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SparkieRob

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About SparkieRob

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    Fair Dinkum Flyer
  • Birthday 03/26/1975

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Temptation UL by KaoS & 7SUL by SKD.
  • Flying Since
    Kites-1980, Revs-2012, SLK's and Dual Line 2013
  • Location
    Perth, Western Australia
  • Country
    Australia
  • Interests
    Big wind.
    Big Rev Stacks.
    Kite fighting.
    Freestyle dual line.
  • Gender
    Male

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  1. Already have a scheme sorted... I love I love I love THIS!!!! Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  2. I switch handles if I'm going to fly that way for a while. If I'm line bending I'll keep them normal. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  3. Longer handles will suit light wind better. There is a but. There is no free lunch. Longer handles do accentuate your inputs as the lever is longer. However, once you have a certain amount of low wind skills you may prefer consistency in you "connection" point to the rest of your set. I used to have 15" handles on my light wind set up. Much more responsive as I used to chuck that kite around. Vigorously! Now though, it's 13"s all through the range. Always try a different set up as it may suit your style. You like it, you'll adjust. Different flavours are fun. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  4. Big congratulations! A mid Vent is usually considered a luxury. There is a bit of overlap going from standard to vented. But. Having that sail smack bang in the middle is just glorious!!! Fly it often and hard. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  5. When I got my Sevens, I got a weight set with them and played around with different sizes. Ended up leaving the stock weight in. I found more "gains" in adjusting the AOA to suit my preference. Having a SUL, Std and Vtd helps more as I can go up or down a kite rather than having to adjust one kite to suit the conditions. However, on my Temptation Std, I was recommended to put some extra weight in the wing tips. It was only 5g each but it added a lot more personality to it. I think play around with a kite until you are happy with it. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  6. Can you explain how the Ashes is different from the B Pro Standard? Does it have a different icarex weight or a lighter leading edge pocket or such? Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  7. The sail venting comes deep into the centre. With 4 triangles added too. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  8. My PoloVTD has the centres vented. It creates a very different feel. I can't generate the whump but at the winds I use it at, above 30-40km/h, it doesn't really affect me. I have found that it is more stable inverted than my B Series. The frame doesn't flex under load as much either. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  9. Yes! Would this include BOTH types of Axel's...? I could use an axel tutorial. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  10. You can dead launch a G too! On grass. Put it on its back with the nose pointing away from you. Walk away from it letting out a good deal of line. At least 15 meters. Now take up a little tension, then a short pop and reel the line in and watch it climb. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  11. Start by throwing it away from you, out in front. Let it take as much line as possible. Let the line run out through your fingers. Don't grip the line too tight or you will cut your skin... trust me on that! When it is nearly at the ground take up the line tension. It will begin to rotate. Pull the line in steadily, hand over hand, making sure to maintain even tension. The G will fly in the direction when the tension is applied. Once it flies overhead or at the peak of its trajectory, let it take the line out. Repeat. Repeat. It will eventually take all the line you give it! Very peaceful to fly. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  12. Oh, and on my dedicated stack I reverse the last sail so it can be "seen" by the people watching! Stacks draw a crowd!! Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  13. For my Rev stacks, I use the 4 foot train lines. That would be 8/15ths I think, 7.5 foot wing. The bottom train lines on my last kite is 40-50mm shorter than all the rest to apply a little brake to pull the stack tight. With them, shorter train lines they will pull you less. Edited for clarity... Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  14. Sort of only glossed through the Club 38 stuff but when setting up and breaking down ALWAYS park your kite inverted. In the DVDs that came with my Revs they show the kite Leading Edge up instead of down. LE down is far safer. Use the tools and resources that help you. Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
  15. Depends. Laziness, flying frequency all come in to it. One my Sevens I was detensioning the LE's fastidiously when I first got them. Now not so much. I try to remember and do it mostly but if I don't for a while I'm not going to panic. I don't take the ULE's out of the connectors, just push them parallel to the LE when rolling up. Some take the tension off and break down the LE to roll up too. I dare say a sail would last longer if the tension was taken out but then again, it would last longer if you didn't fly it too... Sent from my SM-G950F using KiteLife mobile app
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