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  1. toddnkaya

    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    went out for a group fly. :-) 45 min. away I actually was flying , with the help of some wind. 😁 Check me out!! YEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Last two days were epic winds . I killed it with my foil!!!!!!!!!! 18mph gusts , 12 mpg, yesterday, way too windy for my UL! I told my wife to film." Stay in the moment" Todd, wife is my coach , she has never flown , but screaming bring in your wrists. lol!! lol I was hauling ass!!!!!!!!!!! great work out !! I need her for take offs with foil, she throws it up. Untwists lines,I'm not sure how you guys can go solo? I'm getting it !!! Peace ... Todd
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Thanks Makatakum and Paul.
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    thanks Wayne and John !! Both my foil and UL are on 120 ft line. It seems like a mile away ! I understand that shorter line makes everything faster, but when I have chocked up on the lines it seems easier to get in the air and keep tension on the line. Is this true? Maybe a 70 ft line would be easier to handle ? thanks again !!
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Yikes !! I’m not sure if I’m not in a good field ? It said winds were 10mph . Winds felt good , but direction seemed to be changing . And not steady at all .I could not get my Skyburner airborne at all. Switched to a different field . Not any better. Waited for my wife to help with launchings, not any better. Could get kite and foil up for a second or two then it falls . I have been taught good launching techniques, and did much better with a 4d in very light to no wind . The Skyburner seems like a tank compared to the 4d, even though it’s an UL. I’m pretty well frustrated!!!!😝😝 maybe this is not a good hobby for this city. Maybe I just suck . I feel like if I had a steady wind I could do it . I have had a few lessons. Felt like I was making some progress. I may go to a group fly about 45 minutes outside the city this weekend . I am a good athlete, and I would say that I have excellent hand eye coordination. What gives??!!! I am not trying for tricks , I just want to get the kite airborne, keep it up, fly it from right to left , maybe do a a couple of circles . That’s it. Not so much to ask .
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Winds are up in the Burg!!! Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Getting off work about 2 hours early!! :-)
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    Building the Phoenix

    wow! Really Nice!! How long did it take you to make it? Todd
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    Hi all!

    Dig your website!! Great pics and video!
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    Shades of Purple

    WOW!! Beautiful !!
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Thanks for the advice Mak. "if the wind sucks , don't fly" , that makes alot of sense. I went out with my wife with the foil. The wind was not nearly strong enough .We did get all of the tangles out. Got told to move a couple of times by the frisbee golfers. But know I know where to fly, not to bother them. I hope to be getting out for another lesson or two in the next couple of weeks. I can only progress and get better from here.
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    tried to fly yesterday. winds seemed good. It said 10 mph, but I can say wind was very spotty. I struggled with tangled lines, spinning kite to untangle lines. Wind died waay down . I'm fully drenched with sweat. Two nose dives after only getting the kite in the air a foot or two. For shitsake , wrap everything up , go home pissed, tired, and dejected .😭 Bummed !
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Is it ok to leave my kites in a hot car for weeks? the wind sucks in Pittsburgh!!! Frustrated!
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Well thanks John! That’s the plan . Take it slow , try to progress each time out. Here is a pic of my new Skyburner Freestylist UL. Jason found the kite very very smoothe and responsive!!
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Pretty humbled today. I got my first lesson. Yikes !! My mentor was patient and helpful. I guess I figured I do a little bit better. I would say I have excellent hand eye coordination!! Not so much flying a kite . Lol... hahaha.... I did a bit better flying a the small foil. My new kite, is pretty awesome!! Freestylist UL is so light 2.5 ounces for a pretty big kite. I did a number of nose dives , and she is still ticking. i knew there would be a learning curve. But I watched soooo many videos of stunning beautiful flying that makes it look so easy. Thought I’d be doing flips and stalls . Lol one day with tons of practice maybe ...
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Great point Mark. I am not going to purchase anything for a while. In fact I will be learning on a friend’s kites for a while, as ke has some indistinguishable kites for learning.
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    Just Starting Out / Pittsburgh

    Thanks , I won’t be messing around with the kite. So , I need a stunt kite for 4-15kts . This is getting expensive. Well , I got a $25 Amazon card, and $50 from my step son for my birthday. I would like a fun kite for these wind speeds . under $125 . Suggestions... thanks !!