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About hvkmike

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  • Birthday 09/05/1956

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Jojo,Libre,Ocean Rodeo,Peter Lynn
  • Flying Since
    always flew kites,but became serious in 91.
  • Location
    Tralee,Kerry Co., Ireland
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  • Interests
    All kites,but especially traction kites.
    I kitesurf,buggy,mt.board & kiteski.
    2002 W.I.S.S.A. masters champion in Italy.
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  1. hvkmike


    Maybe I'm just lazy,but I never use winders.I wrap the lines around the handles.When I'm a few feet from the kite I figure eight the line betwween the handles leaving just enough line out to be able to fold up the kite & then bag the ktie with lines still attatched.When setting up its much quicker too.THere's usually one or two twists which are simple to take out.Hold handles together & spin in one direction or other to remove. So long as same person does the winding there isn't a problem. This is standard practice with quadline foils & works well with any other quadline kite that
  2. If you liked the ipod flea....you'll be ready for this. http://www.davidmccandless.com/funny/applestore.htm Hahaha Try get any of those accessories for a PC!haha Later Good Winds Mike
  3. I agree to some extent with Monkey.I spend more time doing scans & removing ad & spyware from my windows PC in a month....than ever on my mac.(ever being 3 yrs) In case you haven't noticed ,Apple users are far more loyal if not fanatical about their gear....& with good reason. Don't believe me?...Check this out.lol http://www.nytimes.com/video/html/2005/06/...UEST_VIDEO.html I never thought about being compared to an edsel though.haha Later Good Winds Mike
  4. I use Safari & IE here. Mostly because they came preloaded on my machines. I do like safari better....or maybe I just like macs better overall. Least for now. Good Winds Mike
  5. What model of Flexifoil? Bullet?Blade? Good Winds Mike
  6. Happy Birthday!! Happy kiting for the next 30. Good Winds Mike
  7. Sweet teasers! Very impressive.........as usual Lam. Sorry John.........you too.lol So has Lam fled Canada for the warmer climate to the south? Snows all gone dude!We're surfing already.(mind you the water is only 40f)lol Later Good Winds Mike
  8. Be careful not to put the cart before the horse,by getting a buggy & then try to learn how to do it. Rather....become comfortable flying before getting in the buggy. Start off underpowered & progress from there. Many a newbie gets SPANKED by the wind because they had too much kite for that day. Remember.....the size kite you fly must suit both the wind speed & your skill level. Over doing it too early can be painful.Worse yet....could lead to an innocent beach goer getting hurt.This has become a major concern with avid buggiers.Seems whenever there is an incident a ban follows.So r
  9. the term bowtie refers to when the kite gets a twist in the center.often when one wingtip colapses & falls through the center bridle.Both wing tips are inflated..but center of the kite is just a big twist.Looks like a big bowtie. Too bad you couldn't fly before you buy.But for your needs...anything small will do. Now if you wanted a nice little high end beginner foil....the Jojo Instinct 1.5m is a very fast,powerfull little kite.I use one when wind is heavy. Best of luck. Good Winds Mike
  10. I do side slides with my Libre Bora's & Jojo RM's. A long link line helps. I find it an almost essential maneuver when parking the kite. With limited space we tend to group kites closely.So a quick side slide over 5 or 6 kites in normal. True ..at the edge foils will fold or lose pressure. wing tip colapses are easy enough to deal with.....but bow ties suck! WHen one wing tip passes through the center bridle lines causing a twist in the kite. Looks just like a sloppy bow tie. It's tricky but with some luck you won't have to walk to the kite to untangle. As for the dive stop......sounds lik
  11. I only listed higher end kites.I havent flown a quad para stunter,but I think I have a two line version.Was there a two line first??Anyways.... I have flown a firebee. Even the larger firebees fly like crap.(sorry firebee lovers....if there are any)(anywhere.lol) We did find with significant rebridling that the firebee would fly not too bad.But still not good in my opinion. Now....as far as price....they sure are cheap(compared to a high ender)...but often you get what you pay for. Later Good Winds Mike
  12. A good foil will will fly very much like a rev..as it is a quad also. True..foils fly off the power lines mainly.....but by adding brake through the turn,the kite will pivot....hand motions are same as on a rev...only slightly exagerated.Slow turns....steer like a two line using the power lines.To do a crisp 90 deg turn...as well as steering like a two line....also add hard brake.Having your foil set up properly is critical also.Reverse,slides...whatever....foils will do them. I think you'll find that most foil flyers who can fly a foil like a rev....are ex rev flyers. The Rev is not only a gr
  13. Cool. You have many choices Phil.I think all I mentioned have sizes starting around 1-1/2meters. Some have trainer kites in the 1-3meter size....but they are mostly to simulate a larger kite on a control bar. I believe you are looking for a beginner/intermediate type foil..with handles.. I'll drop some names,models & sizes.....add a website so you can make an informed decision or least see what it looks like.Hows that? Here we go....(in no particular order of preference) 1-Libre-SpeedyII-they have sizes-1.7m,2.1m,2.6m......there are many more but I'll only give you under 3m sizes.I think t
  14. I disagree John...I think in the past few years traction kiting has really taken off. Thats why all the bans on beaches & other favorite flying spots. I was hesitant to respond as Phil wasn't looking for a kite to use as it was meant. Any kite can offer pull & enable body drags in sufficient wind. If he was looking for a kite to buggy,surf...or any other traction activity.....then may be I'd have jumped right in with a few suggestions.But I'm not sure what to suggest for him. No doubt there is a BIG difference between a brand name foil for traction kiting verses a trainer or off brand
  15. Hey John I assume you mean Lam Hoac(how many Lam's can there be?lol)....darn that guy gets around! Say Hi & wish him luck from Mike D. Tell him we missed him out on Kampenfelt Bay last weekend at the Barrie Winterfest. Not sure if its known,but Lam is a darn good kiteskier too. He's the complete package! Good things DO come in small packages! HAhahahaha Good Winds Mike
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