Paul LaMasters

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About Paul LaMasters

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  • Birthday 01/06/1956

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    diamond framed custom Zen, SUL & indoor quads,
  • Flying Since
    hardcore since '93 on quads, kites in general since the mid-70s
  • Location
    Germantown, MD (Washington DC metro area)
  • Country
    United States
  • Interests
    design, illustration/photography, graphics, printing and naturally kites (mostly quads). My son is big martial artist & kite flyer, the wife and I enjoy watching Golf, NFL but cheer for different participants. I'm also a huge NBA/Bulls fan since my college room-mate (NIU/'79) is their ticket director
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  1. Paul LaMasters

    Ocean City Sept 19-20

    Perfect weather day and night Wednesday thru Saturday, off the ocean, "Shook Mesh kites wind" almost exclusively team 120s, filled w/energy in sky and spirit, bobbing along to music, lights, tails, strobes and weaving ourselves into a unit, couple rain occasions to finish out the week! Home tomorrow which is always sad. Just beat to death tired, hellva show until then though,.... until next April when we return again. Thanks sweetie, you are the bestest wife ever!
  2. Paul LaMasters

    LE tabs (service available for Revs)

    from tension on the lines and leading edge of kite facing up-right,...... thumbs up, step back, lower your hands, hold the handles softer and closer together too. Relax, this is fun, breath, learn the cartwheel technique first so you can roll-over from inverted. only four moves are possible,.. 1 both thumbs @ nose= forward (NOT up), 2 both thumbs @kite=reverse (NOT down) 3, one thumb @nose =clockwise rotation (not a left turn!) 4, other thumb @nose=counter-clockwise rotation (not right turn) So the kite doesn't go up and down, and it can't go left or right, the controls are minor influence to major impact at the kite. Try softer,... and add in some body position movements and your feet don't have to be stationary either! you'll love the quads because they can fly anywhere anytime any conditions,... you just gotta want it bad enough!
  3. Paul LaMasters

    Ocean City Sept 19-20

    Maybe to the night-fly April, .....We will be there Wednesday, not in the condo either (so less crap to lug!). What time are the kids down? I could probably be convinced btw 8:00 pm-10:00 if I have an afternoon nap first. 3rd street & boardwalk I think? (Barbara handles those lodging details). Paul Dugard and I will both be there Thursday whenever, if you can join us 243 kiters signed on/up so crowds will be treated to a great show see ya there!
  4. Paul LaMasters

    Wind Range??

    I think 1/4 inch is remaining inventory and 5/16's is the future
  5. Paul LaMasters

    Bridle Line Material

    the knots slip on bare spectra because you are selecting the wrong one(s). Practice the figure of eight, such that you can perfectly position it. I like to employ a pair of Forceps as an assist. You can pinch and hold(1), use it as a heat shield (2) when melting to cut line, and also as a measuring tool (3). An overhand knot can "travel", making positioning easier. (eventually that is not an advantage, particularly if you are hard flailing type of flier. The figure-of-eight needs half of the knot (the loop AWAY from the final resting place) FLIPPED over itself and all of the slack pulled out in one direction (ideally butting against the forceps) PRACTICE IT!!! -plm
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    Bridle Line Material

    you probably want "Hi-Test Bridle line",... by LaserPro, that would be my first choice. it comes with a Dacron cover over the spectra woven fibre center. It comes in various thicknesses (strengths) as well as various colors. I have it 100#(spectra w/40# sheath of Dacron), and if your kite is for higher wind ranges (I live in the land of NO wind) it also comes in 170/200# (?) w/dacron overwrap. Complete over-kill for a quad-lined kite but probably perfect for some hard yanking' Duallie! The Dacron sheath means you can easily tie and untie the line, whereas you could just use the bare spectra, but now EVERY knot is totally permanent. Spectra (raw) comes in 50#, 90 or 100# (depending on brand selected), 150#, 170#, 200#, 300#,.. and there are probably some even heavier for traction kiting's needs. If you select the raw spectra option, you could "paint the high stress areas" with nail polish, (STIFF) or the "dip vinyl coating" applied to pliers (somewhat flexible) from your favorite home repair center so you can't get shocked working on electrical. Measure a piece of line (scrap) and make a knot (I recommend the doubled figure of eight knot). Make a mark on each side of the knot with a fine tipped sharpie. UNTIE the knot and see how much length of line is used inside that knot. Try a doubled overhand knot (it can move after placement on raw spectra, as opposed to the figure of eight, which tightens in both directions,.. it will NOT move). It also uses less length, in case that matters. Again paint the knots with nail polish, so they are smoother and don't catch a flying line unexpectedly. Measure everything and insure both sides are PERFECTLY identical. Experiment, since you are doing it yourself. What happens if,......????
  7. Paul LaMasters

    50# short line lengths ?

    buy a spool and do it yourself, nobody else will ever care as much as you do! No sleeving (just another tangle point waiting to make you angry). Make a stopper knot into the single length of line FIRST, then fold the line in half (and keeping that knot centered perfectly) add a doubled overhand figure of eight knot to complete the loop. Since you are not using sleeving, there's "only shortening, NEVER untying!", so make your loop longer than normal, in case you need to make minor adjustments later for equalizing. or be lazy (like me) call Cath/Eliot and tell 'em what you're looking for, they've got a whole store full of cool accessories and kites, just needing a generous portion of your money & few minutes of their time to make it happen! There are eyes screws embedded into the fence rails and painted-off marks along their parking lot parameter, so challenge 'em with funky lengths <LOL> A QUOTE to share on the phone: "I'm painting the Sistine Chapel, .... I do NOT clean the stinkin' brushes". Ask for an explanation and hear a great tale
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    50# short line lengths ?

    I buy 120 length in 50 pound strength, (Skybond, from Flying Smiles) they get cut down shorter and shorter as they near the end of the life-span. I don't rotate hand/kite ends or switch out top and bottoms either, I don't use any sleeving and fly on 50# until they sing loudly. (alone) In a group though? I will try to lean the lengths&strengths "my way", but ultimately we all use the same stuff, not everyone is equally equipped or has been doing it as long as the rest of us. Practice longer than you "show off with" so the kite looks magnetized and you magically in it's control. Throw and catch on 65 feet most of the time and then use 50' at a festival, or even 45! I carry probably a dozen sets of handles, all different lengths and strengths. from indoor (50#) 12 to 15 feet, to 135 foot of 50# (precision, no wind ~ secret weapon) and 120 feet of 170# (for when port-potties blow over)
  9. Paul LaMasters

    Covering vents in quad kite

    My buddy Dave Ashworth has a quad with 3 vents built into each wing, plus velcro covers to add or remove for each. Is it as light in weight as a single skinned SUL? Well no, but after a decent start, you don't need to set-up a bunch of kites for different conditions either. As the wind increases during the day you just remove another cover. Want to experiment? Try changing which covers are opened,... how does that effect flight? A great idea that has been proven effective in variable conditions over decades. Dave is the master of creating the unobtainium for his personal use. Eventually he will let one off these masterpieces go during the club's annual holiday party (auctioned item for the benefit of the treasury) and the members of Wings over Washington Kite club fight over 'em. I have 3, all made from Orcon, A Tirips, (modified Spirit) an indoor rev 1.5 and a blast sized kite which has evolved into the Ashworth Unfair Advantage. Indoor quad and Super-ultralight outdoors (no wind!)
  10. Paul LaMasters

    Newbie Journey, Rev learning tips

    A slack line trick, that means no wind, or out towards the wind window's edge or maybe a violent action on the pilot's part directly downwind in the center and howling gale-force too, how much, and where, .... it will become dialing a faucet of water on, do you want trickle or full stream? Practice in demanding low wind and it will be easier to accomplish initial success. Almost all of the cool tricks are easier to learn at the lower end of the wind range on your kite practice and enjoy
  11. Paul LaMasters

    Inverted Kip to 2 point landing

    sound like a new thing, or is it just a screwed-up half Axel into clam shell roll-up?,.... Weider has that patented
  12. Paul LaMasters

    Newbie Journey, Rev learning tips

    STEP into the Axel, like you were recovering your field, you need slack lines, de-powered or flown to the edge Punch one handle's thumb forward, while you simultaneously yank the other handle towards your hip (when you yank and how hard dictates whether you turn in position or change lanes). In either case, it ain't an Axel unless it flat, parallel with the ground. Can you crank one out fast and then do the next in slow motion? Make sure and practice both directions immediately, ... don't become that one punch boxer! Eventually it won't be "step into" the Axel unless you want it that way.
  13. Paul LaMasters

    Inverted Kip to 2 point landing

    cool beans best to doubly reinforce the center Vee, that's technique is way more demanding than an extensive flick-flak practice session the point is "a reversed pull back towards yourself from inverted hover and a 180 degree rotational turn to an upright landing? Are the sails' sides (or halves) supposed to be separated or parallel to each other when executed perfectly?
  14. Paul LaMasters

    Crazy Quilt.

    thanks for the explanation, unique feature, enjoy
  15. Paul LaMasters

    You might be a kite nut.

    ..... admiring someone else's quad-lined kite, when you have 60+ of 'em already in the vehicle! ..... when the spouse gets the phone call for cool new kite stuff immediately available, instead of you ('cause you're on an allowance, even the vendor knows that (w/o her head nod nothing is happening, so why involve me first, or at all?) .... kite building vendors call you for specific & scarce fabric colors they can't find anywhere else .... you look for wind movement everywhere you go, knowing that something in your bag is appropriate when the flying opportunity presents itself ... when the wife asks you about the two kites she has already approved for purchase and you haven't gotten around to ordering them yet!