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John F

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  • Birthday 12/04/1942

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Fearless SUL
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  • Location
    Fort Collins, CO
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    Kites dual line and Revs

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  1. I like to use nylon washers. They last a lot longer. Have not seen any detrimental wear on the shock cord.
  2. Did anyone watch Jeopardy tonight. It was college all stars I think quarterfinals. One of the categories was Kites. Scared the kids. They avoided that category until everything else was gone. Clues were about Hargaeve, Cody, Eddy, Franklin, and all the stuff we are familiar with. I wonder whick AKA pub they got the clues from; or did they call Kay Buelsing the Kite Museum. John
  3. To get the feel try learning the fade launch first. To me that is easier than learning the fade in the air. Do a pancake landing. Relax. Put your hands by your hips. Pull back to flip the kite into a fade and then give slack line to let the kite settle into the face. Most kites react better to a more even pull as opposed to a jerk pull. By starting from a pancake on the ground you take the pressure off your self to time the fade. Once you can do that reliably then go to doing it in the air. It is a minor adjustment to doing in the air. Don't forget to give slack to let the kite settle with the tail deep. John
  4. I was just checking out a video that I had posted on YouTube that had muted because of the WMG Google fight. This was of Reid Walcott at Summer Heat. They took the mute off. So I think the problem is now solved. Here is the video of Reid flying in MIB to Robert Buble singing Feeling Good. He took 1st. Enjoy and post those videos. John PS. You might check others that have been muted.
  5. Duane seems like you could make a nice short 4 line set out of that. Short line flying on the rev is a hoot.
  6. Here is a great interview of Barb Hall at AKA Convention. http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2009/10/10/welch.flying.kites.at.80.cnn?iref=videosearch Enjoy John
  7. Just saw this http://tech.yahoo.com/news/ap/20090929/ap_on_hi_te/us_warner_music_group_youtube LOS ANGELES - YouTube said Tuesday that music videos from Warner Music Group Corp. will return to the video site in the coming months after a nine-month dispute over splitting ad revenue. In reading the article it looks like things will come out ok for everyone, including us kite balleters. John
  8. I was just checking my YouTube videos and a couple more were idicated as having "Copyright Info". Checked them out and they played. Both had music owned by Sony. The info only told me that they were owned by Sony and I noticed that both were block from MP4 download. This seems very fair. My policy is not use WMG music but use Sony music. Not only that there was a pop that allowed you to buy the music on Amazon. What a great way to handle the problem. Hooray for Sony. I bet they sell a lot of music this way and we get to use their fine music in showing off our kiting prowess. YouTube example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk-nsq8m3-g
  9. Here is a an article on the fight between You Tube and WMG. http://tech.yahoo.com/news/nm/20090720/tc_nm/us_warnermusic_youtube_3 There is hope that there will be peace in the valley someday and us kite videographers won't be on the short end of the stick.
  10. I am in Long Beach now until after WSIKF. Was down at Bolstad Approach yesterday for the Sansations. The beach is huge this year. I think the depth is about 700 to 800 feet to the high tide line. I mean I had a hard time seeing the shelters for the waters edge. During low tides there is a huge pool of captured water. Think of the water fun with that. There will not be a dry REV on the field. I am picturing a big water show at low tide with about 30 REV's flying side side over this pool creating tip wakes and dives and explosive exits from the water. Monday is the best tide situation so get here for som fun on Monday. This is my 5th WSIKF and I think this is the most beach I have ever seen. John
  11. John, I agree that this manual needs work. I would be willing to do some work on it next winter when back home and getting a lot of gym time in. I am wondering if the best approach would not be along the lines of what Watty has done. Bunch of short YT clips with some voice over or text over. One of things I found is there a big difference in kites from the likes VIP to a Reflection. The breakdown in the manual could be an outline for a project of this sort. Let me have some suggestions. It seems that indoor flying is growing as people are exposed to it. I have sent out several of the manuals. Btw the name is Farrell not Ferrell. John
  12. One thing I have learned with light wind flying is that pumping is more of a desparation move. I do it but it is the last resort. Keeping a steady pressure on the sail is more effective. Forward motion of the kite seems to give it lift as it reduces pressure on the back side of the sail and that is the same as having wind. So what I do is launch by extending my arms, step back to bring the lines under tension, take a breath, then step back and pulling the hands back to the chest in a solid steady motion (this simulates what a steady wind does). Then continue steppping back to gain altitude. If I do pump I do it at chest level as opposed to hands hanging down. This reduces the length of the pumping stroke and seems to make the motion smoother (think of it as your arms putting wind into the kite as opposed to jerking it higher). As soon as some altitude it reached then turn letting the kite gain speed with gravity and then turn up. If you maintain some speed on the kite you will create some lift. Also shrink your flying window vertically and horizontally. Maybe as little as +- 30% horizontally and no more than up 60%. This gives you more use of whatever wind there is. Almost every trick I have learned, I first executed in light wind. Things slowdown nicely and you can get input sequences and timing down. In fact I love low wind ( a good SUL kite helps too).
  13. Happy Birthday Tristan. You must be old enough to fly a kite now. Missed flying with you last summer. Hope you will be at WSIKF or some of the other ones. Say hi to the family for Mary and me. John
  14. No ROK battle with these kites. We will have a demo battle with some worn and torn kites. No one in this town know what a ROK is much less a ROK battle is YET. John
  15. We got some ROK kits from Rhonda B for the upcoming festival. We gave several to local artists. These are not kite people but regular artists that have a good local reputation. They decorated the ROK's and here they are ROK Art for Fort Collins These will be auctioned during the festival for a local after school kids program. John
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