 @jmp23834 1641 @Djack85 1642 @Borislav Dimitrov 1643 @Stihltech 1644 @Sardonycus 1645 @RichardE 1646 @Bunduki Vlieger Total subscriber count, 414. 🤙
  4. Takes forever to cross the wind window. 😂
  5. I went through my share of ground recoveries while learning slack line (2004, but I started flying in 1990) And still have some when I dig deep and push it a little too far... Rubbing is racing. 👍🏻
  6. Sweeeet!! Really happy to hear that. 👍🏻 Remember secondarily, per the "track your spine" reference... One of the best trick tips I ever got was from Mark Reed, simply "keep your spine in line" which just refers to tracking it through cascades, roll ups, etc, being sure that the end goal transitions are true horizontal, vertical, "down the length" or whatever it's supposed to look like at each junction - never get too tight over it, but having the right things to track can make all the difference.
  7. Be ready for that two handed tug just as it comes around, looking for the spine to be straight up and down, or looking down the length of it, for each flip.
  8. Let us know how it goes, the kite should make that rotation much better with a good input of overall slack... Repeat the same motion and step with the right speed and intensity, it becomes a backspin, stepping forward with each hit.
  9. Are you stepping into the roll over enough? When Lam taught me that movement years ago, he said do it like "out of my way" (sweeping hand) and a big step toward the kite so its thoroughly SLACK through the movement. And on what kite? Each kite has its own behavior and nuance.
  10. There are a couple popular ways to get out of a roll up, assuming the lines have landed on the LE in such a way where there is still some control (yoyo stoppers keep the lines in this area - miss and its usually a crap shoot)... 1 - In the roll up, facing up, GENTLY push your hands toward the kite to tilt the nose away VERY slightly, then immediately bring both hands firmly down to your hips... This should do the job. 2 - Flying straight down (having made a wider than usual turn to get there in the roll up) with your hands back near your hips, about 25'-50' up, from the ground - quic
  11. While it's not in line with everyone, I hope the razor sharp intent and principle is coming through loud and clear.
  12. 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
  13. What this does assure, is that EVERYTHING we make is made to an true ideal, truly flight / hard use proven - not merely to appeal to more customers or to fill out a "product bucket".
  14. 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...
  15. Hello @Borislav Dimitrov, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for...
  16. It's hard to run uphill in sand! 😂
  17. Exact same shopping experience, no difference in cost to you - just bookmark our affiliate link below: https://amzn.to/2FCUzpn That's it, as long as you use that link they'll know you came from KiteLife for that 24 hour window (use the same link again to refresh that window) and will earn a humble % on most purchases - we get none of the order information, just an overview of purchases and commission. Thanks for your consideration, and thanks for being a part of KiteLife regardless!
  18. No disagreement in general Mark. I feel ya - still, out of my hands - the forum needed to be updated, and I've found the update to be both faster and equally as easy to use overall. 🙏🏻
  19. True. Upgrade. Updates are important for website stability and security, it had been quite a while. 😎 As for more complicated, etc, it's the same general reaction with every major update just like operating systems - it'll settle in for you with usage. 🙏🏻 Chat module stands alone, just haven't added the menu tag to the main template yet - it also needs an upgrade, will have to look at that before considering adding the forum menu again - it sees little to no use, not sure it's something I want to try to maintain moving forward.
  20. 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 TWELVE classic Avia SDS ("Super Dooper Skinny") carbon tubes, one of the most legendary super ultralight wrapped and tapered spars at a length of 32.5" and weighing in just under 13.5 grams each at full length... With the idea of possibly framing two or three high end sport kites, also included are five end caps and ten ferrules. All 12 spars, 5 end caps and 12 ferrules will go to a si
  21. Today is the day, lets roll them dice... This month's prize is going home with subscriber #1632, huge congrats to @edub! Thanks to everyone as always for all your support, stay tuned for a new prize soon. 🙏
  22. Welcome friends! 1633 @kamehany 1634 @Totothehero 1635 @Brian Gisi 1636 @Trevor 1637 @Dave Martinez 1638 @edgerat Current subscriber count, 410. 🙏
  23. Hello @SeanG, Welcome to KiteLife®! Although this is an automated message, it is written with heart - I love kites deeply, and I believe the KiteLife community represents this passion with a very friendly and helpful environment for everyone. Please feel free to browse around and get to know the others. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. Need to tweak settings? Edit your profile here - View Member Edit your settings - http://kitelife.com/forum/settings/ Other than that, here are a few handy links that you might have a use for... Member Chat
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