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Paul LaMasters

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About Paul LaMasters

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    Kite Romantic
  • 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. midvent, travel framed, with enough components to "stiffen the full sail, and lighten the vented sail" so the framing can cross over each other more in wind ranges. if you can swing it, a Shook Masterpiece, crafted just for you, 75% (it's in-between a mid-vent and a full vent). It's almost always "the right kite" if there's any kind of wind blowing at all. some framing options between your two kites increases versatility, you can tune the wing for todays' conditions! (Which ever sail you prefer). Want flex, where, want a tight stiff throw-arounder instead? It's tons of fun to fiddle and tune your kite, what happens "IF", quads are easy to "put back to stock" if IF didn't work out, think about your objective,.... whatever t might be. If you want to flail around, go to short lines, if you want it all smooth and graceful, go longer, just make the next one "different enough" but comparably feeling (not too many variables btwn 'em). Challenging and expanding, whilst still adding to existing skills enjoying the comparison between two kites is powerful medicine! Eventually you will have a few kites in the 1point5 sized Rev format, this can be the first of them.
  2. Try to share OPKs with someone nearby, best part? the kite comes with coach and tuned properly!
  3. try to hook up with David Ashworth (Mclen,VA) if you need assistance
  4. Longer lines are a mission, at some point you'll catch lengths that cannot be thrown back out that far,..... so it goes halfway and waits for me to walk out the slack. With proper technique you can "arch" the angle instead of directly overhead pulling downward.
  5. SKB hard sided golf club case, it's on nice wheels and with one single golf club in there,... no weight restrictions from the airlines apply either. If questioned, your reply shall be "contains golf training equipment". The spars and kites included are for alignment, swing training and wind (forecasting it's impact on the golf ball flight path and distance) it's super tough, you can sit on it, kick it around and drop it, just like baggage handlers do! Holds a Rev roll-up kite bag or a hard-sider like the Orvis Case, all the sharp implements & line-sets, handles and tools, shave kit and rain gear, boots I like the double sized for the baby ryvs ,..... http://www.skbcases.com/sports/sku.php?cat=16&pid=73
  6. The kite MUST back-up from an inverted position, regardless of wing or wind (configuration/conditions) indoors or outside. "That is the quad-line effect". Show me, simple as that, the better demonstrated the more impressive it shall be. Control, that is the soul of a quad flyer. Just keep working on it, I start every pilot upside down, the sooner you are comfortable an inch high/inverted, the sooner you are one of us. Land/balance on the trash can lid too, (when it's a soda pop can instead, that is the control being displayed that impresses other quad-heads) Then you're ready for team or group flies as well, you "stay in your own lane when driving and are welcomed into our traffic patterns!" Don't think about the flight actions (did you envision water pouring from the faucet this morning, brushing' teeth?), Nope, just felt it happening unconsiously. Hold the handles so softly you drop 'em occasionally, think "move two feet and stop", then 2 more. Control, the music happens on the stops.
  7. didn't a damaged mandrel played a role too,.....?
  8. Catches on 120 feet, that's the Zen. Release the handles entirely from an inverted hover at the top of the window and it goes 300% of the height away from you (all by itself!) You keep working that darn thing,... see my pix in the lefthand corner? That's a Zen baby
  9. axel a Zen is the act of stepping forward AS you do the hand technique,.... so much slack you can walk into it, not just catching a shirt button or wrist watch, walk towards the kite at the edge of the window, then practice closer to the center as you gain experience. you are after a slow rotation, which changes lanes during the transition, timing it with a sundial! Flick flak (I use a French Bridle and sissy sticks, Flying Smiles Kites), insure you have "sufficient down"/reverse tuned into your set-up, snap your thumbs together, ~ evenly ~ towards the kite, it will flip inside out (this is a violent action as the kite's 3 feet tall), wait a second and step backwards away from the kite, it will return to upright without any further action required by the pilot. This is done directly downwind and your hand actions must be equal and centered. If you can do a flick-flak you are only "steps away" away from the Falling Leaf. Now when you flick, you'll step violently towards the kite also, not just the hand action alone, No, a total body commitment. There's huge slack in there now, you must wait until the last possible second as the kite falls towards the ground (the string is over the LE) and then step-backwards aggressively to unwrap and remove the acres of slack you placed in moments ago. Snapping the kite back to upright, powered up again flight possible. If you can half axel (stop the kite flat, leading edge facing you, bridle below the kite) you're set-up to do a clam-shell roll-up. Do the 1/2 axel low to the ground, at half way around snap those thumbs violently at the kite and flick it over, it's four beats of music if you are ready to demo. The Zen can do anything and everything other Quads can do, just slower, more gracefully, actually it's the easiest size to teach lessons on, it's responsive feeling down the strings which folks immediately connect to...... I am working out my fourth Zen, it's a personal favorite kite of mine. Still available too, if you want to chase Bazzer and Shook to make it happen. Ask for something unreasonable,... HA! you won't be the first one to do so. Mylar-backed SUL leading edge sleeve made of nylon, built tighter to the tubes too, magic sticks, French bridle, hybrid framing, covers sewn over the elastic knots, additional reinforcing patches I forgot to address line lengths, the Zen is a big kite, it needs time to do it's thing, I use 60 feet or 100 feet of 50pound Skybond on long throw handles. 30 feet is an indoor length and not recommended at all on this sized format
  10. Shook's mesh masterpiece kites have been around a decade or longer too, he's another vendor making a profound impact on the industry,.... three hundred times at least!
  11. back in the old days (HA!) folks would "wet their sails" to slow 'em down before competing, or pretensioning the leading edge (adding a curvature thru the use of string down the tube's length that can be tightened ~ like Rok) venting and mesh kites now, better design overall of sail panels and shaping too bridles and framing choices We are so lucky now!!!!!! There's no bad weather, only a poorly equipped kite flier -plm
  12. Ha, the B -series pro kite WAS available as an SUL, you just had to request it that way ( regardless of venting desired). Bazzer always made em "my way", even unfinished leading edges when cooperative endeavors were called for.... ask for what you want
  13. my outdoor suggestion is to practice inverted a couple of inches above the ground, I start All novices upside down, doing the cartwheel to roll over (no dragging the leading edge like a dualy kite) to up-right. Work on landing in the same spot on the ground or on a PICNIC table, upright, left, right, inverted, imagine you have a trash can top to land on,.... well when it can be taken away and replaced with a soda pop can, that is the control required for a stationary hover in low/no wind outdoors or with indoor conditions. YOU aren't stationary ever and the kite only is to your own perspective. If the kite will not back-up from an inverted position (on the ground) something is wrong with the bridle, or the handle/leader tuning. It must back-up inverted to engage the quad-effect, not every kite design can do this, some work better than others. Johnny B hated the indoor Rev, he has forced himself to master it fully because other pilots have used it so effectively for decades. It is not "my cup of tea" either, I have found other solutions better for my preferences indoors and outside. That ideal line length indoors is very personal and will change like your sock colors over time.
  14. downward 180 turns are a dual line technique, .... it drops your altitude and sends you back towards the center of the wind window. None of those are beneficial with a quad!!!! No, you "Back the bottom wing up" instead of having the top wing power downward. Say you were the bottom guy in a whole line of kites stacked above each other in a column. You are as low as you can go already and now it's time for a 180 turn. You want a stationary turn, slow and remaining rock solid in position. If I witnessed you doing a downward 180 turn with my equipment loaned we'd stop and talk about it. I don't want to see that, you don't want your peers to see it and you surely don't want spectators to know that type of movement is even possible. Use the "quad-line effect" or cut two strings off and fly dually
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