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Everything posted by Exult

  1. Shoot! - I mean congratulations @edub, but please understand/forgive me – almost all of my quad line sets are now quite worn/high friction.
  2. Like a bit of the air that suddenly decided to rearrange into a kite.
  3. Oberg? - Any Swedish ancestry (Öberg is a not very unusual Swedish surname)?
  4. So with this nice video, what is your current focus? What barriers are you aiming at breaking through. From where (videos, people, kite models, text/posts) have you lately gotten now input? Have you had any “knots” (i.e. difficulties) that have been undone or any new insights lately? Any new projects (like a turn, style, trick etc…)? Sorry for my “kite personal” questions!
  5. High pace, precision and flow (unless, of course, you do sudden starts/stops)! Inspirational! - I want to go out for another session (and I have already managed to have two (quick) sessions earlier today).
  6. I have never heard of the need of such (fighter kite dodging) considerations. A new perspective - thank you! (OK a bit late to this topic b.t.w. …). Your ideas and what you are prepared to do to handle this are also ”up-lifting” to read (OK I can’t switch my pun-radar off, but this was only passively generated 🙂 ). Good that you seem to have found places for kiting now (in your previous post). But still if you want to got to those riskier areas here is my contribution: Use short lines below 15m or so that you can land the kite quickly if any fighter kite would approach. To transport longe
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    May I ask details about how the “rough handling of the tube” happened (so that it hopefully can be avoided) – A hard landing/crash or an off field incident like damage from closing a car trunk door? I have attached all four stand offs to the battens using pieces of old kite lines. When disassembling and before rolling the kite up I make sure that the stand-offs are parallel to the battens, either by using constantly on small rubber bands or fitting them into the pockets that holds the battens to the sail. I have previously lost (and then manufactured) one pair of battens (belongi
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    I agree when it comes to the side slides, especially upwards vertically – you simply don’t come very high up in the wind window with the Fulcrum. However I do not agree when it comes to the axels. The Fulcrum (with its 3D sail) is forgiving when doing e.g. (quad) axels - it will not fall out of the sky on slack lines or hardly ever get tangled even when provoked. I was soon axel cascading at a time when I could hardly do one axel on a rev. You can even do DLK-like half axels with most of the feeling preserved. If trying to to do the corresponding thing with a 1.5 rev it is more like you
  9. I’m sorry to hear that, but no this kite is an item of affection for me and is connected to a certain phase of life (and transition to another). Since this was the first ”real” kite (and at the time the main among few kites) it has taken much beating and has had much of the parts replaced with what parts that were available. In addition to the previously repaired sail damages (one was actually so large that I could crawl through the hole) there is also a more ”recent” rip (that needs to be repaired) through two panels where they connect to the dacron. It is simply the most worn kite that I got
  10. I stick to them as well, but actually I meant more of evolving by learning to deal with the kite and adopt to it. Take the three kites I referred to in my post above as an example: The HQ Maestro felt funny initially, but paved the way to to my deserted island DLK, the HQ Infinity. Before I was more familiar with older types of kites. The HQ Jam session felt “at home” and I had similar feelings for the Prism Elixir. Not being used to smallish low wind kites, the Prism 4D didn’t feel as a real kite for the first ten sessions. I’m sure that a similar (size/wind range) kite also could h
  11. I like this way of seeing it – i.e. the last word, the “yet”. Accept ten sessions of “Meeeehhhh…, what is this kind of kite??” or perhaps you need to put it away for a year until ones skills in some area slowly “unlocks” the kite. I have had three instances of kites whose properties that were so different from what I was used to, that it took time before I accepted them, but having gone through that process these three have have all been rewarding in teaching me new distinct aspects. Yes the ITW Hydra (in addition the the three above mentioned) also felt a little peculiar to begin with, t
  12. Or whatever that happens to be available. In a similar situation where the ground was frozen and was too hard to drive the kite stake (screwdriver) into, the weight of the backpack turned out to be sufficient to hold the handles. If you use the tow bar of someone's car at the parking as a temporary handle anchor point, make sure that the car will not suddenly drive away. 🙂
  13. I’d say it is mostly originating from people in general not knowing: what it is, what kites can offer and do. But with this ”setting of reality” it becomes an exercise in not caring about what others think. This also applies on the field – to learn something new you need to accept to fail, most often in public, since a kite is very visible. This view is actually a bit odd considering that you are probably the the most skilled person when it comes to kites on that beach or that field. Personally, my QLK low/zero wind development was delayed by this (and that is truly stupid). Totally ag
  14. > With absolutely no help from my able assistant. I think that even if the cat would be in the way lying on the ripstop, consider it a success if it keeps its claws in. > I tried to fly in the backyard and had moderate success with the light wind glider kite … …I’m sure the neighbors found it amusing watching me stumble around the backyard with a kite string in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Working at home most of the days I often use the low morning and evening wind on the sheltered parking close to my home. This wind is quite free from turbulence and qui
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    Stay At Home

    I think that the very process of announcing and sharing what one is doing (as you do here) puts some kind of pressure to finish whatever project that is ongoing. Good luck with your kite making!
  16. Really, I’m quite eager to get this one, to close the circle. I started out years ago with the conviction: -”Naah, QLKs are for others - I’m a DLKer only”. OK, tried QLKs and “got stuck” there for soon three years now, but for a long time thought that zero wind was not for mortals. Then I got properly started with indoor/zero wind piloting about half a year ago, still sticking to QLKs. While keeping a zero/low wind focus (the available nearby parking makes this kind of a natural choice) a return to DLKs could be through the Kaiju (which will obviously arrive here in Northern Europe any time so
  17. Trimming the nose towards you or away from you angle by changing the attachments points of the lines on the bridle e.g., affects how easily the kite turns/rotates for a certain input when pulling one of the lines e.g.. Trimming the kite so that the nose gets further away from you makes the kite turn more easily. It also makes it easier to maintain a stall. The ease of maintaining the stalls by nose away trim is valid to a certain point when the kite gets too prone to sink while stalled, especially towards the edges of the wind window. When overdoing the nose away from you, the kite might also
  18. Makes me feel like the clouds were seen from orbit against an ocean background...
  19. Yes, that a good one, especially the part about tension. Start practising on paper until you get it right and then on a patch of ripstop. I leave no guarantees whether paper will eventually make the needle go blunt or not. However I have done rather much paper sewing stitch practice and then checked the needle tip in a microscope by comparing it to other needle tips without seeing any bad effects. Here is the same document in two other addresses: https://web.archive.org/web/20180524030645/http://dako-club.tripod.com/kitesewing101.htm https://sites.google.com/site/kites4all/home/
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    Covid 19

    Actually, when thinking about it, I have had more kiting opportunities now than during normal times. While working from home most of the days I don’t spend the time travelling home in the dusk (when the wind typically drops to an acceptable level). In this lighter wind I can now go to the (no lights really) parking in the dusk (with the neon yellow reflex west on). For longer line (solo) kiting I see in principal no difference now from before in the number of opportunities. OK, time disappears due to additional activities related to the new situation, like: preparation of DIY hand/phone s
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    Covid 19

    I have stopped doing indoors QLK indoors, but outdoors in zero wind instead. I have postponed to start doing it in more densely populated spaces (which was something I aimed for) in case someone would have spat on the ground etc., but I do it on a sparsely used parking when the conditions allow it. Otherwise when using long lines on a field or a beach (especially on this time of the year) I feel safe, since it should be ideal from a Covid-19 perspective I guess.
  22. Sounds great. Feel free to contact me in advance to make it easier to plan. Low/zero wind outdoors on short lines and indoors are not very different from each other and can be performed with a Rev std (though you need to move your feet more in zero wind compared to a Rev Indoor). A key thing is to apply enough brake when the wing is in normal flight forwards, so that pressure is maximized and required number of steps are minimized IMO (also pulling in the direction of the lines is important). That being said I have not been doing short line zero/low wind piloting regularly for more tha
  23. Hello and Welcome! It is not every day you learn about some person that can pilot a QLK or DLK in Sweden! I do quads (and duals only occasionally nowadays) and like to discuss the various aspects thereof. I practice all year-round at least weekly with outdoor and/or indoor quads. However I do not live close to Kalmar, but in Stockholm. If you would happen to pass Stockholm it would be fun to do some common (during these unfortunate times: outdoors only) kiting. On Gärdet (large field in Stockholm) perhaps? Unfortunately I don’t think that there is such a thing as a Swedish club for d
  24. 15m lines (49’) often requires me to do a little backwards jogging when doing throws. I can’t recall that the 8.2m lines (27’) were more difficult for me when learning catch&throws. With shorter lines there is less walking involved and therefore more time for the catches and throws practice. Mix and try different line lengths – testing something new tends to make one learn something new. Good luck!
  25. Would you expect (I don’t have the answer), that the reason why the sail needs so much more load during reverse is due to a need to flex the LE or is it something to do more with the air flow around the sail? If it is the first case, that the LE should be curved somewhat, shouldn’t this be available with a sightly more flexible LE (and therefore require less pull when reversing)? I like my P90 LE (very soft) in my Rev 1.5 B-series std in very low winds, but have not tested any P90 LE in the Rev Indoor. You did find it worthwhile to defy the ”the terrible inland winds” with the Rev Indo
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