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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. walking thru is fine, ....remember though, "we are allowed to chase spectators on the grass, just NOT the sidewalks" at the DC national mall, per the Park Service Police! So thanks, for making it so easy on us and entertaining the onlookers as you try to escape a group of dedicated quad-heads giving chase. few of us actually stake down the handles, but a stroller pulled thru a half dozen unoccupied line-sets is surely to be avoided I'm more concerned with those folks who perceive a slightly open ground area and feel they can drop their picnic basket and enjoy the day right there with the kids' strollers lined-up! Or frisbee, football, kick-ball, soccer invaders seeking an opportunity, HA not on first Sunday!!! We can't show the uniformed officers a hard boundary we have imposed, that prompts a request for documentation on a permit. No stakes in the ground or tying-off on trees, signage or heaven forbid an actual monument marker either! Gotta land all the kites and wait for the all clear sign when presidential helicopters are departing or arriving. I love flying for a crowd, so all the other associated crap is secondary in my book. Onlookers means some of pass by too close, but some of 'em can help but to stop and chat on their way.
  2. We demarcate our field with the neon yellow/orange paint bucket spill lips from a home repair store,... kind of like safety cone, but much shorter, more flexible too and you won't trip over em either stepping backwards. Typically they are laid out in a circle, with the music and our base camp at the center. As the wind shifts you just move around the circle, keeping the center point common and holding an area (w/o a permit!). Not even holding an area, just encouraging the public to respect our boundaries for their safety purposes. 25 or 30 of em fit into a backpack, or just a long bread wrap type of twisty-tie. you drop them 25 or 30 feet apart, using the staked-out 120s from the center as your guide as you walk in circle around the parameter.
  3. mounted on a revolving base seat which is then affixed to the bed of your pick-up truck, like for landing the big one on a fishing excursion but no standing necessary!
  4. kites are about enjoyment,.... just 'cause you can't do everything it's capable of, doesn't mean you can't appreciate the efforts of other pilots who have mastered more. nobody has it all down pat yet either! Pick one aspect of quad capabilities that really lights your fire and work on that for now. I'm 63, I don't jump thru lines indoors either, HA!
  5. I'm used to adjusting a link or leader line as affixed to the bridle end too, so my handle settings stay the same for all the different styles and configurations of quads I routinely enjoy. Maybe adding an extension of four inches onto the bottom of a Djinn or Reflex attachment point for the flying lines. Or cutting off several inches from the top bridle leaders on my Zen. All because I want a longer leader on the top of the handles, as long as the gap between the two attachment points. The longer the handles the longer this leader is to match. I don't use sleeving (just another tangle point!) so I need the leaders on the handles to be as long as possible. I don't want it tangling with the bottom leader, knots or flying lines though,... there's a point that is "too long". Too Short and OUCH! you've cut your pinky finger doing 3D stuff, yanking the bare spectra lines whilst trying to create acres of slack. The further out there you can reach (to yank two lines, usually the tops) the more of a profound impact you can make on the fight dynamics. The "beheader" indoors move?, you jerk the top two flying lines, duck down real low and the kite just misses your head as parallels forward with the ground, then you have to jump up in the air and allow the flying lines to pass by underneath (now both handles have crossed-over to the outside line-wrap too). Finally it goes all the way out to the end of the string and hovers inverted just inches above the ground. You either un-twist the lines now or ,... planned it first with the wrap in there!!! Tuning and length adjustments are almost always made on the bottoms for my preferences, more Brake equals more square to the wind, so I always make this adjustment first when testing or tuning for conditions. I frequently drop all four lines onto a well-placed stake too, making certain everything aligns perfectly when yanked backwards tightly, also with the handles placed into the opposite hand (of course, mark one to identify L/R laying on the ground!) to counteract the probability of one handed dominance effect. Test and tune with the left handle in the right hand, then fly with it in the correct position left handle/left hand. If you are testing or comparing frequently, you don't want a variable in any of this stuff!!!! When you buy an alternative such as a French bridle you are expected to tune the leader attachment points on that bridle to fit your current handle settings. then you don't change anything when setting up one style or the other, certainly not your preferences on the handle end!
  6. I owned that kite once, but only for a few hours of the afternoon. As a builder I found some aspects of it's production "different", particularly with the white layers on the front of the sail!
  7. Or search out "Steve Santos", he flies two Deccas at once, one-handed w/one and one "no handed" at all, plus has a cool catch at the end of his routine. Kinda' a barreled roll-up type of thing (from overhead) that is simply amazing and must have taken decades to figure out! https://kitelife.com/2005/12/01/issue-45-kites-at-the-us-open/ He and his lovely "significant other" are both cohosting the indoor at WW this year. NEW for WIKF 19 – World Indoor Kite Show! Sky Festival Productions along with facilitators Steve Santos and Sue Moskowitz is super excited to announce the inclusion of a completely new aspect of our indoor kite flying festivities, the World Indoor Kite Show! While we have always incorporated the World Indoor Kite Competition, this year we are stepping it up with a multi-faceted and generational indoor kite flying experience to take place at the Wildwoods Convention Center, East Hall, on the last day of the event, Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day).
  8. I'm the other side Wayne, test unmercifully until failure,... nobody ever got better skiing without an occasional fall on the slopes. Some were downright terrible crashes, but you've learned something along the way too,.... maybe about yourself, or the conditions that day, maybe even about your own equipment, or that cute surgical nurse for rehab? If you could change one item, what would it be? How would that impact changes things? Possible example?, owned a little Prism kite (3D), didn't connect with it at all until I rigged it for quad and flew it in utterly outrageous conditions. In between trees and power lines in a booking wind. It was totally worth the money that day and wasn't even used according to it's design. So can you fly in the full power zone with an indoor kite? sure if you can dump some pressure and preserve your smile doing it! Otherwise explore the edges of the wind window. Make up some new "yank and spank" technique for underneath the tree limbs. Lam Hoac can jump rope with/over his indoor kite, or throw it a dozen feet sitting in a chair and catch it back again. Work on your rolled-up launch, (maybe released down a smooth wall as you gently walk backwards?, I've seen 4 or 5 revolutions happen seamlessly) Kite's all aquiver?, whipped around in too much wind? Then consider another option. There's no bad weather, only a poorly equipped kite flier. Terrible conditions? Hey it's time to borrow someone else's equipment and see how it handles that abuse (OPKs rule)
  9. new leaders are a must, it "tames the savage beast", making the kite wait for instructions instead of demanding you apply brakes to gain the slightest FOOTHOLD OF CONTROL. Colored flying lines? I've seen Red spectra but the best is Skybond Yellow
  10. some seat belt webbing can create a strap over your shoulder or surrounding your hips, you can use that combined with a large Carbiner to bring down the kite, dragging it out of the center of the window as you go down-wind Sand anchors are easy to set-up and light weight to remove afterwards, most friends sew a square tarp in an "X" with more seat-belt webbing as the across striped members, then use those four new corners to pinch the sand beneath and hold the kite (yes w/a larks head knot too!). Recommend you put an extra or TWO behind that first one, just in case of failure. Check with some big kite inflatable fliers like Andrew Beatty from the UK for more particular help and accessories to simplify your efforts, increase the safety measures.
  11. vinyl tubing like a home builder would use for fittings will "break-down", turn yellow and fail (Dave Ashworth's old kites in the shed) as will non-shock corded solutions like automotive oh-rings used as tensioning alternatives with belt loops sewn into the sail (no KNOTS!!!!, but high wear point, we chose another path after several years of experiments with baby Ryvolution kites by Harold Ames) this is a decade problem not annual
  12. I have stored kites in the hot car for 25 plus years of Reving, even in south Florida summers. Storage in the outbuilding shed is more problematic, those aren't used often enough or are put away wet occasionally, they smell and have foreign visitors on small legs in between my usage. The best or current favorite kites anyway, they get to ride along with me like my driver's license and glasses.
  13. move the anchor point higher towards the kite (on the highest piece of laundry), and equally spaced along that flying line if add'l pieces are being applied. If the line has sufficient drag overflight is impossible, the laundry is also effecting flight dynamics, just as an inflatable show-piece kite sports a stabilizing kite lifter (flow form or similar styled-kite) above it. Not necessary but everybody uses 'em anyway, makes for a cleaner, smoother, more stable flight.
  14. then go bigger yet on the laundering, eventually it (the kite) can't pull the line laundry high enough to overfly, put two on, or four, It will certainly work I PROMISE!
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