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Brettgrant99

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    1987
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  1. No, he was travelling with wife, dogs, and car in tow, so no time. Sounds like he has a good group up in Canada to fly with though.
  2. I met with Ron yesterday, and took this off of his hands. He was a pleasure to deal with, and this was probably the quickest deal that I have done before. I think that this was probably one of the earlier kites. It actually included Rev handles, rather than the symmetrical ones that I am used to. I thought at first this was a mistake, but the manual actually specifies Rev1 handles. Too bad that I am moving this weekend and won't have time to fly it.
  3. PM sent I'm thinking that I probably have a set of Rev Handles that I could throw in, too.
  4. Pretty Cool. I'll bet that he bought it during the Washington State International Kite Festival. That one looks like the pre-HQ Six panel version. Are the handles wood or bent carbon-fiber spars? I'll be honest, while both are fun to fly, the Deca has a zen quality to it that the rev just doesn't have. Now I am just throwing out an opinion, but I would ditch buying a rev, and just start flying what you have. The initial setup is tricky, but after you have done it a few times and learn how to put it away and set it up, you can do it just as quickly as a rev. They pack up pretty small. You can lay on your back in the grass and fly them one-handed. They will float and move about on the breeze with a magical quality. It will remind you of your dad. The skills that you learn while flying it will translate over to the rev. You might want to try it out before getting a rev. Rev has been around for a while, and I doubt they are going anywhere. You can always pick one up later. Many Rev flyers have never flown anything but a rev, so that is all that they have opinions about. I would love to pick up another Deca, but I really think that you should try flying it first. My dad hasn't passed on yet, but I won't ever sell that set of Trlbys that he got, oh, so long ago.
  5. I always have interest in Decas. Let me know if you want to get rid of it. When was it purchased, and what was the original price?
  6. Here is an old shot of some of my quadlines for a size comparison. In front, in white/black/pink is a Synergy Deca15 Pink/blue is a Rev2 Blue/white/black/red is a Rev Backtracker Black/red on the left is a Rev Shockwave Red/Black/White on the right is a Rev 1.5 Not pictured is a Rev1, which is larger than all of those.
  7. Come on down to Seattle, and I will help you set up your Rev. And I will take that terrible Synergy off of your hands In all seriousness, the Deca is a great quad, but it isn't a Rev. I've let a number of new flyers try the Deca, and they all pick it up a little faster than a Rev. They really haven't been made for a while, so a lot of people don't even know about them. The Decas can be very confusing to set up, especially if the spars have been twisted into the support lines in a confusing way. Revs are super easy to set up. Come on down to Seattle, and I will show you how to set up your Synergy Deca, too.
  8. Well, clearly I should stop making assumptions. The last set of handles that I bought weren't just bent rods with handle foam and end caps. Not sure that I would pay $57 for those shown on the website and they aren't even finished. Of course if you are new, and don't have any handles, well, not much choice there. They are even more challenging with no handles.
  9. I was thinking that an experienced dual line flyer trying out quads would have much more trouble with the new hand motions than to worry about what is essentially fine tuning. With a new kite, well I am assuming that it is new, flying with the factory setting should be fine to get the basics down. I was just trying to say that he could start out without leaders, and then add them later.
  10. Not sure why there are 5 posts on this, but every forum software is different. I really wouldn't bother with leaders until you have some basics down. Take a look at some of the pinned posts. Check out this one Much more important to make sure all four lines are the same length, and they will stretch if they are new. CHECK THIS FIRST. I bought a brand new HQ Mojo, and one line was 15 inches different than the others.
  11. Don't forget about looking at used kites, or asking if someone wants to sell some beginner kites. There can be issues with used kites, but I've bought quite a few with no issues. I acquired a Benson Outerspace for $85 last month, so deals do exist. I've found a few more this last month from estate sales. Once I go though all of mine, I may have one that I could sell to you, although most of the ones in this last batch are really old school (early 90's). I'll let you know. Any kite clubs in your area? I've been able to fly a lot of different type of kites at gatherings. I would certainly go for a full size kite. Good Luck
  12. I bought a bunch of kites off of OfferUp. The guy wouldn't really let me take a look at them, he just wanted them gone, so most of them are a mystery to me. Most were big single line kites. I posted some pictures of last weekend at Whidbey Island on GWTW, so check them out. As a teaser, the last kite that we pulled out wasn't a single line, and one corner was signed.
  13. I am not that familiar with Oregon. For something new, my family rented a cabin in Fort Stevens State Park over New Years. We enjoyed it. The cost was minimal, but this was during the winter. We were walking distance (1 mile) from the beach. My kids (19 - 13) spent a fair amount of time jumping off of the dunes and exploring the fort. However, they enjoy that kind of thing over Disneyland type attractions. It was dead still most of the time that we were there, so I didn't bother to fly anything. I can sit on a beach and watch the waves for hours, I know that not everyone is like that. There were also things to do in Astoria, and of course, the other Oregon beaches are nearby. Eastern Oregon has high desert, so it is completely different. Klamath Falls was pretty windy, but gusty. That was so long ago, I think that I only had the Trlby Stack. I don't think that I would do Ashland during the Shakespeare Festival, but I tend to avoid crowds and Shakespeare.
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