Phil in Ottawa

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About Phil in Ottawa

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  • Favorite Kite(s)
    Revolution; Dual line stunt kites
  • Flying Since
    August 2015
  • Location
    Ottawa, Canada
  • Country
    Canada
  • Interests
    Photography, travel, guitar, golf, and now kites.
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  1. Phil in Ottawa

    First Time Out With Rev

    Thanks Edmond. Toronto area is a bit far unfortunately. And thanks for the correction on the date for the festival. I'm now seeing it on the 14th although one website still shows it on the 21st. How confusing.
  2. Phil in Ottawa

    First Time Out With Rev

    Thanks everyone. Great advice. Especially the part about having fun. I did check the line lengths before my first attempt and they appeared very even. But I will check them again the next time out to make sure there has been no significant changer. Better safe than sorry. And I have watched many videos at length. But I continue to do so and I learn something new every time. So good advice there for sure. And I hope there will be other Rev flyers at the kite day on the 21st. Would be nice to meet others to learn from.
  3. Phil in Ottawa

    First Time Out With Rev

    I finally got my new quad-line kite! I purchased a Revolution Reflex 1.5 RX. And I'm proud to say it's the special "PG" model named after me! But that's a story for another post. What I did want to talk about was my first experience flying the kite. I have to admit it's a lot tougher than it looks in the videos done by the experts. In my defence I have to say that the wind was not the best. It was gusty and would come and go quite quickly which made keeping the kite in the air a real challenge. And when I did have it in the air, I found I was falling victim to over-control as I had seen talked about so often in instructional videos. I would turn too much and go into a spin and then panic and over-compensate and crash. The other thing that didn't help is that I was always mixing up my right and left. You'd think it would be easy to remember. Push right thumb to go right, left thumb to go left. But in reality it wasn't so easy for me. I also think I was not returning my hands to neutral quickly enough. I would start a turn and not pull back on my handle fast enough (and hence starting the spins I talked about above). I'll have to get used to doing the smaller, quicker moves on the handles. And keeping my hands even (i.e., not pulling back on one or the other handle so much). I think more constant wind will help with that. All that being said though, I can't wait to go back out, in better wind hopefully this time, and try again. I really wish I had an experienced flyer I could join and learn the ropes from. But unfortunately I don't know anyone in the Ottawa area who flies a Rev. So, if you fly a Rev in the Ottawa area and you are reading this, please reply and let's see if we can get together. I saw an ad for a kite flying festival in town in a couple of weeks where I'm hoping I may run into other Rev flyers. Wish me luck. Thanks, Phil
  4. Phil in Ottawa

    Want To Try Quad - Which One?

    Thanks again for all the replies.
  5. Phil in Ottawa

    Want To Try Quad - Which One?

    Thanks for the responses. I'd really like to attend a kite festival but unfortunately there are none that I can find in my area. The closest is a good 4-5 hour drive away. As far as which kite to buy, there's a kite shop in Canada where I can get a 1.5 SLE that comes with a 3 wrap UL frame and a bonus 4 wrap LE frame. The kit also upgrades the linesets to Shanti Warp Speed line. Does that sound like a good beginner kit? Someone here answered me in a PM and said that having multiple frames is good because it allows you to try and better match the wind conditions. So I think getting two frames for the price of one would be a good thing. And as an aside, I think UL means "Ultra Light". But what does LE mean when talking about frames? What about SLE (as in 1.5 SLE)? Thanks again.
  6. Phil in Ottawa

    Want To Try Quad - Which One?

    Hello all, Last year I purchased a two-line kite (Skydog Freebird) and I've really enjoyed flying it. But here in Ottawa, I'm finding that the wind can be quite a headache. Either there is too little wind or it's too gusty or it's just plain too strong for my kite. As you can imagine, this does not make for ideal conditions nor does it offer a lot of learning/practice time. The other problem I'm having is that I have yet to find a local kite-flying community I can participate in to learn from and improve my skills. I'm finding trying to learn even basic tricks from videos quite difficult (especially when combined with less than optimum wind conditions). So I've been doing some reading and I'm wondering if perhaps a quad-line Revolution kite might be a better option for me than a two-line kite. It appears that they work better in varying wind conditions (including low wind) which is what I need. Would you agree? So, if a Revolution would be better suited for a beginner (considering Ottawa wind conditions), my next question is which one to buy? I see EXP, 1.5, 1.5RX, B-Series, Reflex XX, Reflex RX. It's hard for me to decipher the differences between them just from reading specs. I've read various opinions. Some say the EXP does everything the others do at a lower price, so they are a good choice for a beginner. Others say the more expensive models are the way to go right off the bat because a beginner will quickly want to upgrade. So I'm confused. What's your opinion? Should I go the quad route and which one should I get if I do? Thanks for your help, Phil
  7. Phil in Ottawa

    Breaking Spars, Very Common?

    Great shop, but unfortunately probably won't be of much help to the OP. It is in Vancouver, WA, USA, not Canada. There's got to be kite shops with replacement parts in Canada though. Hopefully you find one should you need it. Out of curiosity, I looked up the Skydog Freebird and happened to see specs at the first link I clicked. It says, 6mm carbon, which I believe usually means pultruded tubes. SkyShark are wrapped carbon tubes - excellent tubes, but often more expensive and may not be "right" in your case. I think it's a good idea to replace with the same sticks as the original, unless you are intentionally experimenting for a reason. Weight, stiffness, etc. can all matter in a kite. Thanks for the advice about the SkyShark tubes. The ones I bought are pultruded tubes so they match the original ones that came with the Freebird. Thanks for the links. I purchased a line set from the second one you mention, Great Canadian Kite Company. I've been in touch with them about the carbon tubes and they do carry them. So I'll probably be purchasing from them in the future.
  8. Phil in Ottawa

    Breaking Spars, Very Common?

    Thanks for the replies everyone. As I thought, breakage appears to come with the territory. So I'll have to get used to it for now and hopefully become a better flyer fast to minimize how much I have to spend on replacement parts. I did order multiple sticks (5 of them) so I have a few left. If I'm careful and try to fly in relatively lighter wind conditions, I might be able to make those last for a while. And when I do need more tubes, I'll see if I can find Sky Shark for sale in Canada. I might also start scanning the used articles for sale sites for kites to see if I can pick up one or two for cheap. Thanks for the advice and encouragement.
  9. Phil in Ottawa

    Breaking Spars, Very Common?

    Hi all, I've had my first dual-line kite (Skydog Freebird) out maybe 6-8 times now and already I've broken three lower spreader spars. Is this normal? Am I just very unlucky? Is it the kite, the location (hard ground vs soft beach sand), the wind conditions I'm flying in, the inexperienced operator? I'm asking because at this rate, this kite flying thing is going to be a very expensive hobby. I've already spent more on replacement carbon fiber tubes than I did on the entire kite. The reason for that is that I did not know what to purchase so I contacted Skydog and I got a nice reply from Phil Broder. So I decided to purchase from him since he was very helpful. But he's in the US and I'm in Canada so there was the whole exchange thing (which right now is not very good for us Canucks). But that was expected and would have been fine with me. That was until I found out I also had to pay import duties on the tubes. Who knew? That almost doubled the price of the tubes! Yikes! Lesson learned I guess. From now on, buy the carbon tubes from a Canadian supplier. But even then, carbon tubes are not cheap if you break two in one session like I did today. Also, in your opinion, are some carbon fiber tubes better and/or stronger than others? Is there a type or brand you would recommend? Anyway, I'd love to hear your stories about breaking spars and whether or not I can expect to keep replacing them on a regular basis for the foreseeable future or not. Thanks, Phil
  10. Phil in Ottawa

    Recovering a facedown kite

    Thanks hyzakite. I'd seen the phrase used in the kiting context for the first time in another post a few days ago and decided to use it here. More as a joke than for any other reason really. As a beginner flyer, I walk to my crashed kite a lot. I look at it as a time to reflect on what I may have done wrong to cause the crash and how I can stop doing whatever it was. And you're right that I will get better and the walks will get fewer and fewer with time. They are already getting less frequent. So no real shame involved. It's all good.
  11. Phil in Ottawa

    Purchasing Carbon Tubing

    No, there are no ferrules. I contacted Skydog and got a reply from Phil Broder from Fly Market Kitemaking Supplies. I can get my tubes from him. So I'm good to go. Thanks again for your help everyone.
  12. Phil in Ottawa

    Purchasing Carbon Tubing

    The kite is a Skydog Freebird. Their website does not seem to mention anything about replacement parts. I'll contact them to find out if they do sell them. But in the event that Skydog does not sell replacement parts, I'll have to purchase from a third party dealer. Looking at North American dealers, I haven't yet found one that carries metric-sized tubing. If you know of one, please let me know. From the research I did, .230" is a common size. That equates to 5.842mm. I am wondering if the 0.158mm (.006") difference between .230" and 6mm is going to have a noticeable impact on the kite. I guess the way to know will be to try it. But hopefully Skydog sells replacements and all this will be a moot point. Thanks for your help everyone.
  13. Phil in Ottawa

    Recovering a facedown kite

    Thanks for the great advice everyone.
  14. Phil in Ottawa

    Recovering a facedown kite

    When my kite crashes, it often ends up face down with the nose facing me. When it's like that, I can't seem to find a way to recover it to a position from where I can launch it again. No matter how I tug on the lines, it won't flip on it's back and I have to do the walk of shame to right it. Is there a way to right a kite lying on its face like that? Thanks for your help.
  15. Phil in Ottawa

    Purchasing Carbon Tubing

    I broke a lower spreader spar today. For someone in North America, where is the best online place to buy replacement carbon tubing? Should I replace both bottom spreaders to make sure they are the same weight? Or is most carbon tubing about the same weight so I can just replace the one side? Also, is .230 inch the equivalent size I should purchase to replace 6mm tubes if they don't list the metric size? Anything else I should know about buying carbon tubing? Thanks for your help.