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I am beachfront at Ft Myers beach FL and excited to kite with this solid wind here. My wife loves to sunbath and I don't so I figure we can both be together doing our own thing.

I have been lurking here for a month reading all the great postings about quads hoping to figure out the best purchase. I see some say don't buy for two years but I don't see any locals to learn from and if I destroy a kite I want it to be mine.

I messaged JB for input and info on a new Djinn but his current stock is sold out and it will be several weeks wait.  I did order a new REV 1.5 Classic yesterday to use as a starter and will buy a new Djinn in the near future if the quads are a  success for me. 

I bought the standard sail since wind speeds will be 5-12 mph with average around 9mph. Hoping this was the right choice for the wind speed here, and I will add more kites to the fleet for wind change down the road.  I also bought the 90# x 80' Line with the stainless handle kit to start with. 

Any input from you experts is always welcome and my choices were made from reading your advice to other new guys on here.

Hope to meet some of you guys in the future!

Thanks Guys and Gals

 

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I went down the exact same route didn't have anyone else's kite to try, just went and bought one spent 2-3 months on my own trying to figure it all out, enjoy your journey it's a source.

 

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You only missed about 8 festivals within an hour and a half of you in Florida in the last two years. Google kite festival Florida. Not to mention other states within reach. Watch the tutorials on this forum until you're sick of them. Then watch again a few more times. They are GOSPEL and will serve you well if you do exactly as instructed. Even then if you are learning on your own you will encounter a difficulty or two. Don't let them frustrate you. It happened to all of us at the outset. Take care of it and carry on. Once you have control of a quad the smiles come easily.

Good luck. Smile, have fun and don't forget to breathe.

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Awesome and welcome. Have fun and take your time learning your kite. If you have any questions this is the site to ask them. A very helpful group. I find if I listen to some tunes while flying I can get really get going. Fly like no one is looking!!

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I am sure I will find some fellow kiters sooner or later, and thanks for the info mak. I spend my summers in IL so  our paths may cross.

I am just waiting for it to ship so I can give it a whirl. I left my E3 back in IL and the wind here is much better for kiting.

Thanks guys.

 

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19 hours ago, JWharton said:

I went down the exact same route didn't have anyone else's kite to try, just went and bought one spent 2-3 months on my own trying to figure it all out, enjoy your journey it's a source.

 

And then you met me !:ani_yahoo:

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my experience is somewhat different, used to live in Hoffman Estates, IL.... then moved to Ft Lauderdale, HA! but upon my arrival in Washington DC ('93) none of my kites would even fly!  I had to watch and learn all over again.  Spent two years alone on a crappy Chinese "Backtracker" quad before I even knew they can be adjusted.  Met a guy who flew 'em magically, paid him for a lesson to meet me at a park known for decent wind (Jeff Burka).  At the end of the lesson he gifted me one of his custom Rev2 indoor, outdoor/up-wind one handed kites.  That was 1996 and still can't fly that darn thing like Jeffery!  

Wait a few more years and someone actually asked me for advise,... wow I turned around to see who they could be speaking towards <LOL>. Since then I've worked for a couple of decades on mostly quads and I'm particularly proud of how I can tune a kite to my liking, any quad!  Wife said I had too many hobbies so I gave up Golf and Martial Arts, that's like saying you don't love the 1st two kids anymore, only the 3rd one can stay home!

In 1999 I teamed up with Harold Ames (Kitesquid), we took the SLE and made it fly in a dead calm,... with the big fat stick in there!  Our kites were "no-sew" printed inkjet graphics and locked together in flight with rare earth magnets.  That set a hook!, as an improviser paired with an implementer.  I'd say what I wanted or offer a cocktail napkin sketch & he'd find a way to make it work for us.  This was the end of the stock revolution bridle.  It's got to be tighter, less sloppy for our town.

2003 we took on a new cooperative effort, adding in David Ashworth to our mixed up group.  We converted the Spirit into the Tirips. I flew that kite design for about 3 years as everyone used Revs and I didn't want to be"that guy".

Did a few more self-building projects and a few official workshops, where we'd ignore the offered project and make our own quad stuff. Stole all their best tricks too <HA!> Alas my expectations suddenly soared as well, being around all this grand talent.  Doing it to my expectations took longer than I was willing to give, instead buy it!

I gave up building, instead convincing myself that "commissioned" kites would reside in my A-bag.  Kites that deviated from the approved design, where the build was constructed with my furnished materials, my way, I'll make the bridle and I'll choose the framing specific to each kite. A master craftsman just make the sail, or in some cases you just make a PART OF THE SAIL and somebody else will be paid to finish it so nobody can complain about what I want.  Naturally you pay extra for this level of attention, and for me anyways....  I got what I paid for!  I beat my kites unmercifully until failure.  On a full sail that is about 18 months of life, on a full vent that is about ten years!

You can do as much or as little as you choose with your quad-lined kite.  My own personal rewards come best from experimenting and tuning.  I've spent more time on the ground fiddling with stuff than flying.  "What happens if?" is one of my favorite questions.  I love to stick my handles into someone' else's grasp so they can experience a difference (not better) choice.

Got into a local kite club, there's a whole variety of interests covered thru our membership.  So you can play with a glider or a fighter, battle a mega-inflatable as helpful crew, fly sport kites and see grand national champion single- lined kites.  Our conditions are more challenging, so you will have all-around skills.  For 5 months out of the year we have "indoor conditions with an unlimited ceiling".  

I prefer no wind, dead calm and have plenty of kite choices for this weather.  When our members travel to other parts of the USA we KNOW we can fly anywhere/in any weather conditions, owning the right stuff to sleep in a snow drift of wade thru ankle deep mud.

Oh gosh, how to explain all the friends you will make across the country and even around the world flying quads.  I've been to Canada, Tobago, Galapagos, Machu Pichu with invites to the Mid-East which the wife's scared of quite honestly.  Flown around the states at some spectacular locations too!

Enjoy your journey and share your experiences, they are joyful to us all.  Each of us started the same way, my face is permanently wrinkled from smiling and laughing, and I like it that way.

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5 hours ago, Paul LaMasters said:

 smiling and laughing, and I like it that way.

I was hooked watching videos before I ever got a kite. The HUGE bonus is at times my cheeks still hurt .

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Keep us posted on your progress. ask a lot of questions! There are a lot of beginner level videos on this site that are really helpful.

I am not an expert by any means... I will say the first thing that helped me A LOT is lengthening the top leaders if you are getting the Revolution stock leaders. The best $6 bucks I have spent, got them off this site.

Good luck and have fun

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