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About dragonfish

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    Rev B-Pro, Shook mesh Rev
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    San Francisco Bay Area
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  1. What....is....that??? Unusual shape. Cool graphics. Edit: Oops, didn't see the title until after I posted the comment. A bit awkward using this site on my phone. Then I tried to edit and it didn't work on my phone. If you're reading this, then editing worked on my computer.
  2. Welcome! I occasionally fly in Berkeley, usually when there's some event. You've probably heard of the Berkeley Kite Festival that happens in July. The Bay Area Sport Kite League also has a few events there. I fly at Shoreline park in Mountain View more often (although I haven't been flying much lately, other than at events). There are a number of regulars at Shoreline, some of whom are also on this forum.
  3. @CaCondor, welcome to the dark side. Glad you were inspired by the Berkeley Kite Festival, and perfect timing on your post. The Bay Area Sport Kite League (BASKL) is doing a Learn to Fly workshop this Saturday Aug. 11 at Cesar Chavez Park a.k.a. the Berkeley Marina (where the kite festival was). We'll be happy to help you get that quad kite on some lines and off the ground. No kite yet? No problem. We've got a few you can fly. Some of us who were flying quad demos at the festival will be there on Saturday. Maybe you'll get to meet and learn from the very person who made an impression at the festival. We'll be there from 10am to 3pm-ish. Come for the whole day or drop by when you can. No set schedule; we help people as you show up.
  4. Wow! Would love to see some closeups of the artwork. I remember reading your post when you started the project.
  5. I'm in. Wouldn't mind having a kite I can share with new fliers without worry.
  6. dragonfish


    Color names don't always seem to be well defined for the purples. Some seem to have multiple common names. I took a picture of Eliot's color sample sheet for purple/pink when I visited to have a reference for deciding the colors for my mesh. There are some with scribbled out names and another name next to it. I'm not going to post it because I don't know if he wants it on the internet. According to this sheet, the dark one is plum and the light one is grape (has lavender scratched out, but I feel it's commonly referred to as lavender anyway). The one that's a bit more red looks more like berry to me, but there's also a color called wine, so it could be that. I'm not sure what the two purples with rectangular grids are; Eliot's sheet doesn't have rectangular grids. Also, the two look the same to me over the computer, and seem pretty close to the current color called purple. Plum is pretty dark, but you can definitely tell it's not black without being backlit. The 3 purples in my Revs (and probably most Revs with a purple fade) are plum, purple, and grape. I can't wait to see what riffclown comes up with too.
  7. Well, I just found out that the field we use at Martinez is currently or soon to be under construction. Leaving this info here so you don't waste your time trying to go there in the near future. Not sure when it will reopen.
  8. Thanks @DavidB. Hopefully I won't need it, but always good to have a backup plan.
  9. @happysuperbutton Cool. Haven't seen you in a while. Be aware parking is metered even on Saturday. Nice try @makatakam, but I'm keeping this one. It's a B-Pro custom colors and part of a matched set. Unobtanium.
  10. Yea, Berkeley vs inland is going to be quite a difference. Unfortunately I'm not too familiar with your area to give you flying location recommendations. I will say the Bay Area Sport Kite League is having an event at the Martinez Marina on June 16. We use the field adjacent to and north of the softball fields. Don't know if that's the field you tried. Don't remember seeing dog poop everywhere on that field, but the winds are not great. We will also be at Crissy Field this Saturday if you feel like making the trek all the way to SF. There should be several dual line fliers you can talk to to get ideas on what kite you might want to get.
  11. Welcome to Kitelife. It will be hard to get one kite that satisfies all wind conditions. That is why we end up with multiple. The good news is we are moving in to the windier part of the year in the bay area, so inland should have some wind, unless you are trying to fly in some city park surrounded by trees/houses. Then it will be hard. (Or if you're talking really inland east bay, then I don't know) I'm afraid I don't have any additional suggestions besides what you've already received (I saw your other thread too). The Kymera sounds like a good deal. Shipping probably won't be Amazon prime fast, but I can't imagine it taking terribly long. What part of the bay area are you in? Do you primarily fly at Berkeley? Do you know about the kite flying area at Shoreline in Mountain View?
  12. Thanks all, and thanks JB and Breezin for the affirmation. Before I saw your two posts, I was starting to feel bad about asking for advice and then deciding to ignore it, since I had decided in the mean time to use the super glue method. I've done it before on a small what looked more like a cut than a tear. Didn't think it would work on larger tears until I found some posts on some kiteboarding forums where they used that method too. Yes, this tear is really clean, so I think it will work. Worst case, it comes apart and I'm back to where I am now. Then I will try the tape. Oh, and the super glue method has one more advantage in that I can get it fixed before an event this weekend, whereas I probably wouldn't be able to acquire repair tape in time.
  13. I got a significant tear in my Rev over the weekend. Need some advice on how to approach fixing it. I'm not even sure how it happened. I had left it flat on the sand in the pit area of the demo "field" at a festival and hadn't gotten a chance to put it away after the wind picked up. Here's a pic: (you probably have to click on it and make it big to see the tear) The tear is in both vertical and horizontal directions. The vertical one goes all the way to the LE screen seam. Given the location and nature of the tear, would there be repair methods that are better or should be avoided? Thanks.
  14. Awesome! Sounds like a success. Lines will stretch, especially at first. 2 feet might be on the high side. However, if you discovered the 2' difference at the end of winding up, it might not actually be that bad. As you wind, it is easy to not get exactly the same amount of line from each line in each wind. Or you may possibly have accidentally dropped one wind on one line. That will make a big difference. So, check the line lengths again after you have unwound the line before your next flight. And when you do that, it's best to have the two loops on the far end of the lines placed together on a stake, a helper's finger, or something similar instead of being attached to the kite. Good luck.
  15. Awesome! BASKL fun fly at Shoreline on April 14. Hope to see you there. This is also an open invite for anyone else who may be in the area.
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