RobB

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About RobB

  • Rank
    Kite Romantic
  • Birthday 10/18/1968

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    https://www.flickr.com/photos/must86/albums/72157594237733674
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    rob.barden

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    BIG kites
  • Flying Since
    Single line since '70s, dual & quad line, last few years.
  • Location
    Long Island, New York
  • Country
    United States
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    http://www.youtube.com/user/must86
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  1. RobB

    Sky Burner

    The Solus is a lot closer to the trickiness (radicalness ?) of Lam's kites. It flops on it's back and rolls up just about as easily. The Widow Maker is much better at precision, you have to work for the tricks more, similar to the QPro...
  2. Red, right, Return (red is on the right when you're returning to port) When you're heading out, red is on the left... This is in reference to buoys, not navigation lights on the boat.
  3. Red stain will make it easy to tell right from left line. Red, Right, ((return)nautical reference))... That's how I remember, and it is a challenge for me as I'm dyslexic as they come !
  4. RobB

    Happy Birthday JB (June 1st)

    Happy BDay to the 3 of yous ! And... you're in a competition ? That's almost not fair... 😎
  5. RobB

    Flexifoils

    I used this self-launch method on a Flexi-10. EZ Squeezy...
  6. RobB

    Flexifoils

    I weight the trailing edge of my foil kites, and just take a few steps back when I'm ready to launch. The leading edge rises, the kite inflates, and the weight gets dumped off and left behind when the kite launches. I use sand usually, but also carry beach stones in my foil bag in case I get stuck flying somewhere other than the beach. I've heard of people using water bottles...
  7. RobB

    Flying Alone - Dual Line Launch

    OK, I have 2 dogs in my family... if I reach into my pocket 'right now'... at this moment... I have 2 POOP bags. Seriously ! But those GD geese, they totally suck. They take dumps the size of my dogs and in a quantity that couldn't be described as anything but infinite. Too bad they're not good to eat, that would give me an excuse... But I am not ashamed to admit that I don't feel bad when I see one at that side of the road, squashed by a car...
  8. RobB

    Flying Alone - Dual Line Launch

    Another Pink Floyd fan kiteflier ? I'm surprised... At least you got the kite back. I used to carry beach stones in my kite bag to weight the trailing edge of a foil when flying on grass. When I used to fly on grass. I can't stand grass because it always comes with mud & goose cr@p.
  9. RobB

    Hi all!

    I remember your old page, along with Kitelife, it was one of the pages that got me started on this journey. I think I remember a photo contest from the old page...
  10. RobB

    Flying Alone - Dual Line Launch

    The above is also a good method, but I hesitate to suggest that to people who may not be familiar with ground recoveries. I am almost always wearing pants or shorts that have a convenient 'hammer loop' (carpenter pants) so I always have a place to put my kite stake, anyway.
  11. RobB

    Flying Alone - Dual Line Launch

    A kite stake is invaluable for flying alone. Another way is to weight down the trailing edge with sand. When flying a foil alone, that is about the only way to self launch that I know of...
  12. RobB

    Stunt Kite Clinic (Jun 16-17, 2018)

    Jogging or running towards the kite isn't uncommon in winds over 10mph. If you link a few tricks together in higher winds, you will find yourself 100 or more feet down the beach from where you started ! Walk backwards to your starting point while doing precision figures...
  13. RobB

    First look!

    Is the initial release going to be a standard sail, or will there be higher wind variants ? My bag is set with 4 liners with a wind range of about 2-20+mph, I am really needing something that is comfortable in 20+mph. The excitement of something new coming out of the Forge is probably going to cause me to sign up for it either way, but I'm hoping that there's something with a lot of venting being available ! 😎
  14. RobB

    Stunt Kite Clinic (Jun 16-17, 2018)

    Hey Russ... Glad to hear I'm not crazy. The Hypnotist (mine was called a 'Mirage' it was so long ago) was one of my first 'real' sport kites, and it stood up to tremendous abuse. I actually nose-dived it onto blacktop one time, and it withstood that without issue. I gave mine to my nephew to learn to fly about 10 years ago, but I have many fond memories of it. The Hypno is very strong with basic tricks, and will take you a long way into your journey. If you start to feel bored with it, there are some 'mods' that you can do to it to make it more capable. I think 'Alex B' on youtube documented these... He is an amazing talent from overseas who comes up with mods for the bang-for-the-buck kites like the Hypno. Check it out... ~Rob.
  15. RobB

    Have you seen this ?

    I think that people who are dumping $300+ on a kite know where it's coming from. If you find a cheesy looking knock-off, I think you know what you're throwing your $$$ away on. $100 knockoffs are obvious. I don't know what 'Rev' is charging for their 'eyes', but I think we can all agree, they look cheesy. If I were offered one of these for free, I am almost sure that I would politely decline.