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Russ Wilson

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  1. Really hard to get camping/lodging the week of WSKIF. I'd suggest staying across the river in Ft. Stevens. We used to do that a lot and then drive over to Long Beach for the day.
  2. Glad it arrived and will get some use. Give me a yell if you're going to WSKIF and we can get together for a fly. Not sure if JB has recruited you, but he's trying to get 100 guinea pigs for the mega fly. It should be a lot of fun.
  3. Does Mario di Lucca sell the lights himself or does he go thru a re-seller? Would enjoy getting a set to play with.
  4. Yes, it is still available. I believe it is an SUL, but I'm not the best Rev historian. If I remember correctly, I got the kite from KiteConnection/Dave Shenkman years ago. It is very lightweight - compared to other Rev's I've owned. I've only flown it a couple times. Right now it sits in the bag since I've been flying a Phoenix Ash for the last 3 years.
  5. SOLD Revolution 1.5 B series kite - with John Barresi's endorsement. In great condition - kite has seen light use. Kite and spars (2 wrap), lines (LaserPro Gold 90# x 90'), and handles - RTF Asking $200 buyer pays shipping USPS Priority CONUS only
  6. Revolution 1.5 B series kites - with John Barresi's endorsement. In great condition - kites have seen light use. Kite and spars, lines (LaserPro Gold 90# x 120'), and handles - RTF SOLD Red - Full sail with black race rods (green label) SOLD Rainbow - Mid-Vent with 3 wrap spars SOLD Yellow - Vented with gold label spars Asking $200 each buyer pays shipping USPS Priority (will sell individually or as a set) CONUS only
  7. SOLD Revolution B Pro series kite custom made by Bazzer. In great condition with 4 wrap spars. Kite has seen light usage. Kite and spars only - no lines or handles. Asking $275 buyer pays shipping USPS Priority CONUS only
  8. Revolution SUL in good condition with 2 wrap spars and lightweight bridle. Kite has seen light usage. Kite and spars only - no lines or handles. Asking $150 buyer pays shipping USPS Priority CONUS only
  9. Thanks for sharing the reality of dual line flying guys - it is really helpful. I've been flying quads for so long I'm expecting dual line to behave the same - it doesn't. Maybe this is my wife's subtle way of forcing me to exercise more
  10. Thanks for confirming this is just a skill thing - not a total impossibility. We've been walking forward to keep the stall at the edge of the wind window - sounds like we're going to have to move even more to hold it as we move to the center. Guess I better put my track shoes on
  11. We've been practicing our stalls and had fair success at the edge of the wind window. We can even slide roughly 10', but as we get closer to the center of the wind window forward flight takes over and we lose the stall slide. We've been doing this in 10-12 mph wind. I'm curious is this to be expected (at that wind level) or is it just my skill are still sub-Jedi? I don't mind working on my skill level, but wanted to make sure this wasn't an exercise in futility at that level of wind.
  12. @RobB Thanks for the recommendation on the Hypnotist - you were spot on. We've had a chance to buy several higher end stunt kites and for our current level of experience the Hypnotist is my go-to kite. It truly is built like a tank. The center spar's shock absorber seems like it will take almost any abuse I throw at it. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
  13. Agreed, and it provides rationale for buying more toys. You know the saying - "he who dies with the most toys wins"
  14. The sad reality is legal remedies are very costly to pursue - there isn't much realistic protection from patent or copyright. The only effective way to address poor form is to educate consumers and let them "vote with their feet". Really appreciate everyone surfacing things like this and making the community aware of the situation. I agree with the comments about letting go of the past, but I'd also encourage making sure we keep the community aware of what is going on so consumers can make informed choices.
  15. We'll work on some of the basics (like a stall) before the clinic. I was curious if there is any validity to Prism's suggestion to fly on short lines (30-50') to master some of the techniques? That came up several times in the video.
  16. @John Barresi Now that I've done a bit of studying I can definitely say "Flippy Tricks" is my primary interest. I'm up to improve skills in the other areas, but learning how to truly manhandle the kite is super intriguing. We watched the Prism Freestyle videos last night - gotta learn some of that.
  17. Thanks for the advise @RobB ended up trying the Hypnotist and Kymera. That combination should give us a pretty good range of experience.
  18. Thanks for the advise Rob and John - I really appreciate it. I'm curious, you both use the term "full size" but I'm not sure what that means for a delta. I have several delta's that are all roughly the same size and I have a couple of Hawaiians. I would call the Hawaiians super-sized. How do you delineate full-size from other sizes?
  19. From whey I've read on the forums, it sounds like the Kymera, Widow, or Prism E3 might be a good fit. Maybe I'll buy a couple to try - assuming the Ministry of Finance approves.
  20. Thanks for the info John. I'm interested in all of the above - up for any new experiences. I have a couple of Windance foils I've always loved to fly since they are so smooth, but there is only so much i can do with them. Anything you can share to take experiences like that to a higher level will make the weekend for me. Team and flippy sound intriguing, but since i haven't done either I'm not sure what to expect.
  21. How about line length for dual-line team flying - is there a standard for that?
  22. Also, is there any homework you would recommend we do to prepare for a weekend like this?
  23. So, we own several dual-line kites, but for the life of me I can't remember the last time I flew one. I always grab my quads these days. For that reason I haven't seriously considered a clinic like this - you know, "real men" do quads. JL just challenged me on that thinking and pointed out we always learn a lot from the "101" part of a clinic like this. She's convinced me - sounds like it would be good to improve our skills in this area. Given that, I'm wondering what the best equipment is for a clinic like this. It sounds like John/Scott are pretty open to whatever people have, but if you guys had to recommend a particular setup what would that be? I'm taking the approach of trying to improve my flying ability thru shopping. Seriously though, is there a particular kite, line, handles that would be ideal for a class like this?
  24. That's actually what Pryme specializes in - Bluetooth adapters for Motorola and Bofang radios. Unfortunately, they don't seem to support Midland. I'm finding some interesting info on headset/cell/music integration for motorcyclists. A company called Sena sells units that use some sort of long-range Bluetooth - with a battery life supporting 12 hours of talk time. The only downside is they are pricey.
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