New to Sportkite!!!
Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:45 AM
My name is Jeff and I am quickly becoming a kite-addict after purchasing a Prism Diamond Stowaway at Pismo Beach (on a whim) to please my two young children. The kite took to the wind easily, much to my surprise as the memories of running to get a kite off the ground came rushing back.
The family and I just attended BKF this past weekend and had a blast!!! I've always been fascinated with kites and took the opportunity to have the entire family try out Prism's sportkites (Quantum to be exact). Everyone loved it in fact. So much so, they're begging me to get one. I've researched none stop, literally the past few days in search of a novice-intermediate sportkite. Although Prism was on the top of my list, I tried to be objective and look outwardly. Ultimately, most of you seem to agree that Prism Quantum and Hypnotist were the most bulletproof and easy to pick up. So now I am a proud owner of the Prism Hypnotist. In choosing the kite, I wanted something that I can learn, grow, and master before graduating to something grand(er). It is also my hope that I can find any and every excuse to go flying and make it a family adventure with my wife and kids.
I hope to master the basics and be able to perform some of the tricks that I've been salivating over while watching videos online. In the mean time, please bear my beginner questions. I promise to use the search box first before I post anything new.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:44 PM
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:06 PM
Kiting with Me at some local beaches...
Posted 01 August 2012 - 10:24 PM
p.s. click that little link at the bottom of must86's post..... the one that says youtube!
Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:24 AM
I agree with the above - when it comes time to move beyond flying simple spins, it helps to find some people who know how to fly tricks and learn directly from them. I spent almost a year and a half trying to figure out dualie kite tricks on my own (using dvd, internet, etc.) I almost gave up on trick kites entirely. That is, until I bought my Revolution kites.... Anyways, now I've found where the locals fly, and with just a little help from my new friends, and some practice, I'm doing tricks like K2000s, proper snap stalls, and I'm even cutting cleaner corners.
Good winds to you, enjoy your flying time, welcome to the forum!
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Posted 24 August 2012 - 08:59 PM
Just reading your post...Welcome to 'the family'. You'll find that you and your family will be meeting some really great people while flying your kites. My family flies regularly...seeing that you are in the Bay Area (which kind of narrows it down...lol), there are lots of great places to fly. We generally fly at different locales ranging from Alameda to Berkeley to SFO...even at Bodega Bay to the north. All are great locales. I'll send you a PM...feel free to come join us. Now, go check your email!
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:02 AM
"We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails."
(found in a fortune cookie - possibly an Einstein quote)
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:31 PM
Those YouTube videos make it look waaayyyy to easy. I've finally had some flying time with the kite and after about 20 sessions, I broke one of the lower leading edge. Replaced it (bought a spare just in case), went out flying, and then find out the ferrule that connects the two lower spreaders snapped. Would anyone know the dimension of the carbon ferrule that I can replace it with? Most of the online stores, including the Prism's own, sells the entire lower spreader with the ferrule. I simply need the ferrule itself.
I now understand why everyone recommend flying with an experienced flyer. I've learned the basic stall but cannot move beyond that to the flare and fade....I need to get out to fly with some of you.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 01:08 PM
I thought that the leading edge ferrules on the Quantum were "a plastic material". Nonetheless, most of the kite shops that I know in our area e.g. Kite Shop in SFO, Highline Kites in Berkeley, Candy and Kites in Bodega Bay should have a composite ferrule to help you out. Candidly, even your local H/W store should have some suitable replacement. No...steel rods won't work...but they are hard to break...lol...just teasing!!! For online help, check out "A Wind of Change" in Las Vegas, or "Kites and Fun Things".
And, as a last resort, if we see you at the Marina in SFO, I'm certain that I've an extra one in my spares kit.
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