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  1. mystainedskin

    Hq Symphony 2.2.4

    Really my first time also...tire sliding fun in 20plus . I feel like I got bit by a Viper...possibly 3 times. 🤔 ...and a friend just got a quiver of older Phantoms and a ride. I feel some buggy riding in my future more often. 😁 So much fun..
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    Hq Symphony 2.2.4

    A little fun with the modified HQ Symphony modified by @riffclownat Jekyll Island Buggy Expo... Even some upwind Hopefully the post is public... if not I will obtain the video.
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    First look!

    Just give it too me already 🚑🚀⏰ ❤️ I was flying foils....
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    Power Sled Addiction

    Power Sleds are great reliable kites. I have and still fly a majority of the sizes.. Keep an eye on the rear spar pockets of the 36 and up.... I have had them wear out over time and abuse. Easy patch and back in the air.
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    Looking at Single Vent Rev. Quad (JB edition)

    I know that wall
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    LE tabs (service available for Revs)

    Just had a Standard and Mid done by my brother from another mother... Spanked them all through Treasure Island Sport Kite Competition and after....preparing for SPI Team KiteLife torture. Much better " feel" out of my production B series quads. Thank you sir !
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    Revolution Supersonic (Blue)

    I will be out of town for a week with Team KiteLife. Any purchased items will be processed and shipped out after February 6th return.
  8. New Kite only (no lines and handles) Revolution SuperSonic $225 shipped Link to photos:
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    Team KiteLife Logo Contest

    Now that is just sexy...Why not team kite color logos?
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    Customer Needs!

    There can be variations to most questions asked. Kites and rigs can vary vastly with wind conditions...line also (drag/weight increases with size) weight/size/cost/etc.. Wind speeds needed can vary right along with above reference . ..from single digits to as much as you are willing too risk. As far as "shooting" a kite up....ehhh..good luck. Most kites are launched by hand or anchored at a specific length of line. running involved.
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    By the hair of my chinny chin chin.... Another kite...another day...just not today..or that kite.
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    I have an awesome wife.......just sayin'
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    My first cup of dogstake fly

    I have limited time on the set up..Just shut your mind off and fly. Nothing is switched or reversed.
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    Yes please...I could abuse that easily Asking for permission I will p.m once I have approval. P.m. Sent
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    Who has run what? I have run a B and Exp, Rev 2 and Exp as 2 stack setups. Currently working on putting something together with kites that don't get flown too much. What that equates to is a 5 stack of... 2 rev2s, 3 Exp....and maybe a B for a nice even 6. Making stack lines tonite and comments will break the monotonous chore of knotting. Has anyone run odd numbers of different sizes before? I don't see it being and issue at all.
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    The Hop

    Looks like youtube through some stabilization on that...interesting . Funny thing is.....I just watched it again
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    Whump Acquired

    I have been home for a few hours now from our debut performance as Team KiteLife in South Padre Island, Texas. Hosted by B&S Kites.. Bill and Susie Doan..along with the City . What an event I must say too start! Loving , HUGE crowds..along with a bunch of well known kiters that love exactly that...priceless. A job well done and hopefully a continued and long lived, positive relationship between B&S Kites, the City and the South Padre Island Kite Festival. I am sure I can speak for the whole team in saying... We are HONORED to be a part of the revival and can only hope for many more years too come. All the shared Team photos are from a wonderful woman Kathy Martinelli-Zaun. Hopefully she won't mind the share. Both she and her husband love watching pilots more than kites and boy...the pictures show. There is a ton of media for sorting. So I have included only a few shared photos from Kathy and some of my own. I will also give some encouragement towards the team members for submissions.. Now on to the good stuff... I have been crying since I got home and started actually reviewing pics. Letting expressions sink in and thinking of what has transpired over the last 6 days. It is just simply mind boggling. I am quite sure more thoughts will roll later...just helping a release. 4 pilots..of which some of which have never met..let alone flown with each other.. just went out as a Team and spanked it! Was it perfect...No. But... it sure got my heart going! Fast paced..non recycled movement through a 5+ minute routine. Constructed on site 2 days early by none other than J.B. himself. The First day consisted of writing about a third of the routine and setting up. 4 guys..never flown together..Extra Vent wind... 9 hours later we were still smiling regardless of the work and mind melting task at hand. Day 2...more arm lengthening wind. We opted on writing as much as possible by using stick simulators throughout the entire day into the night. But as with any wind hungry group...ended back on the beach late that night. Meshing as much as possible. Things are starting too flow now..the potential can be felt..momentum. Day 3.. brings more flying...writing..stick play... and honestly ...a complete blur. Did I mention the 3:30 track I must perform with INDOOR this evening with no practice! I have barely flown the thing outdoor,much less Indoor in front of several hundered people. I do remember we practiced at the Festival site...which was also next to the Convention Center hosting the Indoor Event....staring at me all day as everyone was Indoor playing before the show. The practice was coming along...but we still had hang ups and only had about 3.5 minutes of the routine written...therefore never completing the song. But alas....time for indoors. So many great performers. I will not even try mentioning names. Tickets for the event sold out. More seating was aquired, and those sold out....last I heard,over 400 people. Wow! Let the show begin.Some of the highlights for me were.... John and Brett did a pairs routine. Scott Weider as always..tailman.... Jim Cosca and his glider performace..just magical. James Fletcher...blowing kisses at his kite and melting womens hearts. ......and then I did it! I don't remeber crashing, but did miss my last catch for the end. Nothing spectacular other than the effort. I also acheived the smile that comes with doing it. Quite frankly, that's all that matters. The night brought on the usual kite addicts fix of team routine creation,stick paractice, and beach runs over what we reviewed.... still not there. Guess what....tomorrows show time! Day 4... Team KiteLife steps out on the field. John Barresi , Scott Benz , Eli Russell , Brett Marchel...never completed the song or the routine. Crowds building during a few dry runs. Then happened. We hit our written routine mark clean...when John almost leaped from his skin..calling land... as the line insisted we continue. We then freestyled the remaining unwritten portion into some snap 45 knock down landings. Ya! That just happened....and continued throughout the day with a few minor bumps here and there. Day 5.. We practiced We performed with a few more issues than the day before. All in all I am super stoked at what we achieved. The skies the limit and we still have both feet on the ground. That night brought some spectacular event ending flying on the beach between Team KiteLife and Team Rev Riders. Hashing out moves..switching out members and styles...just so much fun! In the summarized end of my babblings. Team KiteLife is alive and pumping! Congratulations guys....I would call that... "Whump Aquired"
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    Team KiteLife

    Well....a lot of you have probably heard the news. For those that have not..what better place than here. It is official! A new pack of pilots forming a team of which the likes have never been seen! Team KiteLife John Barresi Scott Benz Eli Russell Brett Marchel Be sure to stop by the FB page and show us some love if you have not already. Also the first performance booked and ready for action. Enjoy the fun along with us! Look forward to sharing the sky in your neck of the woods soon
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    Once again...I have the awesome opportunity to place faces with names. Marshall Henderson swung through St. Augustine...not once, but twice! Crappy conditions both days...but what fun It's always very close to my heart. Most of you know... Kitelife did it for me...only hope it continues for others. Regardless of friends or Team....I will always fly the KiteLife logo with pride
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    Order of compulsories.

    Here..Here... Fly...don't judge
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    Skybond Now

    So recently I aquired a set of Shanti Skybond 100'x100# quads. I told myself in the beginning...I would fly both major makers and form my own views on what I liked. So no better time than now! I have flown a full year or so with LPG, different weights and time for a change. I have about 50 hours or so on this Skybond set. I have to say that I am liking them. After flying opk with Skybond lines, my interest peaked even more... good timing as I am in need of all lenghts and weights again. My initial thoughts were super slippery. The coating used is great so far. A little color fade...but the set has been in the ocean completely for many hours...I swim and fly or float and fly. .hit sandbars...etc... I hope in the long term...this coating holds up, I dig it. Almost has waterproof properties when wet...sheds water very quick. On the plus clumped up sandy lines when winding up Smaller diameter line compared to Lpg..which equated to less drag and a more direct feeling between me and the kite...almost like running a lighter weight line. I am tickled "yellow" so far and looking for the long term picture as I begin the switch..... I only have 1 gripe with LPG in the end...longevity. I have been wearing out sets at alarming rates...even with regular rotation.up and down..and switching ends. So we will see what transpires from a change this year... What do you fly and why? If you fly Skybond already.... what's your comparison to LPG?
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    Skybond Now

    Wow! I started wandering #Skybond with the recent sharings.... forgot all about this thread. Look at us now..... I personally am tickled "yellow" still....In even more weights than before. I still have those 100'x100# and aquired some 50#x50' that I have absoulutely tortured and they are still slick. Can't say how pleased I am too be flying Skybond with the team. At T.I... I competed for the first time in Experienced Precision Quad...missed ballet gathering my insulated was cold! Oh well... Anyways...I flew Paul LaMasters 135% name has it.. in high 25+/_ wind on 175# Skybond....Wow! Did just the trick and tamed the kite down....nice move sir! The kite was very stable...although my hands may not have been.... Really looking forward to putting the new sets through the paces...
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    Quad build

    I have seen some...and have one with different cap bungee setup...but no pockets. I find the cap worthwhile. Pockets always seem to wear out. Creating a "repair the sail" situation . Instead of replacing a cap. Nice work! Great looking kites
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    Four line speed foil recommendation?

    Hq Beamers are quite popular in that range...3-5m Great entey level kite for use as a motor....and stays in the bag as a high wind kite once you move up the ladder of skill.